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Introducing the brand new automated library

Warrenton Community Library started a new chapter this month. New computers. New library cards. New shelving. And, finally, automation. There’s a website now where patrons can look up books and -- just like Fred Meyer and Walmart – have their selections ready for pick up without having to walk up and down the aisles. And check out “Answerland,” a reference service on the website that’s linked to librarians across the state. They’re available to provide research guidance 24/7. (continued)

City could put up a parking lot to increase business traffic

The top downtown projects that should be completed using special tax money include placing power lines underground, building a parking lot, and renovating the public pier at Warrenton Marina. Those were the top three choices selected Wednesday afternoon by members of the Warrenton Urban Renewal Advisory Committee. The seven-member panel advises the city’s Urban Renewal Agency, which currently is made up of the five city commissioners. The agency is tasked with spending money raised within the (continued)

Regatta court includes two from Warrenton High School.

Two Warrenton High School students are among the four young women named to the 2019 Astoria Regatta court. They are Serena Moha from Warrenton High School, Mara Dowaliby from Warrenton High School, Kayla Helligso of Astoria High School and Caitlin Hillman from Seaside High School. One of them will be crowed queen on the first day of Regatta, which will be held Aug. 7-10 at locations throughout Astoria and Warrenton. Serena serves on the Student Council and participates in the National Honor (continued)

City and county agree to lend out their building inspectors

Warrenton and Clatsop County building inspectors will play backup for each other, according to an agreement approved by both entities. The agreement allows the county to perform building inspections on behalf of the city and vice versa. Each party will pay the other $75 per hour for inspection services and, should the need arise, 75 percent of plan-review fees with a minimum of $75 per review, whichever is greater. “With several large projects on the horizon, there are many benefits to such (continued)

City seeks permission to dredge Hammond Marina

The city has applied to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct maintenance dredging at Hammond Marina. The dredging would allow better boat access to the marina and moorage slips. About 72,500 cubic yards of accumulated sediment would be moved from a 10 ½-acre section to a disposal location adjacent to the marina. The proposed dredging of the basin would be to a depth of 8 feet mean lower low water and a portion of the entrance channel to the depth of 10 feet. Dredging would b (continued)

UofO to get quake study grant

The University of Oregon will receive more than $400,000 in federal funds for research into improving earthquake early warning systems, U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley announced. “A state-of-the-art early warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis in Oregon and the entire West Coast is a must to save lives if and when disaster strikes,” Wyden said. “I am gratified that the University of Oregon has earned these awards to continue building on its pioneering research to improve this (continued)

Rent hikes capped at 10.3 percent

A statewide rent-control bill, which was passed by the legislature a week ago, limits the amount landlords can raise tenant rent. The Oregon Department of Administrative Services’ Office of Economic Analysis calculated the percentage of increase allowed this year as 10.3 percent. Senate Bill 608 requires the agency to calculate and post to its website by Sept. 30 of each year, the maximum annual rent increase allowed by statute for the following calendar year. Because the bill has taken (continued)

State wants to help new home buyers save

Potential homeowners can consider using an Oregon First-time Homebuyers Savings Account to help save for a new home and possibly reduce their taxes. In 2018, the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 4007, which allows Oregonians to deduct up to $5,000 ($10,000 if filing jointly) per year from their taxable income for deposits and earnings in a FTHSA. Eligible Oregon residents are those who haven’t purchased or owned a single-family home, either individually or jointly, in the three years (continued)

Hospital forges bond with OHSU

Columbia Memorial Hospital recently signed a new collaboration agreement with Oregon Health Science University that’s expected to help the hospital expand access to health care. The local hospital has developed other programs with OHSU during the past decade, including cancer care, cardiology, emergency medicine and general surgery. “CMH’s relationship with OHSU has allowed us to maintain at-risk services and add numerous new services during a turbulent time in the health care (continued)

Girls end best season in nearly a decade

The Warrenton girls basketball team bounced back Friday with a 45-40 win over Vale. It came one day after their loss in the 3A Girls Basketball State Championship at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay to No. 2-ranked Salem Academy. The win pitted them against Brookings-Harbor at 9:45 a.m. Saturday. But even with Fernanda Alvarez’s team-leading 12 points, followed by Kenzie Ramsey’s 11, and Claire Bussert’s 6, the Warrior girls lost 40-45. The team had an overall 21-10 record, winning 69 (continued)

Co-op's solar project wins Pacific Power Blue Sky grant

Astoria Co-op Grocery is among the 13 solar projects across Oregon, Washington and California to receive funding from Pacific Power customers who participate in the Blue Sky Block renewable energy program. Blue Sky grants will fund up to $1.2 million in renewable energy projects in 2019, bringing more than 1,055 kilowatts of new solar-powered energy online. Since 2006, Pacific Power Blue Sky Block option program participants have helped fund the installation of 113 community-based projects. (continued)

Seaside student makes dean's list

Summer Spell of Seaside was named to the dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University. Spell, a global studies major, was honored for fall semester 2018 and had an academic standing of 3.5 or better. Azusa Pacific is a Christian university in Southern California. (continued)

New schools chief lays out plans to engineer success

WGS Principal Tom Rogozinski to take helm in July

Tom Rogozinski figures he’ll do a lot more listening than talking in the next six months. Rogozinski, 51, will replace Mark Jeffery as superintendent of the Warrenton-Hammond School District when Jeffery retires at the end of the school year. “It’s a pretty good time to be taking this position,” Rogozinski said. “We’re going to have some very visible, very tangible wins right away.” The new career and technical building is expected to open by the next school year. Construction (continued)

Data center could add $40 million to local economy

The developer of a technology data center proposed for Warrenton estimates employees there could make a $40 million positive impact on the local economy each year. In general, data centers employ those skilled in technologies and they make higher salaries than the average worker, explained Mark Cox, chief executive manager of Agile Design LLC, the development’s primary proponent. Cox met at Warrenton City Hall with county and city leaders last week in a meeting arranged by the North Coast (continued)

New commercial district will get a development plan

Land owners in a new commercial area along Highway 101 will have to wait a few months before new projects can be approved, city leaders decided Tuesday night. The City Commission voted unanimously to pay for development of a master plan for the 19-acre Spur 104 project. It’s known as Spur 104 because the area sits between Alternate Highway 101 (a spur off State Highway 104) and U.S. 101. It was to be the commission’s final approval on the project, but the master plan will require y (continued)

Fort Clatsop Visitor Center to get renovation

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park is preparing an Environmental Assessment to analyze the impacts from a proposed improvement project at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. The Visitor Center at Lewis and Clark National Park was constructed in 1963 as part of the National Park Service’s “Mission 66” initiative and underwent a major expansion and renovation in 1991. Numerous safety and accessibility issues have developed that need to be corrected, park officials said, and energy (continued)

County gets good news on sale of jail bonds

Clatsop County sold $20 million in bonds last week, which will be used to fund the county jail relocation project approved by voters in November. The sale was well-received by investors, county officials said. Due to investor demand for premium bonds, the county will receive $23.44 million for the project. The new jail is being built at the former Oregon Youth Authority detention facility in Warrenton. The county plans to put the extra $3.44 million into reserves to offset any potential cost (continued)

Hotel owes city more than $100,000

Warrenton’s Shilo Inn owes the city $126,000 in room tax money collected from patrons who stayed at the hotel. In letters dated Jan. 18 and Feb. 15, City Attorney Spencer Parsons demands payment of the taxes that were collected by the hotel in the second half of 2018. The letters are addressed to Shilo’s corporate office in Portland, its management corporation, and the Warrenton hotel. The city-imposed deadline to prevent further legal action was Feb. 22. But the fees had not been received (continued)

Two-year bridge project to begin

A two-year project to repair Youngs Bay Bridge begins the month. The work consists of raising the lift-span tower bracing, replacing rocker bearings, repairing damaged concrete and replacing compression joint seals. The Highway 101 bridge connecting Warrenton and Astoria was built in 1963. Heavy traffic, exposure to the elements and rapid temperature changes have caused deterioration, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation. The work includes periodic single-lane closures at night (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Senior Moments: When happy hour comes early

It’s time to spring forward with all our clocks this weekend. I remember when we had to call the operator to get the correct time. Anyway, when we get up at 6 a.m., it will really be 5 a.m. because we put the clocks ahead one hour before we went to bed on Saturday night. I don’t drive after dark, but after the time change, I can stay out an hour later. A hint for us seniors: I get a discount on my car insurance for not driving after dark. You may want to research your perks if you don’t (continued)

Senior Moments: All activity is good for the brain

I recently read an advertisement from an exterminator that reminded us “March winds and April showers bring May flowers and June bugs.” I guess one could call that nature’s definition of synchronization. That same bug company says this is the reason: “Cold air is sitting in the north while warm air is coming in from the south. When these winds collide, things get emotional, and March throws a windy, gusty tantrum.” It makes sense to me, but what do I know? In case you need a reminder, (continued)


Tale of early Indian featured in 'Footsteps' lecture

The story of George Ramsay, an Indian who lived near the mouth of the Columbia River at the time of Lewis and Clark’s visit, is the subject of the next “In Their Footsteps” talk. The free event is set for 1 p.m. Sunday, March 17, in the Netul River Room at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. The talk will be presented by Aaron Webster, a Cape Disappointment State Park Ranger who has worked at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center for 16 years. Webster has a passion for storytelling as a way (continued)

It's still 'Pouring at the Coast'

