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Pumpkin Time Means End of Daylight Savings

POSING AMONG THE PUMPKINS to remind Chief readers of the end of Daily Savings Time and the beginning of Pacific Standard Time are Kelby, 4, and Cora, 3, daughters of David and Megan Evenson. The girls are the granddaughters of Eric and Bonnie Evenson of Clatskanie and Gordon and Nancy Prewitt of Beaverton. Daylight Savings Time officially ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4, when clocks should be turned back one hour. Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec

Over 25 Percent Already Returned… Ballots Due Back Tuesday

Ballots are due back Tuesday in the Nov. 6th general election.

As of Monday, Oct. 29, 25.6 percent (7,536) of Columbia County’s 29,414 registered voters, and 26.9 percent (5,792) of Clatsop County’s 21,534 registered voters had already returned their ballots, compared to 25.1 percent (552,853) of Oregon’s 2,206,403 eligible voters.

Of Columbia County’s 12,040 registered Democrat voters, 3,590 had returned their ballots by Monday of this week, while 2,298 of the 8,845 registered Republican voters had voted. Additionally, 1,204 of the county’s 6,596 nonaffiliated voters had returned their ballots, plus smaller numbers of other party registrants.

In Clatsop County 2,648 of the 8,866 registered Democrats had already voted, compared to 1,790 of the 6,280 registered Republicans and 992 of the 4,969 nonaffiliated voters.

On the ballot are federal and state contests including races for president, representative in Congress, secretary of state, state treasurer, attorney general, commissioner of Bureau of Labor and Industries, state representative, judge of the Oregon Supreme Court, position 3, and judge of the Oregon Court of Appeals, position 6. There are also nine statewide measures.

Additionally, numerous county and local offices are on the ballot in both Columbia and Clatsop counties, as well as a few local measures.

For state representative in the re-shaped district 31, incumbent Democrat Brad Witt is facing a challenge from Republican Lew Barnes of North Plains to represent Columbia County and portions of Washington County. Ray Biggs of the Constitution Party is also on the ballot.

In neighboring district 32, incumbent Democrat Deborah Boone of Cannon Beach is being challenged by Jim Welsh of Nehalem, Constitution Party, and Libertarian Perry Roll.

In non-partisan offices, Earl Fisher of Clatskanie, the incumbent Columbia County commissioner in position 1 is being challenged by Wayne Mayo of Scappoose, while the position 3 incumbent Tony Hyde of Vernonia is running for re-election with Tammy Maygra of Deer Island opposing.

Columbia County Sheriff Jeff Dickerson is seeking re-election against former sheriff’s deputy Dave Fuller.

Only incumbents are running for City of Clatskanie offices with Mayor Diane Pohl and councilors Kathy Engel, Jim Morgan and Steve Constans unchallenged for re-election.

Clatskanie PUD directors, Bob Wiggins, subdivision one; Merle Gillespie, subdivision two, and Stephen Petersen, subdivision five, are all seeking re-election and are unopposed.

In the City of Rainier, Mayor Jerry Cole is unopposed for re-election. However, former councilor Judith Taylor is challenging incumbent Mike Avent for  position 2; Bill Vilardi, the incumbent in position 6, is being challenged by Phil Butcher, who currently holds position 7 on the council. Former councilor Rob Piercy and Steve Massey have both filed for Butcher’s position 7.

The incumbents for the three positions up for election on the Columbia River PUD board are all facing challengers. Incumbent David M. Baker, subdivision 1 representing Scappoose, is facing Will Kessi; Richard “Dick” Simpson, subdivision 3 representing St. Helens and Yankton, has an opponent in Ernie Zimbrick, and Darrel Purkerson, subdivision 4 representing St. Helens, is being challenged by Jake Carter.

Only incumbents are on the ballot for the City of Prescott: Lynette Oswald, mayor; Coy Oliver, recorder; Kevin Miller, treasurer, and Jim Larson, councilor position 2. No candidate filed for councilor position 4.

The City of Prescott is asking voters to approve a 10-year capital projects local options tax to make improvements to its water system.

The only county-wide race in Clatsop County is for sheriff, with the incumbent Tom Bergin being challenged by Jim Pierce

Also of interest in eastern Clatsop County, the Knappa-Svensen-Burnside Rural Fire Protection District is seeking a five-year bond for equipment and facilities improvements.

