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Hunting permit sales for Ecola Creek Forest Reserve are low At the midpoint of the hunting season, sales of permits to hunt in the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve were low. As of Sept. 6, the city had sold just two permits to hunt in the reserve. Bow hunting for deer and elk, which the council voted to allow in the city-owned Ecola Creek Forest Reserve at a special meeting last month, began its open season in this region on Aug. 25. Open season for deer and elk ends Sept. 23, and there is a short bow hunting season for deer from Nov. 24 to Dec. 9. The cost for permits to hunt in the approximately 500 acres of the reserve that are open to hunting is $200, which is intended to help cover the city’s cost in administering the hunting program and placing “Hunting by Permit Only” signs in the reserve. In addition to the $200 permit a hunter would need to hunt in the reserve, an adult Oregon resident would have to buy a $30 hunting license and a $25 tag for deer or a $43 tag for elk to legally hunt in the reserve. Non-resident adults would pay $140 for an Oregon hunting license, and $375 for a deer tag or $500 for an elk tag.

Back to School Photo by: Anthony Rimel

Zoe Thompson (left) and Edith Mendez-Garcia work on their homework assignment during Laurie Dougherty fourth and fifth grade class.

Cannon Beach Elementary students have returned to the classroom Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

The new school year for Cannon Beach Elementary School began this month. The school’s kindergarten

through fifth grade students returned to the classroom Sept. 4. New Principal Nicki Thomas said students spend the first week of school re-adjusting to the classroom. “There’s a lot of getting to know

See SCHOOL, page 3

Council continues discussion of Forest Reserve Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

The Cannon Beach City Council continued discussions about the implementation of a new management plan for the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve at its September meeting. Although the controversial issue of hunting in the reserve was decided last month when the council authorized bow hunting by permit only, other aspects of the new management plan were discussed for around an hour and a half at the Sept. 4 meeting. Councilor Nancy Giasson began the discussion by reading a statement

discussing her vision for the future of the reserve. The letter included discussion about how to balance recreational uses with its role as a reserve. Giasson said later in the meeting that she was concerned that the city might not have the resources to manage the forest if there is a large increase in recreational use. “I’m not so concerned with our current users,” she said. “My concern is the increase in use.” An issue discussed at the meeting was whether to restrict bicycle and equestrian access to the reserve. Although the potential of limiting bikes and horses to certain areas of the

reserve was discussed at the meeting, the consensus of the council was to not restrict the use of bikes or horse this year, but to re-examine the issue in a year when the effects of those types of recreational uses might be better understood. The council also discussed creating a committee to oversee the restoration activities in the reserve. The council had a consensus that a committee should be formed to oversee the reserve, but the specifics of the committee were not finalized. However, Mayor Mike Morgan did say that the committee should have an odd number of people so that they do not become deadlocked, as the com-

mittee that drafted the new management plan did several times over the issue of hunting in the reserve. Additionally, the council discussed the potential financial impacts of the action items in the reserve’s new management plan. Morgan said they needed to figure out how much of the restoration activities they could do within the city’s budget. “We may need to spend some money on these bigger items,” he said. Morgan said acquiring the property made the city responsible for maintaining it.

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Flood fix expected to begin in October

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This is the “destructive device” that the Oregon State Police Bomb Squad disabled in Cannon Beach on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012.

Cannon Beach Police find ‘destructive device’ in city park Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

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their teachers, if they have new teachers, and each other,” she said. “The second week is when the learning really begins.”

The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad was called to the city to respond to a homemade explosive device this week – the second time they have responded to potential explosives in the city in less than three months. The Cannon Beach Police Department was notified about a suspicious bottle in the city park on Monday, Sept. 10. According to a press release, the Cannon Beach Police Department located the suspicious device and then called the State Police’s Bomb Squad which arrived around 4 p.m. Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn said the state police’s bomb squad was able to render the “destructive device” safe, but he could not release details about how the bomb squad rendered it safe.

Schermerhorn said there is no evidence connecting this device to the two “homemade incendiaries” found in midtown Cannon Beach this July. “At this point we don’t have a connection between the two, and don’t know if they are related or not.” Schermerhorn said he could not release the details of what the device was and that they would send it to the crime lab for further analysis. “We don’t know for sure the specifics of what it was,” he said. The police department’s press release said the device was a “plastic soda container with suspicious contents.” Lt. Chris Wilbur, of the Cannon Beach Police Department, said the devices found in July were determined to be “homemade explosives made from plastic bottles, duct tape and an unknown type of

explosive.” Wilbur said those devices were only intended to make a loud noise, but they did contain a small amount of explosives. Schemerhorn said that he’s heard of news reports about “pop bottle bombs” that can go off when touched. He said people should stay away from any device if they find one, and report it to the police immediately. The Cannon Beach Police Department is still looking for anyone with any information about the device, or witnessed any suspicious behavior. The “homemade explosives” from earlier this summer were found on July 3, the day before the Independence Day holiday. The most recent “destructive device” was found on Sept. 10, the eve of the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attack at the World Trade Center in New York.

A plan to ease flooding along U.S Highway 101 between Seaside and Cannon Beach that was expected to begin late this summer is now planned for October, and there may be a chance that the fix could be postponed until next year. “This project will be weather-dependent,” said Larry McKinley with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). “If it turns into a really wet fall, you can’t dig in those conditions. That could delay the construction until spring.” Al Smiles, the executive director of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce, said the waiting is a financial strain for local businesses. “It looks like it will be another year of frustration,” said Smiles. “This project is long overdue. We need to move the economy forward. This is an example that prevents that from happening.” Seaside Mayor Don Larson is also frustrated, but encouraged with the progress made by ODOT and Clatsop County in developing a solution to the highway flooding. “They wanted to start this project in June,” said Larson. “We have to get some relief. We have waited for so long. I do have total faith in ODOT and Clatsop County that this project will begin in October.” Cannon Beach City Manager Rich Mays is also hopeful relief is close. “When you have a major highway blocked and you can’t get through we have

real issues including health concerns,” Mays said. “People can’t get to the hospital. They can’t get prescriptions filled. It will be a great benefit to Cannon Beach to have the highway open all the time. This project is long overdue, so I am encouraged by the progress so far, even if it is slow progress.” The project is expected to alleviate the flooding that often accompanies heavy fall and winter rains and high tides that cause traffic restrictions along a one-mile stretch of Highway 101 south of Seaside and north of Cannon Beach. It is also designed to restore more than 100 acres of nearby former wetlands. Clatsop County Public Works is the lead agency in the flood relief project. The department’s Ron Ash said the project includes removing portions of a berm that runs along the west bank of the Necanicum River. “We would leave the trees, but remove large portions of the dirt in the berm between south of the Circle Creek Campground north to the Seaside Golf Course,” he said. The berm, built in the 1960s, confines the river during high water and prevents excess flow from spilling out onto lower ground to the west. Engineering studies suggest that the berm breaching would be the single action that would allow flood waters to gradually seep out over the 100 acres of floodplain decreasing water on the highway by as much as 12 inches,

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New boutique opens in downtown Cannon Beach Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

When you first see the name on a sign you might do a double take. Or, if you hear it in conversation you’d have the speaker repeat it several times. However, once you’ve got the name “Fruffles” straight in your head, you’re likely to remember it. According to Tony Lawler, coowner of “Fruffles” a newly opened boutique downtown, the name was chosen because it is memorable. Lawler said the name comes from a doodle the store’s other owner, David Kiedrowski, made of a stylized script of the word “truffles” where the “t” looked like an “f.” They decided then that Fruffles would be a good name for a store. “I thought, mind you this is 20 years ago, if we ever opened a little gift shop, that would be the cutest name,” said Lawler. Lawler said they frequently get questions about the name, both at their recently opened location in Cannon Beach, and the original “Fruffles” store he and Kiedrowski opened in Centralia, Wash. six years ago. “It would always bring a smile to people’s faces,” he said. “The joke in Centralia is you see these big burly men working in a store called ‘Fruffles.’” According to Lawler he and Kiedrowski decided to open a second location in Cannon Beach because they feel their store is a better fit for the market here than

