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Loss is also Warriors' gain

WHS vs. Neah-Kah-Nie, 14-16

There were some positives in Warrenton football’s 16-14 loss to Neah-Kah-Nie last Saturday night. “Even though we lost, we played competitively against the No. 2 team in the 2A league in the state,” assistant coach Craig Horton said. “It was a great game to be a part of. When we figure out how to play consistently at the level we played at Neah-Kah-Nie, we'll go further than most of us can even imagine,” Horton said. Austin Little, a junior wide receiver, agreed. “We came out every (continued)

Missing man found safe

Warrenton CERT and other searchers were successful this morning in finding a man in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease who disappeared Tuesday. Ruben Rodriguez Martinez, 76, was last seen at his home in the 100 block of Duane Street about 10 a.m., Astoria Police Chief Geoff Spalding said. Martinez was found in good health about 7 miles out on Highway 202, said Sylvia Stephens, Warrenton CERT director. Family discovered him missing about 10 a.m. Tuesday. He likes to take walks and, while (continued)

About the vote

Ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election were mailed to Clatsop County voters on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The election features federal and state contests, including races for representative in Congress, governor, state senator, state representative and judges. There also are five state measures, two Clatsop County measures and measures from Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District and Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District on the ballot. Astoria School District 1C and Warrenton-Hammond School (continued)

In their own words: Warrenton mayor candidate Henry Balensifer

Age: 29 How long have you lived in the city? Except college, all my life Occupation: Communications Manager for LEKTRO, Inc. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, George Fox University; diploma, Warrenton High School Community involvement: I volunteer with or am on the board of the following organizations: -Warrenton High School Fisheries Program -Chair, Clatsop County Housing TAC/Task Force -NW Oregon Works Board -Clatsop Economic Development Resources -Columbia Pacific Economic (continued)

In their own words: Warrenton mayor candidate John Washington

Age: 54 How long have you lived in the city? 19 years Occupation: Retired Education: Associate of arts degree Community involvement: School board involvement, parent-teacher organization, Safe and Sober Party Chairman in 2013, beach clean-up, assist with library float for parade. Why should people cast their vote for you? If the people would like transparency, honesty and a voice, then they should vote for John Washington! Top three issues affecting the city: 1. Low-income housing, 2. Bond (continued)

Fight erupts at City Hall

A candidate for mayor and a city commissioner nearly come to blows

A grudge between mayoral candidate John Washington and City Commissioner Rick Newton developed into a shouting match at the end of Tuesday night’s commission meeting. During public comment, Washington accused Newton of making a scene that included a loud rant and profanity at his meet-the-candidate gathering last weekend. At the end of Tuesday’s commission meeting, Newton went down to the podium on the floor and accused Washington of making misleading statements in campaign literature and (continued)

City gets 'great news' about marina

After years of delays, feds eliminate roadblocks so city can own Hammond Marina

Warrenton has been waiting for years to take ownership of Hammond Marina. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will transfer the marina to the city by quitclaim deed, which should go into effect in three to six months. “We received great news today,” City Manager Linda Engbretson told city commissioners Tuesday. She held up a public notice from the Corps stating the transfer poses no significant impact to the federal government and there was nothing left to do to make the transfer a reality. (continued)

Pearl Harbor survivor to be memorialized at Camp Rilea

Taking care of an ailing parent with dementia is difficult. Putting her father to rest was much harder, said Donna Barnett of Hammond. Spurgeon Keeth, Clatsop County’s last known Pearl Harbor attack survivor, died Dec. 28 at age 92. A military honor celebration was held at Camp Rilea a short time later, but his body was returned to family members in Yakima, Wash. Barnett and her husband, Scott, served as Keeth’s caretakers during his final years. Keeth was just 16 when he joined the (continued)

Obituary: Cara Wahlman of Warrenton

Cara Wahlman, a wife, mother and matriarch of the family, died at home in Warrenton Oct. 1 from complications of congestive pulmonary disease and other health issues. She was 86. She was born Cara Colleen Currier in Gettisberg, S.D., and moved with her family to the Northwest as a child. She worked at Floating Point Systems, a mini-supercomputer manufacturer in Beaverton, and also as a waitress, where she met her husband, Gordon, a frequent customer. They married in 1981 and spent many happ (continued)

Principal goes the distance, many miles at a time

Tom Rogozinski likes to go the extra mile. Sometimes even 200 extra miles. The Warrenton Grade School principal competes three times a year or more in 200-mile endurance runs, a feat he says gives him drive, focus and gratitude. “I’ve probably got over 100,000 miles of running on my legs,” he said. Rogozinski, 50, was hired at a difficult time in the district. The school board had chosen not to renew then-Superintendent Craig Brewington’s contract and the state ethics committee got (continued)