The deadline to register to vote for first-time voters or those new to Oregon has passed, but people already registered in Oregon who have changed their name, address or party affiliation have until 8 p.m. on election day to update their registration and receive a ballot.

Those with a valid Oregon driver’s license or permit, may go to www.OregonVotes.org and register online, or they may visit the Columbia or Clatsop county clerk’s offices, (see addresses below). Ballots must be received at the county elections office or an official drop site location by 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6.  Postmarks do not count. Voters who have not mailed their ballots by now are encouraged to use one of numerous drop sites, including:

• Columbia County elections department in the courthouse at 230 Strand Street, St. Helens, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on election day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., or in the drop box in the lower parking lot at the county courthouse.

• Clatsop County Clerk’s Office, Public Services Building, 820 Exchange Street, Astoria or the 24-hour drop box in front of office.

• Clatskanie Library, 11 Lillich Street.

• Rainier City Hall, 106 B Street West.

• Mist-Birkenfeld Fire Hall, 12525 Highway 202.

• Vernonia Library, 701 Weed Avenue.

• Knappa High School, 41535 Old Highway 30, Knappa

The drop-sites are available during regular business hours and until 8 p.m. on election day.

Those with questions about registration, filling out their ballot, or getting a replacement ballot if they make a mistake, may call  Columbia County elections department at 503 397-7214 or, in Clatsop County, visit the website at www.co.clatsop.or.us or call the Clatsop County clerk’s office at 503 325-8511.

Clatskanie Halloween Festivities Include Trick-or-Treating, Parade and Carnival

Halloween in Clatskanie on Wednesday, Oct. 31, was celebrated with a variety of activities primarily for children and their families.

Clatskanie businesses extended a welcome to trick-or-treaters on Halloween, an annual tradition sponsored and coordinated by the Clatskanie Chamber of Commerce.

Participating businesses distributed candy to children in costume who came during the normal operating hours of each business.

Participating businesses included: The Amber, Ark Real Estate, The Bag Ladies Yarn Shop, Big Guy Sport Club, The Clatskanie Chief, Clatskanie City Hall, Clatskanie Computers, Clatskanie Insurance, Clatskanie Liquor Store, Clatskanie Market, Clatskanie Mini Storage, Clatskanie Police Department, Clatskanie PUD, Clatskanie River Inn, Clatskanie Safeway, Clatskanie Subway, Colvin’s Grill, Conestoga, Discounts and Deals, Dr. John Briggs, Eastside Plaza – Latté Da, Carla’s Closet and Clatskanie Floral and Jim’s Headquarters, Fultano’s Pizza Parlor, Flowers ‘N Fluff, GreenWood Resources – Grannis Square, The Hair Place, Hazen Hardware, Hi-School Pharmacy, Ixtapa Mexican Restaurant, Jim’s Garage, M & N Workwear, NAPA Quality Auto Parts, Pascoe’s Funky Threads, Quilted Dandelion, Singing Dog Jewelry, Some Like It Hot, Sporty’s Inc., State Farm Insurance, Sterling Bank, Tio Calvino’s, Tri-City Insurance, Turning Point Community Service Center, US Bank, Wauna Federal Credit Union and Windermere/St. Helens Real Estate.

Halloween Parade

Clatskanie Elementary School students paraded down Nehalem Street on Wednesday “rain or shine.”

The parade began at the elementary school at 1:15 p.m., ending at the Clatskanie Police Department office.

“Trunk or Treat” at Faith Lutheran

Children were invited to “trunk or treat” on Halloween at Faith Lutheran Church in Clatskanie, 1010 NE 5th Street, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Church members dispensed treats to children in costume from the trunks of decorated cars parked in the church parking lot.

Trick-or-Treat for Charitable Donations

Clatskanie High School (CHS) Key Club students collected donations for Unicef by trick-or-treating in the Clatskanie area.

Money collected will help the organization’s efforts to provide children around the world with health care, clean water, nutrition, education and emergency relief to help them survive and thrive, said an organizer.

Community members who wished to contribute were encouraged to have donations ready on Halloween night. Donations were also made at the CHS front office or online at www.trickortreatforunicef.org.

Quincy Grange Halloween Carnival 

Quincy Grange’s annual Halloween carnival was scheduled Wednesday evening, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Planned activities included bingo, a cake walk, fish pond and a number of games for children.

The menu included hot dogs, soup, chili, baked potato with toppings, nachos, pie and beverages.

Quincy Grange is located three and a half miles northeast of Clatskanie at 78314 Rutters Road.