“It’s fun when it’s busy and people appreciate what we have. They (people) are as enthusiastic about shopping here as we are about coming here and opening up.” - Tony Lawler, co-owner of “Fruffles” in Centralia, where many people have the mindset they need to go to Seattle or Portland to shop. “There (Centralia) people had to think about what they shop for, here, because it’s a destination, people have a mission to shop, and that’s what we needed,” he said. Lawler said they questioned whether to make their new store more “beachy” but were encouraged to just transport their store to the city by people from Cannon Beach who visited their Centralia location. Kiedrowski called the store, which is large by Cannon Beach standards, a “boutique department store.” “We have a little of everything from games, to foods, clothing, jewelry, and stationary,” he said. Kiedrowski said the store, which opened in the beginning of Septem-

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Fruffles is a boutique department store carrying a wide variety of products. ber, has received a warm welcome from the community. Kiedrowski said he does interior design work, and did much of the design in the store. “We’re not really a beachy look,” he said, “we’re an everyday shop. We have some beachy things, but most things are for everyday living.” Lawler said one of the more popular things at the store has been their selection of men’s products, which they are expanding. “The guys are complementing us on the store and how it looks and what’s in it, and that says a lot for us, when the men are coming in and paying attention,” said Lawler. According Lawler, running the store has been fun. “It’s fun when it’s busy and people appreciate what we have,” he said. “They (people) are as enthusiastic about shopping here as we are about coming here and opening up.” Right: David Kiedrowski, co-owner of Fruffles in Cannon Beach, has done much of the interior design in the newly opened store.

Cannon Beach Photo Review registration still open The Cannon Beach Photo Review, a new weekendlong event that will debut Oct. 12-14, 2012, is attracting well known experts in the field who will offer an opportunity for professional and serious amateur photographers to have their work critiqued. The event is currently enrolling participants at cannonbeachphotoreview. com The registration deadline is Sept. 17. Highlighting the event

will be the “Portfolio Reviews,” where each participant will sit down with editors, museum curators, advertising photography directors and magazine publishers in 20-minute sessions. This is a wonderful opportunity for participating photographers to establish professional contacts in the field that could possibly lead to job assignments in advertising, or directly from well-known magazines as well as potential gallery or

museum exhibits. Most photo reviews often include hundreds of participants. In contrast, the Cannon Beach Photo Review will offer an intimate venue providing more opportunities for networking because it is limited to 48 participants. Event organizer, Don Frank, is a professional photographer who thought that Cannon Beach would be the perfect venue for a photo review. “I can’t

imagine a more perfect setting…from the remarkable scenery to the welcoming atmosphere of the town… no other place can offer these participants a greater experience. The reviewers that we’ve invited all totally agree.” In addition to the Portfolio Reviews, photographers and reviewers will be part of a group exhibition at the Cannon Beach Gallery during the month of October. The weekend will


a lot more than I thought I would,” she said. Thomas said she will be at the school for a few hours two days a week. Thomas said she is getting to know students by visiting classrooms and mingling with them. Thomas said the staff at the school are good problem solvers, and have been able to respond to a staff absence

already. “You’ve got the best of the best of classroom teachers,” she said. Thomas said at a small community school like Cannon Beach there is a sense of family and community. “How well these teachers know the kids shows how special this place is,” she said. Upcoming events this fall

at Cannon Beach Elementary include several no school days for teacher in-service, an assembly on Sept. 26 and school picture day on Sept. 28. The first through fifth graders will also be released at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays this year, and hour earlier than other school days, which allows the for more professional development for the school’s teachers.

From page 1 Thomas, who also works as the Assistant Principal at Broadway Middle School, is also learning about what her new responsibilities are as the school’s principal. “I’ve been down here

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Letter to the editor After 12 years thank you

Last night Sept. 6 at sunset John passed a window and saw a flash of color he thought at first was the setting sun. He stopped and looked more carefully and saw a fire out on the point which looked like it was burning just below the trees. I looked as well and then called 911 giving the operator the details of what we saw. Not many minutes later we heard sirens. For us, to quote Yogi Berra, this was “déjà vu all over again.” Fire has been a thread in our history


Coaster Theatre Presents You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown The musical about the classic comic strip character. 8 p.m. at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach Tickets $8 to $23. Partners of the Americas Potluck The Sea Ranch’s events center will host a welcome potluck in the evening for ten Costa Ricans who are visiting Oregon for the month of September through the Partners of the Americas adult cultural exchange program. Local volunteers and potluck dishes are needed. To help out at the potluck contact Keri Dormer at or her cell (206) 717-9150. Ecology Walk The North Coast Land Conservancy will have an ecology walk starting at the Circle Creek Conservation Center in Seaside. 10 a.m. start time. For more information about the event, visit www.nclctrust. org or call (503) 738-9126.


Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.

I bought a bike within a few weeks victims of the accidents and their families in painful emotional moments. The first of moving to Cannon Beach, and I am time I had to call a hospital to ask if an acthoroughly convinced it is the smartest decision I’ve ever made. The bike is savcident victim had survived their injuries is a ing me gas money commutmoment I still remember. ing to work, it’s given me a The three bike accidents in our area this summer hit closer way to get more exercise on a to home for me than other daily basis, and quite frankly it’s incredibly fun. Back at accidents I’ve reported on in the beginning of the summer the past, if only because they I used to dread climbing the coincide so closely with the time frame when I have been hill on Hemlock Street, now I look forward to it because falling so strongly in love with Anthony of how much I love zooming riding my bike. I can’t help but Rimel down it. The experience has think about the possibility that I news@cannon been incredibly, overwhelmwill be struck by a car, or have a nasty fall. This hasn’t scared ingly positive. 503-436-2812 me away from riding, but I Yet, in the same time span I’ve been falling in love with have been thinking a lot about bicycling, I’ve had to write how easy it is to be complacent news stories about three separate serious about safety issues in a town like Cannon bike accidents in or around Cannon Beach. Beach, where the roads are well maintained Stories about accidents like these are a and feel really safe. mixed bag for a reporter: they are imporTwo of the riders who were involved in tant and people need to know about them, these serious accidents were not wearing helmets at the time of their accidents. I but it’s hard to report on because in a lot of ways I would rather not intrude on the don’t know enough about the accidents to



Local bike accidents a reminder to be safe on the roads

This summer, I’ve traveled more than And they ate in Cannon Beach. And they shopped in Cannon Beach. And they usual. I’ve taken planes to Denver to stayed cool in Cannon Beach. help our son move, and to New Haven, Conn., to help our daughter She told me it was the best move (there’s a theme here). family vacation any of them On one of those trips in could remember. They all vowed to come back again on early June, I flew out of PDX one of their annual reunions. sitting next to a woman who had just spent a week with her “Sandcastle Days” had been extended family in Cannon the icing on their cake. Then, on my return flight Beach. She said there were about 15 of them who had home, I sat next to a woman who spent most of the trip gathered here from as far Carol away as Florida and Delaworking on her computer. She Hungerford ware. appeared to be editing some carol@ huge document, although I All of her extended family 503-436-2812 were living in locations where didn’t want to be too nosy and ask. As we neared Portland, they had been experiencing remarkable heat waves since she pulled from her briefcase early spring (after living a lodging reservation for the Hallmark Inn and Resort, plus through horrible heat waves a MapQuest directions to Cannon Beach. year ago). So when they decided to get So of course I had to introduce mytogether, one family member – who had read about our “Sandcastle Days” event self. What was taking her to my favorite city? – suggested they vacation on the “natuTurns out she’s a book publishing rally air-conditioned” Oregon coast. editor who was meeting up with a friend They stayed in Cannon Beach and took day trips to Astoria and Tillamook, who’s a newspaper editor. (I know, but they overnighted in Cannon Beach. what are the odds?) She said the two

with Cannon Beach. The original house where our house is now located was lost to fire decades ago. About 35 years ago or more, our cabin on Laurel St. briefly caught fire from the burning house next door in the wee hours of the morning, the fire was quickly put out by our wonderful volunteer fire dept. In December of 2000, 12 years ago, our home and two others on Oak St. burned in Cannon Beach’s largest fire in history. According to Chief Rooper at the time, only the blessing of a calm day (I would add the skill of the fire team) kept that fire from going into Ecola Park. I will never forget the phone call from a friend who was staying in the home at the time… I heard


Community Hymn Sing for the North Coast The Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center will host this event offered entirely free of charge, attracting those who love to join in singing hymns from up and down the coast and from a number of different churches. 3 p.m.


