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Rogozinski to be next school superintendent

Warrenton Grade School Principal Tom Rogozinski will be the school district’s next superintendent. Rogozinski, 51, was selected from a field of eight applicants and approved unanimously during Thursday night’s school board meeting. “I’m exceptionally excited and very humbled to have that vote of confidence,” Rogozinski said after the meeting. “I realize I’m representing, collaboratively, the work of other very talented people. … Our staff in the grade school made some really (continued)


School district approves $6.3 million purchase of land for middle school

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 Thursday night, the board of directors announced it had approved a purchase and sale agreement with Warrenton Fiber Company for the 58-acre parcel east of Dolphin Road. “It’s a great night to be a Warrior,” board President Debbie Morrow said after the meeting. “This was three years in the making.” Added board (continued)


Warrior wrestlers place in state tournament

The Warriors placed fifth of seven teams in the District 1/3A wrestling tournament, with 13 members placing and one district champion. The Warriors will send three wrestlers to state. Sophomore Nic Pior (yeah, that’s me), at the 132-pound weight class, was the third seed out of five wrestlers and placed first. He had a bye first round and then finished off Friday with a pin against Cameron Weigart of Amity. He then came back Saturday morning to beat Spyre Nelson of Willamina with an 8-4 (continued)


Warrenton girls win first game of basketball playoffs; boys are out

The first round of the girls basketball playoffs was a hard-fought 50-41 win for the Warriors against visiting Willamina. The Coastal Range League game was played in the Clatsop Community College gym Feb. 14. A first-quarter thin lead of 13-10, followed by a half-time score of 21-19, revealed that it was no walk in the park for the Warriors. They had to fight for the win. The Bulldogs’ defensive effort in the first half contributed to the Warriors lack of offense. But then, in the second (continued)


City approves new business area by Home Depot

A new area for commercial development could open soon. Warrenton City Commissioners gave initial approval Tuesday night to rezone 19 acres near Home Depot from low-density residential and general industrial to commercial mixed use. “Right now, that is wasted prime real estate,” Ken Yuill told commissioners before the decision. He serves on the city’s Planning Commission and owns about 20 percent of the vacant property in the targeted area, which runs between Highway 101 and Alternate (continued)


Slow down if you're driving on Warrenton's main drag

Think twice if you’ve been speeding along Main Avenue. On Tuesday night, city leaders mulled dropping the speed limit from 35 to 25 at the request of a concerned citizen. Ultimately, they chose to leave it as is, but with additional traffic enforcement. Bob Baltimore, who lives on 15th Street off Main Avenue, floated the idea during a recent Monday morning Coffee with the Mayor. “Trying to get out from the side streets with traffic coming from both directions is a bit hazardous,” (continued)


County seeks citizens for six new panels

Clatsop County is accepting applications for representatives on six new citizen advisory committees. The panels are part of a two-year project to update the county’s six community plans and comprehensive plan. Those appointed will join representatives from other county boards and commissions in acquiring input from stakeholders, advising county staff and providing recommendations on the county’s planning documents. The comprehensive plan represents the long-term land-use vision for the (continued)


AARP offers free tax filing help

AARP Foundation is providing free in-person tax assistance and preparation through April 15 at two sites in Clatsop County. AARP’s Tax-Aide is the nation’s largest volunteer-run, free tax preparation service. Tax-Aide started in 1968 with just four volunteers working at one site. Today, nearly 35,000 volunteers serve low- to moderate-income taxpayers at 5,000 locations in neighborhood libraries, malls, banks, community centers and senior centers nationwide. The help is available at both (continued)


Fort Stevens bike trail closed

The Sunset Bike Trail at Fort Stevens State Park will be closed to all foot and pedal traffic weekdays through April 30. The trail will be open to visitors on weekends. The closure is necessary for an ongoing forest health project at the park, according to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department. Sunset Bike Trail is the only trail affected by the project; all other trails at the park are expected to remain open while the work is completed. The forest health and fire safety project at the (continued)


