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Astoria's history is intertwined with Scandinavians'

Residents of Scandinavian descent are celebrating recent approval of an agreement with the city of Astoria that allow them to build Scandinavian Heritage Park. The monument will honor the immigrant tradition that brought thousands of Scandinavians to Oregon’s North Coast in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The goal with the park is to make locals and visitors aware of the ethnic heritage that contributed immensely to the fabric of this area. The state had fewer than 50 Scandinavians in 1870, (continued)

Warrenton Fire Department presents awards at annual banquet

Chris Peck was named Warrenton Firefighter of the Year during the annual firefighters banquet held recently. It is the highest award given each year and is voted on by the entire membership of the department. “It is an award given to the person who exemplifies the positive characteristics of a member of the fire service and who has a notable record of contribution to the organization over the past 12 months,” Fire Chief Tim Demers said. Peck serves as a firefighter and is president of the (continued)

CMH names new operations officer

Columbia Memorial Hospital named Nicole Williams its new chief operating officer (COO). Williams joined the hospital in April 2017. She is assuming day-to-day oversight of CMH’s operations. Williams was raised in Astoria and has served the community for more than 20 years. Before joining CMH, she served as the CEO of Clatsop Care Health District for four years, and was with Clatsop County government for more than 16 years. Williams holds a master’s degree in public administration. The chief (continued)

Candidates must files by March 5

Those who plan to run for a seat on the County Commission have until 5 p.m. March 6 to file their declaration of candidacy or nomination petition for the May 15 primary election. Three seats are up for election: District 1, the seat held by Scott Lee, which includes Warrenton, Hammond and a western portion of Astoria; District 3, the seat held by Lisa Clement, which includes Astoria, Lewis and Clark and Jeffers Gardens; and District 5, the seat held by Lianne Thompson, which includes Cannon (continued)

City replacing water meters

The city of Warrenton begins replacing water meters this month throughout the water distribution system. Warrenton received a $1.1 million grant/loan combination from the Infrastructure Finance Authority that allows the city to replace all its obsolete meters. The city has about 3,300 water connections and 750 had been upgraded to a radio-read system before the grant. But, at the rate the upgrades were going in, the whole system would have been obsolete by the time the city completed the task, (continued)

Warrenton Warming Center focuses on suppers

Winter hasn’t been cold in Warrenton this year and Warrenton Warming Center has been open less than a dozen days. “Because of the warm temperatures, we’re trying to refocus and figure out how we can still help people,” said Rick Newton, a city commissioner and a Warrenton Warming Center board member. The center’s mission is to provide a warm, safe place with food, love and support, based on principles found in Luke 10:25-36 of the Bible. So the center, based at Calvary Assembly of God (continued)

It's a sweet season as Girl Scout cookies return

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time! The 2018 sales season begins today, Feb. 16, and runs through March 11 with more than 30,000 cookie booths set up across the country. Cookies are $5 per box and there are eight varieties this year. The S’mores offered last year were a hit, so they’ll be back along with the iconic Thin Mints, Samoas and Trefoils. There will be three sales booths in Warrenton: Fred Meyer, Main Street Market and JoAnn Fabric and Craft. In Astoria, sales booths will be at Safeway (continued)

School district takes step toward new campus in the hills

Plans to build a new school compound somewhere in the hilly fields between Costco and Old Youngs Bay Bridge will take 18 years and more than $36 million to complete. The Warrenton-Hammond School Board voted unanimously Wednesday night to authorize the district to begin communicating the needs and the plan with the public. The decision on whether to pursue a bond election will depend on the public’s reaction and will be made at the board’s April meeting. “We want to establish at least some (continued)

When the California condor was king

California condors once had a powerful presence in Oregon. The Lewis and Clark expedition saw plenty of them during the winter they spent at the mouth of the Columbia River and William Clark wrote an in-depth description of one in his journal on Feb. 16, 1806. (He described it as a “handsome bird, at a little distance.”) Close up, it is no beauty, for sure. But, like the bald eagle, this huge majestic bird is making a comeback from its spot on the endangered species list. Travis Koons, (continued)

