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Friday, September 27, 2019

The Chief

$1 Vol. 128, No. 20 8 Pages

Serving the Lower Columbia Region since 1891

Hazen wins Lifetime Achievement award at CCET breakfast

Hazen accepted the award on behalf of six generations of Hazens and Steeles. JULIE THOMPSON

The Columbia County Economic Team (CCET) held their annual breakfast on the morning of September 17, where among the awards handed out, Clatskanie’s own Deborah Hazen was honored with a Lifetime Achievement award for her contributions in area economic development. Guest speakers at the event included Lou Soumas of NEXT Energy, and Registered Dietitian Lindsey Jones, who both shared their experiences of doing business in Columbia County. Braedon Staehly, of Columbia River PUD, was honored with the Rising Star award. Vernonia Springs took Tourism Business of the Year, ORPET took Port of Columbia County Tenant of the Year, and Plymouth Pub took New Business of the Year. “It went really well. We had about 100 people there and Lou Soumas talked about their project and why they’re coming to Columbia County. Lindsey Jones talked about her experience of starting a business in the county,” CCET Executive Director Chuck Daughtry said. When it comes to Hazen, it’s immediately clear why she was selected for the Lifetime Achievement award. A sixth-generation local descendant, she hails from a long legacy of those who have worked and contributed to the growth of Columbia County. Hazen first began working for The Chief during summer vacations in high school and college in 1966

and became the paper’s Editor by 1979. In 1993 she took over ownership of The Chief until 2014, when the newspaper was sold to Country Media. She still occasionally contributes her valuable journalistic talents to the editorial department. Hazen said it was through her work at the paper that she first began to get involved in community service. She is a charter member of the Clatskanie Historical Society, a board member for the Clatskanie Senior Citizens, Inc, she sits on the steering committee of the recently developed Columbia County Tourism Initiative, is the Director and Fundraising Chair of the Clatskanie Foundation, and is also a CCET board member – just to name a few. Perhaps most notably amongst the community since her retirement from The Chief is her efforts contributed towards renovating the Clatskanie Cultural Center and the Senior Citizens’ Flippin Castle. Hazen lead the fundraising campaign for the cultural center, once known as the I.O.O.F. Building, founded in 1926 by the local chapter of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Through her role as an advisory committee member for the C. Keith Birkenfeld Memorial Trust, Seattle foundation, Hazen helped raise over $3 million for the project. “There were several people who were as critical to the project as I was – Elsa and Dee Wooley, Dave Hicks, who served as the volunteer project engineer and, most especially, Mike Engel, who served as volunteer project manager who was basically volunteering full-time for two years to oversee the construc-

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tion,” Hazen said. Hazen was also quick to point out there were others to recognize when it came to the Flippin Castle. She said the Clatskanie Senior Citizens, Inc. board members, notably Bob Horness, Beki Fisher and Joy Green, are all working very hard on the Castle restoration project. “She’s just been incredible,” Daughtry said. “What she’s done in her lifetime with Clatskanie and the county, she gives a lot back. She represents a part of the county at the extreme north end, so her input allows us to tie the county together. We were really happy to have her on the board. What she’s done with the Clatskanie Cultural Center has just been phenomenal. I think it’s the nicest venue in Columbia County and it’s really been saved and preserved for the next generation.” When asked what receiving the Lifetime Achievement honor meant to her that day, it becomes clear that Hazen is uncomfortable with tooting her own horn. “I mean, I have done what I’ve done, both running the newspaper and doing the various community services activities, not to get recognition, but just because, I guess, I was raised with the ethic that – this may be kind of paraphrased from the Bible – those to whom much is given, much is expected,” Hazen said. “I mean, my family was never wealthy, you don’t get rich from running a newspaper, but I felt like I was given certain talents and abilities and I was able to build relationships over the 40 years I spent at The Chief and I feel like I should use that for the community.”

Photo: Sandy Cox

Sandy Cox paints outside.

