You read or hear about it quite often; companies decide to close their operations in a town or city. When that happens it’s a big adjustment to those impacted by that move. I know, I used to live in Yachats and wham, one day we had no gas station or bank!

Suddenly banking and fueling up took on a whole new meaning!  Fortunately for me, it was simple. I stayed with my bank which has a branch thirty some miles away instead of just a block or two away, and then got fuel eight miles away in Waldport.

But not all was gloom and doom! I developed a new way to look at Newport, where my bank is, and found myself enjoying Waldport a lot more! Since I was in Waldport more frequently I discovered places to shop, eat, and generally be merry!

Of course in the Yachats coffee shops and watering holes there was an outcry and complaints but as of today that has died down!

It’s a part of human nature, if something is taken away someone is gonna complain. But as Oregonians have survived many changes and will continue to do so, that’s why I’m proud to be an Oregonian, bring on the changes if necessary, and we will continue to excel!


By: Rick Schultze

This article was also published in “The Information Station” a local hand-out in our area…

Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!