Oregon Coast Magazine March/April 2009

Oregon Coast MagazinesThe Coast’s Historic Churches Steeples point the way to these iconic houses of prayer. - Judy Fleagle

Beaches to Bridges The history of the Oregon Coast Highway. - Richard Yates

An Ocean without Oxygen Scientists and fishermen cooperate in studying the causes and effects of low-oxygen waters along Oregon’s coastline. - Julie Howard

Sketching the Coast On your next trip along the coast, try leaving your camera behind. - Sue Clancy

Mile-by-Mile Guide to Hwy 101 The most up-to-date and detailed guide to the Oregon Coast. - Staff

On the cover

Highway 101, just north of Nehalem Bay, by Alicia Spooner


In the mud Churches

Oregon Coast Magazine March/April 2009



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It was the same spirit I had communicated with last summer when I was ghost hunting. I was sure of it. This time she didn’t respond to the electromagnetic detector, only the rods I held in my hands. I had suggested crossing the rods for yes and uncrossing them for no, and she responded. We held a 20-minute Q-and-A with the sound recorder running.

Once again, Ann Fillmore, of Coast Ghost Paranormal Research Society, and I, still an open-minded skeptic, were at Heceta House. This coastal treasure had been built for the assistant lighthouse keepers at Heceta Head and is now the Heceta Head Lighthouse Bed and Breakfast. We were completing the paranormal investigation that was begun last summer and reported on in the article "Haunted Structures and Ghostly Happenings," September/October 2008.

This time it was a winter evening and we had Fillmore’s team plus two members from the Junction City Emerald Valley Paranormal group. We divided into small teams of two or three. Mine headed for the rocks at the base of Heceta Head, another team climbed upstairs to the attic, and a third covered the outside grounds. Camcorders were set up as well as digital recorders. At sunset, we took a dinner break and ate on the porch watching brilliant colors blaze over the ocean, ending an unbelievable 65-degree February day.

The teams then rotated through four or five sites. There seemed to be a fair amount of paranormal activity taking place; I certainly wasn’t the only one to experience it. But it will take weeks of listening to the recordings, carefully observing the videos, and seeing the digital photos on the computer to determine what actually took place. Stay tuned. I’ll keep you posted.

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If you’re one of the many readers who enjoy historical articles, check out Richard Yates’ "Beaches to Bridges" about building Highway 101 and my piece, "The Coast’s Historic Churches," about eight landmark buildings still in use.

Continuing our series of scientifically oriented, ocean-related stories, "An Ocean Without Oxygen" explains what some call dead zones. And for something new, Sue Clancey’s "Sketching the Coast" shows the results of traveling with a sketchbook instead of a camera.

And last but certainly not least, this is the issue we include the Mile-by-Mile Guide to Hwy 101. It takes a few months to put together an updated guide each year, and chambers, tourism centers, public entities, and ordinary citizens all help in the updating. To all of you, we give our thanks. And to our readers, we hope each of you enjoys this issue.

—Judy Fleagle

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