Astoria Scuba gets three state certifications

Astoria Scuba and Adventure Sports, along with Astoria Fire and Safety, has earned state certification in three categories: Emerging Small Business, Minority Business Enterprise and Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprise. The companies are the only ones in Clatsop County with all three designations, said Floyd Holcom, president and general manager. “This is quite an accomplishment in the certification requirements for government contracts,” Holcom said. “And (it) provides (continued)


Local students make George Fox dean's list

Three local students were among those who earned dean’s list recognition at George Fox University for the fall 2018 semester. They are Gabrielle Brinkman of Warrenton, a freshman illustration and theater major; Matthew Burgher of Warrenton, a freshman organizational communication major; and Morgan Postlewait of Astoria, a senior biology major. Traditional undergraduate students must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average. The Newberg-based university is ranked by Forbes among the top (continued)


Girls secure home-court advantage in play-offs

The Warrenton girls basketball team commandingly beat Rainier 45-23 at home Friday night. “By winning this game, we’ll get home court advantage during the playoffs,” Coach Robert Heopfl said. “And, we finished second in league.” Kenzie Ramsey led the Warrior attack with 16 points. Claire Bussert had 15, and Fernanda Alvarez had 8. “Even though I don’t think I had a very good game, we, as a team, played well,” Claire Bussert said after the game. “Maria Heyen really shined (continued)


Warriors' final basketball game of season a real nail-biter

The Warrenton boys team dominated nearly the entire basketball game Feb. 11. The Warriors had been up by as much as 17 points against visiting Rainier, the league’s No. 1-ranked team. It was heady, it was wondrous, it was jaw-dropping. Ayden Stephens fouled out down the stretch. There were 3 minutes, 42 seconds, left on the clock. And then it happened. The Columbians tied it up with an easy lay-up at 55. The unthinkable had happened and the tie score silenced the crowd. As the lead changed (continued)


Developer fees expected to rise

City leaders ponder why growth isn't paying for growth

The city hasn’t raised the amount it charges developers in more than a decade and has fallen behind what other cities charge for things like electrical and fire inspections and building plan reviews. Charging low fees means the city has been using general fund (taxpayer) money to cover the shortfall for work done by its planning and building department on behalf of developers. A final vote on a proposal to raise fees by about 16 percent overall is expected at Tuesday’s City Commissio (continued)


WGS students receive free vision and hearing screenings

About 500 Warrenton Grade School students received vision and hearing screenings last month. The Lion’s Club Sight and Hearing Foundation performed the vision tests for students in kindergarten through Fifth Grade using spot-vision screening cameras. “It’s an effective tool to quickly screen for disorders such as near-sightedness, far-sightedness, and astigmatism,” said Jackie Welborn, the school’s nurse. Welborn kept parents informed of the results and, when necessary, helped parents (continued)


Clatsop Community Bank merges with Lewis & Clark Bank

Lewis & Clark Bank and Clatsop Community Bank jointly announced Friday the signing of a definitive agreement to merge Clatsop into Lewis & Clark in a stock and cash transaction. The aggregate merger is valued at approximately $15 million, based on Lewis & Clark’s Jan. 30 closing stock price of $34.25. “The merger of Lewis & Clark and Clatsop represents a significant milestone for each institution and was driven by what we both see as opportunities for sustainable future growth,” said (continued)


Realtor receives community service grant

Astoria Realtor Victor Kee has been honored with a $5,000 Realty Community Service Award grant from Wells Fargo for his long-term commitment to Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. Kee, a principal broker with Pete Anderson Realty, is known to rally other agents and the broader community to help eradicate hunger in Clatsop County through emergency food assistance. Kee was expected to be joined by other agents and Wells Fargo employees on Thursday, Feb. 7, as they organize the food (continued)


Area students earn college honors

Three local students were named to the dean’s list of Eastern Oregon University for the 2018 fall term. The students were Abby Mathews of Warrenton, Whitney Westerholm of Seaside and Danielle Williams of Cannon Beach. To make the dean’s list, students must achieve and maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher while completing a minimum of 12 hours of course work. Four local students were named to the dean’s list at Pacific University for the 2018 fall semester. The students were (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Letter to the editor: Fake 'service animals' are a hazard