Cannon Beach Farmers Market The Cannon Beach Farmers Market has prepared foods and live music starting at 1 p.m. and vendors starting at 2 p.m. The market closes at 5 p.m. Every Tuesday through Sept. 25.


Cannon Beach Reads Book club meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Cannon Beach Library. Meet at 7 p.m. New members welcome. In September, join in the lively conversation about State of Wonder by Ann Patchett.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon

say whether wearing a helmet would have made the riders’ injuries less severe, but one of the riders who was not wearing a helmet did have a head injury. Growing up, the importance of wearing a bike helmet while cycling was so drilled into me that to this day I won’t even get on my bike without a helmet. I know that wearing a wearing a helmet doesn’t guarantee safety while riding a bike, and bicyclists with helmets are still severely injured or killed in accidents, but helmets still save many lives. In cozy little Cannon Beach it’s easy to get complacent about things too because it is such a friendly nice town, and it feels like bicyclists getting hit by cars is something that doesn’t happen here. I hope that if anything comes out of these accidents it’s this: we all remember to wear our helmets, our lights and flashers when it’s dark and to take every necessary precaution. These things do happen here in Cannon Beach, so please, please, use proper safety procautions when you bike. I don’t want you to be the next person I have to write a sad headline about.

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him tell me our place was on fire and I could hear the shouts of the firemen in the background as they frantically worked to put it out. We’re reminded of that fire often because the fire department uses a picture of it in the Cannon Beach Gazette for their recruiting efforts. So last night we were looking out at another fire knowing only a breath of wind would send it into the trees, into our beautiful park. Through the binoculars John saw a couple of people at the fire – was it possible that people could be so careless, so stupid, to set a bonfire in a place like that? Incredible! It was also beyond my imagination that the fire crew could leave the cozies of their homes, muster at the

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Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m. Cannon Beach Book Company to host Crazy Eights Author Tour A new Oregon author tour will hit the road this fall under the banner of “Crazy Eights Author Tour.” Cannon Beach will be the second stop on the Crazy Eights Author Tour. Cannon Beach Book Company will host eight authors at an event to be held on Sept. 22, 2 p.m., at the Cannon Beach Library, 131 N. Hemlock Street, in Cannon Beach. SOLVE Cleanup Cannon Beach Join coast-wide cleanup at the Tolovana Wayside or Cannon Beach City Hall. Bags and gloves provided. Help keep Oregon beaches clean! 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Cannon Beach Farmers Market The Cannon Beach Farmers Market has prepared foods and live music starting at

fire station, drive the trucks to Seventh and Oak, don their gear, get to the fire at the top of the point and put it out within 30 minutes, but they did! Given the daily news of wildfires across the country, thanks to these folks, we dodged a big one. Twelve years ago appreciating the hours of fighting the fire at great risk to themselves, I tried many times to craft a thank you to the fire team. We never sent one; I was just never able to express thank you as deeply as we felt it, and have always regretted that. These Cannon Beach volunteer firefighters are incredibly generous, very skilled, tenaciously determined and function always at high risk on our behalf. How is there an adequate

1 p.m. and vendors starting at 2 p.m. The market closes at 5 p.m. Last farmers market of 2012.


Marine Micro Plastic Removal Workshop The City of Cannon Beach in conjunction with is offering an informational and practical workshop on the topic of removing marine micro plastic fragments from the beaches. The accumulation of concentrated marine micro plastics poses a chemical threat to both humans and wildlife. 10 a.m. in the Council Chambers of Cannon Beach City Hall.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.


are single, long-time friends who try to vacation together every couple of years. She lives in California, her friend in Texas. My seatmate had been to a family wedding in Cannon Beach some 12 years before and remembered the beauty of the beaches and the charm of the town. When the two busy professionals were searching for a spot to vacation, one that gave them a break from their sweltering hometowns, they chose Cannon Beach. Who knew that our balmy summer days were an effective marketing tool? While I hear plenty of complaints from the locals that we rarely see days warmer than 70 degrees, it seems many of our visitors are looking for just that respite from the oppressive heat. If we treat these guests with kindness and courtesy, they’ll likely return – maybe bringing with them 14 members of their extended family. The Cannon Beach Chamber works to get the word out that this is a great place to visit. We hope that a great vacation here will entice return trips, even if they are spaced 12 years apart.

Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m. Gluten free baking at TAC

thank you for that? And for last night we all owe them another thank you difficult to express. I end with letting you know how smart and kind they are also… in fear and haste I told the 911 operator about the fire. He asked me to describe exactly where it was, as I did, so they knew exactly where to go. Not until this morning did I realize my mistake… I told him the fire was on Breakers Point not Chapman Point! They are mindreaders as well? Thank you Cannon Beach Volunteer Firefighters, over and over and over! Jane and John Emrick, Cannon Beach

Cindy McGonagle will teach a class on gluten free baking at the Tolovana Arts Colony. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pre registration required, tuition $15, materials $7. Contact instructor at gardennotes@ to register. Library Harvest Festival Shop for handmade crafts, special treasures, lovely gifts, kids’ items and baked goods at the Cannon Beach Library. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Raffle will be drawn for a handmade quilt.


Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.


Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.


Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20.

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Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 Coaster Theatre Presents A Week of Augusts Five sorority sisters gather at a small B&B where they have met for years. Shows at Coaster Theatre in Cannon Beach. Tickets $8 to $20. 8 p.m.


Cannon Beach Reads Book club meeting on the third Wednesday of the month at the Cannon Beach Library. Meet at 7 p.m. New members welcome. In September, join in the lively conversation about Darwin’s Armada: Four Voyages and the Batlle for the Theory of Evolution by Iain McCallman. —————————— Send us your calendar items to Editor Anthony Rimel at news@cannonbeachgazette. com. Deadline is 5 p.m. Friday before the next publication.

