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Power outage begins Friday night

Pacific Power has scheduled two power outages this summer to make transmission system improvements. The first outage begins tonight, July 13, at 11:59 p.m. and runs through 6:30 a.m. Saturday. The second outage is from 11:59 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, to 4 a.m. Aug 11. About 3,100 Pacific Power customers in Warrenton and Hammond will be without electricity as crews upgrade essential equipment to increase capacity and improve reliability in the area, says a news release about the outage. The outage (continued)

No dampened spirits on Fourth of July

Thousands reveled in patriotic pomp and frivolity Wednesday despite the coldest, windiest and rainiest Fourth of July in memory. “The weather didn’t work out, but it was one of our best parades,” said Mike Moha, Old-Fashioned Fourth of July director. “The flyover was great,” Moha said. “Thank you, Mayor Balensifer for getting those F15s and to the Coast Guard for the helicopter. It was one of the longest parades and the car show was our biggest ever.” At least 40 cars took part in (continued)

State targets unlicensed contractors, other construction violations

More than a dozen unlicensed contractors and many other violations were found last month when the state Construction Contractor Board made sweeps of job sites from Astoria to Newport. The sweep, which visited 157 sites on the coast, was part of a multistate action targeting the construction industry. The largest number of violations involved people working on home-improvement projects without a contractor license, including contractors who hired unlicensed subcontractors or worked on homes (continued)

Unemployment benefits increased July 1

The amount paid to people filing for unemployment insurance benefits has increased. The maximum weekly benefit amount someone can receive increased from $604 to $624, while the minimum amount increased from $141 to $146. The change affects new unemployment insurance claims filed after July 1. Those with existing unemployment claims will continue to receive the same weekly amount they’ve been receiving. Oregon’s Unemployment Insurance program provides temporary, partial-wage replacement for (continued)

Razor clamming now open on coast

Razor clamming is open along the North Oregon Coast. Domoic acid levels have fallen below the closure limit, according to Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Open areas are from the Columbia River to Cape Perpetua at Yachats. Some areas farther south also are open for razor clams. Mussels, bay clams and crab are open for recreational harvesting along the entire Oregon Coast. Recreational licenses are required. For more information please call ODA’ (continued)

Mausoleum wins preservation grant

Oceanview Cemetery in Warrenton and Prairie Cemetery in Knappa both received grants recently from the Oregon Commission on Historic Cemeteries. The state agency awarded $61,500 to 14 historic cemetery projects throughout the state to support preservation efforts, repair work and visitor education. Individual awards ranged $1,680 to $8,260. The grant for Oceanview Cemetery will help pay for restoration of the mausoleum. The grant for Prairie Cemetery will be used to install fencing and construct (continued)

Scandinavian Park moves step closer to reality

Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association received a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust, which will allow the group to hire a consultant to help organize a fund-raising campaign for Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park. The Organizational and Professional Development Grant program was developed by Oregon Cultural Trust Partners to strengthen cultural nonprofit leadership and organizational effectiveness to better serve Oregon’s cultural community. Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Park will be (continued)

Local residents earn college honors

Clatsop County residents received honors from several colleges recently. Rachel Fackler of Astoria earned a master’s degree in teaching from George Fox University in Newberg. Morgan Postlewait of Astoria was named to Dean’s List at George Fox University for spring semester. The biology major earned at least a 3.5 grade point average. Morgan Brown and Summer Spell, both of Seaside, were named to the Dean’s List at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, Calif. Cody Carmichael of Seasi (continued)

Life Flight offers discount memberships

Life Flight Network, the nation’s largest nonprofit air ambulance service, is celebrating its 40th year of service with new memberships of $40 through Labor Day. “Since 1978, Life Flight Network has provided air medical transport service to people in the Pacific Northwest, saving lives and saving valuable time when every second counts,” said Michael Griffiths, Life Flight’s chief executive officer. “It is our privilege to continue to serve the region alongside hospitals and th (continued)

Kia donates to USCG group

Warrenton Kia donated $2,300 to the Warrenton U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association. The donation was raised through the sale of every new Kia sold between May 15 and June 15. The association serves Coast Guard and other military active-duty and reserve members, veterans and their families with community service, scholarships and financial help. “We would like to thank Warrenton Kia for thinking of the Chief Petty Officers Association and for their generosity in providing us with (continued)

Hospital's 'credit score' goes up

Fitch Ratings, one of the “big three” credit rating agencies for businesses in the United States, recently upgraded its rating for Columbia Memorial Hospital. CMH’s revenue bonds and issuer default rating went from BBB- to A-. The default rating affects $45 million in long-term debt. Fitch’s rating indicates the financial outlook for CMH is stable. “Improving our bond rating to an A- is great news and something we’ve spent a lot of time working on,” said Erik Thorsen, the (continued)

