A CASTLE with a “Fairy Godmother,” “Heritage Princesses to Be,” golden carriages, magic wands, and friendly forest creatures welcomed Clatskanie Heritage Days 4th of July spectators to the “Magical Land of Clatskanie.” The float (pictured at top) won the Grand Marshal’s Award for the best overall entry in the parade. The Clatskanie Farmer’s Market float, featuring a wizard (lower right) and miraculously growing people plants (second from top) won the Puzey Memorial Trophy for the best theme entry in the parade. The theme was “It’s a Magical Time in Clatskanie.” The 4th of July fireworks show on Friday night put on a spectacular display, but was interrupted by an unplanned intermission when a grass fire was caused by a low-exploding shell. See more photos and coverage of the celebration in Section B and elsewhere in this edition. Chief Photos by Amanda Gail Moravec and Adam J. Wehrley
Two fatalities in separate one-car crashes in the early morning hours of Saturday, July 5, and Sunday, July 6, saddened the holiday weekend in the Clatskanie/Rainier area.
A 26-year-old Westport man, Daniel Raymond Hughes, died when he was ejected from his pickup truck that rolled in the Quincy area Saturday, July 5, at about 3:30 a.m.
According to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) report, Hughes left a 4th of July beach party with his fiancée Krysti Bates and headed southwest on Quincy-Mayger Road when his pickup left the road and rolled. Hughes, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Bates, who was wearing a seatbelt, received minor injuries and was transported to a hospital by Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District (CRFPD) ambulance crews.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, alcohol and marijuana use were contributing factors to the crash.
A 16-year-old St. Helens girl, Seeaira Hicks, died early Sunday morning, July 6, when she was driving eastbound on Highway 30 at approximately 12:55 a.m. The car traveled off the highway and rolled numerous times before coming to rest on its top, according to an Oregon State Police (OSP) report.
Hicks was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her 16-year-old passenger, Scott Hamlin, received minor injuries and was transported by CRFPD ambulance to PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center.
Both were using safety restraints and the car’s airbags deployed.
There is no evidence that alcohol or drugs were involved. OSP reports that driver fatigue is a possible contributing factor to the fatal crash.
Rainier’s annual Days in the Park celebration began Thursday, July 10, and was scheduled to continue through Saturday, July 12.
The celebration will feature live music and entertainment, vendors, food, a carnival, parade and fireworks.
The carnival began Thursday evening and afternoon and continued through Sunday starting at 11 a.m. each day and continuing “‘til the fun ends.”
Main stage entertainment also began Thursday with Guy Live from 3 to 5:30 p.m. and LuLu Lafever from 6 to 10 p.m.
Friday’s musical entertainment includes classic country by Ted Boursaw from 1 to 3 p.m., a “Magic Magic” show beginning at 3 p.m., “The Fuzz” from 4:30-6:30 p.m., “Rowdy Referees Family Game Show” from 6:30-7:30 p.m., and “Gold Dust – Fleetwood Mac Tribute Band” from 8 to 10 p.m.
On the main stage on Saturday, July 12, will be Greg Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., “No Excuses” from 1 to 3 p.m., “Magic Magic” from 3 to 4 p.m., “Martin Henry and the Blues Benders from 4 to 6:30 p.m., “Rowdy Referees Family Game Show” from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., and the Mulch Bros. from 8 to 11 p.m.
Breakfast, Parade, Citizenship Award Saturday
The Rainier Days celebration will reach its peak on Saturday, July 12, beginning with a pancake breakfast at Rainier United Methodist Church from 7 to 10 a.m.
The annual parade will wind its way down A Street and continue into the park beginning at 10 a.m.
Grand Marshals Mel and Margaret Brady
Mel and Margaret Brady, residents of rural Rainier since 1977, will be grand marshals of the parade. They are leaders of the Beaver Homes Grange which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
Parade awards will be announced at 4 p.m.
Other events Saturday afternoon in the park include a pizza eating contest sponsored by Home Town Pizza at 1 p.m., a “meet and greet” with Miss Oregon from 4 to 6 p.m., and the main stage music (listed above).
The presentation of the Chief Ralph Painter Citizenship Award will take place on Saturday, July 12, at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage.
The “Biggest Fireworks on the Columbia” will light up the sky above the Columbia River, sponsored by Fibre Federal, beginning at 10 p.m.
Fireworks watchers are invited to tune to the PEAK 98.3 for music synchronized to the fireworks.
Celebration Ends Sunday
The celebration will end Sunday with a pancake breakfast served at the Rainier Senior Center from 7 to 10 a.m.
The Rainier Ministerial Association is sponsoring an All-Church Service in the concert area in the park at 10 a.m.
A “Battle of the Worship Bands” is set for 1 p.m., and a concert by “Kutless” will close out the day beginning at 5 p.m.
The annual Seattle-Tacoma-Portland (STP) bike ride will pass through Columbia County this Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13.
The ride, which involves thousands of bicyclists will come over the Lewis and Clark Bridge between Longview and Rainier, then travel southeast through Columbia County on Highway 30.
