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Warriors lose first game in play-offs

WHS vs Sheridan, 3-28

In their first play-off game since 2012, the Warrenton Warriors football team came up short against the Spartans last Friday night in Sheridan. The final score was 3-28. “I’m really proud of our kids’ efforts this season,” Coach Ian O’Brien said. “We made some huge strides from the first to the last week of the season. Sheridan is a physical football team with some great players.” Warrenton battled hard despite the defeat, he said. “We had some things happen early on in the game (continued)

Battle over blight: City takes on Main Street mess

Taking the horror by the horns, city leaders voted Wednesday afternoon to bid on one of the town’s biggest eyesores. The uninhabitable house at 1086 S.E. Main Court – visible from the city’s main drag -- could become a jewel in the city’s redevelopment crown. “This is a classic example of why you have an urban renewal district,” Mayor Henry Balensifer said. He and two other commissioners, acting as the city’s Urban Renewal Agency, voted unanimously to make a low-ball offer on the (continued)

Sponsors of large events must give city time and information

The city is in the process of tweaking policies governing events held in the city, water fees and rules, and sidewalks. There are no broad sweeping changes proposed, but some people may be affected by the rule-tightening. “This became a very hot topic because of problems we’ve uncovered,” Community Development Director Kevin Cronin told city commissioners when describing proposed changes to the group events policy. The current policy, which covers city parks, was adopted in 2012 and is (continued)

Warrenton agency named one of top 100 nonprofit groups

Northwest Community Alliance, a nonprofit group supporting those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, was recognized by Oregon Business magazine as one of the 2018 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon. “It was like the Emmys and Oscars,” said Shantell Stevens, associate director. “No one knew who the top three were for each of the small, medium and large organizations, or where they were ranked and when they were announced, they were surprised and grateful and everyone (continued)

Four graduate from Pacific University

Four Clatsop County residents recently graduated from Pacific University in Forest Grove. Richard Hiebert of Astoria earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Chelsea Tumbarello of Astoria earned a master's degree in speech-language pathology, Mackenzie Walgren of Gearhart earned a bachelor’s degree in biology and Jordan Miller of Seaside earned a bachelor’s degree in applied theater and sociology. Miller also graduated magna cum laude. (continued)

WHS volleyball ends spectacular season with a loss

It was a disappointing loss last Saturday for Warrenton’s volleyball team. They lost to Santiam Christian in three straight sets, 18-25, 12-25, and 15-25. “Could you talk to me about last Saturday's game?” senior Fernanda Alvarez said. So we sat at a table in the high school’s cafeteria. “Coach (Staci) Miethe told us to play as hard as we could, we had nothing to lose against a team ranked No. 2 in the state,” she said. “But I was astounded by the loss. It hurt me very badly. I (continued)

Warriors clinch play-offs with win against Nestucca

It was another impressive Warrior football win.  They traveled to Nestucca last Friday night, their last game of the regular season, and took on the Bobcats, winning 54-6. "I was happy for our kids," beamed Coach Ian O'Brien. "We'll be in the play-offs. It’s the first time since 2012. What a victory. It's all owing to our kids’ hard work." Added junior running back Devin Jackson: "We came ready to play. We knew that if we won, we had a chance at the play-offs. We practiced hard all week. (continued)

Commissioner speaks out on bad behavior; woman runs as write-in candidate

A city commissioner chastised the behavior of a fellow politician and a woman announced her candidacy as a write-in candidate this week. “I went home from the last meeting disappointed in myself for not speaking up,” Commissioner Mark Baldwin said at the close of Tuesday’s City Commission meeting. “I don’t like the way the meeting ended last session and getting the police involved … is something that never should have happened. It lacked good taste. What brought that on lacks good (continued)

Students provide reminders on liquor bottles

Those buying liquor in the coming weeks might get a gentle reminder not to buy alcohol for minors. Astoria High School senior Taylor Palmrose had the idea to place 1,000 bottle tags on alcoholic beverages sold in several Warrenton Businesses. Warrenton Police Chief Matt Workman thought it was a great idea and helped Palmrose and her friends complete the project last weekend. “You may have seen the bright-yellow tags on the alcoholic beverage packages throughout Warrenton reminding adults t (continued)

Profile: Octagenarian gained strength in adversity

Uta Summerer was born in Berlin. She came to Warrenton via Munich, Florida, South Carolina, Seattle, Oklahoma, Memphis, Virginia, Wisconsin and California. She most recently spent 30 years in Portland. Born Uta von Oertzen, her father was in the army, so moving was nothing unusual. She and her mother moved to the United States in 1948 and, when Uta was 18, her mother returned to Germany and she was left pretty much on her own. Her time in Portland was the longest she’d spent anywhere. Sh (continued)

Housing crisis is topic of November open houses

Preliminary findings from a new countywide housing study offer multiple potential strategies for addressing the region’s housing crisis. Suggestions include offering incentives to developers, allowing nontraditional housing and flexible zoning. The public is invited to learn more about the findings and offer their own questions and comments at two open houses in November. The open houses are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at 857 Commercial St., Astoria, and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Seaside City (continued)