Recently, I had the distasteful experience of very nearly being attacked by a faux service dog while grocery shopping inside the Seaside Safeway. The dog was initially loose when it came up to me and began smelling my leg. Just as the dog began growling, a guy appeared and dragged the dog away from me as it growled and barked at me. I immediately reported this to Customer Service, who brought the manager to me. They searched the store for the dog, making sure it was gone. I was very impressed (continued)


Senior Moments: A valentine in the age of ‘senility’

I received a “thinking of you” card the other day and on it was a prayer. At first glance, I thought, “Oh, how nice. It’s the Serenity Prayer, which is one of my favorites.” Then I put my glasses on. What it really said was the Senility Prayer. It’s too good not to share: “Grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.” I looked closer and there was a picture of a lady that (continued)


Senior Moments: Only you can decide between dogs and cats and their benefits

We seniors claim to know a lot about illness, medicines and cures. I recently read some quotes by Voltaire, a controversial figure born in 1694 in France. His full name was Francois-Marie Arouet. Perhaps only seniors would attest to this one: “The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature (Emma says, God) heals the disease.” I wonder if Voltaire owned a dog or a cat? Just for fun, I’ll relate a story many of us can identify with: “This morning, I saw my neighbor (continued)

Events

A gathering for poets, fishers and friends

The annual Fisher Poets Gathering, which brings hundreds of fishermen and their fans to downtown Astoria, runs throughout the weekend. The event is a celebration of the commercial fishing industry in poetry, song and art. There are dozens of events throughout the weekend. Event buttons good for admission to all of them are $15 and available at 1312 Commercial St. The evening reading schedule begins at 5 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. at seven venues: Astoria Brewing Company, the Columbian (continued)


Try a bird walk at Old Fort Stevens

A bird walk through Old Fort Stevens begins at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, on the plaza in front of the park’s historical museum, 1900 Ocean Drive, Hammond. The historic area is rich in history as well as wildlife and bird experts will help participants discover the birds residing along the Columbia River and adjacent forests. (continued)


Musical includes merry men in the 'hood

“Robin Hood: The Musical,” a production of Astor Street Opry Company’s Youth Theater, will be presented at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 23 and 24, at the playhouse, 129 W. Bond St., Astoria. The classic tale set to music is directed by Patricia Von Vintage. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for children 12 and younger and can be purchased online at asocplay.com or at the door half an hour before showtime. (continued)


Event to benefit NPR station

A fund-raiser to benefit Coast Community Radio will be held 4:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb 26, at Fort George Brewery. Fort George will donate 10 percent of all sales upstairs to the public radio station. The nonprofit group will have station personalities on hand and there will be both a silent auction and a raffle. (continued)


Chamber offers a chance to UnWined

Need a night to UnWined? The Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce will have its annual wine tasting event from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. Participants will be able to sample red, white and dessert wines from 40 Oregon winemakers and try an array of appetizers while listening to live music. Be the first to know the “Best of Show” winners in the 2019 Astoria Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival’s official win (continued)


CCC sets annual job fair on campus

Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) and WorkSource Northwest Oregon are sponsoring the fifth annual Clatsop County Job & Career Fair on Wednesday, March 6, in Clatsop Community College’s Patriot Hall. Employers can sign up by contacting CEDR at 503-338-2402. Job-seekers should come during the following hours: ** High school students, 10 a.m. to 1 pm. ** General public and college students, 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Astoria, Ilwaco, Jewell, Knappa, Naselle, Seaside and Warrenton hig (continued)


Local photographer's work featured in show

A new show featuring the works of photographer Liesa West opened this month at Trails End Gallery, 656 A St., Gearhart. West joined the Trail’s End Art Association in August 2018 after moving to the area with her husband, John. She has been recognized in Coast Explorer Magazine and Viewbug, where she won Peer, Community, & Membership Selection Choice Awards, as well as a Spring Selection Award. Her main interest is nature photography. (continued)


Astor Street presents Robin Hood

Astor Street Opry Company presents “Robin Hood: The Musical” at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Feb. 16 through March 3. The children’s theater production is through special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Services of Colorado and is directed by Patricia VonVintage. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger and can be purchased at asocplay.com. (continued)


