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Community mourns death of teen due to influenza

The death of a seemingly healthy teenager to influenza has devastated many community members and underscored the seriousness of contracting the flu virus. “When one of our own dies, it affects the whole community. A part of the community’s future dies,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said at the beginning of Tuesday’s City Commission meeting, which opened with a moment of silence to remember the youth. Timothy Pior, 15, was an athlete, a thespian, a musician, and, by all accounts, a fun-loving (continued)

New principal named at grade school

Robbie Porter will be Warrenton Grade School’s next principal. Porter, 58, the school’s assistant principal, will take on the new job July 1, when Principal Tom Rogozinski takes over as district superintendent upon Mark Jeffery’s retirement. “It’s going to be challenging,” Porter said. “I get bored easily. I don’t read the same book twice or read two books by the same author in a row. I like doing puzzles and this is a puzzle.” Porter has been credited with helping change the (continued)

Little room left at city's wastewater treatment plant

Warrenton’s wastewater treatment plant could run out of room in three years unless the city takes action, a pair of consultants told city commissioners Tuesday night. Some of those actions – such as fixing leaking pipes – should be made even if there were plenty of room. Representatives of Kennedy Jenks, the company performing an analysis of the treatment plant and the city’s water pipes, have been working with the city for two years on the analysis. One of Warrenton’s biggest wate (continued)

4-H members learn to make powerful pitches

Members of 4-H have been preparing speeches and practicing delivery as part of a Presentations Competition challenged. Last week, they gave their pitch to parents and other judges on topics that included triathlons, cookies, diamonds, tsunamis, rabbits, chickens, Legos, trail rides and swing dances. Those in grades four to six talked for up to 10 minutes and those in grades seven to twelve talked for 10 to 15 minutes. Members also gave impromptu speeches. They were judged on subject matter, (continued)

Northwest power supplies low, BPA says

Unseasonably cold temperatures have put pressure on the region’s electricity system, the Bonneville Power Administration announced. The cold, plus low stream flows that limit hydropower production, and constraints on transmission imports has caused the provider to take steps to increase power supplies and reduce consumer demand. “It’s always a good idea to use electricity wisely, and it’s even more important when supplies are tight,” said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. As (continued)

Love of reading starts early

Julian Barajas, 3, of Warrenton clutches his first book received from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. With him are his father, Julian Sr., and mother, Mayvis Cardinaletti. Imagination Library is a free book-gifting program begun by the singer that mails books to children from birth until they begin school, regardless of family income. Launched in 1995, more than 116 million books have been given away worldwide. To learn more, go to (continued)

Good with money? Help a senior

Volunteers are being sought for the Oregon Money Management Program, which assists individuals in their own homes with budgeting, organizing financial paperwork, sorting mail and filling out applications. Clients are low-income seniors and people with disabilities and others who may be vulnerable to fraud and financial exploitation. Volunteers enjoy a lot of flexibility, said Suzanne Bjaranson, community programs supervisor for the Northwest Senior and Disability Services. In as little as 2 (continued)

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)

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)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Senior Moments: Please don't sneeze on me

A big thank you (especially from us seniors) to those of you who are good enough to stay home when you have a sore throat, runny nose or cough. Whether it’s bacterial or viral pneumonia, it can be spread, the Mayo Clinic cautions. However, viral pneumonia is especially bad. Most of you (and us) know that we seniors are the most vulnerably and are at risk of congestive ailments. As a child, I was taught the adage, “When in doubt, don’t.” To sum up, please remain in the comfort of your (continued)

Letter to the Editor: Thanks to those who served and who fly the flag

In September 2017, Veterans of Foreign Wars Fort Stevens Post 10580 began seeking citizens in Warrenton who were displaying the American flag on their homes and businesses. Since then, the post has awarded Patriotic Citizen Awards thanking them for their efforts. To date, we have issued 51 awards. The weather limits our ability to fly our flag in the appropriate manner 24-7. So I want to take this time to thank each of you for your strong feelings for your country and community. We will (continued)

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)