Bank of the Pacific to close local branch

Bank of the Pacific will close its Warrenton branch next year as a way to consolidate operations, the bank announced in an Oct. 18 letter to customers. “After a great deal of thought and consideration, we have decided to consolidate the operations of our Warrenton branch into our Astoria and Seaside locations,” wrote Denise Portmann, president and chief executive for Bank of the Pacific. The closure is effective Feb. 1. The Warrenton branch’s ATM will remain open for deposits an (continued)

Coastal Pacific marten proposed for 'threatened' designation

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing the coastal population of the Pacific marten as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The coastal marten is a secretive cat-sized predator that only lives in coastal Oregon and northern coastal California. They’re stealthy hunters that lurk in dense shrub cover or areas with closed forest canopy. Major factors contributing to the coastal marten’s decline include loss of habitat, wildfire and increased threat from (continued)

CMH honors the givers

The annual Celebration of Giving was held Oct. 11, one year after the collaborative opened. The new center has saved people with cancer 3,700 trips out of the area to receive radiation therapy in its first year, Cancer Collaborative Director Chris Laman said. Three people were honored for their extraordinary leadership, which embodies the spirit of philanthropy, both at the hospital and in the community. Dr. Jennifer Lycette received the Caduceus Award, which recognizes a physician or provider (continued)

Obituary: Bettie Marie Rubens

Sept. 7, 1931-Oct. 10, 2018

We lost our beloved mother, grandmother, great grandmother and great, great grandmother, Bettie Marie Rubens on Wednesday, October 10th. She passed away very peacefully surrounded by family at the home of her son, Joseph F. Rubens, Jr., Vancouver, WA, after a short illness. Her husband of 71 years, JF Rubens, Sr. preceded her in death, June 11, 2016. They would announce every anniversary with words taken from a W.H. Auden poem: “I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you Till China and Africa (continued)

Scandinavian Festival seeks princesses

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival is soliciting princess names from local Scandinavian lodges. The court consists of a Junior Court of princesses, Senior Court of princesses, a crown bearer and a junior and senior court chaperone. If you have a child interested in representing their nationality, contact one of the following individuals for information. Those interested in being a chaperone should email Court duties begin in November and go through (continued)

Nominations sought for area servants

Nominations are being accepted for the annual George Award and Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award. The awards, sponsored by the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, will be announced during the organization’s annual meeting and banquet Jan. 26. The recipients should be humble strong leaders who often work behind the scenes to make our communities better. There’s an old saying “Let George Do It.” A tongue-in-cheek statement meaning “let someone else do the job.” The chamber (continued)

Pacific Power donates to heritage park

Pacific Power showed its support for the Scandinavian Heritage Park recently by presenting a check for $1,500 to the organization. The money is intended for construction of the park, between 15th and 16th streets on the Riverwalk. The money came from Pacific Power Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the organization, which has as its mission to support the growth and vitality of the communities Pacific Power serves. The grant was made to honor the rich heritage of the Scandinavians in the (continued)

Columnists & Other Opinions

Letter to the Editor: Library board rejects characterization

This letter is in response to misleading campaign materials being circulated by Warrenton mayoral candidate John Washington. In one of his campaign fliers, Mr. Washington claims the Warrenton Community Library was stolen from Hammond. He also seems to imply that the Warrenton Community Library Board, and past and present members of the Warrenton City Commission, were involved in a conspiracy to intentionally deprive Hammond residents of library services. Each member of our current seven-person, (continued)

Letter to the Editor: Candidate's wife speaks out

Initially I was going to remain silent throughout the political season. However, with the dirty politics and blatant lies bestowed upon my husband, John Washington, I am compelled to speak out. First, I would like to express that I have no issues with Mayor Henry Balensifer and wish him the best. Letter writer Lori Beth Kulp accused John of misrepresenting the purpose of executive sessions, and went on to state that he “would convince the city attorney that these executive sessions should (continued)

Letter to the Editor: School bond is too expensive

Last week, I received my voter’s pamphlet in the mail. I always enjoy reading the “arguments in favor” and “arguments against” for all the measures. On Measure 4-198 Warrenton School District 30C bond proposal, there were no “arguments against.” I would like to remedy that lapse. For a $200,000 home, the tax increase per year for 31 years is $536 ($2.68 times 200). More each year as the property increases in value. I very much doubt my Social Security increase is going to cover (continued)

Letter to the Editor: Say yes to solid school returns

Asking a sacrifice of taxpayers to invest in present and future generations of Warrenton-Hammond kids is not a decision made lightly. Several years of thoughtful analysis, weighing options, and researching contingencies, led to the design of the Warrenton-Hammond School Bond proposal. Underlying this decision is the fundamental goal of doing what’s prudent in the most affordable way possible for our community. We started by watching Warrenton’s population grow and anticipate the impact of (continued)

