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110 CLATSKANIE, COLUMBIA COUNTY, OREGON 97016 $0 CENTS PER COPY JULY 6, 2000 USPS 116-360 NUMBER 6 Comm~nl$ Hazeu ews release from the of Human had what we found shocking statistics and dependence on toa 1999 the DHS by Port- substance up by 25 over a similar 1995. , long the "drug of American addicts, has by nearly 26 1995 But before we too much, the use of marijuana, cocaine, heroin as LSD has percent - almost times what it was in Oregon, the of those abusing or illegal drugs the number of those m ak.oboL to the survey, in the 1995 and 1999, abuse by women IA percent of the 7.6 percent (a percent), increase in male abusers increased from to 13.3 percent (a 171 percen0. 376,536 Oregon- one in nine are treatm t for their l rograms. The DHS are 4,883 residents (4,766 adults who need alcohol or The number County is 4,077 of which t and 73 are youth. local officials, volunleen gre Proglmns, there aze enOugh treatment the estimated k appear to us that among the general Seriously address the statistics, Weeks noted age and abusers is lead us to betleve and intervention he said. mem older Parents - and role the will to m our society, ) characmrize it as a Nothing could and undmiable alcohol/drug all classu of m the form of domestic vio,. and neglect, fment, may that for each estimated welfare, food ' crime, corers and studio, the dozens and federal A THOUSAND POINTS OF LIGHT shattered in the skies above specutacular which closed the community's annual Heritage Days captions :lm3ugix this edition for Heritage Days coverage. Clatskanie Tuesday night during the celebration. See story and right and photos and Chief Photo by Deborah Steele Hazen by John Robinson and first seemed to be fine, but then crews began the search, but Deborah SteeleHazen appeared to experience difficulties attempts to revive him were Beaver Falls claimed another and disappeared beneath the surface unsuccessful victim last Thursday, June 29, of the water. An autopsy by Dr. Karen Gunson when 18 year old Brandon MacDonald, a recent Clatskanie Attempts by those at the scene to of the Oregon State Medical High School graduate, drowned after rescue him were unsuccessful Examiner's Office revealed that the jumping off the approximately 60 A 911 call was received at 1:59 death was caused by drowning. p.m. Thursday, and Clatskanie Contrary to other published reports, foot high waterfall. According to Columbia CountyRural Fire Protection District with there were no broken vertebrae or Sheriff Lieutenant Gerald Sin- a crew of eight from the main injuries to his trachea, Dr. mons, MacDonald was at the station and a ninth person from the Gunson's report stated. waterfall located off Beaver Falls Delena substation responded, along MacDonald's death was the most Road east of Clatskanie Thursday with Columbia County Sheriff's recent in a string of fatalities at the afternoon with several friends, officers and personnel from the beautiful, but treacherous waterfall. Witnesses told investigatingClatskanie Pofice Department. Both drownings and fatal falls have that MacDonald had jumped MacDonald's hody was recovered uccured at the scezle over the years. from the top of the waterfall to the near the center of the pool below (See page 3 for obituary pool below and had surfaced. He at the falls shortly after the rescue information) by Join Robinson this year's Heritage Days festival, Confusion about control of the and the amount of c nfusion on the city park during Heritage Days issue was rather high, Morgan punctuated an otherwise routine withdrew his motion. The issue was City Council meeting held last postponed pending more time to Wednesday. gather information, and the council In the past, and for this year, the plans on taking it up again before control of the city park reverts to the end of the year. the City for three days - 0 nding As of Thursday, Councilor Key- the fourth of July. During those ser had already begun speaking three days, the City hands the with members of the Heritage Days reigns to the Heritage Days committee in order to clarify the committee. The City owns the park itself, but it is fully administered by the Park and buard. Due to the expansion of the Car Show and other Heritage Days activities, discussions had been started concerning extending the lime in which the City, effectively Heritage Days, was responsible for the park. At the last Park and Rec. meeting, it was agreed that the time should be extended to two weeks, to include the last in June, which is the traditional date for the Car Show. A