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WHS prepares to build tech-training center on campus

Brandon Williamson doesn’t see himself going to a lofty university to learn philosophy or economics. But the 18-year-old Warrenton High School student does plan to get training in a trade. A $436,000 state grant the high school won recently will pay to build a new career training building at the north end of campus and properly certified teachers. The building will house a machine lab, auto shop, welding area and, eventually, a place to learn wood-based construction trades, such as (continued)

Library plans to get technical with grant

Warrenton Community Library plans to get up to speed, so to speak. Digital books, catalog resource sharing with neighbor cities, even an automated check-out system have been out of reach for the technologically challenged little library. The City Commission voted Tuesday night to partner with the city of Seaside in an application for a Library Services and Technology Act grant, federal funds that the state distributes to local communities. Terms of the grant require the city to spend the money (continued)

Astoria Regatta announces its 2018 court

Astoria Regatta recently announced this year’s court. They are: Danielle Morinville of Knappa High School Activities: Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program, 4-H and church youth group. Future plans: After I graduate, I plan to attend a four-year university, although I’m not certain what will be my field of study. I am part of a very unique and blended family. I have four sisters and five brothers. I really enjoy reading and writing, and you will always find me with a book. Catherin (continued)

City's goal is to prepare for Big One and be encouraging

City leaders have four big goals this year: build up the community, update the vision plan, improve Main Street and get everyone prepared for an emergency. No small task, any of them. The five city commissioners gathered for a recent weekend “retreat” at the Masonic Lodge. But it was all work and little play. Together they came up with the primary things they want to work on: concrete goals that realistically could be accomplished in a year. The goals were presented at Tuesday night’s (continued)

Former Mayor Kujala files for county seat; He faces challengers from Astoria in May 15 election

Former Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala is among the three contenders running for Clatsop County Commissioner, hoping to take over the District 1 seat that will be vacated by Chairman Scott Lee. Kujala faces George McCartin and Andy Davis, both of Astoria, in the May 15 election. District 1 includes Warrenton, Hammond and the western portion of Astoria. Whoever is elected will take over in January, replacing Lee who has chosen to step down after eight years on the panel. All three men vowed to help (continued)

All crabbing now open statewide

The state has determined the level of toxic substances in crab is minimized and declared commercial and residential crabbing open throughout the entire coast. While crabbing began a few weeks ago in this area, the portion of the coast south of Cape Blanco remained closed due to high levels of domoic acid, a marine biotoxin. Oregon Department of Agriculture and state Fish and Wildlife still recommend that crab be eviscerated and the guts or butter discarded prior to cooking. When whole crab (continued)

State has good hiring news

Oregon added 5,000 jobs in January, keeping the unemployment rate at a record low. Unemployment has been at a historical low and stable for more than a year, remaining at 4.1 percent in January and December. Oregon’s unemployment rate is the lowest since 1976. Three major industries each added close to 1,000 jobs: private educational services at 1,100; construction, 1,000; and manufacturing, 800. The gains were partially offset by a loss of 700 jobs in leisure and hospitality. (continued)

No charges will be filed in Camp Rilea death

No criminal charges will be filed in the accidental firing of a weapon that killed a soldier at Camp Rilea on Jan. 31, the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office announced. Spc. Devin James Kuhn, 24, was found with a gunshot wound about 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in Rilea’s housing area. He was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors in the emergency room. The DA’s office reviewed extensive reports from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and conducted ex (continued)

Drug store counter from before 1922 fire gets a new home

A historic drug store counter, saved from Owl Drug before it burned in the 1922 fire, was donated to The Liberty Theater this week. The theater plans to use it as a concession stand. Owl Drug Store operated out of the Lovell Building after the fire and, by 1928, was rebuilt downtown on the northeast corner of 12th and Commercial streets, across from the theater. The Liberty Theater has needed a concession stand for some time and has been actively looking for solutions, the theater’s manager (continued)

Lake sediment cores offer 1,500-year watershed time capsule

Researchers have analyzed layers of sediment at the bottom of a southwest Oregon lake to get a better understanding of watershed disturbances dating back nearly 1,500 years. Like chapters in a book, the annual layers provide a glimpse into the natural and human factors that have affected Loon Lake since it was created by a landslide on Lake Creek. Scientists have documented the earthquakes and regional climate cycles -- as well as fires and storms -- that swept through the watershed in the (continued)

Model train hobby club is on the right track


Dick Wagner of Warrenton remembers when passenger and freight trains were common everywhere. At 90 years old, he recorded his knowledge many years ago by creating a scale model layout in his garage showing railroading as he remembers it. “It’s fun,” he said. Wagner is a member of the Columbia Northwestern Model Railroading Club, a local group that’s been around for more than two decades. The club meets at each other’s homes so they can help build and improve everyone’s train (continued)


This Week in Aboriginal History: Company's attack was aimed at Crazy Horse

March 17, 1876: Gen. George Crook’s advance column attacks a Sioux/Cheyenne camp on the Powder River in South Dakota, mistakenly believing it’s the encampment of Lakota warrior Crazy Horse. The people were driven from their lodges and many were killed. The lodges and all winter supplies were burned and the horse herd captured. March 18, 1877: Groups of Indians visit Col. Nelson Miles to see if he’ll negotiate on surrender terms. Miles informs the large group of chiefs that his terms (continued)

Senior Moments: Women, men and spring

"To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all." The quote is from author Helen Rowland, who was born in 1875. So what has changed more than 100 years later? I almost feel that I’m betraying my gender by sharing this statement. Seems all too often there is a commercial on TV about where to “put” Mom “when the time comes” that she can no longer live on her own. Then (continued)

