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THE DAILY ASTORIAN • FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 2015
Fight over fuel standard kills state transportation plan
By PETER WONG
Capital Bureau
SALEM — One day after it surfaced,
Oregon lawmakers gave up Thursday on
a transportation funding plan linked to
alternatives to a recently approved stan-
dard for low-carbon fuels.
State Senate President Peter Court-
ney, D-Salem, said there were too
many political roadblocks for the
package to win legislative approval
this late in the 2015 session.
³The issue remains to try to ¿ nd a
way through the politics of this building
— and the politics outside — to do what
I think everybody wants to do,” Court-
ney said Thursday.
“I’m just so sorry we could not break
through. … It’s not over. But it is over for
this session. We will keep working at it.”
Courtney created a special Sen-
ate committee, which heard testi-
mony Wednesday on the elements
of the plan crafted by a bipartisan
group of lawmakers in closed-door
meetings in *ov. .ate Brown’s of¿ ce.
One of them was Sen. Betsy Johnson
of Scappoose, one of a handful of Dem-
ocrats who opposed the fuels standard.
“It represented the best of what we
do,” Johnson said. “It was bipartisan. It
took into account urban and rural inter-
ests. It took time to craft a plan on this
complex subject. Some may quibble
with the particulars, but I thought this
was a good effort.”
But environmental groups were ¿ rm-
ly against including repeal of a new law,
which Democrats supported and Repub-
licans opposed, requiring the carbon con-
tent of fuels to drop by 10 percent over
the next decade. Brown signed that bill
in March. Nineteen House Democrats
signed a letter to that effect last week, and
House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland,
added her voice to theirs Wednesday.
“Today’s hearing made it clear that
the Senate proposal does not live up to
the Clean Fuels Program in terms of
reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
growing Oregon’s clean economy,” she
said in a statement.
Environmental groups and others
also raised questions about the project-
ed reductions in carbon emissions from
the alternatives contained in the Senate
proposal.
During the hearing, Matt Garrett,
director of the Oregon Department of
Transportation, said that an estimate of
reductions from proposed technological
improvements in traf¿ c À ows would
yield only 20 percent of the amount
calculated originally for the bipartisan
group.
“We had some unexpected numbers
thrown our way,” said Sen. Jeff Kruse,
R-Roseburg, one of the negotiators and a
member of the Senate committee.
“Basically what I think it did was
to solidify the position of House Dem-
ocrats, and some of the Senate Demo-
crats, on this issue.
“Given more time, we could have re-
¿ ned the numbers and shown a carbon
reduction that would have beaten the
low-carbon fuel standard. But now we
have not been given that opportunity.”
Kruse also said that environmental
interests told him a couple of weeks ago,
during the closed-door negotiations, that
they preferred the standard to any alter-
native package of reductions.
Proposed alternatives included a
gradual reduction in carbon content of
fuels as they become available commer-
cially — to 5 percent — plus conversion
of more cars and buses to electric or nat-
ural gas, and improvements in bus sys-
tems and traf¿ c À ows.
“Sometimes this building is frustrat-
ing,” he said.
Environmental groups say there
should not be a linkage of the issues.
“Oregonians deserve clean air and
safe roads. To pit one against the other is
a false choice and helps no one. We need
both,” said Andrea Durbin, executive
director of the Oregon Environmental
Council.
For funding, the plan called for an in-
crease of 4 cents per gallon in the current
30-cent state tax — plus increases in ve-
Deaths
June 24, 2015
COX, Diane Marie, 70,
of Astoria, died in Asto-
ria. Caldwell’s Luce-Lay-
ton Mortuary in Astoria is
in charge of the arrange-
ments.
June 16, 2015
OLSON, Geraldine Joyce
(Beemer), 83, of Portland,
June 19, 2015
NEWKIRK, Gina and
Mark, of Astoria, a boy,
Liam James Newkirk, born
at Columbia Memorial
Hospital in Astoria. Grand-
parents are Charlotte and
Jim Newkirk of Oakland,
Ore., Jim Lusher and Den
Haag of Holland and Juan-
ita Lusher of Riyadh, Saudi
Arabia.
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ACCUWEATHER FORECAST FOR ASTORIA
Astoria 5-Day Forecast
Tonight
Oregon Weather
Shown is
tomorrow’s
weather.
