Registration Now Open for Day-Long Conference on Community Activism

This Conference is Co-Sponsored by Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation!

For everyone who said “OK what’s next — how can I make a difference?” following the Women’s March or the March for Science, this conference is for you.  The Diversity Coalition of Lincoln County is presenting PLACE (Preparing Local Activists for Community Engagement) at Oregon Coast Community College on May 20th from 9am to 4:30pm.

Registration is $25, or $10 for students, with full stipends available (

According to Franki Truijlio-Dalbey, longtime educator and the current manager of KYAQ radio station, as well as one of the organizers of this event, “a lot of people are concerned about their communities in the wake of the current political situation and are asking what can we do about these issues and how can we help and make a difference.  That was the impetus for putting together the PLACE training, to bring people up to speed on what is happening in their local community and provide ways to help.”


Franki Trujillo-Dalbey


The PLACE Conference will include presentations and workshops led by local activists working for social, political, and environmental justice. Workshops and presentations will include:

Know Your Community: Panel Presentation, facilitated by Franki Trujillo-Dalbey

This panel kicks off the conference with 7 panelists representing vulnerable communities in Lincoln County: Native Americans, Latinos, LGBTQ, Transgender, Houselessness, Immigration, and Senior Citizens. Each panelist will talk about the emerging issues for their particular community, and offer suggestions for ways you can be a supportive ally.

Community Engagement 101: by CM Hall

CM Hall has nearly two decades of experience in community organizing and training.  She is a former development director of Basic Rights Oregon, has worked on numerous political campaigns, served as the project coordinator for the Western Region Interpreter Education Center, and is currently an adjunct faculty member at Western Oregon University.

Movable Peace: Led by Barbara Turrill

Moveable Peace is a workshop that combines meditation, gigong, tai chi, brain gym and other movement practices to give participants a break from everyday wear and tear.  We pay a high price for living in a time of unparalleled greed and political tragedy – the least we can do is learn how to strengthen beliefs as well as actions in the service of reason, perception, peace, and creativity.

Houselessness: Traci Goff Flowers

Houslessness in Lincoln County continues to be a crisis that needs our attention.  Every human being has a right to a safe and secure place to live.  Come to this workshop to learn more about how you can help.

Intersectionality and Community Involvement Workshop

2 hour workshop with Franki Trujillo-Dalbey. Intersectionality is a term commonly used, yet many of us are unsure what it means or how it can be applied to our work as community activists. In this interactive workshop, Franki will lead participants through activities and reflections that will enhance our understanding of this and other concepts so that we can be more effective and culturally sensitive in our daily lives and in our organizations.

LGBTQIIA: Led by Ineka Estabrook of PFLAG.

A panel of LGBTQ teens and young adults will explain to you the difference between gender identity, sex assigned at birth, gender roles, sexual attraction and romantic attraction. They will then help you become allies to the LGBTQ community. Transgender people are some of the most discriminated against people on the planet. Because of this, we will pay special attention to being an ally to trans people.

Our Earth Connection: Led by Sheila Swinford

We all care about our air, land, water and the life it supports. Join our panel discussion aiming at empowering individual activism as we each work to protect our unique and amazing local environment.

Women’s issues: Led by Trina Kosydar

A lot of women, and allies, dusted off their marching shoes for the Stronger Together march this past January. Many marched for the first time. United, 1600 community members marched together to bring attention to women’s issues, and to resist the normalizing of misogynistic ideals. What do we do now that the march is over? In this workshop we will learn about the who, what, when, where, why, and how’s of feminist activism in Lincoln County.

Myth Busting and Immigration: Led by Cristy Camacho and Virginia Gibbs

Cristy Camacho and Virginia Gibbs will address misconceptions about immigrants to enable us to counter false information and stereotypes. The presentation will also deal with practical ways to help the immigrant community in Lincoln County while respecting and protecting their rights.

PLACE is sponsored by the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation, Oregon Central Coast PFLAG, Our Sisters Place, Centro de Ayuda, Yachats Presbyterian Church, KYAQ, Peace Village, Mo’s Chowder, Oregon’s Choice and Thompson Sanitary.

