Oregon Coast Magazine May/June 2007

Articles In This Issue :

Oregon Coast May/June 2007Beautiful Bounty - Stock up on summer goodies at these farmers' markets.

Two Days on the Rogue - A father/daughter sojourn on the river.

Agness - Check out this charming Rogue River outpost.

Ernest Bloch - The natural beauty of Agate Beach inspired this renowned composer.

A Bright Future - The revitalization of Coos Bay and North Bend.

100 Years of "Rhody Days" - A look back at Florence's colorful history.

Port-Orford-Cedar Expo - Learn more about this unique South Coast tree.

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage - Why more and more couples are getting married on the Coast.

Departments:

Coast Lines

Coast Lines - By Rob Spooner, Publisher

Marine Life

Marine life - Not Your Ordinary Feather Duster - Admittedly, I wouldn’t want to advertise the fact that I enjoy writing about worms. But these aren’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill worms. These are marine worms and a world apart from their terrestrial cousins. Sea worms come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors and have a variety of life styles. One of the worms I find most fascinating is the feather duster. (May/June 2007) .

Real Estate

At Home on the River - Life in a floating home keeps families in close touch with the natural cycles of weather and tide.

Coast Lines

Oregon Coast magazine has reached the ripe age of 25 years. For a person, that’s not much, but in the world of magazine publishing, it’s a solid achievement. When Alicia and I bought Oregon Coast in 1988, there were a half dozen other “city/regional” magazines in the Pacific Northwest. They are all gone. In one case, the same name has surfaced and vanished twice and is on its third incarnation. This is a tough business, and lasting 25 years is remarkable.

Much has changed on the Oregon Coast since this magazine first started publishing. In the early ‘80s, the Oregon Coast was still heavily resource-dependent and the recession of those years hit particularly hard. When we came to Florence, there were houses that had been for sale for five years without an offer.

Oregon Coast Cover 1982

Limits on logging in federal forests and curtailed seasons for ocean fishing pushed those segments of the economy downward, and they have never fully recovered.

The new Oregon Coast economy looks a lot different. Tourism and retirement are the new economic drivers. We think bigger than we once did. The Columbia Maritime Museum is like no historical museum the coast has seen before. Even without its famous guest whale Keiko, the Oregon Coast Aquarium has established new standards of excellence and has been seen by millions of people. The three 18-hole courses at Bandon Dunes are more than there were on the entire Oregon Coast south of Salishan in 1982. I wouldn’t be surprised if more people work there than Weyerhaeuser employed at one of its large mills.

Housing is showing up in places where it once was never seen. Almost no buildable oceanfront lots remain, as even the most exposed locations are sought after. As oceanfront has become scarce, demand for ocean view has soared. Hillsides above Yachats and Rockaway Beach now reveal houses where none existed two decades ago.

Alicia and Rob SpoonerSome old activities have developed new twists. It used to be fun to comb the beaches for glass floats that had crossed the Pacific after breaking loose from Japanese fishing nets. Japanese fishermen no longer use glass floats, but a local glass blower had the idea to have local artists produce glass balls that would be hidden along the seashore, to be hunted by the public. And Lincoln City made it happen. It was supposed to be a one-time deal for the millenium, but it was so popular that it has been repeated there and adopted by others. The Oregon Coast has become something of a mecca for glass-blowing, so this fits right in.

Yes, things have changed, but so much has stayed constant. Heceta Lighthouse is still the most photographed spot on the coast. Photographers compose their shots of it as they stand next to the rockwork that CCC workers constructed along Highway 101 during the Depression. Gray whales still migrate along the coastline, delighting the many whaleophiles who scan the ocean hoping to catch a glimpse.

And on the beach, the waves rush in across the sand, lose speed, and finally retreat, leaving the damp sand clean and fresh. We are enormously lucky to have a place like the Oregon Coast to publish a magazine about.

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