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WEEKEND
EDITION
SPORTS • 7A
WHAT’S COOKING • 3C
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2015
142nd YEAR, No. 168
ONE DOLLAR
Former
staffers
sue Port

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Defendants allege
retaliation; seek
millions in damages
By EDWARD STRATTON
The Daily Astorian
Anne Foster, the attorney for re-
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ees Colleen Browne and Tami Her-
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their
former
employer
in
federal court.
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and the Port
was
served
Thursday.
The defen-
dants
listed
in both cases
include
the
Mike Weston
Port; Michael
Weston, former
interim executive director and current
director of business development and
operations; and up to 10 more people
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the plaintiffs, Browne and Herman.
See PORT, Page 8A
Photos by JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
TOP: Pygmy Boats kayak-building instructor Chuck Bollong tightens a wire stitch on the hull of Amy Hatton’s kayak during a session
Tuesday. ABOVE: Phil Hatton and Amy Hatton, of Boise, Idaho, work on the hulls of their Pinguino 145-4PD kayaks during a weeklong
kayak-building class at the Barbey Maritime Center Tuesday.
Enthusiasts learn to build their own kayaks
By KYLE SPURR
The Daily Astorian

hil and Amy Hatton drove
nine hours from Boise,
Idaho, to take a weeklong
kayak-building class at the
Barbey Maritime Center
in Astoria.
The Hattons said their trip was
worth it to partake in the class, held
Monday through Sunday by Pyg-
my Boats Inc., a Port Townsend-
based wooden kayak and canoe
kits company.
“We were looking for some
places to build kayaks,” Phil Hat-
ton said. “The other options were
a different kind of kayak or too far
to take it back. We wanted to build
some kayaks and there are not a lot
of places.”
The kayak building class, which
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of its kind in Astoria. It is hosted
by the Columbia River Maritime
Museum.
Museum Executive Director
Sam Johnson said a passer-by came
to the museum last year and sug-
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Phil Hatton uses an orbital sander to smooth out the deck of his
kayak while Amy Hatton, left, watches.
gested a partnership with Pygmy
Boats, which recently expanded its
kayak building classes to Florida,
Maine, Ohio and Oregon.
Johnson, who wanted to start
offering full-size boat building,
reached out to Pygmy Boats.
The simple design and con-
struction in the classes is similar
to historic boat-building processes,
Johnson said, although the materi-
als used are modern plywood and
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“Because they use modern ma-
terials in their construction many
would say they are not traditional,”
Johnson said. “But traditional or
not, they help preserve the process
of boat building.”
The Maritime Museum is
hosting two more kayak building
classes April 6 to 12 and June 1
to 7. Both classes are sold out.
Only four participants can enroll
in each class, so the instructor has
time and room to work with each
person.
If people are interested, Johnson
said, the museum is planning to of-
fer more classes. Those interested
are encouraged to contact the mu-
seum at 503-325-2323.
“These are very straightfor-
ward boats to build,” Johnson said.
“For people to be able to start with
a boat like this, it’s fun and it’s a
challenge.”
Kayak building
The Hattons spent this week
each building their own Pinguino
145-4PD kayak, a 14-foot kayak
known for being more stable than
other touring boats.
See CLASS, Page 8A
Eye on
the capital
New newsletter
covers Oregon
government and
debuts today
Oregon Capital Insider, an elec-
tronic newsletter covering Oregon
government, begins distribution to-
day.
Oregon Capital Insider provides
specialized news for individuals
and businesses
that require a
deeper under-
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trends, issues
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See INSIDER, Page 8A
Warrenton voters may hold sway in land deals
Amendment
would restrict
land swaps, such
as Tansy Point
By DERRICK
DePLEDGE
The Daily Astorian
WARRENTON — Resi-
dents who objected last year
to a potential land swap be-
tween the city and Warren-
ton Fiber at Tansy Point are
behind a ballot initiative that
could severely restrict city
land transfers.
The Warrenton Property
Protection Committee, led by
Ken Yuill, has offered a char-
ter amendment that
on the Warrenton
would require double
Planning Commis-
majority voter ap-
sion and has run un-
proval before the city
successfully for the
transfers or disposes
City Commission.
of assets valued at
Yuill and Gil
more than $100,000.
Gramson, a former
The threshold,
Warrenton mayor
which would re-
and city manager,
quire that a majori-
were involved with
Gil Gramson
ty of eligible voters
a coalition against
participate in an
the land swap at
election and that a majority ap- Tansy Point that included a
prove the asset transfer, would descendant of the Carruthers
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a petition with the city this
Warrenton Fiber, which
month to qualify the initiative leases 43 acres from the city
for the September ballot.
at Tansy Point for its forest
“It just gives the voters products operation, had want-
more say in their government,” ed to acquire the property in
said Yuill, a senior utility tech- exchange for 20 acres off
nician in Astoria who serves Dolphin Avenue and a pledge
Daily Astorian file
A proposed swap involving this 43-acre piece of land at
Tansy Point, occupied by Warrenton Fiber, prompted a bal-
lot initiative by Warrenton Property Protection Committee.
to build the city a new Public
Works center.
The Tansy Point land was
appraised at $3.8 million in
late 2013. Warrenton Fiber
has a lease through 2035.
See WARRENTON, Page 8A