This weekend is for the birds

Forget Twitter and go outside to hear some real tweets this weekend. It’s time for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen science opportunity that has grown in popularity and scope worldwide since it began 21 years ago. The count is a joint project of the National Audubon Society and Cornell Lab of Ornithology along with partner Bird Studies Canada. The idea is to get people from across the country – and now the world – to sit still in the outdoors and watch birds, making note of (continued)

Recall affects pork sold in Oregon, Washington

An Alberta, Canada, company is recalling raw pork products that were imported without inspection upon entry into the United States, according to a bulletin issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The items were shipped to retail locations and restaurants in Oregon and Washington as well as to a Department of Defense commissary in Japan. The problem was discovered Monday by an import inspector. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of th (continued)

Grad rates improve, especially for the 'underserved'

As Oregon’s high school graduation rate continues a steady climb, the graduation rate for many historically underserved student groups is rising faster than the state average. Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education have focused on narrowing the opportunity gap to improve graduation rates through programs, such as vocational skills, that target those who may not be college bound. The four-year graduation rate for students who began high school in the 2013-14 school year is 77 (continued)

Prolific car prowler pleads guilty, gets 2 years in prison

A man suspected of committing numerous vehicle break-ins the month before Christmas pleaded guilty Thursday to burglary, first-degree theft and second-degree theft. Randy Stackhouse of Warrenton had been taken into custody in mid-November on two outstanding warrants. At the time, police suspected him of the car burglaries and began collecting evidence, including more than 100 items found that appeared to be taken in the thefts. At the time, police issued a statement seeking people who’d lost (continued)

Four young women receive top honors at Miss Clatsop pageant

Four area young women won the top titles at the Miss Clatsop County event last weekend at the Seaside Convention Center and they and fellow competitors took home $6,850 in scholarships. The title of Miss Clatsop County 2018 went to Haylie Moon of Cannon Beach. Moon, 22, received $1,550 as well as top honors for best interview, the Service Above Self award and Miss Congeniality. Moon is a 2014 graduate of Seaside High School and is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Portland. (continued)

Soldier dies during Camp Rilea training

A solider from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died at Columbia Memorial Hospital after he was shot at Camp Rilea. “It’s still under investigation. What we don’t want to do is get ahead of that,” said Capt. Mark Miranda of the Washington state Army base’s public affairs office. Spc. Devin James Kuhn, 24, was found with a gunshot wound about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Rilea’s housing area. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors in the emergency room. “Training in (continued)

Library sponsors dog days to draw young readers

A good listener is a huge help when you’re learning to read. Meet Maisie, an 8-year-old border collie with the patience of Job. “We love kids and Maisie was an obedience dog and also a sheep-herding champion,” said Pamela Holen, Maisie’s minder. But the sheep Maisie herded are two hours away, Holen said. And, well, the dog was a natural at rounding up the kids with her pleasant persona and attentive listening skills. On Saturday, Maisie was greeting young readers at Warrenton Community (continued)

Police raid Warrenton-area home, arrest six on drug charges

A search warrant served over the weekend just south of Warrenton’s city limits resulted in the arrest of six people and the confiscation of heroin and firearms. The raid was conducted jointly Saturday by the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Off ice and the Seaside Police Department at a home on Railroad Road in the Clatsop Plains area. Those arrested: Richard Leroy Baker, 56, of Warrenton was arrested on suspicion of delivery of a controlled substance/heroin and booked at Clatsop County Jail. He (continued)


Thanks for making Breakfast with Santa a success

The Warrenton Community Center Advisory Board held a “Breakfast with Santa” at Warrenton Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 16. The breakfast was a great success and we want to thank the community for its awesome support. We served 274 individuals and 133 kids enjoyed seeing Santa and having their pictures taken. A special thanks to all our great volunteers. Thanks also to Starbuck’s Coffee in Warrenton, Pig N Pancake, VFW Post 10580 an VFW Auxiliary Detachment 1228, Lektro Inc., McCall (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History