Register online now at

Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff and her city council demand an end to chemical spraying near the town’s water supply – News Lincoln County

Upon learning that a large timber company was about to begin chemical spraying on a clear cut hilltop overlooking the city’s water reservoir, Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff and her city council sent a letter to the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Environment Quality, asking

Source: Depoe Bay Mayor Barbara Leff and her city council demand an end to chemical spraying near the town’s water supply – News Lincoln County

Award will honor Depoe Bay woman

The Oregon Commission for Women (OCFW) recently announced its recipients of the 2016 Women of Achievement Awards, and one of those named is a Lincoln County resident.   Nancy Campbell Mead, of Depoe Bay, was selected for this honor because she “is a tireless champion for the rights of all woman and girls,” commission ocials said in a press release.  

After a distinguished career as a judge of the district and circuit courts for Washington County, working on domestic violence issues on behalf of vulnerable communities, Campbell Mead retired and moved to Depoe Bay, where she advocates full time for women’s equity on the local, state and national levels. After founding the highly successful Central Coast Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) with community and educational services for women and girls, she joined the NOW national board with specific interests for promoting the national Equal Rights Amendment and ending mass incarceration. Her advocacy is inspired by her three granddaughters and her wish for an equitable future for them.  

The other woman selected for the award was Chanpone Sinlapasai-Okamura of Lake Oswego for her role as an advocate for the rights of immigrants and refugees. A partner with Marandas Sinlapasai, P.C., she represents clients on general immigration law matters and focuses her practice on assisting children who are survivors of domestic violence, serious crime and human tracking.  

“Each of these women is a dynamic leader and role model with a strong record of service to the on the local, state and national levels. We are pleased to honor these extraordinary women,” said Dr. Barbara Ramírez Spencer, OCFW chair.  

The honorees will receive their awards in a ceremony to be held March 8.   Since 1985, the Oregon Commission for Women has presented the Woman of Achievement Award to women in Oregon for leadership and success in their area of expertise, promoting the status of women in society, refl ecting a commitment to equity and diversity, and serving as exemplary role models.  

The Oregon Commission for Women was legislatively established in 1983 to work for women’s equality. The commission does this by advocating for women in the community, providing information on women to the governor and state legislature, serving as a link for women to state agencies, and providing services to individual women in Oregon.

Newport News Times, February 24, 2017, B4

Talk will focus on Letitia Carson, an Oregon pioneer

Central Oregon Coast NOW Meeting!  Business meeting will follow talk.

Jan Meranda and Dr. Bob Zybach will give a presentation on Letitia Carson on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Newport High School Boone Center.

This program is cosponsored by The Newport Public Library Foundation and the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation in recognition of Black History Month.  

Letitia Carson, a former slave, was one of the first black women to cross the Oregon Trail in 1845, along with her white husband, David. Their daughter, Martha, was born along the way, and their son, Adam, came several years later. When David Carson died, Letitia and her children were left out of his estate settlement, and their land was taken from her by Greenberry Smith, a wealthy white landowner.  

Letitia’s story is signifi cant because she fought for years to regain her property and eventually won, becoming the first black woman to make a successful homestead claim in the Pacifi c Northwest.  

Zybach is a forest scientist with a Ph.D. in environmental sciences. He and Meranda, a writer and genealogist from Salem, have collaborated on researching Letitia Carson’s history for nearly 30 years.  

Jane Kirkpatrick drew on their research to write her 2014 novel, “A Light in the Wilderness,” and Meranda recently published the first in her series of biographies on Carson, “Freedom’s Light: The Letitia Carson Story Begins.” Zybach’s article, “Strangely Absent from History: Carson vs. Smith, 1852-1857,” appeared in a recent issue of The Oregon State Bar Bulletin.  

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of Meranda’s book will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, go online at or call 541-265-2153.

Jan Meranda stands at the grave of Letitia Carson, who is the subject of a presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m. at the Newport High School Boone Center.This event is in recognition of Black History Month.

Dr. Bob Zybach, along with Jan Meranda, will give a presentation on Letitia Carson, a former slave and one of the fi rst black women to cross the Oregon Trail in 1845. The talk is being held in recognition of Black History Month. (Courtesy photos)

Newport News Times, February 22, 2017, B3


Women in Oregon fishing industry have important, sometimes invisible role

OREGON COAST —Women have always played an important role in Oregon’s commercial fishing industry, even if they don’t actually fish or work on boats. But a new study indicates their roles are changing.  

