Clatskanie, Rainier Graduates Receive Diplomas


CELEBRATING THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF HIGH SCHOOL, members of Clatskanie High School’s class of 2014 threw their hats into the air during graduation ceremonies Saturday afternoon. Chief Photo by Amanda Gail Moravec


AWAITING THE AWARDING OF THEIR DIPLOMAS were the 63 members of Rainier Junior/Senior High Schools Class of 2014 during graduation ceremonies held on Saturday, June 7, in the Chris Binder Memorial Gymnasium in Rainier. Chief Photo by Carole Kelley

Grand Opening of Farmers Market Set This Saturday

Clatskanie Farmers’ Market will celebrate its grand opening this Saturday, June 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Cope’s Park in downtown Clatskanie, after a “soft opening” last Saturday, June 7.

Clatskanie City Council President Ron Puzey will open the market this week by ringing a dinner triangle at 10 a.m. Vendors selling fresh, seasonal produce and artisans selling their original crafts will be ready to greet the public. There will be music, a face-painting booth and a kite-flying demonstration with handmade kite kits. Baked goods (bread and cinnamon rolls) and lunch fare will be available as fundraisers for the market, according to coordinators Darro Breshears-Routon and Sonia Reagan.

The market will be in operation every Saturday from June through September from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. At Cope’s Park near the intersection of Lillich and NE Conyers Street. A list of seasonal produce, crafts and what is happening each week at the market will be listed on the market website:  Information is also available on facebook or via e-mail:

“We are always looking for quality produce growers, crafts people and food vendors,” say Darro and Sonia. Persons interested in selling at the market may send an email or contact Darro, 971 506-7432, or Sonia, 503 728-3509.

After organizational meetings earlier this year, the Clatskanie Park and Recreation District donated the space, the Clatskanie People’s Utility District printed flyers. Scott MacGregor and Tracy Prescott MacGregor designed, built and painted the signs, while Kris Lillich designed and printed the official T-shirt.

A neighborhood gardens booth has been established to encourage participation from local gardeners who may have a bumper crop and will only want to sell at the market two or three times during the summer. Information about how to participate in this way may be picked up at the booth on Saturdays. That booth will also intermittently include honey and eggs.

Regular vendors will include: About Face: Face painting, hand/arm painting by Tracy Prescott MacGregor; Clatskanie Farmers’ Market Garden, produce grown by volunteers in a garden area donated by the Clatskanie Presbyterian Church;  Wanda Derby – The Gift Greenhouse: plants, starts, sprouts, cut flowers, crochet bags; Bill Eaton: produce, flowers, fruit, eggs; FarmOut – youth from Clatskanie High School with assistance from Tracy Prescott MacGregor and Melanie Hudson: variety of produce; Teresa and Jessie Gillespie: soy candles, shea butter lotion and soap; Leona Gibson: eggs, soap made from goats’ milk; Lynn Green and Charleen Griffith: produce and starts/plants; Kris and John Lillich:  bamboo (cut and live), native plants, fig trees, produce, garden gates, t-shirts, Game of Clatskanie; Mud Club – 4-H youth assisted by Sonia Reagan, leader, and Becky White, parent helper: produce; Kimberly Simpson: eggs; Pamela Todd: handcrafted home décor items; Marianne Velliquette – K-P’s Family Farm: rabbit manure products that enhance soil, labeled “rabbit berries and rabbit berry tea”; Amy and Johnathon Yant – The Sud’s Café: coffee shop inspired soaps and skincare; Becky White – Starry Sky Farm: fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers, plant starts, natural fiber children’s toys, handcrafted garden accessories and woodcrafts; Youth Activities/Master Gardeners: Liana Harden will lead fun, educational activities at the Grow Healthy Kids booth, a program run through the OSU Extension Office. OSU Extension Office will also have a booth run by Master Gardeners to help with gardening questions

Music will be provided by Victoria Kingsbury, who will play guitar and sing. The Marimba Band from Great Vow Zen Monastery will play on July 5. Other bands will be scheduled throughout the summer.

Recount Set in County Commissioner Race

The closeness of the primary election race between incumbent Columbia County Commission Position 2 incumbent Henry Heimuller and challenger Wayne Mayo has triggered an automatic recount, Columbia County elections supervisor Pam Benham announced this week.

Currently, the count stands at 5360 for Heimuller and 5300 for Mayo. There were also 94 write-in votes.

According to Benham, if Heimuller received 18 or 19 more votes it would put him over the 50 percent plus one vote mark that would not require a run-off in the November general election.

If neither candidate receives 50 percent plus one vote margin in the recount which will occur next Monday and Tuesday, Heimuller and Mayo will face each other again in November.

DSL Extends Permit Deadline for Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific Project

by Deborah Steele Hazen

The Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) and Ambre Energy’s Morrow Pacific project have mutally agreed to extend the removal/fill permit deadline.

The extension until August 18 gives the DSL time to continue to research and receive information, and provides Morrow Pacific a period to respond, according to a statement from Morrow Pacific.

Some of the information needed for the permit is dependent on the permitting processes currently underway by the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

However, as reported in the May 22nd issue of The Chief, the DSL suddenly issued a May 30th deadline to make a decision on the fill/removal permit for the project’s facility at the Port of Morrow in eastern Oregon, despite not having the information being processed by the federal agencies.