Publication: Clatsop Bank in excellent health

Clatsop Community Bank received an A+ Health Grade for the first quarter of 2018, an honor given to about 11 percent of the evaluated banks and credit unions, the bank announced. The comprehensive health score is assessed each quarter, and considers several factors, including capitalization, deposit growth and loan-to-reserve ratios. “We’ve always conducted our business in accordance with sound banking principles,” said Joe Schulte, the bank’s president and chief executive. “(We) are (continued)

Wrecked Spanish galleon likely source of unusual items washing ashore

Beeswax and Chinese porcelain have washed ashore on Nehalem Spit for centuries. Now, archival and archaeological evidence point to the Santo Cristo de Burgos, a 17th-century galleon owned by the kingdom of Spain, as the mysterious vessel commonly known today as the “Beeswax Wreck.” Stories of a very large shipwreck began circulating during the earliest days of Euro-American presence in the Pacific Northwest, as fur traders and explorers learned from local Indians that a large ship had long (continued)

Hamming it up on amateur radio Field Day in Gearhart

Cub Scouts, leashed dogs, curious neighbors and passers-by, vendors and dozens of amateur radio enthusiasts shared a family fun annual Field Day at Gearhart City Park on Saturday. Dana Gandy, president of Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club, wowed onlookers by demonstrating how he’d strung antenna wires between two tree tops without his climbing boots. He used a drone and a sport-fishing electronic gizmo. The gizmo has a wireless switch often used by anglers to control a fishing line hung below (continued)

Suicidal man rescued from surf at Sunset Beach

A man attempting to commit suicide was rescued from the surf at Sunset Beach on June 21. The man, who was not named, had tied a bag full of weights around his body, the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office reported. When deputies arrived, they tried to contact him, but he was too far out and couldn’t hear them. Senior Deputy Robert Townsend offered to swim after the man, but instead the Coast Guard was dispatched. “Detective Walker and Deputy Libertad eventually made voice contact with the (continued)

Man sentenced in teen alcohol case

Trevor Secord died Jan. 26, 2017, at age 15

A man accused of giving alcohol to a Warrenton High School teenager on the night he ran into traffic and was killed was sentenced this week to 10 days in jail. Christina Secord, mother of Trevor Secord, 15, called the sentence a slap on the wrist in her statement that was read in court. Her son had an extremely high blood-alcohol content when he jumped out of a vehicle late on the night of Jan. 26, 2017, and began running down Highway 101 north of Gearhart. He was struck by a pickup and died at (continued)

City's main entryways get extra scrutiny

A task force addresses blight, aesthetics and tiny homes

Code enforcement should be the top priority if the city ever wants to be more attractive, a task force told city commissioners Tuesday night. “It’s beautification of the community we’re talking about,” said Paul Mitchell, who also serves on both the city’s Planning Commission and Finance Committee. He and other members of the Downtown & Thoroughfare Aesthetic Task Force gave their final report after six months of studying ways to make the city better. “None of this can happen (continued)

City goes after additional blighted properties

The City Commission named two more properties as nuisances this week, which sets the clock ticking on stricter enforcement activities. A home at 719 S. Main Ave. was declared a public nuisance and the owner will be given 10 days to remove inoperable vehicles, trash, scrap metal and construction materials. The owner, who lives in Alaska, is renting the property and told city officials they plan to give the tenant an eviction notice. The debris is in an unfenced front yard, next to the Methodist (continued)

45 tons of trash in a day

Warrenton residents got rid of 45 tons of garbage during the city’s annual spring clean-up day. Each year, the city pays for the event in the hope residents will clear out trash, trim their trees and shrubs, and get rid of outdoor things that mar the city’s aesthetic. There were 179 residents who took part, dumping six refrigerators, 10 appliances, 16 tires and 29 tires with rims at the Astoria Transfer Station on May 20. Residents paid $3 per trip and the city picked up the rest, which (continued)

Warrenton passes $35 million budget

Increased library hours, a new part-time municipal court clerk and a public works position transitioning from part time to full time are the highlights of a nearly $35 million budget approved Tuesday by the City Commission for the 2018-19 fiscal year. It’s mostly a hold-steady budget, City Manager Linda Engbretson said, with two of the three highlights coming from the library levy and police levy recently passed by voters. “With all the growth in Warrenton, we are still (committed) t (continued)

Marine officers seek drunken boaters

Law enforcement agencies from 32 counties had planned an operation the weekend before the July 4 holiday to combat drunken boating. The Marine Board and Oregon State Police also will participate in “Operation Dry Water.” It’s part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of intoxicants.   “To help marine officers prepare, we train them to recognize drug and alcohol impairment and arrest those operators (continued)