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North Coast Squid issues call for poetry, stories, photos The Manzanita Writer’s Series coordinators are happy to announce the continued collaboration with the North Coast Citizen (a sister publication of the Cannon Beach Gazette) to publish a second annual literary magazine. The North Coast Squid showcases work of writers and artists who live on the north coast or have a strong connection to the area. The second magazine will publish in February 2013 in time for the February Manzanita Writer’s Series event. Three outside judges have agreed to read and judge all submissions. Erica Bauermeister, author of “The School of Essential Ingredients,” and “Joy for Beginners,” will judge fiction entries. Matt Love,

author of “Gimme Refuge: The Education of a Caretaker, and Sometimes a Great Movie: Paul Newman, Ken Kesey and the Filming of the Great Oregon Novel” among others, will judge nonfiction. David Biespiel, poet, poetry columnist for the Oregonian, and founder of the Attic Institute in Portland, will judge poetry. “Not too long ago I came across Squid. I read most of it during one sitting and was incredibly impressed with the writing, art and design,” says award-winning author/ editor Matt Love. “I think it’s so important for writers of all ages to see their work in print, and I tip my hat to the folks who run the Manzanita Writers Series. I don’t know of another series that puts forth this kind of effort to see local writers find an

audience.” Writing will be accepted in three categories: poetry, fiction, narrative non-fiction (which includes memoir). “This past year, even with a very short turnaround time, over fifty writers submitted 120 pieces,” says Kathie Hightower, one of the cofounders of the Manzanita Writers Series. “We hope to see the numbers of writers submitting work increase this year.” “We’re also looking for art and photography submissions to accompany literary content for the publication,” adds co-founder Vera Wildauer. Art categories include black and white photos and line drawings. Art and photos will be selected by the North Coast Squid’s editorial team. Submissions for consid-

eration are due November 30, 2012. Writers can submit one piece in each prose category, three pieces for poetry category. Artists may submit three images each of black and white photos or line drawings (scanned and in jpg form.) For the full submission guidelines go to and click on Squid in the Blog Categories list. Writers and artists can find copies of the first Squid available for sale in many coastal retail outlets. Fifty percent of the $2 cover price goes to the Hoffman Center to help with operational costs that provide programs like the Manzanita Writers’ Series. The Manzanita Writer’s Series is a program of the Hoffman Center, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing arts,

education and culture to the community. Information

on all their programs is at

Depoe Bay’s new whale song warning Council considers adding second siren test inspired by Cannon Beach formal meeting each month PATRICK ALEXANDER

For the Cannon Beach Gazette

Depoe Bay residents might soon find themselves explaining to visitors why the mystical sound of whale song is drifting across the town. City officials have agreed to use the ethereal, low-frequency song as a test tone for the town’s soon-to-be-installed emergency warning system. The move takes a leaf out of the book of Cannon Beach, which for many years has used the sound of cows mooing to test its emergency warning system every week. Depoe Bay City Superintendent Terry Owings said Cannon Beach officials have found that the mooing acts as a subtle reminder to be prepared for emergencies such as tsunamis and leads to visitors asking

locals what the sound means. “These guys have been in the business for a long time,” he said. “They don’t use the words ‘danger,’ ‘tsunami’ or ‘emergency,’ scaring the bejesus out of people when they don’t need to.” Providing an update at Depoe Bay City Council’s Sept. 4 meeting, Owings asked councilors to give guidance about what kind of pre-recorded emergency announcements they want installed in the system. He said announcements warning of tsunami, earthquake and wildfire would be among his recommendations. Mayor Carol Connors said she would also like to see an announcement for use in the event that Cape Foulweather is closed to drivers. She asked councilors to submit suggestions for pre-

recorded announcement to the city recorder. In addition to the pre-recorded announcements, emergency personnel will be able to deliver live messages and siren blasts from control terminals in City Hall and Depoe Bay Fire Station as well as from three handheld radios. The $185,000 system will have loudspeakers located near Little Whale Cove, South Point Street, Winchell Street, Sunset Street and at the north end of town, aimed at providing coverage from Little Whale Cove to Government Point. The Depoe Bay Urban Renewal Agency has agreed to pay $75,000 of the cost, with the balance coming from the City’s Public Safety Fund, which is fuelled by a portion of the transient room tax visitors pay on their lodgings.

Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

The city council discussed adding a second formal meeting each month at the September city council. Mayor Mike Morgan proposed the idea as an alternative to the current practice of the council having a formal meeting the first Tuesday of the month, and an informal work session the following week. City Manager Rich Mays said the council is required to have a formal meeting each month by the city charter, but the work sessions the city has been holding are more informal and the council cannot make formal decisions at them. He said the council can, by consensus, give the city staff direction. Morgan said the work sessions limited the council. “I think we’re hamstrung because we can’t make a decision,” he said. Morgan’s proposal was to eliminate the work session and add a second formal meeting of the council on the third Tuesday

of the month. However, other members of the council expressed concern about how this could interfere with their schedules. Councilor Sam Steidel said he would miss the work sessions because they would lose the open discussions held a week before making a decision. Last month, the city added a special council meeting to formally authorize a plan they had instructed city staff to develop at a work session the previous week. Public meetings laws in the state require an announcement 24 hours in advance. Morgan said his proposal was not in response to the situation and that he wanted to combine the discussions in the work sessions with the formal decisions of a meeting. The council decided by consensus to not add the second formal meeting, but the council discussed the idea of potentially adding a second formal meeting when it is necessary. “We need the ability to make it a regular session depending on the topic,” said Morgan.

Council reappoints committee members to additional terms Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

There were no surprises with the Cannon Beach City Council appointments to vacancies on the emergency preparedness committee and the public works committee as they reappointed current committee members to fill vacancies. Les Wierson and Robert Mushen were reappointed to the emergency preparedness

committee for terms ending in late 2016. Wierson and Mushen are presently on the committee. Wierson, a retired civil engineer, has been heavily involved in tsunami evacuation route mapping with the committee and said in his application that he’d like to continue his ongoing efforts. Mushen, a former county commissioner, has served on the emergency preparedness committee for the last three

years, and for the last six months has been its co-chair. “As a surgeon, I am interested in continuing to plan to save as many lives as possible,” said Mushen in his application for reappointment to the committee. Jeneé Pearce Mushen, the current chair of the public works committee, was reappointed to it for another 4 year term. Pearce-Mushen also serves on the Design Review Board.


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Q&A with City Councilor

Melissa Cadwallader Although Melissa Cadwallader is running for re-election to the Cannon Beach City Council unopposed, we at the Gazette wanted to give her an opportunity to talk about her goals for her next four years on the council.

This house on the 2012 Cottage Tour has been extensively remodeled by its current owner.

Cottage Tour a successful fundraiser for history center and museum Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

The Ninth Annual Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, which opens historic homes to the public, had a substantial increase in ticket sales this year. The event, which was held Sept. 8 and 9, sold more than 600 tickets. History Center Executive Director Elaine Murdy, who organized the annual fundraiser, said the event was fantastic this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had an amazing turnout,â&#x20AC;? she said. In addition to selling 150 tickets more than last year, they also sold out the luncheon lecture with artist Michael Gibbons. Although Murdy said they do not yet know what

the History Center and Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s total expenses were for organizing the tour, the early numbers are positive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We definitely did raise more money than last year,â&#x20AC;? she said. Murdy said they had a lot more early purchases for tickets than they have in past years. According to Murdy, their were groups from Florida and Maine that came to Cannon Beach just for the tour. Murdy said she focused on trying to have more homes that have historic context on the tour this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The story of the homeowners themselves is a part of the tourâ&#x20AC;Ś You get to know the people who own these homes that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve

walked by,â&#x20AC;? she said. Murdy said part of what made the tour successful was returning to the Presidential Streets. The 2011 and 2010 tours were in the Tolovana area. Gretchen Button, a Portland resident who had her vacation home on the tour, said people seemed to like visiting houses in the Presidential Streets. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The feedback has been positive for all the houses,â&#x20AC;? said Button. Button said she was nervous before the tour because her house is not â&#x20AC;&#x153;fancy.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just a simple getaway cottage,â&#x20AC;? she said. However, she said she enjoyed being on the tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been fun,â&#x20AC;? she said.

Q. What makes you qualified to run for Cannon Beach City Council? A. I have been a city councilor for the past 4.5 years. I was initially elected by the Council to complete the unexpired term of Councilor Jay Raskin when he moved over to be Mayor, following the sudden, unexpected death of Mayor John Williams. I was subsequently elected to the position in the November 2008, the next general election. It is that term which expires Dec. 31, 2012. During my time on the Council, I believe that I have proven myself to have the ability to make sound, timely decisions; take responsibility for my decisions; and drive change. But more importantly, as a leader I strive to be a team player understanding my authority only comes from being part of the larger group - the council. Being a team player does not mean all votes must be unani-

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something that started when I came on council. This is the third year we are giving out those grants. Each year we go back to critique how the funds were spent to make sure the events were successful while driving tourism and the arts. It would be nice to have that program stronger as we glean from the information we are gathering from the previous years. There are many other things on our plate from the school to affordable housing that will be addressed as we move forward this next term. My goal would be to leave it better than when I came on. I know the investment in my community is worth my time. Someone has to do it, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s my turn.