The research, funded by Oregon Sea Grant and published in the journal Marine Policy, was based on a series of oral-history interviews conducted mainly with fishermen and their wives.  

The findings could help government agencies set policies that take into account their potential impacts on the wellbeing of entire fishing communities, said Flaxen Conway, a community outreach specialist with Oregon Sea Grant Extension and a co-author of the paper.  

Conway, who is also a professor in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts, noted that a federal law, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, requires policymakers to consider how management policies could affect the economic and social wellbeing of fishing communities.  

Women’s contributions to the fishing industry are not always visible and are continually evolving, Conway said. They have traditionally performed onshore legwork roles, such as provisioning vessels and taking care of the financial side of the business, she said. But some of those interviewed noted an increase in the number of women involved in research or management, such as serving on task forces and commissions, sometimes because of increasingly complex regulations and markets.  

Sarah Calhoun, a former OSU master’s student, conducted interviews with 15 women and 10 men from the coastal Oregon towns of Astoria, Warrenton, Garibaldi, Newport and Port Orford; and Morro Bay, Calif., as part of this project.  

One fisherman’s wife said she entered the “politics of fishing” when fishing quotas were starting to be implemented.  

“It was really obvious that our boat and our community was going to be entirely left oit [if ] we weren’t at the table to participate in the really finer details of the design of the [catch shares] program, and so that’s when I got involved,” she said.  

Another fisherman’s wife noted, “More women and fishermen’s wives are much more aware of the regulatory issues than they were 20 years ago, and are much more active … self-educating or attending the meetings, or pushing their husbands out the door [to a meeting] and telling them, ‘You need to go to this.’”  

The increasing complexities of the fishing industry have increased women’s need to turn to social support groups such as Newport Fishermen’s Wives, and to adapt by learning new skills, said Conway. For example, one fisherman’s wife described the challenge of understanding fishing quotas: “How do I open a quota share account, how do I trade quota, how do I transfer it from account to account?” she asked. “That’s the kind of constant learning [that’s necessary] as regulations change. And I think that the learning curve — as opposed to 20 years ago — [has] grown exponentially.”  

As one fisherman’s wife put it, “Fishing isn’t what it used to be. It isn’t the same. So I think you have to be able to adapt to change.”  

Conway agreed. “I’ve always been really impressed with the resilience of the fishing community, and this work has showed us that adaptation has actually resulted in a major change in the roles women play in the family business.”  

The interviews form part of the Voices from the West Coast oral history project. Suzanne Russell, a social scientist with NOAA’s Northwest Fisheries Science Center, was a co-author of the paper, and the center also provided funding.  

Rick Cooper is managing editor for Oregon Sea Grant, headquartered at Oregon State University since 197 1. He manages websites and social media, writes content for digital and print uses, and edits publications and other content.

Sara Skamser and her husband, John, design and make fishing nets as owners of Foulweather Trawl in Newport. Skamser, who was previously a fisherman and welder, was one of 16 women interviewed for a research project funded by Oregon Sea Grant about how women’s roles have changed in Oregon’s commercial fishing industry. (Photo courtesy of Lynn Ketchum)

Michele Longo Eder stands in front of the fishing vessel Timmy Boy, which she and her husband, Bob, own. Eder was one of 16 women interviewed for a research project funded by Oregon Sea Grant about women’s roles in Oregon’s commercial fishing industry. Until her retirement in 2015, Eder, who is on Oregon State University’s Board of Trustees, was an attorney whose practice included an emphasis in marine and fisheries law. (Photo courtesy of Chris Becerra, for Oregon State University)

BY RICK COOPER   Of Oregon State University, Newport News Times, February 22, 2017, B1


Coast Festival/Stronger Together Run/Walk 5k

This year Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation is co-sponsoring with the Coast Hills Running Club a Stronger Together Run/Walk 5K.  This “fun run” is family friendly and benefits the Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation.  JOIN IN THE FUN!  Registration is below (Print, complete and mail in ASAP)


Coast Festival/Stronger Together Run/Walk 5K –  Sunday, February 26, 2017   

Newport, Oregon 

Seafood and Wine Festival Weekend

Presented by Coast Hills Running Club and Central Oregon Coast NOW Foundation

Where:  Newport Performing Arts Center    777 W. Olive Street, Nye Beach Turn West at Highway 101 and Highway 20 intersection and proceed on Olive St. to Newport’s Performing Arts Center.