The 10th annual Pouring at the Coast brewers festival will be held Friday through Sunday, March 15, 16 and 17, at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, 415 First Ave. More than 30 breweries are participating with more than 70 beers and there will be food and live entertainment. The event is open to those 21 and older. Friday’s event is a brewers basketball tournament at 7:30 p.m. in Clatsop Community College’s Patriot Hall in Astoria. Admission is $10. The brewfest is noon to 6 p.m. (continued)

AAUW announces scholarship for female students

The local chapter of American Association of University Women has set an April 5 deadline for applying for a $2,000 scholarship. This scholarship is awarded annually to a female resident from northwestern Oregon or southwestern Washington who is enrolled or planning to enroll in a degree program. The candidate must have been out of high school five or more years. The application is available at under “Foundation.” The Seaside AAUW branch was established in 1943. (continued)

Fishing: State to stock local lakes

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has released its schedule for stocking local lakes. Smith Lake will be stocked March 18-22 and April 22-26. Cullaby Lake will be stocked March 18-22. Vernonia Lake will be stocked March 18-22, April 1-5, and April 29-May 3. Sunset Lake will be stocked April 1-5, April 22-26, and Sept. 16-20. Coffenbury Lake will be stocked March 18-22, April 1-5, April 22-26, May 27-31, and Sept. 16-20. (continued)

Symphonic band announces its 38th season

North Coast Symphonic Band returns to the Liberty Theatre for its 38th season in October. The community band, with Dave Becker as conductor and musical director, is a self-supporting nonprofit group with 50 volunteer musicians. The group provides two of its four annual concerts for free. The first concert of the season is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28. “Dances of Enchantment” will feature a collaboration between the North Coast Symphonic Band and 3 Leg Torso, a well-known ethnic folk band from (continued)

Police and Public Safety

New Citizens Academy forming

A new Clatsop County Citizens Police Academy is scheduled to start in April. Residents will have an opportunity to meet local police officers and deputies, learn about different aspects of law enforcement and find out how to volunteer. Applications are available at police departments and at the sheriff’s office. The 10-week academy is from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays beginning April 16 at various locations with an added firearms training on Saturday, May 18. It’s the second year the academy has (continued)

Public safety calls for week of March 8

** Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, noon Feb. 26, Walmart. Tara Lynn Jones, 32, of Astoria was arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft and criminal mischief after she allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for $88 in food and clothes. Shoplifting, 5:40 p.m. Feb. 26, Walmart. Sarai Eduardo-Davis, 35, of Astoria was arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft after she allegedly attempted to leave the store without paying for $59 in clothes and spray paint. Burglary, 11:07 (continued)

Man cited for causing oil spill at Carruthers Park

A Hammond man was cited for causing an oil spill at Carruthers Park. The park host, who lives on site, called police about 8:30 a.m. Sunday when he woke to find a 400- to 500-square-feet spill in the parking lot near the dog park. A large oil barrel was split open, lying on the asphalt in the park’s east entrance and oil was trailing toward a storm drain with the words “outflows to stream” printed on it, according to a police report. The park host had disposed of the barrel, which had (continued)

Thefts of cans, other recyclables on the rise

The theft of bottles and cans, whether collected by individuals, markets or recycling centers, has become an increasing problem. At least once a month, Warrenton police respond to calls of recyclables thefts from yards, garages or from behind stores. A Warrenton man riding a bicycle was arrested Feb. 17 after taking two large bags of cans and bottles from Main Street Market. A customer brought $120 worth of recyclables to the store for a refund about 10:30 a.m. Feb. 16, according to a polic (continued)

Public safety calls for week of March 1

** Warrants Shoplifting suspect observed in area, 8:43 p.m. Feb. 20, 1600 block Ensign Lane. Keith Allen Greenawald, 43, of Seaside was arrested on multiple outstanding warrants, including contempt of court. Warrant service, 6:39 p.m. Feb. 21, 500 block Northwest Seventh Place. Lissa Kay Maddox, 38, with no known address, was arrested on warrants for failure to appear in court. ** Thefts and burglaries Theft and vandalism, 8:38 a.m. Feb. 15, 300 block Southeast Marlin Avenue. Someone stole two (continued)


Grade school hosts Oregon Battle of the Books

Local teams have been getting ready for regional competitions of Oregon Battle of the Books. Warrenton Grade School in the third through fifth grades traveled to St. Helens last weekend for a regional competition. The middle school competition will be Saturday, March 16, at Warrenton Grade School.The top teams in each division move on to compete at the OBOB state finals April 6 at Chemeketa Community College in Salem. In Battle of the Books competitions, teams participate in a round robin, quiz (continued)

School board approves $6.3 million property purchase

The Warrenton-Hammond School District will pay $6.3 million for property south of Walmart on which it will build a new middle school campus. After meeting in executive session last week, the board of directors announced it had come to terms with Warrenton Fiber Company for 58-acres east of Dolphin Avenue. The purchase was approved unanimously with the board’s newest member, Neal Bond, making the motion. “It’s a great night to be a Warrior,” board President Debbie Morrow said after th (continued)