Salmonberry Trail Project

The Salmonberry Trail Intergovernmental Agency (STIA) and Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust (TFHT) invite you to participate in a workshop to gather local input for development of a strategic marketing plan for the Salmonberry Trail project.  This plan will refine the identity of the trail, identify the full range of potential trail users, markets and strategies to reach them, and establish unified messaging for the trail.  It will serve as the foundation for future marketing and promotion of the trail by a variety of local and regional organizations.

The communities along this 86-mile long trail are unique, and we need your input and local knowledge to assure the trail marketing strategy is something that will work for you and meet local needs.  We would also like to learn from you what has worked best in terms of marketing your community or region in the past, and what additional opportunities may exist that can be realized through the Salmonberry Trail project.

We will be holding three workshops in Tillamook and Washington Counties the week of April 10, and hope that you are able to join us at one.  Here are the details on when and where you can participate:

  •  Monday, April 10, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. @ Banks City Hall, Council Chambers
  • Thursday, April 13, 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. @ North County Recreation District Community Building, Schoolhouse Room, in Nehalem
  • Friday, April 14, 9:00 A.M. – Noon @ TBCC’s Partners for Rural Innovation Building, Room 107, in Tillamook

The workshops will be facilitated by staff from HUEN LLC of Portland, who are working on behalf of STIA and TFHT to develop the strategic marketing plan.  This work is being supported by a matching grant from Travel Oregon.

In addition to getting your input for the strategic marketing plan, we will also share information at each workshop on key work that has been taking place on the project, and what will be happening next.

Please spread the word to others in your community about these workshops.  If you know of other individuals or organizations in your area who are interested in the tourism and economic development potential of the Salmonberry Trail project, please forward this invitation on to them.  To enable us to better plan for the number of folks coming to the workshops, we would appreciate an RSVP by email response if you plan to attend.  Hope to see you at one of these gatherings!

Ross Holloway, Executive Director
Tillamook Forest Heritage Trust
503-945-7318 (office)
503-812-4056 (cell)

Super Saturday-Henrik Bothe

Come join the North Plains Public Library at Jessie Mays Community Center for fun performers and activities for all ages! Super Saturday events are always a blast and always free!

Saturday March 11, 2017
Henrik Bothe!

Mix the gentle humor of Victor Borge, the physical agility of Seinfeld’s Kramer, and the cross-generational appeal of Charlie Chaplin and you have some idea of what Henrik Bothe brings to the stage.

He spins plates, walks on ladders, juggles without using his hands, spins ropes, manipulates fancy hats, and rides a unicycle that’s higher than your expectations. Most important of all, he connects with his audience.


First Friday Flick-Trolls


Join the North Plains Public Library at Jessie Mays Community Hall on the First Friday of each month for a free showing of a PG-rated movie.

March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

After the Bergen’s invade Troll Village, Poppy, the happiest Troll ever born and the curmudgeonly Branch set of on a journey to rescue her friends.

Chamber Director Elections

Attached is information about the nominations for the upcoming Director elections.

All written nominations must be received by the Nominations Committee Chairman by 12:00 noon on the day of the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017.  Verbal nominations will be accepted only at the Regular Membership Meeting, Tuesday, April 11, 2017. 

If you have any questions about the nominating and election process, please contact the Nominating Committee Chair: Wayne Holm

9th Annual Crab & Steak Feed


Jessie Mays Community Hall
30975 NW Hillcrest
North Plains, Oregon 97133

First Seating:  3:00 pm
Second Seating: 4:30 pm
Third Seating: 6:00 pm

Space is Limited.

$35.00 for Crab or Steak Dinner,
$40.00 for Surf & Turf ($5.00 more at the door).

Purchase tickets in advance:

North Plains Senior Center

Or call 503-647-5666

Proceeds support the North Plains Senior Center and Meals on Wheels People Program.

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Learn How to Read e-Books!


Thursday, January 26, 2017
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm

North Plains Public Library
31360 NW Commercial Street
North Plains, Oregon 97133

Free Event. The North Plains Library Director will give a presentation on what the cloud library is, how to install it on your devices and how to use it to get free e-books and audio books using your library card. He will also help members of the public who bring their own mobile devices to get up and running using the Cloud Library.

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Washington County Museum New Exhibit: Timber in the Tualatin Valley

We are proud to announce that “Timber in the Tualatin Valley” is our new permanent exhibit, sponsored by Stimson Lumber Company! With many original artifacts on loan from local collector Bill Racine, this display aims to teach visitors about the history of logging in Washington County, from the first pioneers to railroading to gas-powered engines.

Much of the local ancestry here tracks back to the loggers of the old days, who carved out this area for homesteads and town sites beginning in the 1860s. Learn about the dangers of the job and what camp life was like for loggers through the tools they used in the woods! Feel what it is like to lay on a straw mattress in the bunkhouse, take a funny photo in our head-in-a-hole logger cutout, and learn about the area on our touch screen mapping program. Check out our calendar for upcoming talks about the industry as well! The Museum is located at Hillsboro Civic Center, (2nd floor above Starbucks), 120 E Main Street,

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News-Times Mega Sale!