motion was quickly made by Jim Morgan, to allow for the change. During discussion how- ever, concerns were brought up by Councik Robert Keyser and Kris Lillich. The concerns centered around booth fees charged for charitable organizations, and the administration of the park by the park host during the two week period, respectively. Once it became clear that the decision would in no way affect confusion. He hopes to set up a meeting between the Kiwanis Club and the Heritage Days Committee. In other business, the council un- animously approved the proposed budget for 2000/2001; approved a resolution authorizing a loan of revenues by a 5 to 1 margin; approved extending workers comp- ensation coverage to volunteers and community service workers; and accepted a preferred workers grant. The budget totals $8.3 million. Following is the budget break- down: $768,060 in the general fund; $337,416 in the street fund; $492,910 in the sewer fund; $455,039 in the water fund; $42,492 in the cemetery fund; $1,706,402 in the timber fund; $41,627 in the Scout Lake fund interes $80,000 in the Grant fund; $595,000 in the Head Start Cons- truction fund; and $7501 for materials and services at the former Beaver Lumber site, plus $3,846,065 in unappmpriated fund balances including $2,958,169 in the timber fund and $874,571 in the Scout Lake fund, $800 in the general fund, $10,000 in water fund, and $2,525 in the equipment reserve fund. In order to continue operating, the council approved a loan of revenue from the Scout Lake fund to the general fund until property tax revenues are collected. This is to occur some time in the fall, around October. The loan is due to he paid back out of those property tax revenues by February 28, 2001. It was noted that this is pretty much standard operating procedure for the City. The motion carried 5- 1 with councilor Robert Keyser opposing it. According to Oregon law, it is the responsibility of cities to provide workers compensation cov-erage to any volunteer working on city business. To that effect, the council unanimously passed a resolution allowing the coverage to be extended. Workers comp will now cover volunteer police cadets, those doing court ordered com- munity service, and any other person doing official volunteer work for the city. It was noted that the cost of extending the coverage to these individuals should be very small On a related topic, the council approved accepting a Preferred Workers Grant to purchase equip- ment to help reduce the risk of injury during daily work perfor- by Deborah Steele Hazen The skies may have been gray, but the rain stayed away, and Clatskanie celebrated "The Year 2000 - A Rendezvous With Time" Tuesday with a 55 minute 4th of July parade, an acdon-packed logging show, mountain men, and an eye-popping, heart-pounding fireworks show. While the barest hint of a sprinkle could be felt from time to time during the day, it never developed to the point that it detracted from Clatskanie's Heritage Days celebration. By late afternoon, the gray clouds had begun to part, and by fweworks time, a sliver of the morn and a few stars were visible above the starbursts and streamers of the professional f'u works display. Thousands lined Nebalem Street Tuesday morning for the annual parade led by Grand Marshals Claire and Delpha FogeL Winning top awards in the parade, sponsored by the CIatskanie Volunteer Firefighters, were: the seahorse bedecked Astoria Regatta court float which won both the Grand Marshal's Award and the first place in the court division; Boy Scout Troop 302, which won the Bernice and Jerry Puzey Memorial Trophy for the best theme entry and also first place in the civic group division; the Rainier All-Stars, who won the Chris Emerson Memorial Award for the best children's entry, and Diane McKlnney's 1957 Chevrolet which won the Dave Klein Memorial Trophy for the best post '50 car. Other parade winners, most of which are pictured on pages 6 and 7 of this week's Chief, include: Marching Units: VFW Post 2994, first; Strutters Baton, second; Clatskanie Promenaders. third. Commercial Floats: Clatskanie Swimming Pool, first; Chinook Sales, second. Non-Commercial Floats: Mayger-Downing Community Church, first; Clatskanie Middle/High School Band, second. Court Entries: Astoria Regatta, first; Kalama Court, second; Columbia County Fair and Rodeo, third. Car Stock pre-'50s: Malcolm Groulx, first; Ervin Bawcum, second; Larry I-figgins, third. Car Stock post-'50s: Larry Hall, first; Gary W. York, second; Ann L. Sullivan, third. Civic Group: Boy Scout Troop 302, first; Elizabeth Johnson, second. Horse Entry: Anne Marie Schults, first; Whitney Johnson, second; April Clossen, thud. Humorous Adult: Roland Lee, first. Humorous Child: Katie Davidson with NSYNK, first; Blake Taylor, second; Ben Hadlock, third. Adult Entry: Mountain Men, first; Joe Corsigiia, second; Bob Tosh, third. Children's Entry: Clatskanie Little League All-Stars 9-10, first; Clatskanie Little League All-Starts 11-12, second; Westmart Evenson All-Stars, third. Motorized: ColCo Transportation, first. Heavy Equipment: Columbia River 2 Cylinder Club, fLrst; McCoy Logging, second; Joel Olsen shop truck, third. After the parade, a large crowd gathered in the park for the numerous fh-eworks - activities there including the living history encampment of mountain men hosted by the Black Dog Clan, the logging show, the Kiwanm Chicken Barbecue, a concert by Celtic Black Irish Band, and various booths and concessions ending in the fireworks spectacular at dark. Veteran Heritage Days-goers commented that the crowd in the park seemed at near record levels. The festivities on the 4th brought to a conclusion the Clatskanie Heritage Days 2000 events, which began with the car show June 24, and continued throughout last weekend with the second annual mountain man encampment, a bicycle safety rodeo, Promenaders street square dance, all-school reunion, Command Performance, and a well-attended performance of"Johnny Limbo and the Lugnuts." (See more Heritage Days coverage inside this edition and more next week.) Rainier Days in the Park is this weekel~ Thursday, July 6- Sunday, July 9, at Rainier City Park, with the chosen theme of "Rockin' on the Riverside." The Rainier Eagles #4022 will once again host this event, making this their third year of doing so. A carnival will run from Thurs- day through Sunday, with vendors also selling their wares on those days. A beer garden will be open with live music in the evenings and local music also in the gazebo through- out the weekend. A teen dance will be on Friday, July 7, on the tennis court. On Saturday, July 8, the parade will begin at 10 a.m., beginning at C Street West and Fern Hill, east to 1st Street where it turns north and continues on to A Street along the river and disassembles at the Bank of America parking lot where prizes will be awarded. The logging show starts at 2 Public Meeting on Uses Set A meeting to discuss plans to develop the former Beaver Lumber Mill site as a recreation/tourism complex is set for Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m., at the Clatakanie City HaIL At its meeting June 7, the Clatskanle City Council adopted a recommendation by the city's Economic Development Task Force that: "The Beaver Lumber site be developed as a on/tourism complex, not to exclude industrial uses on the site." The over 100 acre property was donated to the City of Clatskanie by RSG Lumber two years ago after the mill was destroyed by the flood of 1996. While original ideas of future uses for development of the pro- peny had h uded a -living history" p.m. and the participants have the opportunity to win cash and awards and esm points tJmt are carried from the Clatskanie Logging Show at Heritage Days, the Vernonia Log- ging Show at Vernonia Days and the St. Helens Logging Show at the Columbia County Fair, to determine the winner of the Colum- bia County Logger of the Year. Being featured for the second year is Steve Barrow, who does a clown act at the top of an 80-foot pole, and his son, Brian Bartow. who won two world titles for pole speed climbing. The fireworks show by Western International Fireworks will begin at dusk. The show is estimated at over $10,000 and will commence with four skydivers falling from the sky performing with acrobatics, phosphorus and lights. Persons wishing more informa- tion on Rainier Days in the Park "Rockin" on the Riverside," may call the Rainier Eagles #4022 at 503-556-2035. Beaver Lumber July 10 style logging museum and light in- dustrial warehouses, among current ideas being discussed are playing fields, perhaps a tournament qua- iity basebali/softhall field, a ma- rina, driving range and/ golf course. All interested ciW.ens are invited to attend Monday's meeting, the purpose of which is to obtain citizens' views and to respond to questions and comment, about the Economic Development Task F, recommendations to the council on the proposed uses of the Beaver Lumber Site. Written comments are alto welcome and must be received by 5 p.m. on July 10 ~ Clatskanie City Hall, 95 S. Nehalem. The location of the meeting iJ acc tsible to penms with disabilities.