That deadline was set by the DSL in the wake of an April 19th speech by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in which he declared that “It is time to once and for all say no to coal exports from the Pacific Northwest.”

The Morrow Pacific project would see coal transported by rail from the Powder River basin in southeastern Montana and northeastern Wyoming to the Port of Morrow at Boardman. The coal would then be loaded into specially-designed barges and brought to the Port Westward industrial site dock near Clatskanie. There it would be transloaded in a fully-enclosed system from the barges to the holds of ships.

If it comes to fruition, the project would see 25 new permanent jobs at both the Port of Morrow and Port Westward, plus hundreds of indirect jobs and thousands of construction jobs, including the building of the multi-million-dollar barges.

According to a statement from the DSL, the “main reason” for the extension until August “is because the Department needs further information regarding fisheries affected by the proposed terminal, as well as other information to complete our analysis of the project.”

The DSL will be gathering information until June 30; “the applicant will have until August 1 to respond to any questions we may have based on the information we receive. We will use the time between August 1 and August 18 to analyze the additional information and the applicant’s response to make the permit decision.

“This additional time is for the Department to gather specific information; it is not an additional public comment period so there will be no general solicitation for additional comment. The Department believes that the more than 25,000 comments already received are adequate to understand the public’s general concerns about the project.”

The Morrow Pacific project has been in the permitting process for two and a half years.

On Feb. 1, 2012, the project applied for a DSL removal/fill permit to construct a barge-loading dock at the Port of Morrow. DSL deemed the application complete and held a public notice period for 30 days.

Then, at the request, first of the Columbia Riverkeeper environmental group, and secondly from the Yakama Nation, the DSL extended the public comment period twice – lasting a total of 90 days, as opposed to the statutory 30 days.

Following that public comment period two years ago, DSL told the Morrow Pacific project that it would be unable to make a decision prior to the completion of the various federal processes. Several extensions were issued as those federal processes dragged on. Then came the order, following the Governor’s speech to the League of Conservation voters, that a decision would be made – with or without the information from the federal process – by May 30.

Most recently, that decision was revised to the current August deadline.

Correction on Rainier Student Protests

by Adam J. Wehrley

The article printed in the June 5, 2014 issue of The Chief  incorrectly indicated that dozens of students were suspened as a result of protests at Rainier Junior/Senior High School (RJSHS) on Friday, May 30.

Those students who refused to return to classes after being allowed to protest the suspension of another student, were not themselves suspended.

Naythan Taylor, whose social media posts spurred the protests, had been suspended earlier. None of the protesting students have been suspended.

Taylor gained the support of fellow students by posting that his suspension was the result of reporting the bullying of another student.

State and federal privacy laws prevented RJSHS staff from commenting on Taylor’s suspension until his parents released the records, which show that Taylor was suspended for disruption to the school, profanity and impeding the bullying investigation.

Rainier Superintendent Michael Carter reported that students involved in the disturbance were complying with requirements to write essays on civil disobedience, famous protestors and how civil disobedience and peaceful protest can benefit society.

He emphasized, “When students report bullying, their concerns are taken seriously and are investigated,” Carter said. “Sometimes the cases are made difficult because there are exchanges on social media that make bullying even more difficult to track and stop. When threats of suicide are made, the students are offered services including free mental health therapy and emergency intervention. We cannot share details of services offered to specific students even to their concerned friends without violating student privacy and state and federal laws.”

The Chief Returns to Friday Publication

by Deborah Steele Hazen

Beginning next week, The Chief will return to its historical weekly publication day. It will be dated on Friday, June 20, rather than Thursday.

Beginning next week, The Chief will go to press early Thursday mornings – rather than Wednesday mornings. It will go into the mail and out on the news stands in local stores, restaurants and businesses by mid-day on Thursdays.

Local subscribers who now receive their Chief in the mail on Thursdays, will receive it on Fridays. Delivery for out-of-county subscribers may be delayed another day.

Except for late breaking stories, the deadline for news, advertising and public notices for each week’s issue will be 5 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Prior to 1966, The Chief went to press on Thursdays and was dated on Fridays since its founding in 1891. In 1966, the change was made to accommodate the schedule of grocery advertisers. Those advertisers now use direct mail.

The change back to a Thursday press time is being made so that The Chief staff can better cover events that occur over the weekend and during the first half of the week.

News sources and advertisers are encouraged to consider the one day later publication and mailing of The Chief. For instance, if a garage sale starts early Friday morning, it may be best to put the advertisement in the week before with a reminder the week of the sale.

Veterans, Scouts to Hold Flag Retirement Service

In observance of Flag Day, Clatskanie American Legion Post 68 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2994 will hold a flag retirement service on Saturday, June 14, at 7 p.m. in the Clatskanie City Park.

Clatskanie Boy Scouts will be assisting in the ceremony to properly and respectfully dispose of old and worn American Flags.

Flags for disposal may be dropped off at the Clatskanie Rural Fire Protection District main station or at Hazen Hardware.

Those with questions may call Gerry Simmons at 503 476-6252.

Rainier Softball Wins Second Consecutive State Title


POSING WITH THEIR SECOND CONSECUTIVE 3A high school state championship trophy are the members and coaches of the Rainier Columbians softball team, who defeated Vale, 5-1 to win the state title for the second year in a row in Corvallis on Friday, June 6. Look inside for more information about the game. Chief Photo by Carole Kelley


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