July, 2010

Friends’ Buck-A-Book Sale Thursday, Friday, Saturday at Library

BENEFITING CHILDREN’S NEEDS AT THE CLATSKANIE LIBRARY, the annual Friends of the Library Buck-A-Book Sale fundraiser is slated for Thursday and Friday, July 29 and 30, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and finishes with an advertised spectacular buck-a-box or bag closeout on Saturday, July 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the library located at 11 Lillich Street.

Pictured checking out a table laden with boxes of donated books at the library, left to right, are Friends of the Library volunteers: library director Elizabeth Kruse, Friends Foundation vice president John Lillich, and president Ernest Carman and Friends Buck-A-Book sale setup coordinator and board member Kris Lillich.

“Our storeroom is literally packed with boxes of books for this year’s sale including donations from the public and some selections weeded from the library shelves to make room for new books purchased for checkout by library patrons,” notes library director Elizabeth Kruse. The sale will also feature specially priced sets of materials including vintage volumes, videos, audio books and encyclopedias.

“Books R Us and our first concern throughout the sale is customer satisfaction,” says John Lillich, who cautions dealers and other early birds “that in fairness to all” the sale will start exactly at 10 a.m. each day with no “presale purchases” allowed – no exceptions.

“Traditionally we have topped our initial goal of making $1000 each year enabling funds to nurture ongoing children’s educational programs at our local library that might not otherwise be possible due to budget constraints in these difficult times of library and school funding,” says Carman as he encourages “fellow bibliophiles” of all ages to come and check out some true treasures at bargain prices on sale for a good cause.

The public is also invited to take part in the annual Friends of the Library Recognition Tea that is set to honor lifelong library benefactor Dr. Keith McGillivary for his “Gift of Self.”

The tea will feature refreshments and a time for sharing of memories inside the library during the book sale on Friday, July 30, from 3-5 p.m.

“Come check us out and enjoy some free, ice-cold lemonade,” notes Clatskanie Library director Elizabeth Kruse.

For more information, including signing up as a volunteer during the sale, call the library at 503 728-3732.

Blues Greats Take Outdoor Stage Saturday for Annual “Rhythm on the River”

Some of the Pacific Northwest’s greatest blues artists will take the stage in the Clatskanie City Park this Saturday, July 31, for the 4th annual Clatskanie Blues Festival “Rhythm on the River.”

For the first time, this year the festival is a fundraiser for the United Way of Columbia County

Headlining the show for the second year is Curtis Salgado, a Pacific Northwest native who has been a major player on the blues scene since the early ‘70s. Salgado, world-renowned for his soulful sound, served as an inspiration for John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd’s “Blues Brothers.”

Salgado’s will be the final performance of the festival.

The day will begin at 12 noon with a five kilometer/eight kilometer, walk-run-jog starting in the park. There is a $10 pre-registration fee for the event. For more information e-mail clatskanie, call 503 556-3614 or visit https://sites.

At 1 p.m. the free concert will begin with music by Ellen Whyte, another well-known Northwest blues artist.

Another highly-regarded group, the Linda Myers Band, will follow at 3 p.m. with a repertoire of jazz, rock, rhythm and blues, funk, reggae, swing, soul, Latin and pop music.

Jazz pianist Justin Salisbury of Clatskanie will take the outdoor stage, provided by the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce, at 4:45 p.m., followed at 5:30 p.m. by the Gimme Some Lovin Band, “the “Northwest’s premier rockin’ rhythm and blues powerhouse.”

Salgado will take the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Also during the afternoon and evening, auctions and raffles will be featured. There will be vendors in the park.

A contest is now underway to find locations of “pole banners” advertising the “Rhythm on the River” Clatskanie Blues Festival along Highway 30 in Columbia County.

All are encouraged to participate and should email the locations and the number of banners they find to All correct entries will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gas card. The drawing will be held at the festival on July 31. Deadline for entries is 12 noon on July 29.

Attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food, pet food and school supplies for Turning Point’s “Stuff the Bus” program.

Port of St. Helens, Greenwood Resources Sign Purchase Agreement for More Property Around Port Westward

THE POTENTIAL FOR INDUSTRIAL DEVELOPMENT AT PORT WESTWARD has expanded by approximately 1300 acres with the recent completion of a purchase and sale agreement between the Port of St. Helens and the Lower Columbia Tree Farm, LLC, also known as Greenwood Resources. The Port Westward Energy Park, located about seven miles north of Clatskanie on the Columbia River, is pictured in the aerial photo above.

Under the terms of the agreement, the Port of St. Helens has two years to finalize the purchase of 737.41 acres of property adjacent to Port Westward on the south (top of the photo) and west (right of the photo). The property may be purchased at $4000 per acre in smaller parcels, if the Port so chooses in order to meet the needs of potential developers.

The agreement also gives the Port of St. Helens first right of refusal on an additional contiguous 574 acres of Greenwood Resources property – potentially more than doubling the Port Westward industrial park.

Greenwood Resources will be able to continue its poplar farm operation until the property purchase is finalized, and even after that – if the operations do not interfere with industrial development.

Port commission president Robert Keyser told The Chief this week that it is expected that parcels of the property will be acquired by the Port as industries come forward which are interested in leasing and developing them. “Just since the agreement was finalized, we’ve discussed the property with a couple of potential developers,” Keyser said.

