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Gillnetting: ‘I
would describe it as
an adaptive plan’
Continued from Page 1A
Brown’s appointment of
Bruce Buckmaster of Asto-
ria to the Oregon Fish and
Wildlife Commission also
signaled an understanding
Buckmaster, a former
co-owner of Bio-Oregon,
well-regarded voice on
board member for Salmon
ing advocacy group that has
fought to preserve gillnet-
ing interests tried to block
Buckmaster’s appointment,
claiming he was too tied to
by the state Senate in May.
Brown said Buckmas-
ter’s appointment came “at
some political cost to myself,
because I felt pretty strongly
that — very strongly — that
this community needed a
voice on that commission.
And that certain factions
needed a voice on the com-
But the governor said she
made it clear to Buckmaster
the policy on gillnetting is
not changing at this point.
“He committed to mov-
ing forward with the cur-
rent plan as it is,” she said.
“I would describe it as an
adaptive plan that, should we
need to make changes, we
will do that.”
Brown did not close off
discussion, however. “I’m
coming to this issue with
fresh eyes and certainly feel
like I’m open to input and
perspective from communi-
ties all along the Columbia
River,” she said.
the state has a role to play in
all of this,” she said. “There’s
a number of permitting pro-
cesses that need to be com-
plied with.”
Policy priorities
With only a few weeks
left in the state Legislature’s
session, Brown believes sev-
eral of her policy priorities
still have a chance in Salem.
The governor said she
is reasonably optimistic for
increased funding for early
childhood education, afford-
able housing and career and
technical education.
Brown has followed
through on Kitzhaber’s call
nanced investment in af-
fordable housing that would
provide about 4,000 new
housing units for low-in-
come families with children.
The lack of affordable
housing is not just a problem
in urban areas such as Port-
land, or limited to families
on the brink of homeless-
ness. In Astoria, many mid-
dle-class workers struggle to
“It’s a huge challenge,
particularly for middle- to
housing in the communities
that they’re working in,”
Brown said.
In the aftermath of
Brown quickly made ethics
and government transpar-
ency priorities, a move that,
politically, could separate her
from the disgraced former
governor when she is up for
election next year.
Brown favors a bill that
receiving speaking fees,
LNG project
and expand the list of pub-
Brown said she is aware OLFRI¿FLDOV²LQFOXGLQJWKH
many on the North Coast are ¿UVW SDUWHU ² ZKR KDYH WR
plan to build an export ter- ments.
minal in Warrenton and a
The governor also sup-
pipeline through Clatsop, ports a bill that would ex-
Tillamook and Columbia pand the Oregon Govern-
counties into Washington ment Ethics Commission to
nine members, up from sev-
The Clatsop County en, and reduce the number
Board of Commissioners has of commissioners appointed
denied a permit for a portion solely at the discretion of the
of the pipeline, a decision governor to one, instead of
that was upheld by the state three. The bill would shorten
Land Use Board of Appeals the time frame for the com-
in April.
mission to conduct prelimi-
Oregon LNG has said nary reviews of complaints
the $6 billion project, under to 30 days, down from 135
review by the Federal Ener- days.
gy Regulatory Commission
The bill with the potential
and federal and state agen- for the biggest impact, the
cies, does not require local governor believes, would di-
rect Secretary of State Jeanne
“I am in the position of Atkins to conduct a perfor-
not being a decider on this mance audit of state agency
issue at this point in time,” public records retention and
Brown said. “I see our role in disclosure practices. The bill
WKHJRYHUQRU¶VRI¿FHDQGP\ has passed the state House
role as the governor as facil- and Senate and is awaiting
itating the process, making the governor’s signature.
sure that the feds don’t, shall
The news media had
we say, overrule or squash made public-records re-
our very public and transpar- quests of emails and other
ent process.”
government documents to
Asked whether she thinks help shine light on Kitzhaber
the project is consistent with and Hayes.
local land use law, Brown
“I think this will provide
said: “I am very aware of us with a thoughtful, fact-
what Clatsop County has based approach to making
changes to Oregon’s pub-
Brown said “there’s abso- lic-records laws that I hope
lutely no question” the state will increase access and
has oversight responsibility transparency for all Orego-
for the project. “I believe that nians,” Brown said.