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Q. What makes you qualified to run for Cannon Beach City Council? A. Having served almost one term it would be a disservice to walk away now. It takes you at least three years to get your feet under you and have an understanding of city government and budgets.

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Q. Why are you seeking re-election? A. The city has several major issues to address in the near future, i.e., ongoing emergency planning, affordable housing, ocean based alternative energy, etc., that will affect the character of our community. I believe I have the good health, energy, interest, relationships and sense of humor to represent the citizens for four more years

Advisory Boards. One of the values that make the village of Cannon Beach what it is includes citizen volunteer boards, committees, and commissions work. The ideas, talents, creativity, and values of our residents are essential to the uniqueness and continuity of Cannon Beach. There are and have been for some time a number of current vacancies on the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s advisory boards. To me this is not a good harbinger of our cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future. The Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s initial reception of the draft report of the ten member Ecola Creek Forest Reserve Committee has strained some of our volunteer citizensâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; generous attitudes. Although the council is not obligated to always accept the recommendations of these advisory boards, it should recognize and celebrate the enormous time and effort that our citizens voluntarily contribute. My view of these concerns is informed by the years I spent on the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Parks and Community Services Committee, the Budget Committee and the 2006 Ecola Stewardship Plan committee prior to being elected to the City Council. I feel that these experiences have helped me be a better City Councilor.

Q&A with City Councilor Although Wendy Higgins is running for re-election to the Cannon Beach City Council unopposed, we at the Gazette wanted to give her an opportunity to talk about her goals for her next four years on the council.

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Forest From page 1 “We’re just gonna have to spend the money to restore this property,” he said. City Planner Rainmar Bartl, who worked with the city committee that created the draft of the new management plan, explained that log sales from the restoration thinning in the reserve would actually bring money to the city. “This proposed 5 year plan should not be a burden on your budget,” said Bartl. He noted that the committee drafting the plan said the income from the thinning activities should be used to fund other restoration activities. “Our goal is not to generate funds; it’s forest restoration,” said Bartl. In addition to the restoration thinning, which will help reduce wildfire risk in the reserve and allow the remaining trees to reach old-growth-like size, the plan includes action items like planting cedar trees, controlling invasives like English Ivy and Japanese knotweed, and placing large woody debris in streams to enhance fish habitats. The

new oversight committee for the forest reserve will likely implement the restoration activities over time. Councilor Melissa Cadwallader expressed support for creating a fund dedicated to restoration activities in the reserve for any proceeds of the timber thinning in the reserve. “We need to make this as formal as possible,” she said, so in the future the city will not just cut the trees and add the money to the general fund. Cadwallader also said finding grants should be a priority. Councilor Wendy Higgins said she liked the council’s conversation about the reserve. “It’s pretty extraordinary what we have,” she said.

• Great selection! We continue to move things around in The Wine Shack. No, we aren’t trying to keep you guessing as to where your favorite wine is. Instead, we’re trying to use our store’s limited floor space as efficiently as possible and ensure we have the bottle of wine you are looking for. This week, we doubled the space for “Red Blends.” These delicious red wines are growing in popularity across the country and are super in cooler weather. Some of the finest “Red Blends” come from the Pacific Northwest (no big surprise there!) thus, we are adding more to our inventory. On the other hand, we downsized our Riesling section for the winter season. We are now carrying 14 Rieslings, instead of 24. Don’t worry, we’ll bulk back up next summer. We still carry delicious Riesling from the Northwest, Germany and France, which range from dry to sweet, just not as many for now. We also moved our pride and joy, the Puffin Pinot Noir, to give it more prominence in the store. Instead of being displayed in a single case container, Puffin can now be found in an entire display row. Ta Da! We’re pretty pleased with how things are going, but what’s more important is that YOU are pleased, so come on in and give us your feedback. We look forward to seeing you at Wine Shack! The process for creating the draft plan began more than a year ago, and the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve Advisory Committee met around 20 times while drafting the plan. The council began to examine the draft plan in July, and much of the discussion of the plan during the August city council meetings involved discussions of the issue of hunting in the reserve, which the council eventually decided to allow. At a public forum on the issue in August, more than a dozen people spoke about the plan, most addressing the issue of hunting, The council eventually authorized bow hunting only for elk and deer this year, and they will address the issue again for next year.


and Saturdays we’re open until 9 p.m. (live music too). We have a couple of board games to play, stuff to read, free Wi-Fi and friendly faces! Come on over.

Harvest Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29

to young children during the summer. Janet Bates and I took books to the elementary school children at Elk Creek Terrace. We were met with happy and enthusiastic children who were able to borrow books of their choice. The plan is to make this a permanent outreach to the community.

As the number of visitors dwindle and our days are cooler, we must admit that fall is upon us. But that is alright, as we have the library’s Harvest Festival to look forward to. We are busy getting ready for a wonderful Carol day on Saturday, Lynch Cannon Beach Sept. 29. Shop Manager Book Company for handmade 503-436-1391 will be hosting this crafts, special event at the Library treasures, lovely on Saturday, Sept. gifts, kids’ items 22 at 2 p.m. A group and as usual, of Oregon authors baked goodies to will celebrate the tempt everyone... written word in and much more! There is eight towns. Appearing in still time left to buy raffle Cannon Beach will be: Ruth tickets for the beautiful, queen size quilt. Tickets may Tenzer Feldman, Tawna Fenske, James Bernard be purchased at the library. Frost, Lauren Kessler, Sid The drawing will be held at Miller, Barbara Roberts, the end of our sale on Sept. Karen Spears Zacharias, R. 29. Come see us between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at this special Gregory Nokes, and George Byron Wright. fundraiser.

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We are pleased with our new program of taking books

ALPENFEST Swiss-Bavarian Festival

Oregon’s Little Switzerland invites you

and moved to Oregon. West’s childhood was not one of ease. He went to school and he worked from an early age. Despite the humble beginning West’s mother hoped that he might become something more. A little bit more than a farmer, or banker, she hoped that he would become Governor of Oregon. After reading Joe Blakely’s Oswald West: Governor of Oregon 1913 – 1915 I was amazed. Blakely, a former history professor at Oregon State University, has written several historic texts about Oregon, but this book was my favorite. Having grown up in Cannon Beach, I knew who West was. I knew that he saved the beach that I loved to play in, building my sandcastles, bathing, and playing with my siblings. What West did during his political career set the tone for the things that I love most about Oregon. In 1913 through an innovative political move Governor West made the beaches, from the sandy shore to the ocean, public highway. The next time you find yourself strolling the shores of Cannon Beach, stop a moment at the foot of Haystack Rock, look east, and take a moment to admire this iconic remnant of times passed, and to remember the great man who once reposed inside its sturdy walls.

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It’s been a great and warm 2009 growing season busy summer at The Wine also results in higher alcohol Shack! With daily tastings content (14.1%) than in in the Tasting Room and our previous vintages. This gives booth at the Cannon Beach the 2009 Puffin Pinot Noir Farmer’s Market, we’ve a beautiful and long finish. been running at full speed for As with previous vintages, some time now. a portion of the Puffin sales Both the activities above proceeds are donated to the are new to The Shack and Friends of Haystack Rock. despite how busy they’ve So, you can enjoy a delicious kept us, we’ve managed to bottle of wine and support squeak in a few a great Cannon more things I want Beach charity at to share with you the same time. in this week’s column. Keep • Live music! in mind that our The Wine Shack goal at The Wine now has live Shack is to create music on Friday an experience and Saturday Steve Sinkler that people enjoy. evenings! SevColumnist We think that eral weeks ago, includes: a broad Wes Wahrmund wine selection, the started strumopportunity to learn while ming in The Shack’s Tasting having fun and the ability Room. Wes is a phenomenal to relax and be entertained acoustic guitarist who has in a nice atmosphere! Along been playing at the Bistro those lines: for years, and with the recent • New Puffin Pinot Noir! fire, he was looking for some The 2009 Puffin Pinot Noir gigs. Wes plays jazz, blues, has been released and is on classical and sometimes he the shelves! Maryann and blends them into the same I are extremely proud and song. Listening to Wes and excited as this is the fulfillenjoying a glass of wine ment of a dream of ours! Our is the perfect way to either winemaker, Sean Driggers, wind down after a long and is from Pudding River Wine busy week, or to start a week Cellars, located near Salem. of vacation! Sean’s 2008 Pudding River Estate Pinot Noir won a Dou• We’re open later! ble Gold medal at the Oregon Why? Because we have a Wine Competition and most great space for people to recently, the 2009 Pinot Noir enjoy wine and, well, that’s received a Gold medal at the what we sell! Much of CanOregon Wine Competition. non Beach closes around 6 We are very fortunate to be p.m., but if you are looking working with a winemaker of for somewhere to go, we’re Sean’s skill and reputation. serving wine by the glass The 2009 growing season every day starting at 1 p.m., was very warm, which has when we begin the daily resulted in the wine’s abuntastings. On Wednesdays dance of dark fruit flavors, and Thursdays, we stay open including a bit of spice. The until 8 p.m. and on Fridays

Nearly every day at the ingly rebuilt by the Ann museum, I hear, “What can Durfee and members of her you tell me about that old family to capture as much as cabin above Haystack Rock?” possible the original cabin This old cabin, as many form and feel. They even locals and visitors know, shipped in Alaskan Yellow is the former Cedar to have that summer home of log cabin feel. Governor Oswald The reconstrucWest, a home that tion of the West was as rich with house was done history as it was several years ago. thick with the To my knowledge patina of burning the home has not linseed oil. Those opened for tours lucky enough to since the fire in Elaine Murdy venture inside 1991. I’m sure Operations during the oncemany of us would Coordinator at a-year tour, when love to see the CB History Center homeowner Ann amazing job that & Museum 503-436-9301 Durfee would the family did reallow visitors to storing the cabin. tour the historic Over the years residence, can tell I have walked by you that the home was a mas- this home, in winter as snow sive feat. falls, in fall as rain blasts, and Originally constructed of in the summer. Nearly every Alaskan Yellow Cedar, the time, I would stop and marvel residence was a behemoth at this Cannon Beach feature, among homes, compared, this home, that has become at least, to this author’s such an iconic image, it is 305-square-foot home. Acnearly level with Haystack cording to the National Parks Rock. And in fact, the home Service historic landmarks must have one of the most website, the home was spectacular views of this high originally 40-by-48 feet. I rising monolith. say originally because, after The home, though beautisurviving decades of storms, ful in its time, was not nearly floods, and erosion, the home as spirited as its original ownwas finally destroyed by er. Governor Oswald West, flame when a 16-year-old Canadian, an Oregonian, and arsonist set the home ablaze a man for the people. Just in 1991. a few years after West was The cabin was painstakborn his family packed up

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American Legion holds ceremony to honor 9/11 Members of the Cannon Beach American Legion, Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue, and the Cannon Beach Police Department have a moment of silence during the 9/11 memorial ceremony.

Flood From page 1 minimizing or even eliminating the flooding during most winters. Once the berm is removed, ODOT and Clatsop County officials will evaluate the results before deciding on additional work that might be needed. “The goal is to reduce the intensity and the duration of flooding on the highway,” McKinley said. “We have developed a series of projects designed to relieve the flooding. This is the lowest cost with the highest benefit. That’s why we are doing this one first.” Ash said the project should not disrupt traffic along Highway 101. “The work will not take place in the roadway,” Ash said. “It is on the other side of the river so the trucks will use Rippet Road.” The portions of the berm will be used to rebuild the area wetlands. “The material from the berm will be spread in a thin layer over portions of the wetland adjacent to the berm,”

said Ash. “We expect to complete that work in phases into next year.” The work will open up to inundation about 110 acres of adjacent land within the North Coast Land Conservancy’s Circle Creek habitat reserve, and contribute to the group’s goal of re-establishing wetlands and riparian forests on the 364-acre site. McKinley told the Gazette in February that the project should be successful in three ways. “This project is a win for the North Coast Land Conservancy because they don’t have the funds to do the wetlands restoration on their property where the berm is” he said. “It is a win for ODOT because we gain credits for other wetland projects and it is a win for the traveling public because it is anticipated that by removing the berm it will reduce the flooding considerably.” The project has been estimated to cost between $700,000 and $1.5 million. ODOT cannot spend money from its highway budget on the berm project because the work area lies outside the road right-of-way. But the project does qualify for funding through the agency’s

mitigation banking program, which pays for the restoration and preservation of wetlands and other sensitive natural resources. McKinley believes the mitigation banking program will cover “most of the cost of the project.” Consultants hired by a consortium of agencies including the City of Seaside, the City of Gearhart, the City of Cannon Beach, The Port of Astoria, Clatsop County and the Oregon Department of Transportation to research remedies to the flooding problem presented a potential fix in July, 2011 that includes the removal of the berm. Clatsop County contributed $31,437 from its video lottery and road department funds to the study’s $126,151 total cost - ODOT, the Port of Astoria, and the cities of Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton covered the rest. Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley remains encouraged with the efforts to bring relief to the highway flooding. “It is going to be very exciting for Seaside,” said Winstaley. “We hope to have a road that is dependable and that we know that people can get back and forth on.”

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The American Legion Post #168 in Cannon Beach held a service to honor the victims and first responders during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this year on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks. The legion started the ceremony to memorialize the attacks last year. Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue and the Cannon Beach Police Department both had first responders at the ceremony, where “taps” was played while the legion post’s flag was lowered to half-mast. The flag was lowered to half-mast during the Cannon Beach American Legion’s 9/11 memorial ceremony. Photos by: Anthony Rimel

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Photographs: Art vs. Reality how I feel about the person or scene. That may have been the way Brady felt at the battlegrounds. But then, I’m not a photojournalist. And, by the way, no one ever removed the birthmark from Cindy Crawford’s chin. If an artist leaves out a telephone pole from a scene he’s painting, it’s his right as an artist. If I remove the pole with my software, it’s my right as an artist. That doesn’t make all photographs art. Certainly some are. It’s hard to argue that Ansel Adams wasn’t an artist. Ultimately, the image is what is important, not the words we, or someone else, wrap around it. Lesson: Go take pictures and have fun. Leave the words to the critics!


There are two questions he was seeing. that almost every photograLet’s try to dissect the first question. The simple answer pher has to eventually deal with. One is, “Is it is, “No.” If I make real?” and the other an 8x10 print of a is, “but is it art?” head and shoulders Most confident portrait, it’s not “real.” It doesn’t professionals have answered both of move, it’s flat, and these some time it doesn’t respond ago. Each person if you speak to it. has their own reply. Many of these isFrank You would hardly sues are addressed Lynch expect a fine art in 3D movies on a frank@ franklynchphoto. photographer to large screen, but it’s com answer the same still not real. 503-436-1325 as a photojournalIf I remove a 503-804-7881 ist or documentary skin blemish from producer. Matthew the portrait, one Brady, the famous Civil War could ask, will it be gone photographer was accused of next week? A better question is, without the photo, do I moving bodies to create better compositions. He wanted remember seeing it. For me, to convey the sense of what I want the photo to represent

Wilson’s Snipe stepping out of the reeds at Little Pompey in Cannon Beach.