Beaver Homes Grange Haunted House

Beaver Homes Grange in Goble held a haunted house at the grange hall on Halloween from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Admission is $5, children five and under were free. Concessions and “non-scary” children’s games were planned downstairs, noted a grange spokesperson.

The grange hall is located at 31105 Beaver Homes Road in Goble. Turn onto Nicolai Road from Highway 30 and follow the signs.

PUD Board Adopts New Line Extension Policy

by Deborah Steele Hazen

A new line extension policy aimed at providing consistent methods and fairly allocating “the cost of power line extensions to serve new load and facilitate the development of the most reliable, efficient and economic electric distribution system,” was approved by the Clatskanie People’s Utility District (PUD) board of directors at its meeting Oct. 24.

After reviewing the provisions of the line extension policy with Don Smith, director of operations and engineering, the four board members in attendance passed a resolution adopting it unanimously.

During a lengthy workshop session that preceded the business meeting, the board heard a representative from Northwest River Partners talk about the effort to educate the public about the benefits of hydropower, its  renewable resource qualities, and its necessity to support the less reliable solar and wind power.

The board also reviewed with general manager Greg Booth the 2011-12 strategic plan, which will be discussed more fully at the Nov. 14th meeting.

Components of the strategic plan include system reliability and capacity improvements, the district’s power portfolio, financial integrity, the information system, governmental, community and customer relations, and organizational development.

“We are the largest PUD in the state and the second largest publicly-owned utility in the state in terms of power sold,” Booth noted. “It’s far more complicated than it was 15 years ago.”

It was announced that the district’s relatively new director of energy resources and services, Clay Norris, is leaving the PUD to accept a position with Northwest Energy Alliance.

“You have a great utility here and good people,” Norris told the board. “It’s been a privilege to be here even on a short term basis.”

In regard to the district’s strategic plan, PUD board chair Merle Gillespie noted that a senior management succession plan should be developed.

High School Invites Public to Honor Vets

All United States veterans and their families are invited to a Veterans’ Day breakfast on Friday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. in the Clatskanie Middle/High School (CMHS) commons to honor their service to the nation.

Breakfast will be served by the CMHS honor society.

Following the meal, at 9 a.m., the veterans and the public in general are invited to an assembly in the auditorium, during which veterans will by honored and the National Anthem and other music will be performed.

Elsa Wooley Honored with City’s Highest Community Service Award

Longtime, award-winning local teacher Elsa Wooley, who has also served her community in many ways, will receive the Oren C. Tweet Community Service Award, the City of Clatskanie’s highest honor, at the Clatskanie City Council meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The public is invited to attend a reception for Wooley, beginning at 6:15 p.m. in the city council chambers at 95 S. Nehalem Street. The award will be presented at the start of the council meeting which begins at 7 p.m.

The Oren C. Tweet award is named after the long-serving Clatskanie city councilor who was also an active community volunteer for many decades. The award is given to citizens, nominated by members of the public, who demonstrate long and varied service to the community.

In addition to her 30 years of teaching at Clatskanie High School, where she also served as advisor to the Future Business Leaders of America, Girls League and class advisor, Wooley was instrumental in the success of the job shadowing program. After her retirement she served as a mentor for the ASPIRE program, encouraging students to seek post-secondary education.

A founding member of the Clatskanie Arts Commission, Elsa, with her husband Donavon “Dee” Wooley, continues to lead that organization.

Wooley formerly served as vice president of the Clatskanie Senior Citizens board of directors, assisting with the maintenance and preservation of the Castle as well as assuring the continuance of the senior meal program, writing a newsletter and successfully obtaining grants.

She has served for years on the Clatskanie Foundation scholarship committee and has recently become a director of the Foundation. She is also active with the Clatskanie Cruisers car club and instrumental in the organizing of the annual Clatskanie Heritage Days car show. A member and past president of Chapter T P.E.O., she served as co-chairman for the 2011 P.E.O. state convention.

Candidates Speak at St. Helens Forum


CANDIDATES FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE joined county candidates in a forum hosted by the Columbia County Republican Party at the St. Helens Elks’ Club Friday, Oct. 26. Each candidate had about eight minutes to speak and could choose to field questions from the audience. Above is pictured: Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industry candidate Bruce Starr (left), Attorney General candidate James Buchal (center) and State Treasurer candidate Tom Cox (right). Chief Photos by Adam J. Wehrley




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