The ride annually coincides with the Rainier Days in the Park celebration, so motorists in Rainier – as well as throughout the county – are encouraged to drive cautiously with the greatly increased bicycle traffic on the highway.
Columbia County Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) volunteers will be staffing the medical aid station in the side parking lot at St. Helens High School for the STP bike ride on July 12 and 13. This is the first time that Columbia County MRC has participated in this event. The MRC is a voluntary component of the county’s emergency response system.
MRC volunteers are trained and licensed medical professionals (medical doctors, registered nurses RN, pharmacists, licensed practical nurses, pharmacists, etc.) who are willing to assist Public Health Foundation of Columbia County staff in the event of a natural or human-caused disaster.
The volunteers assisting at the aid station are: Charleen Pruett, RN from Clatskanie; Lowell Norbom, RN from Deer Island; Ruth Little, Assistive Technology Practitioner, Columbia City; Joan Owens, RN from St. Helens; and Anne Parrott, Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Medical Reserve Corps Coordinator from St. Helens.
The aid station will be staffed from 2-7 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The volunteers will be able to provide riders with basic first aid needs, minor complaints such as sunburn, headaches, hydration and blood pressure checks.
Chris Lake, Division Chief of Operations at Scappoose Rural Fire District, and Dr. Sarah Present, Public Health Foundation of Columbia County Health Officer, have provided the volunteers with supplemental procedures for medical conditions requiring additional medical services.
Both Columbia River Fire and Rescue (CRFR) and Scappoose Rural Fire District will have emergency response vehicles available to transport cyclists experiencing serious medical events or injuries during the bike event.
A Castle float welcoming parade-watchers to the “Magical Land of Clatskanie” and carrying 15 “Heritage Princesses to Be” and their “Fairy Godmother” took the top prize in the Clatskanie Heritage Days 4th of July parade.
The float, sponsored by The Chief and Hazen Hardware, won the Grand Marshal’s Trophy for the best overall parade entry.
Winning the Puzey Memorial Trophy for the best theme entry in the parade was the Clatskanie Farmer’s Market float featuring a wizard and magically growing plants, and depicting the theme of “It’s a Magical Time in Clatskanie.”
The Clatskanie High School cheerleaders, who performed as they marched down the parade route, were awarded the Chris Emerson Memorial Trophy for the best youth entry.
Kathryn Welter’s 1935 Chevy won the Dave Klein Memorial Trophy for the best car or pickup in the parade.
Winners in the various parade divisions were:
Adults: Abbott Sisters, first; Barbara Higgins Seibel and Carol Escola Jones, second; Coastal Family Health Center, third.
Commercial Floats: Quincy Greenhouse, first; Bundy’s, second; CC Rider, third.
Non-Commercial Floats: Great Vow Monastery, first; Beaver Falls Baptist Church, second; Astoria Regatta, third.
Civic Groups: Columbia County Dairy Princess, first; CMA Motorcycle Group, second.
Children: Emma Soderstrom, first; Daynette Stangel, second.
Courts: Columbia County Fair Court, first; Kalama Community Fair Court, second; My Fair Lady Court, third.
Pickup/Cars-Pre-‘60s: Howard Remick’s 1940 Chevy pickup, first; Dennis Welter’s 1936 Ford, second; Committee to Elect Cathleen Callahan, third.
Horses: Cheryl Martinot – The Magical Unicorn, first; Cantergreen Farms, second; Kayan Brownfield’s “Who Dini Comes to Town,” third.
Commercial Trucks: Bighorn Logging, first; Evenson Logging #4, second; Evenson Logging #3, third.
Organized Youth Groups: Clatskanie High School Forestry Team, first; Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts #241, second; Tornadoes Softball/PUD Truck, third.
Organized Adult Groups: United Way of Columbia County, first.
Pickups/Cars Post-‘60s: Connie Lyvinsov’s 1998 TransAm, first; John Spaulding’s Thunderbird, second; Virginia Leloff’s ‘68 Buick Electra, third.
Motorized Equipment: Rick Brown’s ‘49 John Deere M Tractor, first; Nathan Smith’s ‘44 BO John Deere, second; Dennis Jones’ ‘47 John Deere, third.
Parade winners who haven’t picked up their plaques and ribbons may do so at the Clatskanie Fire Station, 280 SE 3rd Street.
“Country Roots and Cowboy Boots” is the theme of the 2014 Columbia County Fair & Rodeo set July 16-20 at the fairgrounds, 58892 Saulser Road, outside of St. Helens.
Opening day of the fair is Senior/Veteran Day with the “My Fair Lady” Pageant set for 1 p.m. on Stage 1. Representing the north county area on the senior court are Charleen Pruett of Clatskanie and Rachel Kelley of Rainier.
Thursday, July 17, is Kids Day, while rodeos are set on both Friday and Saturday evenings.
A carnival will be operating throughout the run of the fair.
Numerous 4-H contests are scheduled, as well as displays of many kinds. A variety of entertainment will be offered on two stages.