Temperatures
are tonight’s
lows and
tomorrow’s
highs
Clear
58°
Saturday
The Dalles
71/107
Astoria
58/77
Portland
69/99
Corvallis
63/98
Eugene
63/98
Pendleton
67/108
Salem
66/100
Albany
64/97
Ontario
64/106
Bend
64/98
Sunday
Burns
58/102
Medford
72/105
Mostly cloudy and
warm
Klamath Falls
57/98
Partly sunny and
not as warm
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77°
59°
Monday
57°
Tuesday
Partly sunny and
delightful
71°
70°
57°
Pleasant with
some sun; breezy
in the p.m.
72°
55°
Almanac
Sun and Moon
Astoria through Thursday.
Temperatures
High ........................................... 77°
Low ............................................ 52°
Normal high ............................... 65°
Normal low ................................. 51°
Precipitation
Yesterday ................................ 0.00"
Month to date .......................... 0.71"
Normal month to date ............. 2.26"
Year to date ........................... 27.37"
Normal year to date .............. 35.62"
Sunset tonight ................... 9:11 p.m.
Sunrise Saturday ............. 5:25 a.m.
Moonrise today ................ 3:44 p.m.
Moonset today ................. 2:00 a.m.
Regional Cities
City
Baker City
Bend
Brookings
Eugene
Ilwaco
Klamath Falls
Medford
Newport
North Bend
Today
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97 64 s
73 57 s
100 63 s
68 57 s
98 57 t
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Boston
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Chicago
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Denver
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Des Moines
78 61 t
Detroit
77 60 pc
El Paso
97 74
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Fairbanks
73 56 c
Honolulu
89 75 pc
Indianapolis
76 61 t
Kansas City
76 61 t
Las Vegas
112 87 pc
Los Angeles
79 59 pc
Memphis
93 71 t
Miami
91 79 t
Nashville
92 68 t
New Orleans
90 77 t
New York
78 63 sh
Oklahoma City 91 67 t
Philadelphia
83 66 sh
St. Louis
78 63 r
Salt Lake City
98 69 s
San Francisco
73 57 pc
Seattle
88 63 s
Washington, DC 83 70 t
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July 8
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98 65
67 55
98 61
71 58
98 60
105 72
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Pendleton
Portland
Roseburg
Salem
Seaside
Spokane
Vancouver
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103 67 s
99 69 s
102 70 s
101 66 s
70 56 s
97 69 s
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99 69
99 67
100 66
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103 74
98 70
108 73
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Tonight's Sky: Look west, Venus with a magni-
tude of -4, and Jupiter with a magnitude of -2.
Source: Jim Todd, OMSI
Tomorrow’s Tides
Astoria / Port Docks
Time
High
11:03 a.m. 6.0 ft.
10:37 p.m. 8.2 ft.
Time
4:52 a.m.
4:25 p.m.
Low
1.0 ft.
2.5 ft.
Tomorrow’s National Weather
Sat.
Hi Lo
84 64
68 57
73 55
86 60
82 64
65 55
92 73
61 53
90 75
72 55
81 63
113 85
78 62
83 67
90 78
78 60
91 75
70 65
86 64
73 67
80 62
101 72
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Snow
Ice
OBITUARIES
formerly of Astoria, died at
home. Gable Funeral Chap-
el and Cremation Services
of Portland is in charge of
the arrangements.
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Weather (W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms,
r-rain, sf-snow fl urries, sn-snow, i-ice.
hicle registration fees — to raise money
for road and bridge repairs and speci¿ ed
state highway projects.
Separate tax and fee increases would
have funded expanded transit service in
some districts — TriMet, Wilsonville,
Canby and Sandy — and a computer
upgrade for driver and vehicle records.
Courtney said he informed Brown in
a telephone call late Wednesday that “we
cannot get to the top of this hill.”
Brown said in a statement after
Courtney’s announcement:
“The testimony at the hearing from
business leaders and local government
of¿ cials, as well as newspaper editorials
and input I have received from many
Oregonians, underscores the signi¿ cant
statewide support for investments in
transportation. As I said back in March,
if it takes longer than this session to ac-
complish, I’m willing to continue these
discussions.”
The Capital Bureau is a collabora-
tion between EO Media Group and Pa-
plin Media Group.
Eva Pellervo
Naselle, Wash.
July 1, 1925 — June 20, 2015
Eva Pellervo, a lifelong resident of Naselle, was well known for her baking and, in partic-
Wash., died at her Nyberg Road home on ular, the high ratio of pies to guests at Thanks-
giving and Christmas dinners.