Where's the bus? Now you'll know

Sunset Empire Transportation District has launched a new smartphone application to help riders find out where their bus is. Using “Transit App” and Google maps, riders can track their next bus, access real-time transit information, live maps and bus locations as well as real-time trip planners so riders can make price and travel-time decisions. Those with smartphones can go to the Apple ITunes store or Google Play and download the “Transit” app. Those without a smartphone can call (continued)

Football team seeks work to pay for camp

Warrenton High School’s football team is looking for work. The team will attend football camp July 15-18, which costs $120 per team member. “We have many kids who are looking to find work to pay for camp,” Assistant Principal Ian O’Brien said. “The kids are capable of doing yard work, debris removal” and other odd jobs. Anyone willing to have an athlete work for camp, contact O’Brien at 503-861-3317 or by email at (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Senior Moments: Three blind mice, three bull elk and the nature of three

Tuesday morning, while working on my column, I looked out my sliding glass doors and what do I see? Three gigantic bull elk having their breakfast on the uncut lawn across the street. I went on my patio and they graciously let me take their pictures. (I went back in my house when they decided to cross the street and see what I was up to!) I had already begun today’s column about things that occur in threes. It gave me a chuckle as well as an opening paragraph. A common element you may have (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Monument Valley named Navajo Tribal Park

July 6, 1711: Hostilities escalate between Indians and settlers in North Carolina after settlers are massacred in the wake of white encroachment and the enslaving of Indian children.  July 7, 1540: Coronado attacks the Zuni village of Hawikuh in what becomes New Mexico. July 8, 1539: The Francisco de Ulloa Expedition leaves Acapulco to explore the coast of Baja California with three ships, the Santa Agueda, the Trinidad, and the Santo. The expedition proves that California is not an island. (continued)

Senior Moments: A 'no good, very bad' day story and how to cope

I had one of those days last week. Not only did the ants come marching in again, but the day leaned toward “a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day.” I was scrambling eggs in a breakable bowl and needed to season them before cooking. As I was salting them with my breakable salt shaker, I dropped it into the egg mixture, breaking both. I was impressed with my calmness of spirit in the moment. We seniors can react with a calm that surprises even us. Anyway, I had a choice to make. Do I go (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Missions come under attack in Florida

June 29, 1704: A force of 50 South Carolina residents and 1,000 Creek Indians attack the Spanish San Damian de Cupahica Mission near modern-day Tallahassee, Fla. The mission is destroyed and many local Indians are taken as slaves. A few days earlier, the group had attacked the Mission of San Pedro y San Pablo in Patale in the Florida panhandle. June 30, 1793: The Battle at Fort Recovery, Ohio, rages into its second day. July 1, 1833: The U.S. Army estimates it has captured all the “hostile” (continued)


July is Ingmar Bergman month

An Ingmar Bergman film festival, sponsored by Vasa Order of America Astor Lodge and Pioneer Presbyterian Church, begins at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 14, at the church off Highway 101 at the Camp Rilea exit. The first film is “Fanny and Alexander” and participants get to enjoy cake and ice cream in honor of the famed director, who was born in Sweden on July 14, 1918. The movie won four Academy Awards in 1984. Other movies in the series are “Wild Strawberries” on July 21. A Swedish strawberry (continued)

Melodrama kicks off latest season

The 34th Season of Shanghaied in Astoria opened this week and runs through Sept. 1. Show times for the comedy-musical-melodrama are 7 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays with three 2 p.m. Sunday matinees (July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug 19). Tickets are $20 for front-row seats. All other seats are $15 for adults and $10 for children. All Friday performances are $10. Tickets are available on the website, (continued)

Auditions set for children's theater

Auditions for The Pied Piper, a Missoula Children’s Theatre production, are at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, at the Liberty Theatre, 213 Commercial St., Astoria. There are roles for those entering first grade through 12th grade. As many as 60 local students will be cast. Students who want to audition must arrive by the scheduled starting time and stay for the entire two-hour session. The first rehearsal begins 15 minutes after the audition. Because it’s a group audition, no advance preparation (continued)

College offers public education movies at lunch

Clatsop Community College Library is sponsoring a lunchtime summer movie series. The public is urged to bring a lunch to the library lounge and watch an educational film of less than 60 minutes. The library will screen each movie twice per week, at noon on Tuesdays and at 1 p.m. Thursdays. “Digital Addicts,” July 17 and 19: The movie is about kids as young as 3 becoming addicted to mobile phones and the dangers to children of platforms such as Snapchat and Facebook. “Weird Wonders of the (continued)