All her siblings graduated
from Astoria High School,
Marju said, and although she
dropped out after becoming
pregnant, she earned her di-
ploma through night school
at the college shortly after
giving birth. Marju pointed
out the irony that her native
Finland has one of the highest
high school graduation rates
in the world.
Heikki Jaakola, graduated
from high school in Finland
and joined its army before
following Marju’s family
President’s Award to Seaside grad
Continued from Page 1A
Overcoming challenges
“I am very proud of each
and every one of you for the
the challenges you have over-
come,” Brown said, noting
many of the graduates from
the college work full-time jobs,
raise families, return from mili-
tary duty and have to get by on
Brown told the story of
Mary Byes, 54, who graduat-
ed Friday after overcoming an
alcoholic family, dropping out Gael Marin, left, and Miguel Velasco, right, pose for a self-
as a teenager to care for her ie in the McTavish Room the Clatsop Community College
siblings and being kept out of graduation ceremony at the Liberty Theater Friday.
college for years by a belittling
“I think what always helped
me is I always had to be a
strong person,” Byes said.
Byes now heads to Port-
land State University to study
human resource management,
with 90 percent of her educa-
tional costs covered by the Ford
Family Foundation’s ReStart
program for adults returning to
Student awards
The college staff and fac-
ulty’s student awards largely
and service to community by
Byes took home several
awards Friday, including de-
partmental honors from art,
business and the TRIO student
support program. Others took
home awards as the top de-
Graduates wait to take their seats before the Clatsop
Community College graduation ceremony at the Liberty
Theater Friday.
sign, criminal justice, health,
Lives in Transition, medical
assisting, nursing and welding
Two Seaside High School
Graduates — Jose Sosa of the
class of 2013 and Daniel Ken-
nedy from the class of 1991
— took home the Outstanding
Student Scholar Awards Friday
night. Their nomination by the
faculty places them on the 2015
All-Oregon Academic Team
representing CCC.
President’s Award to Sosa, a
student who, he said, exem-
honoring a student’s impact on
the college.
Sosa came to America 10
years ago, Galizio said, a non-
native speaker who faced bul-
school. In college, Sosa main-
tained a 3.94 GPA, was active
in the college’s Latino Club,
volunteered at the Cannon
Beach Bible Church, translated
and tutored in math and has tak-
en home several awards.
People immigrate to Amer-
ica for different reasons, Sosa
said. “But we’re here for the
same thing: a better future.”
Sosa thanked his parents for
the discrimination they faced
as Hispanics, all to make his
life better. He took a moment
during his student marshal’s
address to thank his mother and
Spanish-speaking families.
Sosa, who will attend West-
ern Oregon University and
hopes to parlay his love of math
into a teaching career, ended
his address with a quote from
Cesar Chavez about building
community: “We cannot seek
achievement for ourselves and
forget about progress and pros-
perity for our community. ...
Our ambitions must be broad
enough to include the aspira-
tions and needs of others, for
their sakes and for our own.”
Grave: Memorial used to be a geocache spot
Continued from Page 1A
“There’s a lonely grave on
the ocean shore, near to the
shadow of Tillamook Head,
where there is sounding forev-
ermore, the sullen surf with its
stormy roar, requiem sung for
the unknown dead,” the poem
begins, continuing in a later
stanza, “Was this the captain or
one of the crew? Was it a pas-
senger nearing home? Might it
a lover be, brave and true? Fa-
ther and husband with port in
view and home ones waiting for
him to come?”
“Kind hands bore to the des-
olate shore all that was left of the
unknown dead; no requiem sung
but the sea’s dull roar, and that is
sounding forevermore where the
green sod covers the stranger’s
head,” the poem concludes.
