The Curry Coastal Pilot

Great Christmas at Oasis Shelter


Oasis Shelter Home had another successful Christmas program.

We were able to provide gifts and food boxes to over 39 families. I would like to thank Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Gold Beach City Hall, Brookings City Hall, The Elks Lodge, Toys for Tots, Chetco Federal Credit Union, Gayle Whitmore, Joyce Heffington, Pete and Maryann Peterson, Carolyn Cronberger, Trinity Lutheran Church, Gerstad Manor, David and Linda Alexander, Luanne Merkley, Brian Watjn, Bonnie Herbison, Gloria Sevey, Jackie Kerska, Terry Brickner, Daryl Strom, LaVelle Sloniker, Mike Freels, Alexandria Eyer, Charlotte Buchanan, Sixth Street Baptist Church, Judy Caplan, Gloria Buffington, First Street Baptist Church and Corner Drug.

Because of the generosity of the members in our community, we hand-delivered over 450 gifts. On behalf of the Oasis staff, board members, and clients who were served, "Thank you!"

Misty Dykstra,

Oasis Shelter Home

Gold Beach

Seacliff Terrace survey available


Anybody who uses the beach at North Jetty/Seacliff Terrace should be sure to fill out the questionnaire available online or at city hall.

This is very important to continue access to our beach. If you have any history of using that beach, be it fishing, walking dogs, beachcombing, or just enjoying the sunset, you should let the city know.

Thank you.

Tamara Pettinger


Sea Lion Patrol needs your help


My collection efforts for the Sea Lion Patrol are off to a good start.

Here is the update on money collected between Dec. 9 and Dec. 25:

Norm Martin, $100, Curry County Reporter, $200, H.E. Woody Woodruff, $100, Brent Thompson $50, Milt's Barber Shop, $100, all of Gold Beach; Ron Morro, $100, J.A. Morrison, $100, of Brookings; Gene Bowser, $25, of Cornelius; J.W. Mercer, $200, of Memphis, Tenn., Anonymous donor, $100, of Wedderburn.

While I really appreciate those that have donated, it is rather disappointing that the guides and businesses haven't donated. Come on folks, please consider donating to this very worthwhile cause. It is critical to our local economy.

Make checks payable to Curry Sportsfishing, in care of Milt Walker, 24797 Pistol River Loop, Gold Beach OR 97444. Thank you.

Milt Walker

Gold Beach

Second support of tax measures


I want to commend the Pilot editorial staff for their recent article supporting the passage of Measures 66 and 67.

Obviously, I agree with your stand, but in this community I understand that supporting those measures may incur the ire of those who do not see the necessity of funding our schools and social services this way.Thank you for taking an "unpopular" stand.

There are times when I have disagreed with the Pilot's stand on issues, or have felt that some event in our community wasn't covered, even though it was submitted to you.But the staff has always been most helpful, and I wanted to send you this "thank you" for your stand on this issue.

Marcia Olsen


Smoking around children? Duh!


Hi: It's the dog lady saying a hearty hello to all of our friends out there.

You know I see a lot of nice people in our walks andndash; and I notice a lot of things andndash; some are good, like the smiles on faces when they see eight, no nine, no, is it 10 dogs today! It's wonderful.

Then the not-so-fun thing that I see time and time again. It always amazes me andndash; someone smoking in a car with a small child, who is strapped safely in their infant andndash; protective seat, a small child. Amazing. Or the two young women andndash; approaching us to say hi to the dogs andndash; both smoking andndash; holding the hands of their toddlers. I said, "you can approach after you put out those cigarettes. I don't want it near the dogs." And they respectfully complied. The visit was nice and the kids were sweet. I then had to ask, "Don't you see the problem here? You understood about the dogs not being near the smoke but those two children; what about them?"

DUH! I just had to vent.

Speedy Ede Vilale


This is where our future lies


It's not 1960 anymore.

Our planners are working hard to build more destination resorts to provide more jobs for our growing population.

But there is a problem. The most critical resource for tourism and growth is in decline andndash; oil.

As oil declines, so will tourism and growth and everything will become more expensive.

Oil is once again over $80 a barrel and it's not even the "driving season."

Our future is not in tourism, it will be in agriculture, crafts, repair and other local industries.