Photo by Susan Boac

Going on a Snipe Hunt Editors Note: The Gazette is introducing a new monthly column this week about the world of birding on the Oregon Coast, written by our own Advertising Associate Susan Boac.


Just the other day, a friend mentioned a sighting of a shorebird at Little Pompey Wetland along Spruce Street in Cannon Beach. As I ventured out on my lunch break the very next day, I was rewarded with a show from the very We’ve all done it! bird I had been sent out to That crazy uncle or other find in the dark – demented family a Wilson’s Snipe. member has sent I am reminded you out as a child at this point that I into the dark with sent my own three a paper bag to children out into catch a snipe. We the dark, scary were sent through openness of big a swamp and sky Montana to dense forest well do the same. after sunset. I While my own remember the tree Susan Boac Big Year quest branches reachgazetteads@ does not include ing out to grab flying to the tips me and the ear of the Aleutian piercing screams Islands in Alaska, as “creatures” or to Texas and jumped out to Arizona numerous times, scare my gullible brother I did start my quest on the and me. Long Beach peninsula in Well, the story gets betJanuary of this year. That ter when you’re a birder! Since announcing that I am day, with the help of my sharp-eyed husband, I talhaving my own Big Year, lied 42 specific species of fashioned after the popumy feathered friends. My lar book and movie about frequent stops and destinabirders trying to get the tions are Gearhart’s Little record for greatest numBeach, Cannon Beach’s ber of species identified Lagoon Trail and Forin a calendar year, I have received many tips on vari- est Reserve, Ft. Steven’s in Hammond and The ous bird sightings.

Barview Jetty (where I dropped my camera in the ocean, but that is story to tell another time) My goal for starting this Big Year was to become a better birder. It has done that and so much more. I am spending much more time outside, finding newto-me places to enjoy and I have lost 10 pounds! I don’t have plans to send my granddaughter (who at 3 identified her first bird – Great Blue Heron) out looking for Wilson’s Snipe, but you never know if the opportunity arises what will happen! Birding is definitely a tradition in our family, day or night! Susan has spent her life enjoying the great outdoors from the lakes and woods of Northern Minnesota, Mt. Adams in Washington and now the Oregon beach environs. After spending many pleasurable hours driving her avid birder parents around, she has taken up birding as a passion, to the mixed emotions of her husband Scott. The Boacs reside on the Neawanna Creek in Seaside where their backyard is a birder’s paradise.

Red Cross Blood Drive comes to Cannon Beach The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in Cannon Beach at the Cannon Beach American Legion Post 168 on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., which coincides with the last day of the Farmers Market. To schedule an appointment to donate blood call Karen Hoyt at (503) 436-2835 or Pam Chater at (503) 4409866, or go online at www.; sponsor code: CannonBeachOR. Your blood donation could save the life of more than one person. Please make sure you find time to donate blood this month. Appointments are recommended

to ensure a more prompt donation; however, walk-ins are always welcome. Please remember to bring photo identification. Blood is a medicine that only volunteer donors can give, and it is vital for patient care throughout our area and across the U.S. Every day the American Red Cross must meet the blood needs of accident victims, premature babies, people undergoing treatment for cancer, and other patients in local hospitals. Please find time to help the Red Cross maintain a stable blood supply; none of us knows when we may need it. And, it feels great to be able to help save

a life. As one of the local donors aptly said, “It only takes about an hour and is a renewable resource.” We would like to thank all of our Cannon Beach area donors who have and do make time to donate blood. We especially welcome new donors, as meeting the unit collection goal set by the Red Cross for Cannon Beach is one ever more difficult to reach. Thank you to the American Legion at 1216 South Hemlock for hosting the blood drive on Sept. 25. We are appreciative, too, of the Cannon Beach Conference Center for their many years of hosting Red Cross blood drives.

No Republican to run in Oregon House District 32 race There won’t be a Republican on the ticket in the State Representative race for District 32. Jim Welsh won the Republican Party primary in May, but subsequently switched to the Constitution Party. The Oregon State Republican Party did not appoint a replacement candidate, though they had the opportunity to do so before the end of August. “It was determined that we would not hold a replacement process for Jim Welsh,”

GOP Chief of Staff Greg Leo said. “We determined that our time and resources were more effectively spent recruiting a Republican candidate for the 2014 election cycle, rather than mounting a campaign for this office in the final sixty days of the current election cycle.”

Incumbent State Rep. Deborah Boone, Democrat, is facing Constitution Party candidate Jim Welsh and Libertarian Perry Roll. Roll is a taxi driver in Astoria; Welsh is one of the owners of Manzanita Fresh Foods (now an IGA market) in Manzanita.

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Cannon Beach celebrates community grants Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

This month, the city of Cannon Beach held a potluck to honor all the non-profits that received community grants for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. This year, the city of Cannon Beach gave a total of more than $71,000 to a total of 18 organizations in Clatsop County. At the Sept. 6 potluck at the Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Mike Morgan said the city leads the county in contributions to non-profits. “This is always a favorite venue for me,” he said. “I’m one of those tax and spend liberals, so I love handing out money.” Here’s a breakdown of which organizations received money:

Camp Kiwanilong

Camp Kiwanilong received a $1,600 grant from the City of Cannon Beach to help support the camp. According to the chair of the camp’s board of directors, Debbie “Sparky” Vail, the Warrenton based summer camp had a total of 876 campers and 32 staff this summer. She said the camp teaches children respect and self-esteem. “I want to thank you profusely for helping kids who wouldn’t otherwise get to go to camp,” said Vail.

Cannon Beach Arts Assoc. The Cannon Beach Arts Association received a $8,600 grant from the city. Andrea Mace, Executive Director of the Arts Association, said they support local artists. “As an artist, the Art Association has made a big difference for me and other artists,” she said.

Cannon Beach Community Food Systems

Mark Albrecht, board president of Cannon Beach Community Food Systems, said one hundred percent of the city’s $5,800 grant to the organization will go towards food. Cannon Beach Community Food Systems manages a pantry and backpack program for south Clatsop County, including Cannon Beach and Arch Cape.

Cannon Beach Elementary School

The only public school in the city received two grants this year: a $1,424 grant to support the outdoor school program for fifth graders, and a $2,280 grant for the Parent Teacher Organization. Laurie Dougherty, a teacher at the elementary school,

Photos by: Anthony Rimel

Mike Brown (left) accepts a check from Mayor Mike Morgan. said the grant for the outdoor school program ensures that all students at the school get to go on the trip. Dougherty said some kids on the trip are spending the night away from their parents for the first time. “Kids come back feeling confident,” she said. Kelli Taylor, of the PTO, said the money they receive will help support their reading competition.

Cannon Beach Historical Society

The Cannon Beach Historical Society received a $674 grant from the city. Bob Mushen, of the historical society, said the History Center and Museum preserves historical artifacts, like the cannon that the city is named for. “Our mission is to preserve history and display it,” he said.

Cannon Beach Library

The Cannon Beach Library received a $10,425 grant, the largest awarded to any organization this year. The library, which has 2,600 users – both locals and tourists, is open six days a week. Judy Wood, with the library, said the grant allowed the library to promote literacy. “Thank you for that,” she said.

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Clatsop Community Action

Clatsop Community Action, which operates the Clatsop County Regional Food Bank, energy assistance programs and other anti-poverty activities, received $9,100 from the city, the third highest dollar amount of any organization this year. George Stable, said the donation is important this year. “Our donations are down dramatically,” he said. He thanked the city for the contribution. “Community is what this is all about,” he said.

Helping Hands

Helping Hands, which attempts to help homeless reenter society, received a $3,800 grant from the city. Alan Evans, the Executive Director of Helping Hands, thanked the city for its support. Helping Hands is currently working with the Clatsop County Housing Authority on a half million dollar project to build a new homeless shelter. “The cool thing is this community works together,” he said.