Feb. 16, 1863: Congress takes action stating that all treaties between the United States and the “Sisseton, Wahpaton, Medawakanton, and Wahpakoota Bands of Sioux of Dakota are aborgated and annulled” as far as occupancy or obligations in Minnesota are concerned. The act took away their lands in Minnesota because of the “Santee Sioux uprising.” Feb. 17, 1909: Geronimo, the Chiricahua Apache leader from Arizona who violently resisted government attempts to resettle his people, dies and is (continued)

Kudos to schools for their work on behalf of students

Congratulations to the Warrenton School Board, superintendent, principals, teachers, staff and volunteers. The positive news about our school system didn’t happen by accident. Each one of these people deserves our praise for their teamwork to get here. I would especially like to thank Mrs. Salmi for the reading program and the volunteers who are involved. I have always maintained that poor readers will fall behind and are more apt to drop out. This effort will pay dividends to life. With the (continued)

Find your why and you'll find your purpose

Senior Moments

We do a lot of reflecting as seniors, often around the why of our lives. I recently ran across the book “Find Your Why,” by Simon Sinek. It is a follow-up of the book by the same author, “Start With Why.” I found the subject -- as well as an extensive review of the books -- quite fascinating. Yes, Amazon carries them and yes, I will soon have them. Merriam-Webster’s dictionary defines why as wanting to know the cause, reason or purpose. We all remember the stages of a child’s life, (continued)

February is a month of love and fine men

February seems to be a very busy month. As a little girl in school, we always celebrated Abraham Lincoln’s birthday (known as Honest Abe) on its actual date, Feb. 12. Now it’s lumped in with George Washington’s birthday (known as the Father of our country). He was born Feb. 22. The federal holiday was shifted to the third Monday in February in 1971 as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act. This year, Presidents Day falls on Monday, Feb. 19. My favorite day in February, as those who know (continued)


Feb. 25: Viennese opera soloist performs Sunday

Astoria Music Festival presents a Viennese operetta at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, at the Bridgewater Bistro, 20 Basin St., Astoria. Soprano Charlotte Pistor, a soloist in the Salzburg Landestheater Opera, will sing music from The Merry Widow, Die Fledermaus and more. She’ll be accompanied by Deac Guidi. Tickets are $20 and include a glass of champagne. Or, with a package, attendees can pay $40 and get champagne, coffee and pastries. Tickets are available at the Liberty Theater box office or by (continued)

Church News: Catholics have host of Lent activities

St. Mary Star of the Sea in Astoria and St. Francis de Sales Mission in Hammond has several events during Lent. Stations of the Cross, followed by a soup and bread supper, are held at 6 p.m. Fridays in Star of the Sea School’s auditorium, 1411 Grand Ave., Astoria. Parishioners are encouraged to bring meatless soups in crockpots and bread. Saturday Vigil Mass is at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Francis de Sales, 867 Fifth Ave. Sunday Mass is at 8:30 a.m. Sundays at Star of the Sea, 1465 Grand Ave., (continued)

Public Safety

Police and fire calls

Arrests Trespassing, 3:20 p.m. Feb. 8, Fred Meyer. Anthony J. Getchell, 64, of Chinook was arrested on suspicion of second-degree criminal trespassing and released pending a court hearing. Warrant, 7:02 p.m. Feb. 9, Robinson Community Park. Jaxon Ray Chaffee, 18, was booked at Clatsop County Jail on an outstanding warrant. Thefts/Burglaries Shoplifting, 10:29 a.m. Jan. 21, Main Street Market. A woman walked out the door without paying for $42 in groceries and beer and became disorderly whe (continued)

Road Work

A major project in downtown Tillamook is likely to delay drivers headed south on Highway 101 and work will continue on the Astoria-Meglar Bridge’s $20 million painting and improvement project through July. Road maintenance in Jeffers Garden and Lewis & Clark Road. Road maintenance on Aldrich Point Road and Old Highway 30 in Svensen. Brush removal in Hamlet. (continued)