Course Description: Scenic paved course through Nye Beach, down to the Yaquina Bay Bridge, through Yaquina Bay State Park and back to the Performing Arts Center.  A fairly flat, fast and fun course.

Start Times:  9 a.m. start.  Packet pickup and race day registration at 8:00 am.

Awards:  10:15 am at the Performing Arts Center.  Enjoy delicious hot local chowder after the race, donated by Ocean Bleu at Gino’s, as well as great raffle prizes donated by local businesses.



(1) on-line at  , or

(2) by mail: Make checks payable to Coast Hills Running Club, 2807 NE Jackson Place, Newport, OR   97365

Entry Fees:     The race entry fee does not include a T-shirt.

Entry Fee for advance registration – online or postmarked by 2/24/17

Adult (T-shirt not included)                               $ 15.00                     

Student under 19 (T-shirt not included)          $ 10.00         

T-shirt (optional, available until 2/15/13)       $10.00

Kids Run- free


Entry Fee – Day of Race (cash or check only, no T-shirt option)

Adult                                      $25.00

Student under 19               $15.00


PROCEEDS:  Are for Central Oregon Coast NOW to help fund their events. For more information about joining the club, email

RACE DAY SAFETY CONCERNS:  For your safety and others’ there will be no strollers, skates, bicycles or pets allowed on the course.  There will no road closed for this event. Traffic on course, runners must abide by all laws governing use of roads.

SPONSORS:  Newport Performing Arts Center, Ocean Bleu at Gino’s, Pepsi Cola, Clif Bar, Dutch Bros.  Local Ocean, Pig and Pancake, Café Stephanie, Made in Oregon, The Coffee House, Coca Moca Joe’s, Aunt Belinda Candy

AWARDS: Awards for Top overall M & F, Masters M & F, Age Group Awards by 5 Year Increments. Results posted at the event.


For more information Email: call 541-270-4180 or go to Coast Hills Running Club on Facebook

REGISTER ONLINE at , or pick up an entry form up at:  Newport Chamber of Commerce, Newport Recreation Center, ME Fitness Center (Newport), Gallagher Sports (Salem), Portland Running Company (Portland), 5 Star Sports (Corvallis), Eugene Running Club, Fit Right Northwest (Portland).




Name___________________________________________   ____Male  ___Female




City, State, Zip________________________________________________________


Birth date _______________ Age Race Day_______


Phone#_______________________________  Email_________________________________


Registration postmarked by 2/17/17 (does not include optional T-shirt)

o  Adult $15.00     o  Student under 19 $ 10.00


o  T-Shirt:  $10.00 (option available only if postmarked by 2/15/13)


Adult sizes:  ____SM            ____MED              ____LG             ____XL          ____XXL (+$2.00)


o  No T-Shirt


Registration after 2/17/17 or Day of Race (no T-shirt option)

o  Adult $ 25.00    o Student $ 15.00


Total $ enclosed:  $__________


Mail to:  Coast Hills Running Club, 2807 NE Jackson Place, Newport, Oregon  97365


Please Read and Sign Waiver: I know that participating in a road race is a potentially hazardous activity. I should not enter and run/walk unless I am medically able and properly trained. I agree to abide by any decision of a race official relative to, my ability to safely complete the event. I assume all risks associated with participating in this event including but not limited to falls, contact with other participants, the effects of the weather, including hypothermia, traffic and conditions of the road, all such risks being known and appreciated by me. Having read this waiver and knowing these facts, and in consideration of your accepting my entry, I, for myself and anyone entitled to act on my behalf, waive and release Coast Hills Running Club, its officers and members; Newport Performing Arts Center; RRCA; all sponsors, their representatives and successors, and all persons, volunteers, participants or government agencies from all claims or liabilities or any kind arising out of my participation in this event, even though that liability may arise out of negligence, or carelessness on the part of the persons named in this waiver. I grant permission to all the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other records of this event for any legitimate purpose.



Signature (Under 21 Parental Signature)


While at the beach, enjoy the 36th Annual Seafood and Wine Festival February 21 – 24, 2013.  This event, held in the South Beach Marina parking lot, is the premier seafood & wine event of the west coast and the original Northwest seafood and wine festival. You must be 21 years or older to enter the event.

For more information about the festival, lodging, or to order festival tickets on line: