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Fire destroys commercial building at Warrenton Marina

Fire destroyed a commercial fishing building Saturday on property owned by the city of Warrenton. The blaze at 848 N.E. First Court, adjacent to Warrenton Marina, was reported at 12:12 p.m. Nov 3. “When we arrived, the roof was gone,” Warrenton Fire Chief Tim Demers said. The 70- by 30-foot metal-clad building contained equipment floor to ceiling. The cause hadn’t been determined. “The damage is huge and there’s nothing left of the building,” he said. “There are metal parts and (continued)

Balensifer retains mayor's post; Newton defeats write-in challenge

Henry Balensifer defeated opponent John Washington by a 3-to-1 margin in the Warrenton mayor’s race and both the school and jail bonds were approved by voters. Rick Newton, who faced a write-in candidate, handily won his race to remain on the commission. With the majority of votes counted Wednesday, Balensifer had received 1,598 votes, or 74 percent, to Washington’s 546. “I want to thank Mr. Washington for getting involved in the democratic process. It’s not easy to put your name on the (continued)

School and jail bonds pass

School leaders are ecstatic over the near 60 percent passage of the district’s $38.5 million school board election. “We are so excited and grateful about the bond passing with 59 percent of Warrenton-Hammond voters,” said Debbie Morrow, school board president and chair of the Yes for Warrenton Hammond Kids political action committee. “Because of their vote of confidence, our schools will see safety improvements, opportunities to expand vocational and technical education and, as part of (continued)

Warriors lose first game in play-offs

WHS vs Sheridan, 3-28

In their first play-off game since 2012, the Warrenton Warriors football team came up short against the Spartans last Friday night in Sheridan. The final score was 3-28. “I’m really proud of our kids’ efforts this season,” Coach Ian O’Brien said. “We made some huge strides from the first to the last week of the season. Sheridan is a physical football team with some great players.” Warrenton battled hard despite the defeat, he said. “We had some things happen early on in the game (continued)

Too-small clams mean no local winter season

Razor clam harvesting on Clatsop County beaches will remain closed until March 1, 2019. Extension of the annual conservation closure prohibits all harvest of razor clams (both recreational and commercial) along the 18-mile stretch of beach from Tillamook Head in Seaside to the mouth of the Columbia River. The closure is in place to protect undersize clams and provide better clamming opportunities on Clatsop beaches next year. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s annual stock assessment (continued)

North Jetty reconstruction to continue through winter

Public access to parts of Cape Disappointment State Park will be closed throughout the winter while construction of North Jetty continues, according to the Army Corps of Engineers. Hundreds of humongous rocks trucked through Warrenton during the summer are being used in the project. The Corps of Engineers, which is in charge, expected to reopen closed areas this month, leaving them open to the public until spring. Instead, North Jetty, North Jetty Road and nearby parking lots will remain closed (continued)

VA says veteran suicides alarmingly high

Every three days, an Oregon veteran takes his or her life. The rate is significantly higher than the state’s general suicide rate, according to the latest data from the Veterans Administration. Veterans represent only 8 percent of the population, but account for 16 percent of the suicides in Oregon. Veteran advocates across the state and nation are investing significant resources to address the issues believed to be risk factors for veteran suicide. Taking a hard look at the data helps (continued)

Astoria businesses win awards

Three Astoria businesses won awards from Oregon Main Street’s annual Excellence in Downtown Revitalization. Mo’s Chowder, Good to Go and Gimre’s Shoes were recognized with dozens of other projects across the state. Awards were announced last month. Mo’s, a restaurant in downtown Astoria, won for Best Adaptive Reuse. The restaurant filled a large vacancy left when Englund Marine relocated out of downtown. The former warehouse now houses a restaurant seating 160 people and a chowde (continued)

Medicare annual enrollment runs through Dec. 7

Annual open enrollment for Medicare is under way and Oregon’s Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance Program is available to help. Medicare is health insurance for people 65 and older or younger than 65 with Social Security Disability Income. People living in Oregon who are 65 and older may be eligible to sign up and find health insurance that best meets their needs. Medicare covers many medical costs, including visits to the doctor, prescription medications, and preventive care such as (continued)

Battle over blight: City takes on Main Street mess

Taking the horror by the horns, city leaders voted Wednesday afternoon to bid on one of the town’s biggest eyesores. The uninhabitable house at 1086 S.E. Main Court – visible from the city’s main drag -- could become a jewel in the city’s redevelopment crown. “This is a classic example of why you have an urban renewal district,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said. He and two other commissioners, acting as the city’s Urban Renewal Agency, voted unanimously to make a low-ball offer on the (continued)

Sponsors of large events must give city time and information

The city is in the process of tweaking policies governing events held in the city, water fees and rules, and sidewalks. There are no broad sweeping changes proposed, but some people may be affected by the rule-tightening. “This became a very hot topic because of problems we’ve uncovered,” Community Development Director Kevin Cronin told city commissioners when describing proposed changes to the group events policy. The current policy, which covers city parks, was adopted in 2012 and is (continued)

Warrenton agency named one of top 100 nonprofit groups

Northwest Community Alliance, a nonprofit group supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was recognized by Oregon Business magazine as one of the 2018 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon. “It was like the Emmys and Oscars,” said Shantell Stevens, associate director. “No one knew who the top three were for each of the small, medium and large organizations, or where they were ranked and when they were announced, they were surprised and grateful and everyone (continued)

Four graduate from Pacific University

Four Clatsop County residents recently graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove. Richard Hiebert of Astoria earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Chelsea Tumbarello of Astoria earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology, Mackenzie Walgren of Gearhart earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and Jordan Miller of Seaside earned a bachelor’s degree in applied theater and sociology. Miller also graduated magna cum laude. (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Letter to the Editor: Ad struck a nerve with daughter

Recently there was an ad published about all of Rick Newton's so called “failings” while in office. I want to tell you about the Rick Newton I know. I am Rick’s one and only biological daughter, although my dad had what we refer to in our family as “rent-a-kids” in the hundreds. This is because my dad always had and still has an open-door policy to help those who need it. Before my parents ended their marriage, they were in the process of adopting my older “sister.” When they (continued)

Senior Moments: Veterans deserve our honor

This Sunday, try to set aside a time to celebrate Veterans Day. I was trying to think of an adequate tribute to honor our veterans. There is nothing really adequate, but the following was written anonymously and it speaks to our veterans for all of us: What is a veteran? A veteran -- whether active-duty, discharged, retired, or reserve -- is someone who, at one point in his or her life, wrote a blank check made payable to the United States of America for an amount up to and including his or her (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History

Tensions erupt before Custer's Last Stand

Nov. 9, 1875: Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, who resisted the government's attempts to confine their people on reservations, are ordered to stop resisting. A year later, they'll lead the Battle of Little Bighorn against Custer's troops. Nov. 10, 1813: A thousand “red stick” Creek Indians surround a pro-white group of so-called “white stick” Creeks at Talladega, in east-central Alabama. Andrew Jackson’s force of 2,000 soldiers and allied Indians arrive at the scene and attack. While the (continued)

Senior Moments: Downsizing can be fulfilling

The word “downsize” has been around only since about 1975. A common definition is “to reduce in size, especially to design or produce in a smaller size.” In my desire to lose weight, when someone asks me how I am, I could just say “Fine, I am downsizing.” The many dictionaries I have at my fingertips don’t say anything about using the word to describe my weight. However, downsizing can be so much fun! It can be more exhilarating than lots of other things. And I’m not just (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Activists occupy BIA offices in Washington D.C.

Nov. 2, 1972: Hundreds of Indian activists occupy the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington D.C. as part of the “Trail of Broken Treaties” protest. Their goal is to gain support for a policy of self-determination for American Indians. The government promises to refrain from making arrests, and it pays the Indians’ expenses to return home. Nov. 3, 1755: Massachusetts Bay Colony issues a bounty for the scalps of Penobscot Indians. Nov. 4, 1833: Lt. G.J. Rains of the 7th Infantry, (continued)


Warrenton's Thanksgiving feast

Residents are invited to a Community Day of Thanks from noon to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day at Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St. It’s the eighth year the group Thankful Hearts has offered the free community Thanksgiving meal. “We have received so many positive comments from community members over the past seven years who are thankful we are here for them,” said Dianne Burkhart, who along with other family and friends has organized the event. “This year we will be work (continued)

Astoria Rescue Mission offers free Thanksgiving meal

Astoria Rescue Mission offers free Thanksgiving dinner to the community at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at the mission, 62 W. Bond St., Astoria. Menu includes turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, candied yams, cranberry sauce, rolls, assorted salads and desserts. For those who’d like to donate, contact the mission at 503-325-6243 or send a check to P.O. Box 114, Astoria OR 97103. Most needed items are pies, turkey, potatoes, lettuce, onions, celery, eggs, (continued)

Nehalem proposed as state Scenic Waterway

Members of the state’s Parks and Recreation Commission seek public comments on a plan to manage a portion of the Nehalem River that’s being studied as a candidate for the State Scenic Waterway system. A public hearing is set for 4:30 t0 6 p.m. Nov. 26 at the North County Recreation District Office, 36155 Ninth St., Nehalem. Members of the public, especially residents of Tillamook and Clatsop counties, are invited to attend and share their views on the draft management plan. The draft pl (continued)

Classes available on choosing Medicare during open enrollment

Northwest Senior and Disability Services presents a series of free classes on Medicare during open enrollment for the program. Astoria: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, or 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Coho Room, 2021 Marine Drive. Seaside: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Bob Chisholm Center, 1225 Ave. A. Registration is not required as walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 503-861-4200. (continued)

Nutcracker tickets sales start Monday

Tickets go on sale Oct. 15 for the 44th season of the Little Ballet Theatre’s “Nutcracker.” “Nutcracker” includes a cast of 80 dancers, a 55-piece orchestra conducted by Cory Pedersen, and a 12-voice choir. The performance is suitable for all ages and takes the audience on a magical journey to 1840, at the Stahlbaum family holiday party. The mysterious Dr. Drosselmeyer brings a mechanical doll, a pair of tumbling harlequins, and a lovable dancing bear to entertain the elegantly (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

Public safety calls for week of Nov. 9

** Warrants Warrant service, 2:31 p.m. Oct. 31, 500 block South Roosevelt Drive, Seaside. Blaine Shannon Skodt David, 39, of Roseburg was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from Clatsop County Circuit Court. **Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, 5:26 p.m. Oct 28, Walmart. William Brian Stephens Jr., 26, of Astoria was cited for criminal third-degree theft and criminal mischief. ** Suspicious circumstances/disturbances Malicious mischief, noon Oct. 31, 1000 block Southeast Main Court. Rear window (continued)

Public safety calls for week of Nov. 2

** Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, 12:53 p.m. Oct. 19, Rite Aid. Hannah L. Havranek, 27, no known address, was cited for criminal third-degree theft. Shoplifting, 9 p.m. Oct. 23, Rite Aid. Woman with two-colored hair (half pink) left store without paying for items. Subject could not be located. Shoplifting, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25, Walmart. Frank William Seaman, 41, no known address, was cited for criminal third-degree theft. Shoplifting, 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Walmart. Tiffany Lynn MacPherson, 34, of (continued)