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Library seeks teen volunteers for summer

Warrenton Community Library seeks teen volunteers for summer programs. One of the tasks includes working with crafts from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, for a total 10- to 12-hour commitment.  In exchange, the library would write a community service letter to those who complete the volunteer work and provide an extra entry for a grand teen prize at end of summer. Those interested should fill out application at the library, 160 S. Main Ave., by June 2. (continued)

Those killed in line of duty honored in local Memorial Day observances

Those who died to keep America free will be honored across the country and locally Monday in Memorial Day observations. This year marks the country’s 150th Memorial Day. On May 5, 1868, a Civil War veterans group, urged the country to honor soldiers lost in the war they lived through but many of their friends did not. It was a war that nearly tore the country apart. It was America’s bloodiest conflict, with more than 620,000 casualties – more than World War I, II, Korea and Vietna (continued)

Something's fishy at Warrenton High School

Tiny coho salmon got a wild ride as dozens of students and residents helped send the fish on to the next phase of their life’s journey. Warrenton High Fisheries Inc., the high school’s hatchery program, released 6,000 coho and 20,000 Chinook on Friday during a fish release party of sorts. Students built a series of chutes – long plastic waterslides – that they dubbed the Salmonator 9000 and members of the public got to gently send the fish on their way. Students in the program received (continued)

Drones will help county assess damage from disasters

Drones are an essential part of the county’s future. Be it landslide, windstorm, flood or fire, having something that can provide the scope of an emergency quickly is key, Vincent Aarts, deputy director of emergency management told a group gathered Saturday for the Auxiliary Communication Service’s annual volunteer appreciation meeting. “We don’t envision any future that doesn’t include drones,” Aarts said, after showing off the county’s latest acquisition: an $800 DJI Mavic Pro. (continued)

New Medicare cards won't include Social Security number

Oregonians with Medicare coverage will be issued a new card from the federal government by the end of June. Each person’s new card will have a unique Medicare number, instead of a Social Security number, to prevent fraud and identity theft, the agency said. Medicare coverage and benefits will stay the same. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will automatically mail the new cards, at no cost, to each beneficiary's address on file with Social Security.  Here’s what Oregonians on (continued)

Mayor leads county's housing study task force, which began work this month

Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer will serve as chairman for a housing study conducted by the county and area cities. “It’s an ambitious project aimed at scrutinizing and finding potential solutions to the region’s housing crisis,” wrote Tom Bennett, Community Relations coordinator for the county. The technical advisory committee held its first meeting May 7 with representatives from Johnson Economics, a Portland consulting firm hired to lead the Clatsop County Comprehensive Housing (continued)

Local college students honored

The following Eastern Oregon University students were named to the Dean’s List for achieving a grade-point average of 3.5 or higher: Sarah Price, Astoria; Criselda Wilcox, Astoria; Margaret McClean, Seaside; Abby Mathews, Warrenton; and Noni Webster, Warrenton. Two local students were inducted into the Honor Society of Pi Kappa Phi at Western Oregon University, putting them in the top 10 percent of seniors and top 7.5 percent of juniors: Nicholas Ketcham, Astoria; and Kathryn Russell, (continued)

Kujala wins county seat

Former Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala handily won a seat on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday and there will be one other new board member after a run-off election in November. “I’m very humbled by the support that I received and want to thank the voters of District One and wanted to extend that thanks to b0th candidates because this was a very civil and respectful race,” Kujala said Wednesday. He received 66.7 percent of the vote with candidate George McCartin receiving (continued)

A friendship on fire

Warrenton’s premier historians have been close friends for seven decades and seen many life and community changes

Not every friendship can stand the test of time. Marriages, families, jobs. Fewer friends still get to watch together as the neighborhood that brought them together 70 years earlier is burned to the ground in the name of progress. “We first met each other when I was 9 or 10” and living on Skipanon Drive, said Diane Collier, who was Diane Falconer at the time. “Charlotte lived next door and we’ve been close friends ever since.” Charlotte Bergerson, who was Charlotte Hale when they met, (continued)