June 20, 2015. Born on July 1, 1925,
Eva is survived by her young-
Eva was the fourteenth of the ¿ fteen
er sister Aimee Carathers, husband
children of Finnish immigrants, and
Henry, sons Arlan and Duane, and
early Naselle settlers, Andrew and
grandchildren Brandon, Kevin, Brit-
Hilda (Korpela) Wirkkala, and the
tany McNally, and Evan. Eva was
second of their three daughters.
preceded in death by her sister, Eliz-
Eva graduated from Naselle High
abeth Lindholm, and by her brothers
School in 1944 and married Henry
Arne, Oiva, Howard, Edwin Wirk-
Pellervo, a son of H.V. and Laina
kala, Lauri, Albert, Martin, Paul,
Pellervo, on Oct. 1, 1949. In addi-
Fred, Urho, Ben, and Hannes.
tion to helping raise their family,
Eva
A funeral service will be held
Eva worked as a bookkeeper for
Pellervo
at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 27,
Wirkkala Brothers Logging Com-
2015, at Naselle Assembly of
pany, and subsequently as a secre-
tary at the Naselle Air Force Radar Station, God Church, of which Eva was a mem-
but is best known in Naselle and the Long ber for her entire life. A graveside service
Beach peninsula as a longtime waitress at Jim will follow at Peaceful Hill Cemetery in
(“Red”) and Helen (“Smokey”) O’Connell’s Naselle, followed by a reception back at the
church.
restaurant in Ilwaco, Red’s Restaurant.
Arrangements are by Penttila’s Chapel by
A great lover of the outdoors, Eva en-
joyed craw¿ shing in the South Fork of the The Sea and an online guest book is available
Naselle River that ran between the Wirkkala at www.penttilaschapel.com
Donations in lieu of À owers may be made
and Pellervo home places, ice skating, clam
digging in Long Beach, hiking, and organiz- to the Sunday School Program of Naselle As-
ing memorable picnics in Evergreen Park, the sembly of God Church, 278 Knappton Road,
beach at Knappton, and elsewhere. Eva also Naselle, WA 98638.
Stephen ‘Clegg’ Rasmusson
Warrenton
Aug. 25, 1948 — June 23, 2015
Stephen “Clegg” Rasmusson, 66, of barbecuing with friends, and appreciating
Warrenton, died on June 23, 2015, in War- the great outdoors.
renton, surrounded by his family.
Clegg is survived by his wife,
Clegg was born on Aug. 25,
Katherine Rasmusson of Warren-
1948, in Aberdeen, Wash., the
ton, Ore.; daughter Jennifer Frems-
son of Richard Owen and Darlene
tad of Astoria, Ore.; daughter Amy
Perkins Rasmusson. He spent his
Rasmusson Radich of Lake Oswe-
early life in Aberdeen, and his lat-
go, Ore.; and grandchildren Annik
Fremstad of Corvallis, Ore., Fridt-
er youth in Southern California,
jof Fremstad of Astoria, Ore., and
before coming to Oregon in 1980.
William Radich of Lake Oswego,
He and Katherine were married in
Ore.
1984.
He was preceded in death by
In July of 1968, he entered the
U.S. Army in Los Angeles, Calif. Stephen “Clegg” his parents and a brother, John
Rasmusson
Craig Rasmusson.
During his service he saw duty in
A graveside service with mili-
Vietnam and upon his honorable
discharge in 1970 he was awarded sever- tary honors will be held at 11a.m. on Sat-
al medals, including the Bronze Star, Air urday, June 27, at Ocean View Cemetery in
Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Ser- Warrenton. A memorial service will follow
vice with three bronze stars, and the Viet- at 1 p.m. at Peace Lutheran Church in As-
toria. Viewing and visitation hours will be
nam Campaign Medal.
Mr. Rasmusson was employed for 29 today from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ocean View Fu-
years with the Oregon Fish and Wildlife neral and Cremation Service, 1213 Franklin
Department. He also served his community Ave. in Astoria.
Memorial contributions may be made to
as a reserve deputy with the Astoria Police
Department, and was a member of the Asto- the Fort Stevens Post No. 1580, Veterans of
Foreign Wars, 1376 S.E. Anchor Ave., War-
ria Gun Club.
An avid patriot, he was a commander of renton, OR 97146.
An online guest book may be signed at
the VFW Fort Stevens Post No. 10580 of
Warrenton. He enjoyed traveling, cruising, www.OceanViewAstoria.com
Lotteries
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THURSDAY
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Oregon
Housing Authority Board,
10 a.m., Gable Park Apart-
ments, 2544 Gable Road, St.
Helens.
Astoria Design Review
Committee, 5:30 p.m., City
Hall, 1095 Duane St.
Public meetings
WEDNESDAY
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special meeting, Clatsop Re-
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Ave.
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