Letter to the Editor: School bond passage is crucial

Passing the Warrenton School Bond is crucial. Can we put a value on our children’s safety? The proposed property for the new middle school would be out of the tsunami zone. It would provide a safe shelter for all children and community members if needed. Overcrowding at the grade school is a major concern. In 1980, I was one of the first teachers to get the opportunity to teach in this beautiful new building. Back then, there were approximately 500 students. Now there are 800 students and a (continued)

Senior Moments: Downsizing can be fulfilling

The word “downsize” has been around only since about 1975. A common definition is “to reduce in size, especially to design or produce in a smaller size.” In my desire to lose weight, when someone asks me how I am, I could just say “Fine, I am downsizing.” The many dictionaries I have at my fingertips don’t say anything about using the word to describe my weight. However, downsizing can be so much fun! It can be more exhilarating than lots of other things. And I’m not just (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History: Activists occupy BIA offices in Washington D.C.

Nov. 2, 1972: Hundreds of Indian activists occupy the Bureau of Indian Affairs building in Washington D.C. as part of the “Trail of Broken Treaties” protest. Their goal is to gain support for a policy of self-determination for American Indians. The government promises to refrain from making arrests, and it pays the Indians’ expenses to return home. Nov. 3, 1755: Massachusetts Bay Colony issues a bounty for the scalps of Penobscot Indians. Nov. 4, 1833: Lt. G.J. Rains of the 7th Infantry, (continued)

Senior Moments: Falling for autumn and rain

Ruth Manire, a lovely senior lady who lives in Warrenton, shared this poem with us at the senior meal site on Oct. 1. That day happened to be more like a midsummer dream day, so I decided to hold it until it really felt like October. It's the first day of October And it’s starting to get dark It’s raining in my swimming pool, It’s raining in the park. It’s raining on my birthday cake. It's raining in the zoo . . . If you can hear me sing this song, It's raining on you, too! Since I've (continued)

This Week in Aboriginal History

Oct. 26, 1897: President William McKinley, in his annual address to Congress, reports about difficulties negotiating with the five tribes in Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), who show “a decided disinclination to meet with favor” the relinquishment of titles to their lands. Oct. 27, 1832: The Peoria, Lahokia, Michigamea, Tamaroa and Kaskaskia Indians sign a treaty at William Clark’s home, Castor Hill. They agree to swap their Illinois lands for property in Kansas. Oct. 28, 1863: (continued)


KOA's pool is site for senior aquanastics class

A new class in Aquanastics is under way. It meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov 20 at the KOA pool, 1100 Ridge Road. The class is sponsored by Clatsop Community College and ENCORE, Exploring New Concepts Of Retirement Education, an association of retirement-age people who share a love of learning. ENCORE offers short-term courses, which are often led by members and cover a wide range of topics, including science, health, art, music, literature, history and current events. (continued)

Classes available on choosing Medicare during open enrollment

Northwest Senior and Disability Services presents a series of free classes on Medicare during open enrollment for the program. Astoria: 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, or 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the Coho Room, 2021 Marine Drive. Seaside: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, Bob Chisholm Center, 1225 Ave. A. Registration is not required as walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call 503-861-4200. (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

Women caught on video shoplifting and running from Walgreens

Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying two women who entered Walgreens, filled two shopping baskets then ran from the store without paying for the merchandise. Surveillance video shows them entering the store separately at 8:48 and 8:49 a.m. Monday. They ran out together at 9:13 a.m., setting off the store’s theft-detection alarms, according to a Warrenton Police Department press release. The women, one blond and one brunette, got into a dark sedan and drove off. Walgreen’s (continued)

Public safety calls for week of Nov. 2

** Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, 12:53 p.m. Oct. 19, Rite Aid. Hannah L. Havranek, 27, no known address, was cited for criminal third-degree theft. Shoplifting, 9 p.m. Oct. 23, Rite Aid. Woman with two-colored hair (half pink) left store without paying for items. Subject could not be located. Shoplifting, 3:45 p.m. Oct. 25, Walmart. Frank William Seaman, 41, no known address, was cited for criminal third-degree theft. Shoplifting, 5 p.m. Oct. 26, Walmart. Tiffany Lynn MacPherson, 34, of (continued)

Public safety calls for week of Oct. 26

** Thefts and burglaries Shoplifting, 6:11 p.m. Oct. 8, Rite Aid. Jared Curtis Cupit, 43, of Warrenton was cited for criminal third-degree theft after he attempted to leave the store without paying for $2.49 in candy. Stolen bicycles, 10:06 a.m. Oct. 13, Fort Stevens State Park. A Bonney Lake, Wash., man reported three bicycles valued at $1,500 were stolen from his campsite. Shoplifting, 5:20 p.m. Oct. 17, Walmart. Kylee Anne Pitts, 21, of Astoria was cited for criminal second-degree theft. (continued)