Run on Kwis Kwis Trail kicks off Fort Clatsop series

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park hosts its first trail run of the year on Saturday, March 23. The run is a way to “bid adieu” to winter at Fort Clatsop and greet the arrival of spring. The Trail Series includes trails through forest landscapes in a friendly race atmosphere. The events are open to walkers and runners of all ages and provide an opportunity to experience the North Coast the way people have for thousands of years – on footpaths. Saturday’s event allows participants (continued)

Whale watch week begins March 23

Spring Whale Watch Week begins March 23 and celebrate the 20,000 gray whales expected to migrate north past Oregon over the next few months. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day through March 31 at sites along the coast, ready to help visitors spot the migrating mammals. One of those spots is at the Peter Iredale Shipwreck in Fort Stevens State Park. Other nearby spots are at the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center in (continued)

Historical society lecture focuses on Astoria's Chinese population

A talk on Astoria’s Chinese residents of the late 19th century to mid-20th century will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in the Performing Arts Center, 588 16th St., Astoria. The talk is presented by the Clatsop County Historical Society in conjunction with ENCORE, Exploring New Concepts of Retirement Education. The event will start with an overview by Erhard Gross on the history of Chinese immigrants in Oregon. Mac Burns, the society’s executive director, will then present the (continued)

Tribute band will please Pink Floyd fans

Pink Floyd tribute band Pigs on the Wing will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Liberty Theater, 1203 Commercial St., Astoria. The event is sponsored by KCRX 102.3 FM. They’ll give a full performance of the Animals album plus classic Pink Floyd hits. General admission is $20 in advance or $25 at the door. Tickets can be purchased online at and held at will call. (continued)

Seminar will focus on solar energy

Renewable energy and the impact it could have on your business, home or nonprofit group is the topic of a seminar from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Fort George Brewery, 1483 Duane St., Astoria. The event is sponsored by Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce and Sunbridge Solar. Attendees will receive light appetizers and a drink ticket. (continued)

Residents invited to nominate business successes

Clatsop Economic Development Resources, the county’s economic development organization, seeks nominations for its annual awards celebration of business success. Last year, nine businesses were honored. The deadline to receive award nominations is Friday, March 29. The awards are for for-profit businesses that demonstrate customer service, economic impact, entrepreneurship, job creation, manufacturing or technological advancement and community service. Businesses of all sizes are eligible and (continued)

St. Francis begins stations of the cross

The 14 stations of the cross, which focuses on the crucifixion of Christ, will be recited at 3 p.m. Friday, March 22, at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 867 Fifth Ave., Hammond. The sacrament of penance and reconciliation will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23. (continued)

Kidstock 2019 is a dance party for young ones

Kidstock 2019, a dance party for kids of all ages, will be 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at Fort George Brewery, 184 Duane St., Astoria. The free event is sponsored by Elevate Astoria and includes a live disc jockey, face-painting, chalk and Hula Hoops. (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

Public safety calls for week of March 15

** Warrants Warrant service, 5:47 p.m. March 7, Dolphin Avenue near Lum’s. Wayne Thomas Brooks, 49, of Seaside was arrested on five active warrants that included unlawful possession of heroin, three counts of unlawful possession of methamphetamine, post-prison supervision violation and failure to appear in court. He was booked at Clatsop County Jail. Warrant service, 2:15 p.m. March 7, Warrenton Police Department. Keith Allen Greenawald, 43, of Seaside was arrested on a contempt of court (continued)

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)

Deputy graduates from parole class

Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputy Jasper Devereaux recently graduated from the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training Parole and Probation Officer Class. The agency operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs. (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)


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)

Girls Circle goal is leadership skills

A group of Astoria Middle School girls have successfully completed an eight-week Girls Circle leadership program. The Girls Circle program is built on a research-based model proven to increase girls’ self-efficacy, communication, and social support, its sponsors said. The Girls Circle program is a strengths-based, skill-building approach aimed to create a safe space for girls to address issues they face, build on protective factors, and improve relationships in a format that is positive, (continued)