Credit union submits design plans to city

Fibre Federal Credit Union has asked the city to review its plans for a 3,250-square-foot branch next to Walmart. In December, Fibre Federal purchased a 1.12-acre parcel on the corner of Highway 101 and Ensign Lane from Peaks View LLC for $878,169. Peaks View owns one other small parcel adjacent to Walmart and the Fibre Federal property, which was not part of the deal. The financial institution has branches in Astoria and Seaside. Those branches are TLC Credit Unions, which is a division of (continued)

Razor clam season delayed due to shrimpy stock

Razor clam season along Clatsop County beaches has been delayed because most clams are too small for commercial harvester and undesirable for recreational clammers. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pushed back the traditional opening of the fall razor clam harvest from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, and perhaps even later. The closure, which applies only to Clatsop County beaches, will allow the agency time to collect public feedback on management options. “Razor clams are moderately abundant on (continued)

Those on SNAP could receive small increases

Those who receive public assistance for food and utilities will find an increase this month. The U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service has approved an adjustment to the cost of living allowance and the standard utility allowance in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps. The adjustment sets income guidelines and benefit allotment amounts, and the standard utility allowance determines the amount of heating and cooling costs an eligibl (continued)

Firewood permits available

Permits to cut firewood in the Clatsop State Forest are now available. Permits are $20 and allow the purchaser to cut up to two cords. Each household can purchase up to five permits per calendar year. Permits are valid for three weeks after purchase or until two cords are cut. Permits are available at the Oregon Department of Forestry’s Astoria Office, 92219 Highway 202, weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Firewood permits are sold by management basin, and purchasers can cut anywhere not shown (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Pondering pumpkins and storms

I want to lament my search for a few (just a few) small pumpkins with beautiful stems on them. Some with stems that curl. However, when you find a good-size bin of pumpkins, the stems are just little shoots coming out of that beautiful pumpkin. Some say a machine is picking them these days. Recently, as I was trying to find a small pumpkin with an amazing stem, I learned a few pumpkin facts. The original publication date on the fact sheet was Columbus Day and that spurred me on. Anyway, (continued)

First urban Indian radio station goes live

Oct. 12, 1996: KNBA-FM, the first urban all-Native American radio station, goes on the air in Anchorage. The station is owned by Koahnic Broadcast Corporation, an American Indian nonprofit organization. “Koahnic” is an Athabascan word meaning “live air.” Oct. 13, 1901: President Theodore Roosevelt pushes for the eradication of tribes in his first annual message by recognizing “the Indian as an individual and not as a member of a tribe.” He describes the 1887 Dawes Act as a “mighty (continued)

Letter to the Editor: Mayoral candidate issues information

A local volunteer for John Washington, who is running for mayor of Warrenton, visited my home this week and delivered a single-page document that listed six reasons why he feels the Warrenton City Commission does not provide enough information to the voters of Warrenton/Hammond. I was told that 2,500 residences are being visited by John Washington and his volunteers in an effort to inform as many residents as possible of his specific complaints. I hope any voters who are visited and handed one (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: U.S. admits to atrocities in Sand Creek Massacre

Oct. 5, 1801: The Choctaw sign the Treaty of Fort Adams, agreeing to allow a wagon trail through their land and allowing more white settlements in the Mississippi Territory. The tribe loses 1.5 million acres of land under the pretense of returning to an old boundary. Oct. 6, 1879: The first group of Dakota, Kiowa and Cheyenne children arrive at Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Carlisle, Penn., in the middle of the night. Officer Richard Henry Pratt of the 10th Cavalry had spent eight years (continued)

Senior Moments: We grow old if we stop playing

Ahhh, the simple pleasures of life. Ice cream waffles. Making someone smile. A handwritten letter addressed to you. A convenient parking place on a busy day. People watching. A young person who asks what it was like in the “olden days.” Many of us remember “dime stores” or “five and ten stores” (Kresge was the name of one where I grew up in Detroit). Mother would take me there for items that now are often found at “dollar stores.” That was where my love for ice cream waffles was (continued)


What to do for Halloween and harvest time

Haunted Cove KOA will have a Haunted Cove from 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Halloween. Admission is $3 per person or three nonperishable food items. All proceeds benefit Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank and KOA Care Camps. The campground is at 1100 N.W. Ridge Road, Hammond. Halloween House Mike and Teale Adelmann’s home, the D.K. Warren House, is ready for Halloween with its annual light show up and running every evening at dusk until 10 p.m. The light show is set to (continued)

