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Knappa Auction Sees Record-Setting Generosity

RECORD-SETTING GENEROSITY was a cause for celebration Saturday, Feb. 9, at the 16th annual Knappa Schools Foundation (KSF) dinner and auction in the Knappa High School gym. KSF director Shawn Teevin, who served as master of ceremonies for the event, is pictured in the top photo standing among the sell-out crowd of 320 as he honored Michael Foster, shown seated in the white sweater and gray jacket. Foster was instrumental in the formation of the Knappa Schools Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation established in 1997, and served on its board for eight years.

This year’s event raised a highest-ever $92,000 – $85,000 after expenses which will be used to provide scholarships for Knappa students and help support programs in the local schools.

Auctioneer Mac Stewart (right) encouraged the crowd to raise their bids for a great cause during the oral auction. The highest selling item of the night was a handmade, hand-engraved  stainless steel knife with a handle made of fossilized Alaska whale bone, and a stand made of New Zealand antlers. The collector’s item, made by artist Barry Minkoff, sold for $3800.

In addition to approximately three dozen oral auction items, scores of silent auction offerings and raffle prizes encouraged attendees to spend.

State Senator Betsy Johnson, pictured at left, “one of our greatest supporters,” according to Teevin, who is shown with her while she asked the crowd for cash contributions. Johnson eclipsed the record she set last year of $21,000, by encouraging this year’s attendees to give $29,800 in cash in addition to their auction and raffle spending.

Chief Photo by Deborah Steele Hazen

Filings Open for Numerous Special District Seats

Dozens of positions on special district boards of directors in Columbia and Clatsop counties are up for election May 21.

Filings for candidates for those seats opened Feb. 9 and will close March 21.

Seats up for election include:

Port of St. Helens: Positions 4 and 5 (four-year terms). Those seats are currently held by Terry Luttrell and Chris Iverson.

Columbia 9-1-1 Communications District: Zone 2 (two-year term), Zone 3 (four-year term) and Zone 5 (four year term). Candidates must live in the zones they represent. Zone 2 includes the Rainier to Columbia City area and is currently represented by Connie Budge; Zone 3 is the St. Helens area, currently represented by Henry Heimuller, and Zone 5 is Scappoose and Sauvie Island, currently represented by Rob Anderson.

Clatskanie School District: Positions 3, 4 and 5 (four-year at-large terms) currently held by Michael Moravec, John Moore and Erick Holsey, respectively.

Rainier School District: Zone 1 (four-year term) North and South Delena,  except sections 12, 13 and 24 that are south of Highway 30, currently held by Bill Scholten; Zone 2 (four-year term) Rainier 1, Rainier 2, West Rainier, East Rainier and that portion exempted from Zone 1, currently held by Bob Wimmer; Zone 5 (four-year term) Apiary, currently held by Chad Womack, and Zone 7 (four-year term) at-large, currently held by Dale Archibald.

Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District: (four-year at large terms), Positions 1, 2 and 3, currently held by Malcolm Groulx, Bill Mellinger and Dave Scott, respectively.

Columbia River Fire and Rescue: Position 2 (two-year term) and Positions 4 and 5, (four-year terms) at-large positions covering the area from Delena through Warren including Rainier and St. Helens, currently held by Kim Walker, Diane Dillard and Pete Koss, respectively.

Clatskanie Library District: Positions 1 and 2 (four-year terms, at-large), currently held by Linda Constans and Janice Youra, respectively.

Clatskanie Park and Recreation District: Positions 1, 4 and 5 (four-year terms, at-large), currently held by Ryan Tompkins, Bob Emminger and Bruce Holsey.

Rainier Cemetery District: Positions 2 and 3 (four-year terms) currently held by Tomey Greer and Melvin “Dearl” Taylor, respectively.

Those filing for election to special district seats must file a declaration of candidacy accompanied by a $10 fee or a petition for nomination signed by at least 25 registered voters residing in the election district with the Columbia County elections department no later than 5 p.m. on March 21.

Filing forms are available online at the Secretary of State Elections Division http://www.sos.state.or.us/elections/publications/district.html. The forms are also available in the Columbia County Elections Department in the county courthouse, 230 Strand Street in St. Helens.

Numerous Clatsop County Seats Also Up for Election

Numerous special district seats are up for election in Clatsop County including the Port of Astoria, Clatsop Community College and Sunset Empire Transportation District, as well as  school districts, rural fire districts, water and sewer districts, and other entities.

A complete list of all seats up for election in Clatsop County, the requirements for each office and other information, is available at http://co.clatsop.or.us/.

Holsey, Moore Join Clatskanie School Board; Library Emergency Declared

by Adam J. Wehrley

Following the installation of two new Clatskanie school board members at the board’s Feb 6th special meeting, the board declared emergency property losses resulting from the flooding of the Clatskanie Elementary School (CES) library last month.

