• Use leftover cooking oil to occasionally wipe down metal gardening tools to prevent corrosion
  • Use table salt as a natural weed killer (mix with water in one of your reused glass bottles or even a reused spray bottle)
  • Use broken pottery, mugs, plates, and cups to plant in and decorate your garden
  • Old pallets are a great way to make an outdoor compost pile
  • Old tubs and sinks make great ponds and decorative planters
  • Reuse wood scraps to create inexpensive garden plots
  • reuse large plastic water bottles to protect seedlings from wind and insects-once the plant is touching the bottle it should be removed and saved to use for the next seedling
  • Reuse old CD’s and DVD’s to scare off birds
  • Make your own sprinkler head out of a used plastic bottle 
  • reuse old silverware by painting them and creating a cool wind chimeMore zero waste tips coming soon!

Lincoln City and the Octopus

I’ve had quite a few folks ask me why Lincoln City’s branding now features an octopus. They see it as a big surprise and not quite what they expected. Why an octopus?

Well, first off, after many stakeholder input sessions, we found that Lincoln City as a long, linear town full of pleasant surprises resonated with virtually everyone. We are the Unexpected, the beach town uniquely full of surprises big and small, including, as it turned out, our new friend the octopus.

But, an octopus? What does that have to do with Lincoln City?   We don’t have any, right?

Actually, you can look to our recent tourism past and see quite a few.

Open the menu from Pixie Kitchen and you’re greeted by their cartoon octopus.


He was also one of the main characters in the animatronic garden behind the restaurant.  His mechanized tentacle tipped his hat to guests for over 30 years.

Go back a little further and you’ll find more octopuses lurking about.

Where D River Wayside is today, guests enjoyed visits to the DeLake Aquarium and, yes, a giant Pacific octopus was one of the main attractions.


Going back even further, we have the Native American Legend of Devils Lake (,) a story featured at A Tour To Die For. According to the legend, the tentacles of a monster emerged from the lake, grabbed men from their canoes and dragged them to the bottom, never to be seen 

again. While there is no indication that the monster was definitely an octopus, I’m guessing it was at least a cephalopod cousin.

What about now, you say? Well, look up in the sky during our Kite Festivals, and you will most likely see quite a few flying above you.

Once you start thinking about octopuses, you’ll start seeing them in Lincoln City.

There is an octopus in the concrete bench in front of the North Lincoln County Historical Museum.




Go up to the Library, walk in the entrance and look to your left. You’ll see another one.


In fact, there are octopuses everywhere you look.


Jennifer Sears Glass Studio:





Historic Anchor Inn:





Sea Gypsy Hotel:









Lincoln City Community Center:










Black Squid (technically another cousin, but still a cephalopod)


But, what about real octopuses?  According to Bill Lachner, who conducts our clamming and crabbing clinics, they are in our tide pools. They are shy and clever and hard to spot, but sometimes you can spot babies there.





So, yes, we have a rich history when it comes to octopuses. And we have quite a few here in town. Once we get a little farther down the road with our branding rollout, we’re going to have a contest to see who can spot the most octopuses here in Lincoln City.

More on that in another blog post soon.




I learned today that there has been a post on the Lincoln City Homepage Facebook page regarding Justin Werner’s attempt to attend the Executive Session last night.  There seems to be confusion on his part as to the process by which one can attend an executive session as media.  Mr. Werner contacted City offices a few weeks ago about attending an executive session as media.  We informed him that there was a process he needed to follow and that the City Council would make that determination.  That process included appearing before the City Council during an open session where in the City Council could make the determination (i.e.) vote on his application. 

We sent to Mr. Werner the Attorney General’s opinion on media and said he would need to show that he can meet the criteria of the Attorney General’s opinion for the City Council to determine that he is bona fide media.  Mr. Werner has not made the request or application during an open session and therefore the City Council is unable to act or vote.

Last night Mr. Werner attempted to attend an executive session without having gone through this process. The City Attorney, Mr. Appicello, advised the City Council that they could not act either in executive sessions or work sessions as to Mr. Werner’s standing as media.  I advised Mr. Werner that he had to leave because he has not been recognized as bona fide media.

I have learned since becoming a City Manager in Oregon that there is a process for doing things.  In my discussions with City Staff Members, we have applauded Mr. Werner’s efforts to establish himself as media and encourage him to follow the process and apply to the City Council.  If he is able to show that he is media according to Attorney General opinion and the City Council approves his petition, we are happy to welcome him to the City meetings including executive sessions according to Oregon and Lincoln City laws and policies.



