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Clatskanie Coach arrested on suspicion of domestic assault JULIE THOMPSON

A Clatskanie High School coach was arrested on July 24 under suspicion of domestic assault. Deputies with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) responded to a reported assault at the residence of Deshaun Andre Combs, 35, on July 23. According to a probable cause affidavit and order submitted by Deputy Collin Brehm, a woman called 911 around 10 p.m. to report she and a friend had been assaulted by Combs and that he’d left the residence approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. Deputies made contact with one of the women in the backyard who’d heard part of the altercation. She told them Combs had grabbed her by the arm and thrown her off the porch when she told him she was going to call 911, preventing her from reaching the phone. The second victim said she and Combs got into an argument, and he left shortly after. When he returned, she said she went out onto the porch and Combs followed her. When she sat down, she said Combs, “got in her face and started screaming at her.” The victim told deputies when she stood up to move, “Combs smashed into her with his chest.” She said she put her arms up in front of her and told him to leave her alone, and then Combs “repeatedly smashed into her with his body.” The victim said she walked around the porch near some gravel to get away from Combs, and he “grabbed ahold of her and threw her backwards.” She said

she knocked over two chairs that were on the porch and fell off the porch onto the gravel. Deputy Brehm notes in the affidavit that he observed the two chairs on the gravel that had been knocked off the porch when he arrived. This was reportedly when the first woman who witnessed part of the altercation came outside and got in between Combs and the other victim and told him she would call 911. Combs told deputies about the argument that instigated the incident and said one of the women “kept hitting him with her forearm.” Combs said he grabbed her and sat her down in a chair on the back porch, and then she stood up and punched him. He said he blocked the punch with one of his arms and threw his arms up, and that was when the woman was knocked over and fell into the chairs on the porch. Combs said he did not intentionally push the woman, and said the argument continued. When the other woman told him she was going to call 911, he said he told her to call. Combs said he did not remember grabbing one of the women to prevent her from getting to the phone. Deputy Brehm stated he observed injuries on the two women, including several bruises. Combs was booked into the Columbia County Jail on July 24 on a felony charge of fourth-degree domestic assault and interfering with a report, according to CCSO Captain Tony Weaver. Combs, who is a boys’ basketball coach at Clatskanie High School, and the Clatskanie School District could not be reached for comment by press time.

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When assisted living feels like home CHRISTINE MENGES

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Bonnie Beemer, resident at The Amber since 2004, with Maecii Medina, daughter of Heather Medina.

The residents of The Amber Assisted Living feel more like family members than they do like housemates. The “family feeling” is exactly what Heather Medina, Executive Director, strives to create. The Amber Assisted Living, located at 365 SW Bel Air Drive in Clatskanie, provides assisted living to its senior residents, according to information on its website. It has existed since at least 2003, according to Medina. Since then, the facility has experienced a lot of changes, and for the better, Medina said. When she started working at The Amber in 2015, Medina was employed as a medical technician, more commonly shortened to “med tech.” She worked there

until 2017, and during that time, Medina said things were not going very well. One metric that Medina said exemplifies the failings of the facility during that time were online reviews on crowd-sourced review sites such as or “If you would post online looking for a job, people would say ‘don’t go there,’” Medina said. “Now, I can post and people will say ‘it’s a great place to work, it’s a great place to live.’ That’s how I like to compare the reputation.” In 2015, the turnover of staff and administration at the place was high. Back then, Medina said there was a general lack of family involvement, and staff was undertrained. Nowadays, it’s a very different story. Medina said it’s common for residents’ grandchildren to spend the night, and to have families over

for the holidays. Medina believes a lot of these changes come from improved staff training. The Amber employs a staff of 21: 16 caregivers and med techs, three kitchen staff, one maintenance manager and one nurse. There are also two volunteers that are in charge of the Sunday and Monday church services. While all of them contribute to the general upkeep and maintenance of the facility, the care of the residents falls primarily into the hands of the med techs and caregivers. As a former med tech herself, Medina said she understood the importance of ensuring that med techs were as familiar as possible with residents and their needs. “We try to make sure they know every resident, who’s in which


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SHPD seeks help identifying Bank of the West robber

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The suspect is a light-skinned male, approximately 6’, in his mid-30s. JULIE THOMPSON

Police are on the hunt for a man who robbed the Bank of the West in St. Helens on Tuesday afternoon, and the St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) is seeking the public’s help identifying him. Around 4:27 p.m. on July 30,

an unidentified man approached a bank teller with a note demanding money. The suspect fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money prior to officers’ arrival, but the SHPD said there was no weapon reportedly used during the crime. The suspect is a light-skinned male, approximately 6’, in his mid-30s. He has black hair and

light facial hair, and was last seen wearing a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, sunglasses, and a desert camouflage baseball hat. He was last seen fleeing on foot southwest toward the Legacy Clinic, located at 475 S. Columbia River Hwy. The Oregon State Police and surrounding law enforcement agencies assisted with a search of the area, and the

Columbia County Sheriff’s Office conducted a K-9 track, but they were unable to locate the suspect. Anyone with any information as to the identity of the suspect should contact the SHPD at 503-397-1521. “Do not approach the suspect,” an SHPD press release stated. “Although no weapon was used during the robbery, the suspect should be considered armed and dangerous.”


Recall Kate Brown and impeach Donald Trump Local party chapters get to work

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A fair goer signs a petition with the Columbia County Republicans at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo. CHRISTINE MENGES

Petitions and other political exercises from the Columbia County Republicans and the Columbia County Democrats are making their way through the county, offering residents a chance to get politically active at the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo and at other similar upcoming events. At the Columbia County Fair & Rodeo, which took place on July 17-21, both the Columbia County Republicans and the Columbia County Democrats had booths set up to host different political exercises. The Right The GOP table hosted three petitions– two of which, R-2019-02 and R-2019-03, were to recall Gov. Kate Brown, and one, called the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance (SASO), which is to add a ballot measure in November to amend the Oregon Constitution to make it so the county will not be able to enforce any gun laws. The petitions to recall Brown are affiliated with two different organizations – the Oregon Republican Party (ORP), and a non-partisan group called Flush Down Kate Brown. Sarah Hepner of St. Helens, a volunteer and activist with the group Moms for Medical Freedom, said the reason for having two petitions was to amass as many signatures as possible. “We’ve been working on getting them both out there, we don’t care who recalls her as long as she gets recalled,” Hepner said. The reasons for recalling the current governor are listed on both petitions. The ORP petition states, among other reasons, that Brown has “overturned the will of the voters by reversing ballot measures that limited taxation, overturned the will of the voters by granting drivers’ licenses to illegal aliens, denied citizens the right to fully protect themselves as guaranteed by the Constitution, and repeatedly supported the use of the emergency clause on non-emergency legislation,” among other reasons. Brown’s use of the Emergency Clause, a political process that enables bills to pass the house without two-thirds

of the vote, was something that Hepner said is a big frustration among many Republicans in the county. One bill on which Brown supported the emergency clause was House Bill 3063, which bans children from attending either public or private schools if they have not been vaccinated for certain diseases. “It’s such a threat to us as mothers to try to tell us what we can and can’t do with our kids. The government should never step into your home and tell you what to do with your kids,” Hepner said. The SASO petition, also at the fair, is similar to the Second Amendment Preservation Ordinance (SAPO), which Columbia County voters may remember from last year. Chris Brumbles of Deer Island, and Chief Petitioner, explained the subtle differences to the two laws to The Chief. SAPO, according to Brumbles, “made it illegal for the county to enforce any unconstitutional gun laws written since 2012,” Brumbles said adding, SASO won’t be able to enforce any gun laws, unless there are extenuating circumstances. So far, Brumbles’ petition has collected over 900 signatures. Brumbles said that the petition needs 1,477 “but we’re probably going to have to get about 2,100 or 2,200, which should be no problem. I think we’re going to get these signatures by the end of summer.” This is the third rendition of the petition, which Brumbles had to re-submit four times. The Columbia County Circuit Court accepted the third petition on May 6 of this year, according to Brumbles. If added to the November ballot and passed, it would make Columbia County a “sanctuary” for guns, so that residents can own and use guns, regardless of laws passed in Salem. The Left The Columbia County Democrats also had a booth at their table to hold a mock election for the Democratic presidential nominee. According to Greg Pettit, Columbia County Democrats Central Committee (CCDCC) Chair, the election had 368 total votes, with Elizabeth Warren coming in first place with 103 votes, and Kamala Harris coming in second with 66 votes.

In addition to the mock election, the Columbia County Democrats also had a spinning wheel that landed on different issues about climate change, and children had to stick a band-aid on the area of the world that was affected by that particular issue. In other political activity, the Columbia County Democrats passed a resolution to impeach President Donald Trump during their regular meeting on May 28. Reasons for impeaching are outlined in the resolution. Stated among the reasons are that the Mueller report “enumerated multiple instances of possible obstruction of justice by the President, such as his firing of FBI Director Comey and his implying that loyal witnesses may receive pardons.” Pettit said that he believes, apart from legal issues with the presidency, Trump has done nothing to help citizens economically. “I think if people could objectively look at the policies, what’s going to be best for the working class, that in the Trump administration, he’s really done nothing for the working class in this country,” Pettit said. Pettit said the resolution carries no weight, but simply sends a message. The CCDCC sent the resolution to U.S. Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkeley, and U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici, stating their viewpoint. Pettit said the Democrats discussed having a petition to impeach Trump at the fair and decided against it. “I felt that we should stay away from issues that divide the country,” Pettit said, also adding that at this point in the election cycle, it was better to focus on electing what they hope will be a new Democratic president. Upcoming activity The different political activities from the groups will be available at upcoming Columbia County events. CCDCC is planning on being at the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival on September 14. Petitions from the Columbia County Republicans will also be available at other county events, like the Scappoose Sauerkraut Festival, the Clatskanie Festival from August 2-5, and the Vernonia Friendship Jamboree and Logging Show, from August 2-5 to get more signatures.

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•O bituaries • • Robert Elmer Thompson Sept. 5, 1936 ~ July 22, 2019

Robert Elmer Thompson, 82, passed away on July 22, 2019 in Clatskanie, Oregon at his home. He was a resident of Clatskanie for over 50 years. He was born on September 5, 1936 in Longview, Washington to Ray Everett Thompson and Viola Grace Skinner. He married the love of his life, Betty Jean Creed, on July 10, 1959. He loved his family and enjoyed time spent with them. He also enjoyed working on cars and tinkering with things.

He adored his cats Bo, Dinky

and Shadow. He was preceded in death by his wife Betty; brothers Raymond Thompson and Donald Thompson; and sister Doris Johns. He is survived by his five sisters Dorothy Jones, Barbara Hagans, Georgia Knight (all of Sweet Home, Oregon), Cindy Sanders, and Mary Gauthier (of Longview, Washington); and several nieces and nephews. Robert’s family will be holding a private celebration of life at a later date.

Evelyn Sue (Beckham) Funkhouser Aug. 14, 1938 ~ June 22, 2019

Evelyn Sue (Beckham) Funkhouser, 80, passed away on June 22, 2019 surrounded by the love of family. A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. on August 24, 2019 at Cedar Mill Bible Church, 12208 NW Cornell Rd, Portland, Oregon.

Gary Ellery Sylvester

June 21, 1938 ~ July 8, 2019 Gary Ellery Sylvester 81, of Rainier, Oregon passed away on July 8, 2019 at the St. Johns Medical Center in Longview, Washington. A celebration of life was held from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Rainier Eagles #4022, 109 W. A Street, Rainier, Oregon.

Columbia Pacific CCO seeks proposals for Community Wellness Investment Fund grants Columbia Pacific CCO seeks projects within Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties that improve the health of the community, drawing upon best practices and other innovations. The Community Wellness Investment Fund (CWIF) supports innovative, local and sustainable solutions that address health equity and social determinants of health, in one or more of the eight improvement priorities identified in the Regional Health Improvement Plan (RHIP). “The CWIF will be used to support efforts focused on improving health and well-being, which are sustainable and aligned with the RHIP.” said Nancy Knopf, community relations manager for Columbia Pacific CCO.

“Our updated RHIP advances health and wellbeing and will be used in our planning process for the next five years. Within the plan, we have identified eight priority areas for improving health in the region.” Knopf continued. The eight priority areas include: • Community resilience and trauma informed care • Access to care: primary care • Access to care: behavioral health • Access to care: oral health and dental care • Access to care: social safety net • Chronic disease prevention • Suicide prevention • Housing

Proposals can be submitted any time between July 29 and Aug. 31, 2019. Proposals will be considered on three specific levels, based on the degree of collaboration with community partners in the proposal and commitment to equity. No organization will receive support as the lead for more than one project. Emphasis will be on projects that are collaborative, sustainable, and integrative across the spectrum of health interventions, including social determinants. Funded projects are also intended to show sustainability over time, as well as leveraging existing community resources. For more information and applications, please visit our web site at:http://www. community-wellness-investment-fund.

National Night Out On Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) along with the St. Helens Police Department (SHPD) and Columbia River Fire and Rescue (CRFR) will be hosting the Annual National Night Out Event at the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, 901 Port Ave, St. Helens, OR 97051. National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes strong police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live and work. National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of commu-

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nity. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. This year’s festivities will include: • Demonstrations by CRFR • K-9 Demonstrations by CCSO and SHPD • Dunk Tank (dunk a government official) $1.00 dollar for three balls. Money will

go to a local charity. • Juvenile Fingerprinting • Bouncy Houses • Corn Hole • Giant Jenga • Hamburgers, hotdogs, water and lemonade • Sno Cones • Jail Tours • Booths American Heritage Girls, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, Mounted Posse and Search and Rescue will also be there. The Rainier Police Department will also hold their own National Night Out on August 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Rainier City Park. The community is invited to join the department for vendors, demonstrations, food, activities, and community fun.

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Offbeat Oregon History: Chasing a golden rumor, prospectors turned their backs on a fortune — twice Chief guest column by FINN J.D. JOHN

It was the spring of 1862, and prospector William C. Aldred had been in the gold fields of California since the Gold Rush first broke out — about a dozen years. And he’d hit just enough gold to keep him fed, clothed, and hopeful. Then one day, as he was taking a little refreshment in the mining-camp saloon, a stranger blew in, took a few drinks on board, and started talking about the rich gold strike that had just been hit in Florence, Idaho. This fellow must have been a pretty talented talker, because Aldred and the other miners got very excited listening to his descriptions. Word of the strike spread through the little mining camp at lightning speed. Most of the 100 or so miners working in the camp were looking for something new. They were diligently working their claims, but none of them were getting rich doing it, and nothing they’d seen at the diggings there had given them much reason to hope that they ever would. So very quickly, a group of some 60 of them packed up their things, pulled their claim stakes, and headed for the coast. They booked passage on a coastwise passenger ship to Astoria, hopped a riverboat to Portland, hopped another to The Dalles, and set out for the Idaho diggings on horseback — following a route that led them up the John Day River valley toward Idaho. This was not, of course, an inexpensive voyage for any of the miners; so maybe the diggings they’d been working in California weren’t so stingy as the story claims. But the stranger in the saloon had painted a truly golden picture of the diggings in Florence, and the men were all motivated to get there just as fast as they possibly could, before all the good claims were staked. Speed was especially important to the man the min-

A hand-tinted postcard from the 1910s shows several different gold-mining techniques.

ers had elected from among their number as party leader; he drove the party on with almost desperate haste. They hurried along, through the future townsites of Antelope and Mitchell and found a suitable place to ford Canyon Creek. As they were doing that, Aldred looked down in the creekbed and saw a pattern of fine gravel there, which looked an awful lot like some of the richer diggings he’d seen in California. He hollered for the party to halt — it was late in the day — and camp by that creek, so he could check on it. The leader wouldn’t hear of it. They had to get to the real gold bonanza in Florence before some other jokers beat them to it. They couldn’t waste time stopping and investigating every possible bit of penny-ante gold ore. Every minute counted. They would press on. Reluctantly, Aldred followed. In 1862, in the territory of the Bannocks and Cayuse tribes, it was not safe for foreigners to wander about in ones and twos — or maybe it was, but none of the miners thought so. After all, what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole gold mine, and lose his own scalp? So, on they pressed; but when the leader decided to make camp a mile or so later on, Aldred hastily rode back

to the creek to check out that gravel. The water was waist-deep, and Aldred hadn’t brought a bucket. So he stripped out of his long underwear, tied the legs in knots, and plunged naked into the creek. Scooping up the gravel, he filled his underwear with it, lugged it ashore, and dumped it out. Rinsing and wringing out his Union suit, he climbed back into it, grabbed his gold pan, and got to work. He got a quarter of an ounce of gold out of just that one underwear-load. That’s seven grams of the yellow stuff — at current prices, about $350. Not bad for ten minutes’ work. Very excited, Aldred raced back to camp to show what he’d found. But the leader — and presumably most of the rest of the party — didn’t care. Convinced that where they were going there would be even more and richer gold deposits, they insisted on pressing on. And Aldred reluctantly joined them. There weren’t enough of the miners willing to stay behind with him to be safe against Indian attacks. The same thing happened again the very next day. The party found a very promising gold deposit about three miles east of the future townsite of John Day — but, lured on by those grandiose dreams of

Columbia County schedules public hearing to discuss formation of transit service district Columbia County commissioners will host a public hearing at the County Courthouse Annex on Wednesday, August 7, at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the formation of a service district to support CC Rider, the county’s transit service. Commissioners will take comments from the public before voting on a ballot measure title and description of the new district. This is the second hearing on the subject; the first was on July 10. A service district will give CC Rider a permanent source of funding to plan for and grow the bus service. Currently, CC Rider is on restricted routes because of the lack of funding and debt obligations. A service district would also allow CC Rider to remain under the guidance of the County Board of Commissioners with support from county departments such as legal, finance, and HR. Most importantly, it will permit the system to obtain a long-term permanent funding source, which will not require regular renewal. “Having permanent funding removes uncertainty for our bus system and allows us

to do long-term planning,” said Board of Commissioners Chair Henry Heimuller. “With grant funding decreasing and the needs of our growing community increasing, we need a stable, ongoing source of financial support.” If approved, the Commission will place a measure on the fall 2019 ballot asking voters to form a transit service district with a permanent tax rate of 18 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, beginning in fiscal year 2020. If approved, tax revenue in the first year is estimated to be $1,000,000. This funding stream will provide a long-term stable source that will grow steadily at a rate consistent with inflation and community growth. Since Columbia County already collects property tax, no additional resources or tax collection mechanisms should be needed. The impact to a homeowner whose property is at the county’s current median assessed tax value of $190,760 would be about $34 per year. The boundary of the new service district would include all of Columbia County,

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mile-wide quartz veins and nuggets big enough to stub your toe on, the party pressed on. When they reached the John Day River, the water was high and turbulent. Two members of the party started to cut down a tree to make a bridge across it; but the leader, frantic to get to Florence in time to stake a claim, shouted for everyone to follow him and drove his horse full-speed at the river, intending that the animal should plunge in and swim across. But when the horse realized what he had in mind, it slammed on the brakes right at the edge, pitching its rider headlong into the rapids; Aldred, jumping in to save the panicky idiot, nearly drowned himself. Eventually, the party found itself at the mining town of Auburn, in the general vicinity of Baker City. There they paused at a saloon to slake the trail dust, and while they were doing that, they were told that the Florence diggings were already petering out — the strike had only been a pocket. Golden dreams die hard, though, especially after one has invested as much money in it as the 60 miners had (both in hard costs, and in opportunity costs; after all, during a gold rush, time is money). The majority of the party was eager to press on to Florence anyway. After all, maybe the rumors were

The entrance to the Samson Mine, near Baker City.

started by miners seeking to keep the competition away. Who knew? But the rumors introduced enough doubt that Aldred was able to convince 17 members of the party to go back to that quarter-ounce-per-underwearload creek they’d crossed, at which they’d turned up their noses a week or two earlier. And so the party split. The main group headed on to Florence and disappointment, and the 17 rebels, led by Aldred, headed back to Canyon Creek. What they found there must have hit Aldred like a punch in the gut. Both sides of the creek, for miles in both directions, were lined with miners working the diggings with pans. In the few weeks that they’d been racing to Florence, other miners following in their tracks had noticed the promising deposits, and unlike the greedy members of Aldred’s party, they’d stopped to work what was obviously a very rich strike. Aldred wasn’t able to find any suitable part of the creekbed that hadn’t already been claimed. So he and his 17 fellow travelers turned and backtracked — hoping, no doubt a little desperately, that the same thing hadn’t happened with the strike they’d stumbled across on the following day, the one near John Day. It hadn’t. When they arrived on the spot, they had

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it all to themselves. Staking their 18 claims, they got busy and got rich. How rich? Historian Kerby Jackson, in his book The Golden Trail: More Stories from Oregon’s Mining Years, reports, “Some early stories claim that some miners made as much as $2,000 per hour, although this is probably greatly exaggerated.” Eventually, though, the easy gold was gone, and Aldred’s 17 companions drifted off, following rumors of other strikes around Eastern Oregon and Idaho. Aldred, though, stuck around. He was still striking color, and he was not, as you will have gathered, the kind of guy who goes chasing after utopian rumors when he’s got his hands on a pretty good thing already. He continued diligently working his claim ... and then one day he found a vein of decomposed quartz, either on his claim or nearby. Now, decomposed quartz is what miners dream of finding. It’s often full of gold, and because it’s decomposed, it’s easy to crush to retrieve the color. It also often appears in very large veins running across country. This was a massive vein, running deep into a hillside. Aldred claimed it, then went around and raised some capital to build a stamp mill to exploit it. This became the famous Prairie Diggins mine; at its height, the mine and mill employed 80 men.

except for the City of Prescott, which did not consent to inclusion. All other city councils in the county support the formation of a district. The rate of $.18/1000 will generate revenue similar to other transit systems in northwest Oregon and to systems with similar or smaller populations. These include Sunset Empire Transportation District, Tillamook County Transit District and Lincoln County Transit. “Currently, we are not able to serve our community effectively. Senior citizens, disabled people, students, and those who don’t own a personal vehicle rely on us to get to medical appointments, school and to their jobs. We want to increase our service to our residents and others who visit Columbia County.” Currently, CC Rider relies on grant funding for 60 percent of its revenue; fares generate just 10 percent. The remainder comes from contracts and other local sources. CC Rider has three full time employees and contracts with MTR Western for drivers, dispatchers and other staff.

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Slow studies never learn CHRIS BRUMBLES Columbia County Coordinator Oregon Firearms Federation Founder, Irregulars 3%

The Fair Board has evidently learned nothing about their past oppressive behavior. Last year they harassed and violated the rights of Misty Fox and even as that case is still pending litigation or settlement, they put their tyranny caps on again this year and came out in true Brown Shirt fashion. I am

beginning to wonder if being a control freak is a prerequisite to being on the Fair Board, or if only low intelligent people or slow studies are considered. On Friday the 19th of July, I was at the fair gathering signatures to recall Crazy Kate, to get the Second Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance on the ballot, and register voters. I was approached in a rather aggressive manner and with an air of combat by two Fair Board members who told

me that I could not gather signatures unless I moved to the other side of the grounds. I asked if they were referring to a Free Speech Zone and their reply was yes. I then informed them that “this is public property and wherever I am standing is a Free Speech Zone” as I reminded them that we are in the United States of America. The harassment continued as I was told lies that they could not back up. One example is that I was told I was violating a phantom ordi-

nance that they were unable to produce or articulate. At one point they brought two St. Helens police officers and two deputies over as they made a scene saying I need to calm down ridiculous attempt to bear false witness against and entrap me, as I was perfectly calm; this was my second rodeo, not my first. Later I learned that they had also harassed a friend of mine who was gathering signatures by the main gate; their tyrannical behavior

failed with him too. I was informed how some of the same people had made one of the “Moms for Medical Freedom” put a sweatshirt over her recall Kate Brown shirt because they didn’t like the message and then later accosted her again as she headed for her trailer. When my friend (who was open carrying), was told to unload his pistol and then was asked to show his CHL, It brought back memories of three years ago when the Fair Board president tried

to throw me out because he assumed that I had a firearm which was perfectly legal… he lost that battle too. What we have here is a failure to communicate. We will not let our county be turned into Multnomah where intimidation, lawlessness, and bullying tactics are commonplace to people who do not agree with the left wing radical agenda. Please call the Fair Board and County Commissioners and ask that these dictators be held accountable.

Are we free, or just free to do what they tell us to do? MICHAEL BOWMAN Chief guest column

My last article dealt with rights-of-conscience. This article deals with freedom. The question before every American is: “are we free, or just free to do what they tell us to do?” If personal freedom is the keystone attribute of America, why are so many people eager to surrender their personal freedoms and finances to the habitual liars and thieves?

One of my favorite songs is “Patterns” by the “Wieners” (a local St. Helen’s band). The lesson from “Patterns” is simple; history repeats itself. Those guys knew it back then, it’s still true today. But why are so many people incapable of seeing the repeating patterns? Consider this, until the Civil War (a.k.a. War Between The States), it was commonplace for slavemasters to control every aspect of a slave. Let that sink in for a moment. The slave-masters tried to control

the very thoughts, beliefs, spirit, speech, and behaviors of slaves. There is a word for that type of control; tyranny. Now, fast forward in today’s America the “master” is none other than “big brother”; even Salem has jumped on the “slave-master bandwagon”. Specifically, Kate Brown & the democrats in Salem must think we are free to do what Salem tell us to do. Salem ignores the people; they continue to push for socialism (tyranny), and the destruction of Oregon industry and families.

Remember, the Utopian promise of socialism has failed everywhere it has been tried, and contrary to popular opinion, Sweden and Denmark are not socialist countries. They realized; it does not work at all. Remember the only tyrant a man should tolerate is his wife. Now then, freedom is awesome, but it comes with responsibility. We should all strive to live free and enjoy life without infringing on the freedoms & rights of others. We’re all responsible for our actions. When problems arise

(and they do), when compromise fails (and it does) we have a remedy, it’s called court. It’s a crying shame Americans continue to capitulate all things (freedoms included) to “big brother” as if “big brother” cares enough or knows enough to resolve issues. Trust me, based on previous performance, mathematics and the laws of probability it’s safe to conclude that “big brother” is not inclined, has no such knowledge, and no such will to resolve the issues. “Big brother’s” goal

is to push for a false Utopian vision that will ultimately bring us to George Orwell’s 1984. History repeats itself. My advice; don’t sell your soul for a cheap bowl of soup (Genesis 25:29-34). I believe Ronald Reagan was right when he said, “If the government knocks on your door and wants to help, slam the door and run!” And last, remember the song by “The Who;” Won’t Get Fooled Again. Michael Bowman is a resident of Columbia City.

Town Halls, fish management, Cornelius Pass BRAD WITT Oregon House Representative

On Saturday, July 27, I was able to reach out to constituents by scheduling Town Hall meetings in St. Helens and Clatskanie.   I want to thank Greg Pettit, Chair of the Columbia County Democratic Central Committee for his contributions to the St. Helens Town Hall. I know that Saturdays during the summer months are jam packed with fun activities, so I really appreciated those people that took the time to attend, showed tremendous interest and asked meaningful questions about my work in Salem and the Legislative process. The

Town Hall series will continue in September with forums in Scappoose, Rainer, Bethany and Vernonia. ODFW will host a series of public meetings the week of Aug. 5 to gather input on the 2020 recreational halibut season and start discussing the 2021-2022 recreational bottomfish seasons. People who can’t attend meetings can also listen in via Webcast (details below). At the 2019 annual meeting, the International Pacific Halibut Commission approved a 1.5 million pound catch limit for Area 2A for 2019-2022. This is the first time fishery managers know the quota going into this series of public meetings, which should help guide

the discussions for the 2020 halibut season. Additionally, the Pacific Fishery Management Council is starting the process to set quotas and seasons for the 2021-2022 bottomfish seasons. No major changes to the fishery are being proposed, but ODFW is looking for input from anglers on adjustments to sport bottomfish regulations. “It’s important that we hear from a wide range of anglers before making decisions on the upcoming seasons,” said ODFW Recreational Halibut and Bottomfish Project Leader Lynn Mattes. The meetings will be held: • Salem, Monday, Aug. 5,

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6-8 p.m. at ODFW Headquarters (4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE) in the Commission Room. • Newport, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m. at the Marine Resources Program office, 2040 SE Marine Science Drive (ODFW’s parking lot is closed due to construction. ODFW visitors should park at the HMSC Visitor Center and follow the signs on foot to ODFW). This meeting will also be webcast, details below.  • Brookings, Wednesday, Aug. 7, 6-8 p.m. at the Chetco Public Library, 405 Alder St. • North Bend, Thursday, Aug. 8, 6-8 p.m. in North Bend at the Public Library, 1800 Sherman Street.

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Anglers who wishes to provide input but cannot attend a meeting in person or via the webcast can contact Lynn Mattes at 541-867-4741 ext. 237 or lynn.mattes@state. or Christian Heath at 541-867-4741 ext. 266 or Christian.t.heath@state. Background information will be posted on the ODFW sport bottomfish and sport halibut webpages by the end of the day on Friday, Aug. 2. The closure of Cornelius Pass Road to through traffic has severely impacted traffic issues for Columbia County residents and other commuters. The road closed July 22 and is expected to remain closed through Septem-

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ber, while contractors for Multnomah County complete safety improvements. My office has been fielding many comments and concerns regarding this closure and the problems made with signage and illegal truck use of the car detour route.  Editor’s Note: In the July 26 edition, the Chief presented specific comments from Multonmah County Communications Officer Mike Pullen, who updated the pass project. Follow the project at and in our Friday print editions. State Rep. Brad Witt may be reached at 503-996-1431, or at

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Through August 14 • The 2019 Summer Reading Program will run from 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Clatskanie Public Library. Through August 16 • Stuff the Bus - Help send our most vulnerable youth back to school ready to learn and succeed in life. All supplies collected in your community will help students in your local

school district. Donation sites include: Clatskanie PUD, Clatskanie Festival (Aug. 2-4 in the park), Discounts & Deals, Dollar General, Hi School Pharmacy, Turning Point, Umpqua Bank and Wauna Federal Credit Union. Check your school website for supply lists.

Festival at the City Park. Enjoy food, drinks, 5K Glow in the Dark Run, cookie contest, cake walk, glow in the dark rock hunt, petting zoo, pet parade, movie in the park, lawn mower races, music in the park, evening light parade and many other attractions. For a list of activities and information use website, or contact Lori at 360-431-7910 or

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The police blotter relates to the public record of incidents as reported by law enforcement agencies. All individuals arrested or charged with a crime are presumed innocent until proven guilty. Information printed is preliminary and subject to change. Columbia County Sheriff’s Office July 15 • Terrance William Heurung was arrested and arraigned for contempt of court. July 16 • KC Journey Bayit Paulson was booked and released for sexual abuse in the second degree and coercion. • John Clifford Workman was arrested and sentenced for disorderly conduct in the second degree. • Michael Christopher Wunder was arrested on a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state.

arrested for a bench warrant out of the Columbia County Circuit Court and a felony warrant as a fugitive from another state. • Carmen Iris Rosa was booked and released for assault in the fourth degree, disorderly conduct in the second degree and harassment.

vicinity denied hearing anything. July 21 • A man was observed on the ground near his vehicle in a parking lot. He got back in his vehicle and appeared to be hugging himself. When contacted, the man said ‘they’ lost all the nickels. • A stray dog was taken to the animal shelter.

July 21 • Gregory Allen Green-Palm was arrested and arraigned for failure to appear in the second degree out of the Columbia County Circuit Court.

July 22 • A man became irate after an employee asked for his ID, as per their store policy, when he was attempting to return cans. The man’s argumentative behavior resulted in him being trespassed from the establishment. • An employee became alarmed as a man was banging on the locked doors to the business and trying to open them. The man was talking to himself and began to walk away. The business requested he be trespassed. • An officer responded to a residential alarm. The home was found to be secure.

Rainier Police Department July 18 • An unknown man was sleeping in a commons area at a local business. An officer arrived to wake the sleepy stranger and advise him he was trespassed from the premises. • A reported suspicious vehicle checked out okay.

July 19 • A resident reported that they had multiple thefts from their residence over the past couple July 17 of months. There is no known July 23 • Richard Lee Mestas was arsuspect. • A caller reported a vehicle with rested and sentenced for crimi• An officer checked on a suspia child sleeping in the front seat. nal driving with a suspended or cious vehicle that had been left Upon arrival, an officer found revoked license. on private property for a couple the vehicle had been entered as of days. The vehicle checked stolen out of Washington and July 18 out okay. the ‘child’ was a small framed • Ryan William Anderson was • A caller was concerned as they woman. The woman did not booked and released for failure thought they heard a woman want to speak to officers and to appear out of Columbia screaming. Officers arrived to she was arrested for unauthorCounty Circuit Court. investigate only to find out the ized use of a motor vehicle. screamer was an angry toddler. • While a guardian was filing July 19 • Several black cats were a missing juvenile report, the • Philip Jay Bates was arrested reported as missing from a juvenile returned home. and arraigned on three counts of neighborhood. sexual abuse in the first degree, • A caller was concerned about July 24 one count of sexual penetration an older gentleman riding a • A suspicious vehicle had the in the second degree, three scoot on the highway. The man driver side window smashed counts of sexual abuse in the was fine. out. The vehicle had not been second degree, and six counts • A boat owner warned two reported as stolen. of sexual abuse in the third subjects for trespassing on his • An officer responded to a degree. boat. No items appearedGood to be times reported disturbance. Peace Meet your friends and relax • Torin Noah Hanson was armissing. restored. ROLL atwas the classic neighborhood rested at andthis arraigned for arson • A caller was concerned about watering in the second degree,hole! criminal July 20 a group of juveniles that were mischief in the first degree, and • Officers were dispatched to near the fog line on the road on reckless burning. what was reported as a domesa blind corner. The group had • Ernest Dwight Riddle Jr. was tic disturbance. People in the dispersed prior to officer arrival.



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there are a lot of things for she also runs a community residents to do. According to store for the other residents. Recently, The Amber had 11 Beers on Tap • Cocktails & WineMedina, residents can parOREGON LOTTERY • Shuffleboard • Pool in up to three activiticipate its first barbecue, something ties per day. Most recently, Medina wants to repeat on From Page A1 LIVE ENTERTAINMENT the residents did canvas an annual basis.&The barMusic & Magic • Fridays Saturdays painting, a dice game, and becue is just one example room and what they need. Cold Beerof• Medina Micro-Brews Food decorated their “positivity trying• Good to include We have them read care Video Poker • Kenoas much board,” which provides posiresidents’ families plans and know what they’re • Pool • Darts tive messages for residents Scratch-Its as possible. doing before they’re on their Milepost to read. Several residents said 41 own. We 25196 make sure that Road the • Rainier, OR Alston on Hwy Amenities provided503-556-4090 for they feel like a family, not30 confidence is there and that 70255 Columbia River Hwy • Rainier, OR AM • 503-556-9753 Open daily at 11 residents include a pool table like folks who happen to live they know what they’re doin the same facility. ing. Nobody’s ever thrown to where pool tournaments are often held, a library, a movie “We all consider ourthe wolves,” Medina said. room, an activities room selves a family, and I think Medina said she believes filled with board games, and that every new person that improved training has made even a salon. Residents can comes in is like family. Even a big difference in the qualparticipate in leading acthe staff, they treat us like ity of care that the elderly in tivities. On Saturdays, Julia we’re one of their own kin,” the facility receive. Lambert said. As for the daily activities, Lambert leads bingo, and

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Mondays: • Oregon Hunters Association Columbia County Chapter membership meetings are held the second Monday of each month at the Kozy Korner Restaurant in St. Helens. Meetings start at 7 p.m. or come early at 6:30 p.m. for some good food and visiting. • Community Action Team Board of Directors meetings take place on the fourth Monday of every month unless the meeting would fall on a holiday, from 2 – 4 p.m. in the CAT boardroom, 125 N. 17th St., St. Helens. • The American Legion Post 68 meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Legion Hall, 930 SE 5th St., Clatskanie.

Tuesdays: • The VFW meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. at 960 SW 5th St., Clatskanie. Wednesdays: • Rotary Club of Columbia County – St. Helens meeting is held at the Warren Country Inn at 12 p.m. For more information, call 503-397-2341. Thursdays: • The Veterans breakfast is held the first Thursday of the month at 10 a.m. at the Legion Hall, 930 SE 5th St., Clatskanie. •w The regular monthly Rainier Chamber of Commerce meeting is held on the second Thursday of every month at 12 p.m. at the United Methodist

Church. Lunch is provided for a suggested $6 donation. Saturdays: • NAMI Columbia County Support Group, National Alliance on Mental Illness, meets on the second Saturday of every month from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the Elks Veterans Bunker, 125 S. 13th St., St Helens, Oregon. For more information, contact Judy Thompson 503-397-6056 or contact NAMI Oregon at 503230-8009. • The Rainier Historical Museum is open every Saturday from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. It is located inside Rainier City Hall. Please enter the side entrance and take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

Fair Grand Champion

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Clatskanie resident Jean Hogan-Sampson was awarded Grand Champion for her homemade recipes at the Cowlitz County Fair this year. She took first place and honorable mention for her peony jelly, first place for her Sweet Heat salsa, first place for her brown sugar applesauce, first place and honorable mention for her Wild Mountain Clover jelly, first place for her Italian plum jam, and first place for her strawberry lemonade jam. “I’ve never entered a fair for anything and didn’t think I’d win a thing,” Sampson said. “I started canning about two years ago and, just for fun, I decided to enter.” Without expecting to win, Sampson didn’t get a photo the night of her big win. Her ribbons and recipes are displayed here under the watchful gaze of the family dog, CeeCee.

Reserve Champion

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Gavin Larson, a 5th grader at Clatskanie Elementary, took home Reserve Champion for his market fryers at the fair this year. His mom, Kaisa, said she was “so proud of him” and “had to share.”

Lambert, who is 61, said she has only one blood-related family member left, her sister, who has health issues that make it hard for her to visit. She and her sister talk on the phone a lot, but Lambert does not feel lonely due to lack of visitors. She recommends the place to anyone considering assisted living. “If you’re older and you still feel like you have things to do, I think you should come here and join us, and be part of our family, and not just be sitting in a bed,” Lambert said. “We’re not really a community, we’re a family.”

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TS No. OR12000002-17-5 APN 9987 TO No 190782029-OR-MSI TRUSTEE’S NOTICE OF SALE Reference is made to that certain Trust Deed made by, SHAUN KILGORE AND SARAH PIKE, AS TENANTS BY THE ENTIRETY as Grantor to TICOR TITLE COMPANY OF OREGON as Trustee, in favor of MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC. (“MERS”), as designated nominee for RANLIFE, INC., Beneficiary of the security instrument, its successors and assigns, dated as of July 20, 2015 and recorded on July 21, 2015 as Instrument No. 2015-006020 and the beneficial interest was assigned to RANLife, Inc. and recorded May 9, 2017 as Instrument Number 2017004367 of official records in the Office of the Recorder of Columbia County, Oregon to-wit: APN: 9987 LOT 12, BLOCK 93, CITY OF ST.

HELENS, COLUMBIA COUNTY, OREGON. Commonly known as: 397 N 10TH ST, SAINT HELENS, OR 97051 Both the Beneficiary, RANLife, Inc., and the Trustee, Nathan F. Smith, Esq., OSB #120112, have elected to sell the said real property to satisfy the obligations secured by said Trust Deed and notice has been recorded pursuant to Section 86.735(3) of Oregon Revised Statutes. The default for which the foreclosure is made is the Grantor’s failure to pay: Failed to pay payments which became due Monthly Payment(s): 10 Monthly Payment(s) from 09/01/2016 to 06/01/2017 at $1,333.36 11 Monthly Payment(s) from 07/01/2017 to 05/01/2018 at $1,333.11 7 Monthly Payment(s) from 06/01/2018 to 12/01/2018 at $1,325.62 2 Monthly Payment(s) from 01/01/2019

to 02/01/2019 at $1,339.12 4 Monthly Payment(s) from 03/01/2019 to 06/01/2019 at $1,679.28 Monthly Late Charge(s): 1 Monthly Late Charge(s) 06/24/2019 By this reason of said default the Beneficiary has declared all obligations secured by said Trust Deed immediately due and payable, said sums being the following, to-wit: The sum of $200,640.42 together with interest thereon at the rate of 4.25000% per annum from August 1, 2016 until paid; plus all accrued late charges thereon; and all Trustee’s fees, foreclosure costs and any sums advanced by the Beneficiary pursuant to the terms of said Trust Deed. Wherefore, notice is hereby given that, the undersigned Trustee will on November 13, 2019 at the hour of 12:00 PM, Standard of Time, as established by Section 187.110, Oregon Revised


Statues, at the west entrance to the Columbia County Courthouse, 230 Strand St., Saint Helens, OR 97051 County of Columbia, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash the interest in the said described real property which the Grantor had or had power to convey at the time of the execution by him of the said Trust Deed, together with any interest which the Grantor or his successors in interest acquired after the execution of said Trust Deed, to satisfy the foregoing obligations thereby secured and the costs and expenses of sale, including a reasonable charge by the Trustee. Notice is further given that any person named in Section 86.753 of Oregon Revised Statutes has the right to have the foreclosure proceeding dismissed and the Trust Deed reinstated by payment to the Beneficiary

of the entire amount then due (other than such portion of said principal as would not then be due had no default occurred), together with the costs, Trustee’s or attorney’s fees and curing any other default complained of in the Notice of Default by tendering the performance required under the obligation or Trust Deed, at any time prior to five days before the date last set for sale. Without limiting the Trustee’s disclaimer of representations or warranties, Oregon law requires the Trustee to state in this notice that some residential property sold at a Trustee’s sale may have been used in manufacturing methamphetamines, the chemical components of which are known to be toxic. Prospective purchasers of residential property should be aware of this potential danger before deciding to

place a bid for this property at the Trustee’s sale. In construing this notice, the masculine gender includes the feminine and the neuter, the singular includes plural, the word “Grantor” includes any successor in interest to the Grantor as well as any other persons owing an obligation, the performance of which is secured by said Trust Deed, the words “Trustee” and “Beneficiary” includes their respective successors in interest, if any. Dated: 06/24/2019 By: Nathan F. Smith, Esq., OSB #120112 Successor Trustee Malcolm & Cisneros, A Law Corporation Attention: Nathan F. Smith, Esq., OSB #120112 c/o TRUSTEE CORPS 17100 Gillette Ave, Irvine, CA 92614 949-252-8300Order Number 61252, Pub Dates: 08/02/2019, 08/09/2019, 08/16/2019, 08/23/2019, THE CLATSKANIE CHIEF


CITY OF CLATSKANIE CLATSKANIE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE STATE OF FOR THE COUNTY OF COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL MEETING NOTICE OREGON Probate Department In claims against the estate the proceedings may obtain The Clatskanie City Council will meet for a regular meeting on Wednesday, August 7th, 2019 @ 7:00 PM in the Clatskanie City Hall Council Chambers, (2nd floor), 75 S.

Nehalem St. Agenda items include, but are not limited to: Approval of the minutes of the July 3rd, 2019 regular meeting; a presentation by Clatskanie Farmer’s Market; a

presentation by Census 2020; Awarding the contract for the RFP for Auditor. An updated agenda will be available at City Hall by August 2nd, 2019.


Rainier Cemetery District MEETING NOTICE The regular meeting of the Rainier Cemetery District will be held on Monday, August 12, 2019, at the

cemetery office located at 24952 Alston Rd., Rainier, OR. Items on the agenda include, but are not limited

to: Monthly updates on cemetery operations. Tomey Greer, Board Chairman

the Matter of the Estate of JOHN AUGUST TIMONEN, Deceased. No. 19PB05171 NOTICE TO INTERESTED PERSONS NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the undersigned has been appointed personal representative of this estate. All persons having

are required to present their claims, with vouchers attached, within four months after the date of first publication of this notice to the personal representative at P.O. Box 459, Rainier, OR 97048, or the claims may be barred. All persons whose rights may be affected by

additional information from the records of the Court, the personal representative or the attorney for the personal representative. Dated and first published July 19, 2019. STEPHEN D. PETERSEN, L.L.C., Attorney at Law, P.O. Box 459 Rainier, OR 97048.

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Clatskanie Grows: Upcoming classes and poison hemlock Chief Guest Column by CHIP BUBL

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Food Preservation classes: Contact the Extension office (503 397-3462) for details. To register online go to: These classes are $20 apiece. Secret to Perfect Pickles (8/6), Making Herb Infused Jelly (8/13), Drying Fruits, Vegetables, and Meat (8/20), The Science and Art of Canning Salsa (8/28). All will be held at the Columbia Soil and Water Conservation District Office, 35285 Millard Rd, St Helens, OR 97051

August through September, there was a lot of fall webworm activity along Highway 30 from Rainier to Sauvie Island. I am seeing a little activity lately but it isn’t clear where or how bad they will be. Their characteristic webbing is visible on numerous trees. In the home landscape, apples and walnuts seem to get a lot of their attention. Control is not necessary. The leaf-feeding damage they do is temporary. Once they are protected by that web, cutting them out is about the only choice and that only makes sense if you would have pruned that limb out anyway.

an insect collection. Picture from Introduction to North American Beetles by Papp. Another interesting character is the ten-lined June beetle. It can also fly and is often attracted to outside lights. It is an oval insect, rather stout and about 1.5 inches long. It has ten (count them) white lines down their back against a brownish background. While this beetle has fearsome larva that are reputed to go for

to the region at least 150 years ago and has been part of the landscape ever since. The plant is highly toxic to humans and livestock. Socrates was forced to drink a concoction of this plant as fatal payment for being somewhat of an obnoxious dissident in Greece several thousand years ago (read The Death of Socrates by I. F. Stone for an interesting discussion of this event). The foliage or

Flowering stems are very visible right now. The stems have characteristic purple spotting and the whole plant has a distinctive “mousy” odor. The leaves are very lacey and almost fern-like. The flower is similar to Queen Anne’s lace. Seeds fall near the stem and up to 85% can germinate immediately. Some will germinate the following year or two but seed viability is relatively short.

them. It is more effective to establish a vigorous competitive cover (usually grass) where hemlock seeds are germinating. Then selective herbicides that don’t damage grass can be used to control the escaped rosettes this fall or next March/April.

Poison hemlock needs disturbed ground or bare ground with little vegetative cover to get started. It can tolerate somewhat poor drainage (and may be more competitive in those areas) but does not require it. I have seen it along roadsides, field edges, and once, a luxuriant crop in someone’s back yard in Scappoose. It is showing up a lot more in residential landscapes. Often, it isn’t clear how the seeds got there. There are some herbicides that will help control poison hemlock, but timing is crucial. There is little evidence that spraying the flowering stalk at this stage will keep the plant from going to seed. And since a biennial dies after going to seed, what’s the point? Better to careful cut off the seed heads and destroy

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Hunt to Home: Game Processing Saturday, September 21, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Columbia Soil & Water Conservation District office at Mil-lard Road in St. Helens. $40 Are you a novice or seasoned hunter looking to improve your butchering and processing skills? Class includes hands-on butchery instruction, freezer wrapping, and a pressure canning demonstration. Preregister. Got food preservation questions? Give us a call at 503-397-3462. Food Preservation recipes and fact sheets can be accessed online at: https://extension.oregonstate. edu/food/preservation August is insect month August has lots of insects and spiders. The largest and showiest ones seem to find their way to the Extension office with regularity. Last

Clatskanie Grows A spectacular insect is the banded alder borer. This insect lays its eggs in dead or dying wood, especially alders. The beetle can fly. The adult emerges as a long beetle of one and half to three or more inches with black and white bands on its back. It has very large antennae which are also banded black and white. People with alder firewood often find the adults emerging or trying to lay eggs. They are not home or structural pests and do not need spraying. This is a great insect with which to start

Douglas fir seedlings, I have never seen any plants damaged by them nor heard of anyone spraying for them. They will make a distinctive whirring noise if you approach or handle them. Poison hemlock For some reason, there appears to be an upsurge in the amount of poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) in Columbia County. This is not a new plant. It was unintentionally introduced by settlers

roots can poison livestock, with the foliage being more toxic. The toxicity is not lost in hay or silage making. Handling the plants or chopping them with a “weedeater” can cause a dermal reaction in many people. Poison hemlock is a carrot family biennial plant, meaning that seedlings that germinate this year over winter as visible rosettes (2-5 inches tall in the winter) which will bolt to flower next summer. The plant in flower is tall, often exceeding 5-6 feet.

Free newsletter The Oregon State University Extension office in Columbia County publishes a monthly newsletter on gardening and farming topics (called County Living) written/edited by yours truly. All you need to do is ask for it and it will be mailed or emailed to you. Call 503 397-3462 to be put on the list. Alternatively, you can find it on the web at and click on newsletters.

Are you putting up salsa, saving seeds, or thinking about planting grapes? OSU has a large number of its publications available for free download. Just go to https:// catalog.extension.oregonstate. edu/. Click on publications and start exploring. The Extension Service offers its programs and materials equally to all people. Contact information for the Extension office Oregon State University Extension Service – Columbia County. 505 N. Columbia River Highway, St. Helens, OR 97051. 503 397-3462 Email:

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River City Speedway: Returning drivers take CCRA after years away from sport MIKE WEBER Chief guest column

Although they were competing in just their first stock car race in several years, it didn’t really seem to matter too much for drivers Brandon erty Potter and Dick Gaboury, who both won Columbia County he Racing Association (CCRA) es main events July 27 at River uter, City Speedway in St. Helens. Gaboury, who actually ral, udes entered his first CCRA race in four years, showed that the long hiatus didn’t really seem an to have much of an effect as nce he captured the Western Heating & Cooling sponsored Four ds Cylinder Division main event. ary” Potter of St. Helens won the Tuner Division main. Defending division champions Joel Beehler and Devon By: Reed also continued to enjoy OSB success on the quarter-mile tee clay oval track as they both notched main event victoon: ries. Beehler of St. Helens OSB was a two-time winnner as he captured the Street Stock Division main event and heat race. Reed of Woodland, WA, recorded a Sportsman es: Division sweep as he won the , trophy dash, heat race and , main event. HIEF Vancouver’s Brayden Brookshire nearly had a sweep too as he won the Tracer Division dash and main and finished second in the heat race to winner Paige Gump of St. Helens. The WESCO ain Sprint Cars returned to the rom speedway for the first time in the 10 years and Adam Smith of or Moses Lake, WA captured the onal main event. d Gaboury of Rainier, 2019.started sixth in the seven-car EN, Four Cylinder Division main and he passed frontrunner R Christopher Lee on lap seven for the lead. Lee a first-year driver from St. Helens, led the first six laps in his Cornwell Tools sponsored 1995 Dodge Neon. Gaboury, a former CCRA Four Cylinder Division champion (2013), moved well


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Christopher Lee (#01) of St. Helens, leads the 4 Cylinder Division main. Rainier’s Dick Gaboury (#51) is in second but eventually passes Lee and then wins the main event July 27.

ahead of the other competitors and led laps seven to 25 to take the checkered flag waved by CCRA official flagman Mike Watson. Gaboury won by half a lap over Lance Landis of West Linn. “I had a great time tonight and it was fun racing with Sande Simmet and Lance and I can’t believe that I won by a half a lap,” said Gaboury, who was a two-time winner since he also won heat race two. “I shook hands with Lance after the race and he said that he had lots of fun as well. It’s fun racing with competitive guys like Lance and Sande. Everything just worked out really well for me.” Gaboury, 70, certainly demonstrated that age isn’t much of a factor in motorsports as he proved to be the fastest driver on the track in his Economy Auto Wrecking/ Ram Light Truck Salvage 1992 Nissan Sentra. Current division leader Lance Landis of West Linn was runnerup in his Tri-Pod Development

sponsored 2003 Ford Focus. Vancouver’s Sande Simmet, who earlier won the trophy dash, took third place in a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. Lee, was fourth, followed by Gresham’s Lynn Yeaman and St. Helens drivers Tiffany Berg and Sharmain Jobanek. Gaboury a co-driver with Kelso’s Trenton Brogan, helped their T & T Tire of Kelso sponsored race team stay in contention for the Four Cylinder Division championship as they’re currently third in the series point standings behind Simmet and Landis. Amazingly, Gaboury was competing just three days after having skin cancer surgery on his chest. “I didn’t really know if I still had it in me until I was in the heat race and after I won that by a lot, I knew that I was doing pretty good in my first race in four years,” said Gaboury. “I’m glad that I was able to help Trenton out and keep him near the top of the point standings. I finished

ahead of both guys (Simmet and Landis) that are ahead of us in the standings, so that will help us narrow the gap and move up closer to them in the points. Trenton and his dad Gary are both great to work with on our racing team and it seems that I’m kind of like a part of their family.” Potter of St. Helens, led the first lap of the Tuner Division main while driving the Cozy Lawn Maintenance/Eaton’s Tire & Service Center 1997 Neon for car owner Bob Berg of St. Helens. Potter then had a right front flat tire for a lap two yellow flag caution and exited to the pit area for a quick change. After returning to the track, Potter was positioned last in the eight-car field on the lap two restart. Redmond’s Dustin Wilkinson moved up front and he led lap two in the Landis & Landis Construction sponsored Focus. Longview’s Dan McDonald, who won the last Tuner Division main July 13, then took over first place on

lap three after passing Wilkinson. McDonald led the next five laps in his 2004 Economy Auto Wrecking Nissan Sentra. Potter, 26, maneuvered up from last place and passed McDonald on the inside of the back straightaway and led lap nine. McDonald then came back and moved up front on lap 10 and led the next four circuits. The two drivers exchanged first place again as Potter moved up front on lap 15. Potter stayed ahead for the remainder of the 25-lap race and he won by a straightaway length over McDonald. Wilkinson took third, followed by St. Helens drivers Scott Beaudoin, and Matt Brown. Kelso’s Joel Davis was sixth, followed by defending division champion Bob Berg and Mike O’Harrow. “It was a good race with Dan McDonald and we swapped the lead a couple of times so I felt pretty lucky to win,” said Potter, who competed for the first time in three years at the speedway. “It sure was a fun way to come back after a few years off and I had lots of fun. I was sure glad that Bob Berg let me drive the car.” Beehler, 26, took the lead in the Street Stock main on lap four after passing Portland’s David Weaver, who led the first three laps in his 1978 Chevy Monte Carlo. Beehler led the remainder of the 25-lap race while driving the CLT Trucking/Hoyt Construction sponsored 1985 Chevy Malibu for car owner and codriver Greg Brumbaugh of St. Helens. Division leader Terry King of Warren won the dash and he was runnerup, followed by Weaver and Matt Taylor of St. Helens. “It felt good to get a win and I’m always happy whenever Greg lets me drive his car,” said Beehler, who combined with Brumbaugh to win back-to-back Street Stock titles in 2017 and 2018. “I wish we had more than four cars, but it was still lots of fun

and I enjoy racing with Terry. We’re very close in the point standings, so we’ll see what happens, but I’m hoping that we can win another championship. The car is running really well and the track condition is fantastic too, so that helps a lot.” Gary Kordosky of Scappoose led the first three laps of the Sportsman Division main and then Reed moved up front on lap four. Reed, 35, led the remainder of the 25-lap race to get the victory in his Dancin’ Bare Tavern/Reed’s Automotive Chevy. Reed won by a straightaway length over runnerup Red Smith. Weaver, a double duty driver who was competing in two CCRA motorsport classifications, took third, followed by Kordosky and Dennis Tower. “It feels good to get the win and I’ve won four out of five main events this year, but we just need some more cars in the Sportsman Division so that we can have more competition” said Reed, the defending series champion “It would be nice to win another championship this year and that’s what I’m hoping to do.” Brookshire, 11, drove his 1995 Toyota Tercel Economy Auto Parts/Dusty’s Machine to his first ever Tracer Division main event win. Gump took second, followed by Chase Frelich of St. Helens and Kassidy Koch of Vancouver. Smith drove his Smith Bros. Auto Body open-wheel race car to victory in the 30lap WESCO main event. Gene Cannon was second, followed by Jason Thomas, Bert Johnson, Steve Veltman, Edward Isackson, Gary Barnes, Jacom Gilman and Anthony Offh. Isackson and Thomas won the heats and Gilman won the dash. The ninth event on the 14-race CCRA schedule is August 3 at 5 p.m. and will include the Northwest Ford Focus Midget Series and the Hudson Garbage sponsored Sunset Challenge.

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