Due to illness, board chair Megan Evenson attended the opening of the meeting via conference call while new board members Erick Holsey and John Moore were installed to replace Karen George and Janet Willey who resigned recently.

Following the swearing in ceremony, the board voted to declare an emergency “to facilitate immediate repairs to the district property.”

The flooding of the CES library was discovered on the morning of Jan. 14, after a hot water coil froze, broke and spewed water and steam into the room, causing extensive damage to the library and its contents.

After voting unanimously to comply with Oregon public contracting laws which allow public agencies to expedite the bidding process to conduct emergency repairs, the board then preceded to review repair bids which had been received.

On the recommendation of new interim superintendent George Lanning, who was appointed at the Jan. 28 regular meeting and called last week’s special meeting in order to avoid delays in repairing the library,  the board accepted a proposal from Kennedy Restoration of Portland.

Lanning explained that many cost figures on the repairs are still subject to changes based on district decisions and other factors, but the work by Kennedy is expected to cost approximately $147,000.

The bid had already been altered to eliminate heating and ventilation work which will be done by district staff rather than outside contractors.

Board members discussed their desire to utilize local sources of material and labor as much as possible. It was noted that locally available materials constituted a relatively small portion of the repair costs.

Gratitude was expressed to Servpro of Langview and the district custodial staff for their prompt response to the emergency and their work to preserve the library’s book collection and equipment and mitigate further damage to the facility.

CES librarian Connie Sims stated that Servpro probably saved most of the 11,741 volumes in the library collection. She explained plans to examine each book individually before reshelving in order to completely assess the damage.

Lanning noted that the repairs, including replacing damaged books, fall under a $5,000 deductible and that Kennedy’s bid was approved by the district’s insurance carrier.

The replacement of electronics damaged by heavy steam and condensation is still being considered.

Many of the bookcases will be salvaged and used throughout the district.

Approval of the bid allows for the payment of the first $50,000 installment and the ordering of replacement bookcases which constitutes $86,000 of the repair costs and require time to manufacture and ship to CES.

“I am just ready to get back in my library” commented Sims.

Lanning was authorized to act on the board’s behalf regarding repair decisions.

The board also approved an operating agreement with Lanning which establishes roles and responsibilities of the superintendent and the board.

Lanning stated that he would not be an applicant for a long-term superintendent position with the district and was only available until June 30.

He suggested the board enlist the services of one of several firms which conduct school administrator searches in Oregon. Lanning described the district’s 16-week deadline for hiring a permanent superintendent as “a compressed timeline.”

The board agreed to select a search firm at another special meeting scheduled for Feb. 20, where they will review proposals from search firms.

With the addition of Moore and Holsey to the board, various committee assignments were made.

Moore and Akin were appointed to the superintendent search committee. Evenson and Holsey were assigned to the classified employee negotiation committee. Michael Moravec and Monty Akin are on the certified employees negotiation committee.

Morvec suggested that the Clatskanie Middle School oversight committee be suspended until the superintendent search is completed. He commented that significant progress had been made on the middle school issues that prompted the establishment of the committee.

An executive session was held to discuss labor negotiations.

Rep. Witt Tours Wauna Mill Dock

TOURING THE ON-GOING REPAIRS at the Wauna Mill’s transit shed recently was  District 31 State Representative Brad Witt (center), pictured here with Wauna’s public affairs manager Kristi Ward (left) and Georgia-Pacific vice president and Wauna Mill manager Steve Francoeur (right).

Witt was updated on the dock repairs that are ongoing at the mill’s transit shed, which was heavily damaged  on the evening of April 22, 2011 when the Susaki Wing log ship collided with two barges and the dock. As a result of this incident, the mill’s shipping capabilities have been restricted for nearly two years.

During the tour, Rep. Witt learned of the great efforts employees have made to keep the facility shipping out product to customers while the dock and barge ramp are being repaired.  In addition, he learned of the complexities of the dock reconstruction efforts.

“Recovering from the Susaki Wing event has been a substantial issue for our business,” stated Ward.  “We appreciate Rep. Witt’s time and interest in learning about the challenges our facility has faced in shipping our finished products, the hurdles we encountered in permitting for the dock and ramp repairs, and the construction complexity of working near the river.”

The dock and barge ramp repairs are nearing completion and the mill hopes to be back to business as usual before the two year anniversary of the event.

Photo Courtesy of Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill

Masons to Host Washington’s Birthday Breakfast This Sunday

The Clatskanie Masonic Lodge will hold its annual Washington’s Birthday Breakfast this Sunday, Feb. 17, from 7:30 to 11 a.m.

Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage, eggs, blueberries, coffee and juice.

Cost is $5 adults and $3 for children under 12. Proceeds will go toward local youth projects. Tickets are available at the door, or in advance at Sterling Bank and Clatskanie Builders Supply.

The Masonic lodge is located at SE 2nd and Conyers streets in Clatskanie.


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