Another newspaper article, a
Shively, tells of the Industry’s
journey in early 1865. The bark,
or barque, experienced two
from Kalajoki to Astoria at weeks of heavy weather before
age 21. He too worked at the arriving at the mouth of the Co-
plywood mill and later as a lumbia River around March 7 of
roofer, Marju said, before that year. The ship capsized and
retiring and moving back to seven people were rescued and
17 people, includingCapt. Lew-
“I think about communi- is, were drowned.
ty college, going to MERTS
Jan Barber, who also takes
to get a degree,” Mikko said. care of the grave, said people
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trips there.”
the three sailors, but “then you
While he would rather just start digging more, and you hear
do welding like his father, different things.” What may
Mikko said he understands possibly contribute to the “con-
the purpose of continuing his ÀLFWLQJ´YHUVLRQVRIWKHJUDYH¶V
education. “If you can’t do it origin, Barber said, is they could
by experience, then you have all be true stories — just not as
to do it by paper.”
they relate to that particular site.
— Edward Stratton
Montero agreed, saying, “I
Jaakola: ‘If you can’t do
it by experience, then you
have to do it by paper
Continued from Page 1A
Photos by JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Jose Sosa tears up after learning he received the President’s Award at the Clatsop Community College graduation
ceremony at the Liberty Theater Friday. See more photos of the graduates online at
Robin Montero, left, and Jan Barber are part of an unof-
ficial neighborhood group that has adopted the Grave of
the Unknown Sailor in the cove in Seaside and sees to its
care and maintenance. A marker at the site says the sailor,
or sailors, depending on which version of the grave’s ori-
gin is correct, were found April 25, 1865, making this year
the site’s 150th anniversary.
hate to say it — this whole area
is a graveyard.”
Several of the early residents,
according to Hanson, remember
incidents before the 1900s when
the cove area near the sailors’
grave was used to bury other de-
ceasedpeople, particularly sev-
eral individuals who died from
drowning accidents.
“None of these spots were
marked with any lasting marker,
however, and no records were
kept so their locations were soon
lost to view,” Hanson writes.
Neighborly care
Before the neighborhood
group adopted the Grave of the
Unknown Sailor, it also was
close to becoming a wholly ne-
glected burial site, broken and
overrun with weeds. Now it is
bles, sand dollars or other knick-
knacks at the grave as a way of
paying homage to someone or
Prior to the summer of 2011,
the memorial was used as a
geocache location, which was
“totally inappropriate” and led
to people climbing around the
site and causing damage, Bar-
ber said. Having the geocache
removed immensely helped the
state of the site, Montero said.
Even now, however, some peo-
ple do not seem to realize the
monument is a grave site, and
the neighbors have an idea for
bringing more awareness.
Marking the site
Whatever the grave’s true or-
igin story may be, the neighbor-
hood group is leading an effort
to get a historical information
board placed on the northeast
carefully maintained by Barber corner of the memorial where
and her husband, Jay; Montero it would not obstruct any res-
and her husband, Bill; Walt and ident’s ocean view. The sign,
Denise Walthour; John Parks; as proposed by the cove resi-
Walter Dagatt; and other neigh- dents at a Seaside City Council
meeting in August 2011, would
“It’s just become a great way be 16-by-30 inches and include
to meet your neighbors,” Mon- the lore of the three sailors, a
tero said. “We just care deeply map of various shipwrecks in
about it. It’s our history; it’s who the area and ocean safety infor-
mation. While the City Council
we are.”
Together they weed the site, showed interest in the project
WHQGWRÀRZHUVDQGSODQWVNHHS at that time, nothing came of it.
the paint looking nice and occa- But Montero and Barber plan to
sionally replace the U.S. Marine bring the proposal before City
“We need to honor the peo-
unassuming plot that contains
two small markers, one en- ple that have come before us,
graved with the words, “Known and this board would do that,”
Only to God,” and the other en- Barber said.
Montero agreed.
graved, “Found On the Beach
“If we keep forgetting, eventu-
April 25, 1965.” Sometimes
SHRSOHZLOOOHDYHÀRZHUVPDU- ally it will be forgotten,” she said.