State economic development officials are also “very excited” about the availability of more developable industrial land on the Columbia River, Keyser said. “Both state officials and private developers have agreed that there is a need for more industrial lands on the river.” Photo Courtesy Port of St. Helens

Filings Open for Clatskanie, Rainier City Councils; Clatskanie, Columbia River PUD Boards

Filings opened July 15 for positions up for election in November on the Clatskanie and Rainier city councils, and the Clatskanie and Columbia River People’s Utility Districts (PUD).

Citizens of Clatskanie interested in running for city council or mayor may pick-up packets at the Clatskanie city hall, 95 S. Nehalem Street. Candidates must be a registered voter and a resident within the city limits of Clatskanie for at least one year.

The council seats now held by Larry Garlock, Ron Puzey and Toby Harris are open for election. Garlock has announced that he will not seek re-election. City council terms are for four years.

Also up for election is Clatskanie mayor, an office now held by Diane Pohl. The mayor’s term is for two years.

Clatskanie city council and mayor candidates must have their completed election packets back to city hall by August 17.

Persons interested in running for Rainier city council may pick up election packets at the Rainier city hall, 106 West B Street.

The council seats now held by Vernae Christophersen, David Langford, Russ Moon, Sloan Nelson and Judith Taylor are up for election.

Taylor has announced she will be running for the office of mayor, now held by Jerry Cole, who has indicated that he will run for re-election.

The seats on the Clatskanie PUD board of directors representing subdivision 3 (South Clatskanie and Quincy precincts) and subdivision 4 (portions of South Delena and North Delena) are up for election. The incumbents, Janet Willey (subdivision 3) and Don Hooper (subdivision 4) have indicated they will seek re-election. Both are four-year terms.

The seats representing subdivisions 2 and 5 on the Columbia River PUD board are also up for election for four-year terms.

Columbia River PUD subdivision 2 includes the South McNulty, North McNulty, South Warren, North Warren, Scappoose 1, West Scappoose, and portions of Chapman and East Chapman precincts.

Columbia River PUD subidivision 5 includes portions of South Delena and North Delena, Goble, portions of Rainier 1 and Rainier 2, West Rainier, East Rainier, portions of Apiary and South Deer Island, North Deer Island and Prescott.

Persons interested in running for any of the PUD positions must reside in the subdivision which they seek to represent.

Each PUD candidate must file a declaration of candidacy accompanied by a filing fee of $10 or a petition for nomination signed by at least 25 registered voters residing in the district, with the elections department of Columbia County no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 24.

PUD election packets are available in the elections department located in the Columbia County Courthouse, 230 Strand Street in St. Helens.

Quincy Man in Critical Condition Following Motorcycle Crash

A Quincy-area man was transported by Life Flight helicopter to a Portland hospital following a motorcycle crash on Quincy-Mayger Road Sunday, July 25.

David Hendrickson, 41, remained in critical condition Tuesday afternoon at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) hospital after he crashed his motorcycle into a telephone pole and fence early Sunday morning.

According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) press release Hendrickson suffered severe leg injuries as well as multiple broken bones in the crash. He was immediately admitted to surgery upon his arrival at OHSU the release stated.

Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival Set For 14th Annual Run

Attracting bluegrass musicians and enthusiasts from around the western United States, the Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival will kick-off its 14th annual event in the Clatskanie City Park Friday afternoon, Aug. 6, and continue through Sunday, Aug. 8.

Music is scheduled on the park stage until 9 p.m. Friday evening, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. until around 3 p.m.

This year’s festival, which is organized by Bill Bogan, formerly of Clatskanie, and now of Arizona, will be held in memory of Charlie Robbins, a longtime blue grass performer, who was well known in the Northwest and died last year.

One of the bands featured over the weekend is Prairie Flyer of Spokane, who Bogan referred to as the “premier bluegrass band in the northwest”.

Other bands include Greenbriar Connection from the Seattle area, Sawtooth Mountain Boys who have been performing together for over 40 years, Oly Mountain Boys, Trusting Heart and more.

On Thursday afternoon, a corn-on-the-cob and chili feed with a cornbread cooking contest will be offered for a suggested donation of $3 to early arriving participants and the public alike.

The Clatskanie Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be offering an old-fashioned dutch oven meal on Saturday, Aug. 7, from 5-7 p.m. for $8. The menu includes sausage, corn-on-the-cob, cubed potatoes with mushroom and cheese sauce and coleslaw. The food will be prepared by David Moore, a professional dutch oven cook and teacher.

A 12-inch Camp Chef dutch oven donated by Moore will be raffled following the dinner. Tickets will be sold for $1 each, with 1000 tickets available. Proceeds from the raffle will go to the Clatskanie CERT team for vehicle repairs.

Rainier Teachers, School District Reach Tentative Agreement

The Rainier Education Association (REA) and the Rainier School District reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday night, July 27.

Pending final approval by both sides, the new contract will run until June 30, 2011. No further details were available by Chief press-time.

The previous teachers’ union contract expired June 30, 2009, and negotiations have been underway for over a year.

In a brief announcement issued Tuesday night by Rainier Superintendent Michael Carter he offered “special thanks to members of the negotiating teams on both sides for their hard work.”

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