Drought may have hurt local forests, farms

Tree and forest owners are being urged to watch for drought symptoms such as dead tops, dead branches, thinning canopies and stressed cone crops. Given the warm end to last summer and drier than normal winter, the Oregon Department of Forestry expects more trees will die from drought or secondary attack by bark beetles this summer. “Above-average temperatures this spring mean beetles may come out sooner than normal,” said Christine Buhl, an ODF entomologist. “If this happens, beetles may (continued)

Drug take-back event garners 200 pounds for disposal

More than 200 pounds of unused prescription medications were collected last month during Warrenton’s annual drug take-back event. The four-hour event offered curbside service along Second Street outside Warrenton City Hall, a bonus for the elderly and others who may have difficulty walking the drugs inside, where a locked box is in the lobby outside the police station. “That’s an amazing amount of unused prescriptions,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said Tuesday, after Police Chief Matt (continued)

Colleges honor local students

The following Oregon Institute of Technology students were named to the 2017-18 Winter Term President’s List. Inclusion on the list requires a 3.70 grade-point average and above. Only full-time undergraduate students (12 credit hours or more at Oregon Tech) are eligible for academic honors. Jaryd Atkins, Astoria, majoring in mechanical engineering; Nathan Ruscheinsky, Warrenton, majoring in information technology; Micah Sivley, Hammond, majoring in nuclear med molecular imaging; William (continued)

DA speaks at fallen officers ceremony

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis was the keynote speaker Tuesday at the annual Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers’ memorial ceremony. Hundreds of people gathered at the state memorial at the Public Safety Academy in Salem to remember the state’s 183 law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty since the 1880s. “We can never forget the importance of remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice, by name,” Marquis told those gathered. “We need to share (continued)

Astoria Scuba grows with acquisition of San Diego firm

Astoria Scuba and Adventure Sports has acquired San Diego-based Pacific Defense Supply and will relocate the operation to Astoria. “PDS enhances our ability to service our U.S. government customers in sales, service and distribution of our vendors’ high quality and successful American-made … brands,” said Floyd Holcom, Astoria Scuba’s managing director. His company carries 18 supply lines listed in government service contracts, he said.  “This acquisition brings a considerabl (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

A debate on oysters and faces

Competitiveness has good cognitive value. I think it’s good to be a competitive person. Adrenaline kicks in when I get a 99-point score in Words with Friends. It doesn't happen very often. But you know my first thought? There is a standing I can work toward for 100 and over, so I like the score of 99. But my competitive spirit wants me to score more than 100. I think we seniors (sometimes called the elderly) need to keep competitiveness alive if possible. As in gardening. Yes, it’s time to (continued)

President Clinton issues 'sacred sites' order

May 18, 1661: A treaty signed two days earlier requires Maryland to protect the Susquehannock Indians from raids by the Seneca. The Maryland General Assembly orders Capt. John Odber to take 50 men to the “Susquesahannough Forte” and protect them. May 19, 1796: Congress passes a peace treaty with tribes northwest of the Ohio River “to put an end to a destructive war, to settle all controversies and to restore harmony and friendly intercourse” between all parties. May 20, 1702: (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Jamestown, first permanent colony, is established

May 11, 1974: The acting deputy commissioner of Indian Affairs authorizes an election for amendments to the constitution and by-laws of the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin. The amendments are approved. May 12, 1879: In the historic trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear – arrested for violating a relocation order – the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Nebraska rules that “an Indian is a ‘person’ within the meaning of the laws of the United (continued)

Senior Moments: A raisin a day keeps exhaustion away

“Be careful about reading health books. Some fine day you'll die of a misprint.” That line is a quotation left for our perusing by a well-known German Jewish physician and lecturer on philosophy in the late 1800s. Seniors seem more serious than ever about what causes what. Seems we want a name for everything. A few weeks ago, I spoke about tiredness. An in-depth study I looked at described different kinds of tiredness. The three that stand out to me, which deserve headings of their own: No. (continued)


Garage sale raises funds for Relay for Life

Astoria Moose Trekkers, a Moose Lodge team that will participate in Relay for Life, will have an indoor garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 27. The sale will be at Astoria Moose Lodge, 420 17th St., Astoria. The group is accepting donations of clean unbroken items at the lodge today until 5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. (continued)