Bring your own reusable bag when you go shopping and pass on the plastic bags. Plastic bags have long been a staple of modern convenience living, but the cost of convenience is starting to add up environmentally. Plastic bags ultimately end up in the landfill and even then they can take 10-1000 years to break down. On average Americans use 100 billion plastic bags a year, which require 12 million barrels of oil to produce. Switching to reusable bags not only reduces plastic waste but they are also more durable and washable. I have made the switch to reusable shopping bags and it wasn’t that hard after all.  I purchased reusable shopping bags (most were $1) from the local grocery stores in town. Every grocery store in town offers a reusable alternative to the plastic bag.  I store my reusable bags in the trunk of my car so I don’t forget them.  It may sound daunting at first but it has been easy to pass on the plastic. Keep sending me your trash reducing tips.

The Budget Committee Approves the Fiscal Year 2019-2020 Budget

On Monday the Budget Committee (BC) approved next year’s budget.  It completed over 15 hours of work on their part.  The following are significant changes made by the BC.

  • Remove the convenience fee for using debit and credit cards to pay on-line.  The City charges an extra $2.25 when you pay your utility bill on-line with a debit and/or credit card.  The City will cease this practice if this change is approved by the City Council.  This change will decrease the City’s revenue by $4,520 per year but we hope more people will pay their bill on-line.

TRASH TIP:  You can reduce the amount of trash you create by switching to electronic billing.  It’s just four east steps to go paperless when you set up an account at Express Bill Pay.

  1. Go to and log in.
  2. Click “View Bill” under the account you would like to be paperless.
  3. Locate the “Paperless (Off)” button
  4. Click the button to turn on “Paperless (On)”

TA-DA!  Just like that you’ve reduced the stuff you throw away.

  •  Donate $50,000 to the Hospital for equipment when the new hospital is built.  Samaritan Hospital is moving forward with the new hospital and are fund raising for equipment needed in the new hospital.  The BC recommended giving $50,000 as part of the City’s economic development incentives.
  • Create a Teen Center within the Community Center.  The BC approved $46,250 for this purpose.
  • Funding for the Cultural Center.  The BC approved $58,000 for window replacement at the Cultural Center, $150,000 for improvements to the grounds and $50,000 for design/engineering for the site plan engineering and design development.
  • The BC approved $500,000 for a new centrifuge.  A centrifuge dries the sewage sludge so it can be taken to the landfill.  The City has one in operation now but needs a second to process the amount of sludge generated and act as a back up.
  • Wi-Fi Hot Spots.  The City Council has been interested in providing greater access to the internet especially for students.  The BC approved $10,000 for installing hot spots in selected areas within Town.
  • Remove the Deed Restriction at Regatta Park.  The deed on the park restricts vendors.  Removing this restriction allows the City to expand activities at the park.
  • Add $1.15 million for sidewalks along Hwy 101.  These funds will be used to extend sidewalk on the east side of Hwy 101 from Taco Bell to Holmes road – approximately 2,000 feet; extend sidewalk on the west side of Hwy 101 from Motel 6 to Mojo’s Coffee – approximately 100 feet; and, extend sidewalk on the east side of Hwy 101 from SE 19th to SE 23rd – approximately 1,200 feet.

The approved budget will be presented to the City Council on June 11th for adoption


Since I began exploring ideas and strategies to help reduce trash, I wanted to share with you something I have been doing for a while now.  If you’re like me you accumulate a lot of white paper, especially one-sided paper.  What a waste to use this paper once and then recycle it or throw it away.  Wouldn’t it be better to find a way to return this paper to mother-nature?  I save one sided paper documents and turn them into notepads.  Recently I accumulated 5” of paper and converted it into 10” of notepads.  I’m always looking for note pads and scrap paper.  I cut them in half and painted “Plasti-dip” on the ends to hold the paper together.  Once the pads are used I will shred them and use them in composting.  Think of it – returning the paper to mother earth through composting.  That’s the ultimate in trash reduction.










Even if you are not able to make notepads out of old papers then try some of these other ideas for reuse:

  • Printing -paper that is blank on one side can be reused in the printer to print documents that do not need to be distributed.
  • Pet Cage Liner- reusing paper and newspaper is perfect for lining small animal cages.
  • Origami- reusing paper as craft projects for kids is perfect. The possibilities are endless when you give children blank paper.  My origami specialty is jumping frogs.  (See Picture – it actually jumps)
  • Fire starters- reuse paper with non-toxic ink by tearing into strips and using it to start BBQ grill fires.
  • Paper-Mache craft products- reuse paper to make paper-Mache piñatas and other craft projects.
  • Gift Wrap- use paper to create your own patterned wrapping paper. Draw your own design and color for a personalized gift.