Veterans Stand Down is Oct. 26

Veterans returning home face many challenges. So on Friday, Oct. 26, WorkSource Oregon will host a Veterans Stand Down. Veterans will be able to connect with benefits and claims counselors, as well as receive basic medical services and learn about programs available to them and their families. The stand down is 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Warrior Hall at Camp Rilea. Bus transportation will be provided from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and day passes will be given at the time of boarding. Bus transportation (continued)

Calling all substitute teachers

A lack of substitute teachers in Clatsop County has led to a round-up event Tuesday, Oct. 23. Cascade Technology Alliance, which provides substitute services to 37 districts in nine Oregon counties, is sponsoring the round-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Northwest Regional Educational Service District service center, 3194 Marine Dr., Astoria. Attendees should first apply online at For more information, call 866-373-4321. (continued)

GED orientation is Friday at CCC

An orientation for those who’d like to get their general education degree is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, in Room 114 of Columbia Hall. Those younger than 18, should attend with a parent or guardian. GED classes are free and take place at various times and locations throughout the week so that participants can attend around their work schedule. For more information, call Vanessa Garner at 503-338-2347. (continued)

Film festival celebrates women

Astoria International Film Festival will showcase a variety of independent films celebrating women this weekend. The films all are by female directors and producers or have female story lines. This year’s films include “In Her Blood,” “Equal Means Equal” and “RBG,” a documentary about Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A panel discussion will follow. Films will be shown Oct. 19, 20 and 21 at the Liberty Theatre, 1123 Commercial St. Tickets are $10 per film or $80 for all (continued)

Americana art is Polish immigrant's specialty

“America is a Great Place to Live,” a variety of paintings by Justyna Kisielewicz, opens the 2018-19 exhibition season at Clatsop Community College’s Royal Nebeker Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave., Astoria. Kisielewicz won the solo show award for the Au Naturel exhibit, which runs through Nov. 1. A reception for the artists was held Oct. 18. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. Kisielewicz, originally from Poland, now lives in California. She received her master’s (continued)

Botany in the era of Lewis & Clark

Botany and the Lewis and Clark Expedition is the topic of the next “In Their Footsteps” lecture in the free speaker series. Carol Lucas, an herbalist from Gearhart, will lead the discussion at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the Netul River Room at the Fort Clatsop Visitor Center. It would have been customary for President Thomas Jefferson to have sent a botanist on the expedition as a primary purpose of the trip was to assess what resources, including plants, were in the lands to the west. (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

Woman cited for setting up transient camp in city park

A woman who was given six hours to move her belongings from Robinson Community Park failed to do so and her items were thrown away. She also was cited for criminally offensive littering. A woman who lives near the park called police about 11 a.m. Sept. 28 when it looked like a woman was setting up a camp in the park, according to a police report. A police officer contacted the camper and recognized her as a woman who has been asked to move from other places in town. He told her she had t (continued)

Thief steals girl's backpack while she's at work

A thief stole a teenager’s backpack while she was at work and then immediately used her debit card. The 16-year-old Warrenton girl was working at Dominos Pizza on Ensign Lane about 6:35 p.m. Oct. 2 when someone entered an unsecured rear door and stole the backpack, according to a police report. Inside were her work clothes, school items, cash, a wallet with her identification and her debit card. The card was used a few minutes later to buy fuel, cigarettes and snacks at Fred Meyer. According (continued)

Public Safety Calls for week of Oct. 12

** Warrants Warrant service, 2:45 a.m. Sept. 28, Warrenton Mini Mart. Andrew Scott Telford, 22, of Warrenton was arrested on a Clatsop County Sheriff’s warrant. Warrant service, 11:15 p.m. Sept. 28, Walmart. Patricia Elizabeth Havens, 26, of Hammond was arrested on a warrant from the Oregon State Parole Board. Warrant service, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 6, Highway 101 at Ensign Lane. Jesus Daniel Sass, 20, of Ilwaco was arrested on a court-ordered failure to appear warrant. ** Thefts and burglaries (continued)

Public Safety Calls for week of Oct. 12

** Thefts Shoplifting, 4:20 p.m. Sept. 25, Walmart. Wendy Gaylynn Phillips, 37, with no known address, was cited for criminal providing false information to police, third-degree theft and criminal mischief after she allegedly tried to leave the store with $39 in items. Shoplifting, 8:35 p.m. Sept. 25, Walmart. Marvel Louise Williams, 34, of Warrenton was cited for criminal second-degree theft and criminal mischief after allegedly attempting to leave the store without paying for $378 in clothes, (continued)