Partners for Seniors

The city gave a $1,866 grant to Partners of Seniors,

which provides rides for seniors. Bob Coate said the program helps seniors get around.

Restoration House

Restoration House, which supports recovering addicts, received $4,300 from the city. David Hall, who Restoration House has helped, said the program gave him opportunities after prison. “Restoration House has given me the opportunity to get my life back,” he said. Hall said he now spends all his time working, which is a change from his lifestyle before Restoration House.

River Song

River Song, a program that helps provide pet foods to people so they can keep their pets, received $900 from the city. Jackie Gerder said River Song was created when she was volunteering at the animal shelter and saw owners who were giving up pets because they couldn’t afford to give them food. “We believe in helping people keep their pets,” she said.

Seaside Hall (the Little Yellow House) Seaside Hall, better known as the Little Yellow House, hosts Alcoholics Anonymous

Each of the organizations awarded a community grant had a representative speak about the group. and Narcotics Anonymous The second largest commeetings. Seaside Hall remunity grant awarded was a ceived a $960 grant from the $9,900 grant to the Tolovana city. Jim Osburn said there are Arts Colony. TAC provides 600 to 700 people coming to year round arts education. meetings there each week. “What you do helps us keep the doors open,” said Osburn. A $4,060 grant was awarded to the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. The Astoria based wildlife rehabilitation center The competitive robotics cares for animals brought in. team at Seaside High School Earlier this year they released was given a grant for almost around 20 puffins at Haystack $600. Mike Brown, a teacher Rock that had been brought to who works with the team, said the center in poor health during students spend time learning the winter die off. about design and engineering Barbara Linnett said people for a robotics competition. who find injured animals are Brown explains that durvery distressed. ing the competition there is a “We’re treating people as midnight announcement of the much as anything,” she said. objective and students have exactly six weeks to build a robot to accomplish the task. The team brought a robot that can throw basketballs to the potluck. “We have graduates heading off to engineering school this fall,” said Brown.

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Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District The local parks district received two grants: a $400 grant for drop in after school programs, and a $700 grant to provide scholarships. Justin Cutler, General Manager of the Sunset Empire Parks and Recreation District, said fifteen percent of the kids participating in their programs are from Cannon Beach. “It’s great to be able to work with the city as partners,” he said.

Tolovana Arts Colony

The Clatsop Court Appointed Special Advocates received $4,350. The organization is part of a national program designed to create volunteer advocates for children in foster care. Beth Allen, of Clatsop CASA, said they work with 150 kids every year. She added that the Oregon CASA network saved the state $21 million last year, and cut the time that children

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Cleaning up the beach Story by: Anthony Rimel Editor

SOLVE Cleanup SOLVE, the non-profit that organizes Oregon beach cleanups, will be having one of their twiceyearly cleanups along the entire Oregon Coast this month. In Cannon Beach, volunteers are needed for cleanups starting from City Hall and the Tolovana Wayside. After the last SOLVE Cleanup in Cannon Beach in July, SOLVE coordinator Jeneé Pearce-Mushen said having clean beaches and trails is important for a tourist community like Cannon Beach. “Beach cleanups are important because we remind people to pick up after themselves,” she said. The cleanup will be from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on

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Microplastic Debris Removal Demonstration Marc Ward, of Sea Turtles Forever, will give a presentation on his new process for removing micro plastics from sand using nylon screens. Ward said he estimates there are between 400 and 800 pounds of plastic debris in every mile of the Oregon coast, most of which is too small to be removed by conventional cleanups. Ward said the workshop will include a lecture from a microbiologist about the toxicology of plastics in the environment. It will also

include a practical demonstration of Ward’s screening technique, which involves building up a low static charge on the screens that attracts plastics more than the higher density sand it is buried in. “Once you get this stuff (broken down plastics) cleaned up, you’ll have the cleanest beach in Oregon,” he said. Ward said he has financed the development of this method over the last ten years personally. “We need support,” he said of the process. Ward said plastics will absorb toxic chemicals and pesticides and then leach them into the sand of the beach, but he said the screening technique could make beaches pristine again. Ward’s workshop on removing microplastics will begin at 10 a.m. on Sept. 27 at City Hall.

Arrival of fall and new art to Cannon Beach Story by: Patty Coomes

As summer winds down, the beauty of fall is slowly emerging. I love our Septembers as the weather is pretty close to perfect. The crisp mornings are followed by glorious sunny afternoons and often ending with spectacular sunsets. The season itself is a beautiful piece of artwork! What a wonderful opportunity to get out and walk through the galleries and enjoy the new offerings. At Northwest by Northwest Gallery, Eric Jacobsen will be painting just outside their gallery on Friday, Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eric is known for his Plein Air oil paintings - the term “en plein air’ means the artist is painting outdoors in the light.” His Coastal Landscape exhibit will run from Sept. 14 through Oct. 4. Jeffrey Hull has created this year’s 25th Annual Stormy Weather Poster. The small poster size image will be available at the chamber; however, Jeff has also produced an open edition gicleé (14 ½” x 10 ½”) and a limited edition (39 ½” x 31 ½”) image of the original “Hangin’ Out.’ This image features two colorful floats hanging in a tree with Haystack Rock in the background. Sculpture is the focus at Haystack Gallery during the month of September. New artist, Taya Hubbard, creates contemporary sculptures using various shapes, colors and textures as she weaves motion into each of her pieces. Frogman has just released “Sunbather” which will join others in his ‘gem collection’ series. Also, newly released, is “Mystere,” a stainless steel piece with elegant lines reminiscent of movements seen at Cirque de Soleil. Two new artists have arrived at the DragonFire Gallery. Northwest native Kimberli Matin creates quixotic folk art figures from recycled steel. Having pursued many different

art forms as a life long artist, Kimberli, who also teaches welding, has found her perfect medium in metal. Joyce Van Duine brings artistry to practical dishware, using the ancient technique of reverse painting. Using clear glass forms as her canvas, she creates abstract imagery with a rich color palette of non toxic heat set paints. Completely food safe, each piece stands as a hand painted original work of art. Bronze Coast Gallery in Cannon Beach welcomes two new artists. Washington artist Kenneth Wachtveitl draws images on natural stone using thousands of dots, a technique known as stipple. “Even though this technique is extremely time-consuming it delivers an element of softness or subtleties that are difficult to achieve any other way,” explains Wachtveitl. David Petlowany’s sculptures are smooth and cool to the touch, inviting tactile experimentation. A self-taught marble and limestone sculptor from Ohio, he refers to himself as ‘the Limestone Cowboy’ and says “It’s nice to see people smile at a rock.” So take advantage of the gorgeous weather to get out and walk through the galleries and enjoy all the new offerings. We all know this great fall weather won’t last forever! The Gallery Group members include: Bronze Coast, Cannon Beach Arts Association, DragonFire, George Vetter FotoArt, Haystack, IceFire, Jewelry by Sharon Amber, Jeffrey Hull, Modern Villa, Northwest by Northwest, Primary Elements, and White Bird Gallery. Patty Coomes and her husband Bill have owned and operated Haystack Gallery since 1985. The Gallery was opened in 1977.

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PAWS & CLAWS This is Ewok, a mature adult longhaired Tabby. There is no sight more pleasing than that of a curled and dreaming cat. With Ewok, you will enjoy the warmth, charm, and comfort of a portrait of contentment. To adopt Ewok, or a great cat or dog like him, visit the Clatsop County Animal Control and Shelter at 1315 S.E. 19th Street in Warrenton. Their hours are Tuesday through Saturdays 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The can be reached by phone at (503) 861-7387. Each issue of the Gazette features a different animal that needs a loving home. If you would like to adopt the animals or have questions, please contact the Clatsop County Animal Control and Shelter at (503) 861-0737 or visit their website at and select the animal control link.

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