Letter to the Editor: Disagrees with plan to destroy flood structure

I’m responding to last week’s story about the fish passage specialist who spoke at the last Warrenton City Commission meeting. I have never been opposed to fish passage as a desirable goal for any waterway. However, I oppose future uncontrolled flooding potential along waterways that have flood control structures that could be used to control flooding. Since 1963, property owners adjacent to the Skipanon River south of the Eighth Street flood control structure had never experienced serious (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Columbus calls Indians 'men of great kindness'

March 9, 1935: Officers of tribes are now considered U.S. officers. March 10, 1621: Samoset meets the pilgrims. He startled colonists by greeting them in English, which he’d learned from visiting ship captains. March 11, 1856: The Nez Perce join Col. Cornelius in a fight against the Yakima. March 12, 1858: The Poncas sign a treaty granting them a permanent home on the Niobrara River and protection from their enemies, both white and Indian. For these privileges, the Poncas give up part of (continued)

Senior Moments for March 9: We need each other every day

I have a little sign by my computer, which gives me renewed strength sometimes. It says: “Stress is not what happens to us, it is our response to what happens and response is something we can choose.” A wise woman, Maureen Killoran, wrote that. The last name sounds a little Irish. We seniors have a way of cheering each other and I’m told that’s why it’s best we not stay home alone, alone. Our peers often help us work through the way we respond to a given situation. And yes, we really (continued)


Seven Last Words of Christ concert

The Seven Last Words of Christ Concert is set for 7 p.m. March 28 at the Performing Arts Center, 16th and Franklin, Astoria. The event is free. North Coast Chorale presents the concert in collaboration with local musicians. (continued)

Whale watch week begins

Gray whales are migrating north past the Oregon coast this time of year and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department invites visitors come search for them during Spring Whale Watch Week, which begins Saturday, March 24. Trained volunteers from the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites along the coast from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day through March 31 and are ready to help people spot the migrating marine mammals. The closest spots with volunteers are Lewis and Clark (continued)

Benefit concert promises variety

Floots, Toots and Bedposts, a North Coast Symphonic Band benefit concert for the Performing Arts Center, will be held at 3 p.m. March 25 at the PAC, 588 16 St., Astoria. The event features the Astoria Tuba Quartet, Northern Lights Flute Ensemble and Mea Culpa Bassoons. General admission is $15, with students admitted for $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door, which opens half an hour before the performance. (continued)

Have breakfast with the Easter bunny

Kids of all ages are invited to Breakfast with the Easter Bunny from 8 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 24, at Warrenton Community Center, 170 S.W. Third St., adjacent to Robinson Community Park. It’s an all-you-can-eat-pancakes affair plus sausage, eggs and beverages. Pancakes are being donated and prepared by Pig ‘N Pancake and coffee is being donated by Starbucks. Cost is $5 for those 12 and older, $3 for ages 6 to 11 and $1 for those 5 and younger. All proceeds support Warrenton Community (continued)

County to auction 11 parcels Tuesday

Clatsop County will offer 11 parcels of land for sale at a public auction at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 27. The auction will be in the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria. Parcels offered are in Astoria, Warrenton, Seaside and the unincorporated county. Five of the parcels contain some kind of improvement. Minimum bids for the properties range from $100 to $100,000. All properties will be sold as is and for cash or certified check. Payments are due in full by 5 p.m. the day of (continued)

Free boater safety class offered

A state-mandated boater safety class will be held in Astoria March 24 and registrations are being taken now. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62 in Cape Disappointment and the Oregon State Marine Board are sponsoring the free class. The class is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the second-floor conference room at Englund Marine & Industrial Supply, 95 Hamburg Ave. Students who successfully complete the course may apply for their boater education card, which is required by Oregon’s and (continued)

'Chick Cam' offers live look at hatchings

The popular Chick Cam from Oregon State University Extension Service, Clatsop County, has returned. The 24-hour video camera follows the fate of a dozen chicken eggs from hatching until they emerge on the expected due date of March 20. March 23 will be the final day of live viewing. In years past, the Chick Cam went viral as people discovered the fascination of watching nature at work. In one week, thousands of viewers watched the Chick Cam for an average of four minutes, checking back tim (continued)

Public Safety

Cop Logs, Week of March 12

Thefts/burglaries Credit card fraud, 5:30 p.m. March 5, 400 block Northwest Seventh Place. A woman reports her debit card was used through a Paypal account to make 14 purchases with a total value of $238, with items delivered to a Los Angeles address. Theft of firearms, 11:55 a.m. March 6, 300 block Lake Drive, Hammond. Man reports a .357-caliber stainless steel revolver and two .410-caliber double-barrel Remington shotguns were stolen from inside his travel trailer. Attempted burglary, 11 a.m. (continued)

Police blotter for March 9 edition

Arrests Drunken driving, 4:05 p.m. Feb. 25, Harbor Drive at Heron Street. Bryon Garratt Stalcup, 56, of Woodland, Wash., was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants and cited for having no operator’s license and refusing to take a breath test. Burglaries/thefts Stolen trailer, 2:53 p.m. Feb. 23, Les Schwab. A 2005 7-foot by 16-foot Bulldog car trailer worth $5,000 was taken. Theft of cash, 2:09 p.m. Feb. 26, Fred Meyer. Customer in self-checkout lane forgot to take (continued)