1960 is in the past; our future will not be like the past.

We will need to live and work closer together, to plan to grow most of our own food, provide for our own needs to defend what we still have from the many outsiders who will be seeking a better life away from the unsustainable big cities.

More sprawl, more destination resorts away from towns are the problem not the solution to our problems.

Think local, plan local, build local.

That's where our future lies.

Sheila Chambers


Time to cut the spending!


I found your recent editorial on "Looking past knee-jerk reactions ..." interesting.

First you point out that Oregon's business taxes are in the middle of the other 49 states. Should we be number one? Who do you think provides the jobs? Next you inform me that the League of Women Voters is non-partisan. Did I miss something on the evening news? Then you relate an unfortunate story about a child's lunch being paid for by a part-time employee while a (rich?) business owner went on vacation.

You go on to state you're going to ignore the knee-jerk reactions. I think you saved the best for the last. You said our income tax is not based on "ability to pay" (you forgot "to each his needs," and no, that was Russia) and how unfair it is corporations have most of the same rights as individuals. How outrageous! Then you point out everyone pays the same income tax rate. Wow! At least that is fair. Hello!

We have $4.4 billion in reserves. Of that $3.3 billion can be used. And don't forget, this is an inflated budget. Cut the spending!

Gerald Wiltse


Maddie is back home!


After an 82 day adventure, Maddie is finally home!

Maddie had last been seen at our home on the evening of Oct. 19, 2009, when she slipped out as our front door was opened. And so it was until Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010, when I received a message from Michele Gomez that she had Maddie.

We had received dozens of calls with Maddie sightings, and we responded with anticipation to each of those, but none had been Maddie. We went as far as Gasquet (where we met a sweet and lovable tabby male named Panther) in our search, as we realized that she may have been trapped and moved. We remained hopeful, but prepared to be disappointed with this latest call. Michele had seen the poster that I put up at Fred Meyer and then went on the Web site I had created andndash; andndash; and was still confident it was our girl.

As it turned out she was right! We are very grateful to Michele and her family taking care of Maddie for the weeks before her homecoming. Thanks to Michele's loving care, Maddie returned home looking just as she did when she left in October. She had just a small scratch on her nose. A visit to the vet on Monday confirmed that Maddie had not suffered any physical trauma while she was gone.

We want to thank all of your readers who kept a vigilant eye out for our precious girl, those who called, e-mailed, and those who viewed the Web site. And especially those that helped us keep the faith that Maddie would come home.

A special thank you to Sharon Oppenheimer, kitty mama to Paco, for giving me ideas to use during our search, and a huge amount of support. Thanks to our friends and neighbors who spread the word.

Connie Ruma


Our beloved cat now missing


First of all I'd like to say how happy I was to hear that the Maine Coon cat, Maddie, was just reunited with her owners after missing for 82 days.

I work for Town and Country Animal Clinic, and know the odds were not good for Maddie to come back, but the owners' perseverance and willingness to go the extra mile helped them get their cat back despite the odds.

Unfortunately I now find myself in the same position, missing a beloved cat. Our cat, Lizzy (aka Kitty), has been missing since we left town over the Christmas holiday. We have thoroughly looked over our own property and talked to neighbors and explored all empty buildings, sheds, etc., that we can find in our immediate neighborhood; we have not yet turned up any sign of her.

We can only hope that some nice person has taken her in and is giving her temporary shelter through the last horrific storms, and hope that once we get the word out we will be reunited.

Maddie's mom, Connie, has been very supportive and helpful. She is helping us make up posters that we will be putting out around town, and has also put a link with photos and information about Lizzy on Maddie's Web site: www/

Lizzy is about a 12-pound, short-haired, spayed female tabby cat with no white markings. She has a loud purr; she loves to share, but is quiet and hardly ever meows, and you can hardly hear her when she does. She went missing in the Rainbow Rock/Coverdell Road area right around or slightly after Christmas. If you have seen her or have information on her whereabouts, please contact us, 541-469-4189 or 541-661-4184.

We have been hearing other stories of other local cats that have been reunited with their owners after missing several months, all due to good people in our community who care and are willing to help and are "paying it forward." My thanks for any help in finding our lovely cat, Lizzy.

Debra Itzen