Hiking Club releases list of July activities

Angora Hiking Club will walk the Willapa Bay nature trail and Teal Slough at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 7, and has scheduled three other activities this month. Membership is not required to participate in the hikes and anyone interested in walking with the group in the parade is urged to join them or go online to learn more at A 10-kilometer Volkswalk is set for 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21, on Astoria’s paths and stairs. The Fort to Sea Trail and South Slough Loop will be at 1 (continued)

Cooking classes for those diagnosed with cancer

North Coast Food Web and the CMH-Knight Cancer Collaborative present “Cooking with Community,” a series of cooking classes that begins July 24. The classes are free for patients recently diagnosed, in treatment or just out of treatment for cancer and/or their support person. Classes are 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays in the Food Web’s kitchen, 577 18th St., Astoria. Pre-registration is required as there is a 12-person limit. For more information or to sign up, call Venus Fromwiller at (continued)

Residents urged to 'Shop at the Dock' in Warrenton

Shop at the Dock & Beyond begins a four-weekend run today, June 22, with tours and an opportunity to learn about local seafood. Oregon Sea Grant is organizing the free event to help people find local seafood, understand how local commercial fisheries work and give them a behind-the-scenes tour of a local market. Tours are about 90 minutes and participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and arrive 15 minutes early. To register for an upcoming Shop at the Dock, call the OSU Extension (continued)

Lum's to give away a new Camry

Lum’s Auto Center is sponsoring “Win a Toyota Camry at the Coast,” a sweepstakes that runs through Aug. 3. Five entrants will be randomly selected as finalists via online or on-site event registrations. One of them will be named as the grand-prize winner during the Diamond Rio concert Aug. 4 at the Clatsop County Fair. The four-remaining finalists will receive a $50 Visa gift card and Toyota-branded promotional items, such as T-shirts, water bottles and more. To enter the sweepstakes or (continued)

Egg Thursdays now at the Food Web

Thursdays are Egg Days at the North Coast Food Web. Farm-fresh chicken and duck eggs will be available for purchase from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Food Web, 577 18th St., Astoria. Hosts are Brutal Hill Farms, Lazy Creek Farms, Spring Up Farm and Blackberry Bog Farm. (continued)

Tickets for 'Shanghaied' on sale now

The 34th season of “Shanghaied in Astoria” kicks off in July and Astor Street Opry Company has begun selling tickets. Shanghaied is an award-winning musical melodrama/comedy that’s family friendly. The season runs from July 12 through Sept. 1. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday with three Sunday matinees (July 22, Aug. 5 and Aug. 19). Tickets are $10 to $20 and available at (continued)

Habitat conservation stamp competition opens

Artists are invited to compete in the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 2019 Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp and Upland Game Bird Stamp art competitions. Collector’s stamps, art prints and other promotional materials are produced from first place artwork. Winning artists in each contest receive $2,000. Entries can be delivered or shipped to ODFW headquarters between Aug. 31 and Sept. 28, at 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem, OR 97302. Habitat Conservation Stamp: (continued)

Police and Public Safety

Identity thieves sought after burglary, spending spree

Someone broke into an Ohio woman’s car while it was parked at Fort Columbia near Chinook and stole credit cards, debit cards and a camera then used the cards to purchase items at several locations in Warrenton. The break-in occurred about 3 p.m. June 25 and later that day purchases were made at Fred Meyer, Walmart and Dairy Queen in Warrenton and at Rise and Grind in Astoria. A man and woman in their 20s were caught using the card on video surveillance at Walmart. They were driving a maroon (continued)

Public Safety Calls for week of July 6

Suspicious circumstances/disturbances Trespassing, 7:16 p.m. June 25, 100 block Southeast King Avenue. Timothy Michael Goza, 48, of Astoria was booked at Clatsop County Jail on a probation detainer warrant and on suspicion of failing to register as a sex offender and criminal mischief. Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, 4:06 p.m. June 25, Walmart. Tamra Ann McGarey, 45, and Larry Gene Clippard, 33, both with no known address, were cited for criminal second-degree theft after leaving the store (continued)

Public Safety Calls for week of June 29

Warrants Warrant service, 12:37 a.m. June 22, Southwest Third at Southwest Alder. Thai Demetrius Clappe, 35, of Astoria was arrested on a felony sheriff’s warrant. Warrant service, 8:22 p.m. June 24, beach access near Delaura Beach Road. Adrienne Lynn Bighill Green, 41, of Naselle was arrested on a sheriff’s warrant. Warrant service, 7:35 p.m. June 25, 0-100 block Southeast King Street. Patrick Ray Carlson, 29, of Warrenton was arrested on a contempt of court warrant. Thefts and burglaries (continued)