New six-week class designed for caregivers

“Savvy Caregiving,” a free six-session training program designed for caregivers who serve family members and friends with dementia/Alzheimer’s, will be held 10 a.m. to noon Fridays, beginning Feb. 8. The program is sponsored by NW Senior and Disability Services and will be held at the office, 2002 S.E. Chokeberry Ave., Warrenton. The goal of Savvy is to increase knowledge and skills to lessen caregiver stress and improve levels of care. Included is information about dementia, it (continued)


DAR offers history challenge

The Astoria chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution invites elementary students to participate in a Youth Explorer challenge. Students will be asked to visit as many historical sites in their communities and counties as possible before April 5. Students should take photos of each landmark and write a short paragraph telling what they learned and why that site interested them. A certificate will be given to each participant. One student will be chosen from each participating school (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)


Nude works return to college gallery

The 13th annual international juried exhibit, “Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century,” is on display through March 14 at Clatsop Community College’s Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave., Astoria. A community reception is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7. This year’s juror, Ashley Stull Meyers, will give a brief gallery talk. She is a writer, editor and curator. Awards to be announced at the reception include cash prizes, purchase awards, a special exhibit award during the (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 Feb. 15

** Warrants Warrant service, 10:29 p.m. Feb. 5, Warrenton Post Office. Donald Curtis Castle, 48, with no known address was arrested on a felony warrant out of Washington County. Warrant service, 12:29 p.m. Feb. 9, 1100 block Southeast Willow Drive. Jessie Blake Hancock, 27, of Seaside. ** Thefts and burglaries Stolen diamond ring, 2:17 p.m. Feb. 4, Fred Meyer Jewelers. Jessica A. Heckart, 41, of Warrenton was arrested on suspicion of second-degree theft after surveillance video allegedly showed (continued)


Heroin overdose thwarted by police department's preventive purchase

A man overdosing on heroin was rescued late Wednesday with two quick doses of the counteracting drug Narcan, Warrenton Police reported. “WPD officers have responded to several overdose incidents since beginning to carry the overdose kits, but this is the first time an officer has needed to use the Narcan to save someone’s life,” Chief Matt Workman said. Police were dispatched to a possible overdose on Harbor Drive near the four-way stop at 7:49 p.m. Jan. 30. Officer Robert Wirt was the (continued)


Scammers target businesses posing as law enforcement officers

Telephone scams targeting businesses are making the rounds in Clatsop County, the Sheriff’s Office reports. “The scammers are impersonating law enforcement officers, including deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office,” Bergin wrote in a press release. “The names they choose to identify themselves by may belong to an actual sheriff’s office employee.” The scams attempted thus far are targeting professional offices, but they expect private citizens to be hit up as well the (continued)


Three arrested in Kelso mini mart homicide

Three people have been arrested in the Jan. 21 killing of an employee who was working alone at a Kelso mini market. Kayla Chapman, 30, was working at Holt’s Quik Chek, 400 Cowlitz Way, when a man with a gun entered shortly after 4 a.m. and demanded money, Kelso police said. The robber was caught on surveillance cameras as was his get-away car, which had at least two additional people inside. After receiving numerous tips, D’Anthony Leslie Williams, 19, was arrested in Camas, Wash., at 5:30 (continued)


Public safety calls for week of Feb. 8

** Thefts and burglaries Stolen license plate, Jan. 27, Warrenton Marina. A man reported a license plate was removed from his pickup during the four days he was on his boat fishing. Theft by fraud, 4:12 p.m. Jan. 27, Home Depot. John Ethan Osburn, 41, of Gearhart was arrested on suspicion of third-degree theft after he allegedly took items off the shelf and attempted to obtain a refund for them at the customer service window. Shoplifting, 4:36 p.m. Jan. 27, Walmart. Brittaney D. Woodfork, 25, (continued)

Education

School district set to buy new campus

Bond funds for building a new middle school went into the coffers of the Warrenton-Hammond School District on Wednesday. “They’re officially in our possession,” Superintendent Mark Jeffery said. Last November, voters approved a measure to allow the issuance of $38.5 million in bonds to finance the new campus and make other improvements, including a new career technical center at the high school. Taxpayers will repay the bonds over the next three decades through their property taxes. (continued)