Clatskanie artist to have opening reception for month-long gallery CHRISTINE MENGES

Sandy Cox, Clatskanie native, local artist, and member of the Clatskanie Artists Network, has recently been chosen as the guest featured artist at The Broadway Gallery in Longview, WA for the month of October, and her opening reception will be from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 4 at the gallery. Cox will be showing 14 pieces of mixed media art including watercolor, monoprints, collage, carved block prints, alcohol inks and encaustic. After the opening reception, her work will be featured at the gallery for a month. For years, Cox has been a strictly watercolor-based artist, with occasional forays into ink and charcoal. However, two years ago, Cox started taking print-making classes at Clatsop Community College (CCC), and in her words, “totally got hooked.” Cox started making monoprints and carved block prints and expanded from there. “I’m all over the place, I’m in so many media,” Cox said.

Cox was booked a year in advance to be the guest featured artist at The Broadway Gallery. Cox was selected after one of the gallery members she knew recommended her to the gallery board, which then contacted Cox and asked for submissions. Cox sent them photos of her pieces and a few months later was selected. The honor is especially significant to Cox because the gallery where her work will be featured is 36 years old and is an established part of the community. Along with seeing Cox’s artwork, attendees of the opening reception will be able to drink wine, eat snacks and buy Cox’s artwork if they choose. One of the works featured will be a watercolor painting that Cox made of the ship The Hawaiian Chieftain, a replica built in 1988 of early colonial passenger and coastal packets ships, which was docked in Astoria one rainy day. Cox was able to snap a few pictures of the ship as it was leaving and paint her own replica from her photos. Cox said that while she finds


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Masked man assaults retired teacher JULIE THOMPSON

A retired St. Helens High School teacher was attacked at his residence by an unknown suspect on Friday, Sept. 20. The St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) responded to the report of an assault on Park Street at approximately 2:09 p.m. that day. When officers arrived on scene, they found the victim, David Schmor, of St. Helens, injured inside his residence. Schmor reported an assault by an unidentified suspect who used a knife in the attack and fled the scene prior to the SHPD’s arrival. The attacker was described as being male, wearing dark clothing and a mask that hid his face. According to police, the “mask” was actually sunglasses and a bandana. A K9 unit was deployed to track the suspect, but he was not found. Schmor was transported to a Portland area hospital with non-lifethreatening injuries to his head and stomach area. Despite the strange circumstances surrounding the masked attacker, police said the public is not in immediate danger. “Based on information that we have received that we are not releasing at this time due to this being an

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active investigation, investigators do not have a reason to believe that there is an active public safety threat,” Detective Dustin King said. King said the department pulled multiple resources from multiple agencies, including the Oregon State Police crime lab and reconstruction unit, which helped reconstruct the crime scene. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office also assisted in the initial response to the scene. The SHPD is currently following up on multiple leads, according to King, and continue to actively investigate the case. As the investigation is ongoing, The Chief will update this story as new information becomes available. Anyone with any information regarding the assault is asked to contact the SHPD at 503-397-1521.

Body found in St. Helens JULIE THOMPSON

The remains of what appear to be an adult male were found in a St. Helens park on Tuesday afternoon. At around 1:58 p.m. on Sept. 24, officers with the St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) responded to the report of a body found in McNulty Creek near Firlok Park Boulevard and Highway 30. According to the SHPD, the corpse was badly decomposed, but police believe the body appears to be the remains of a male adult. No identification was found near the body. An initial investigation based on

injuries to the body shows this was likely an accidental death, according to SHPD Sgt. Jose Castilleja. The SHPD said via press release that no foul play is suspected. The remains have been sent to the coroner for examination. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office assisted on the scene. This is a developing story and will be updated at thechiefnews. com as new information becomes available. If anyone has any information related to the discovery of the body, especially associated with possible missing persons from recent months, they are asked to call Officer Seann Luedke at 503-397-1521.

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