Wind quintet to take the stage

The Solstice Wind Quintet will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25, at the Liberty Theatre, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. The quintet was founded in 1978 and is the resident faculty wind ensemble at Washington State University. It performs throughout the Northwest. The group will perform works by composer Ryan Hare, who teaches composition, music theory and bassoon at WSU. Tickets are $20 and available at the box office from 2 to 5:30 p.m. or online at (continued)

Fire Department throws party for newest truck

Warrenton Fire Department invites residents to an event officially commissioning the city's newest ladder truck. The event is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 30, at the fire station, 225 S. Main Ave. (continued)

Preparing for emergencies in Spanish

Susan Romanski, executive director of Mercy Corps, will offer two presentations to Spanish-speaking residents on preparing for the Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. The event is a partnership between Clatsop County Emergency Management Division, Mercy Corps and Lower Columbia Hispanic Council. Light refreshments will be provided and child care will be available. The talks are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. with one on Wednesday, May 30, at Seaside High School and a second in Room 219 of Columbia Hall at (continued)

WHS musical to open Wednesday

Warrenton High School’s Drama Department presents the 1960s musical comedy “Bye Bye Birdie!” at 7 p.m. May 30, June 1 and June 2, in the high school gym, 1700 S. Main Ave. The play is based on a book by Michael Stewart and focuses on a popular rock star who gets drafted into the Army. It includes controlling parents, crazy teenagers, crashing relationships and singing and dancing. Admission is $8 and doors open at 6:30 p.m. (continued)

Fund-raiser will be an intimate concert with Steve Azar

Country music star Steve Azar will give a private performance during the Astoria Regatta Association’s tasting experience fund-raiser at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 27, in the Loft at the Red Building, 20 Basin St., Astoria. Azar, his daughter, Cecilia, and Chef Chris Holen will provide food and entertainment for a maximum of 100 attendees. Participants will get to meet Azar and try his private-label wine “Notorious Pink.” Tickets are $100 and must be purchased (continued)

WHS alums to celebrate 100 years at reunion

Warrenton High School will celebrate 100 years with an all-school reunion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 in the school’s cafeteria. All former students are urged to reserve the date. Light refreshments will be served. For questions, call 503-738-3493. (continued)

WHS holds four-day football camp

Warrenton High School is taking sign-ups for a four-day Warrior Football Camp designed for athletes in grades 3 through 12. The football camp is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 29, 30, 31 and June 1 at the Warrenton High School Football Field, 1700 S. Main Ave. Cost is $50. To sign up, go to For more information, call 503-861-3317 or send an email to (continued)

CCC's student art show opens Thursday, May 17

Clatsop Community College’s annual Student Art Show opens Thursday, May 17, at the Royal Nebeker Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave., Astoria. It runs through June 8. An opening reception is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 17th. This year's reception will be launched with a special dedication of the gallery sign in honor of Royal Nebeker and the naming of the gallery in his memory. Following the dedication, cash prizes and award winners will be announced. The juror for this year’s show (continued)

Police and Public Safety

Public Safety Calls for week of May 18

Thefts/burglaries Theft of services, April 27 through May 8, Fort Stevens State Park. Alexander A. Bologna, 28, with no known address, was arrested on suspicion of theft of services. He was released pending a mandatory court appearance. Vehicle prowl, 10:17 a.m. May 9, Southeast Discovery Lane. Stephen C. Ashworth, 35, of Seaside was arrested on suspicion of unlawful entry of a motor vehicle, second-degree theft and carrying a concealed weapon. Stolen bicycle, 8:10 p.m. May 9, behind Pizza Hut. (continued)

Public Safety Calls for week of May 11

Warrants Warrant arrest, 3:37 p.m. May 7, Fred Meyer. Ryan Joseph Dawson, 33, of Warrenton was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant from Clatsop County Circuit Court. Assaults Assault in progress, 10:56 p.m. April 28, KOA. Thefts and burglaries Stolen transmission, new in box, 3:31 p.m. May 2, Ocean Crest Chevrolet. Total loss, $3,304. Theft of lumber in progress, 7:21 a.m. May 3, 800 block Southeast Anchor Street. Two subjects on bicycles with a cart took items from a construction site and wer (continued)