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    Boone counts
session wins, losses
at the park
143rd YEAR, No. 7
there is historical drama, and drool
Courtesy of Pacific Power
The rather charred remains of the
balloon that caused the power
outage on the North Coast on the
Fourth of July.
Balloons, kites don’t
mix with power
lines, especially on
the Fourth of July
EO Media Group
Photos by JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Buddy, a 9-year-old Newfoundland, enjoys the attention of visitors during Seaman’s Day at Fort Clatsop Wednesday. Buddy is the mascot
for Lewis and Clark College in Portland. Seaman’s Day, now in its 22nd year, celebrates Seaman the Newfoundland who accompanied the
Lewis and Clark expedition.
A Newfoundland explored with Lewis and Clark
The Daily Astorian
s if from nowhere, Lawrence
Frey conjured a cloth to wipe
away the strings of drool
that slicked the red-brown fur of his
150-pound dog, Joker. He wasn’t the
only Newfoundland owner at the 22nd
annual Seaman’s Day event to have a
drool rag on hand.
Pete Forgey’s Newfoundland Buddy
wore a bib, but it was mostly for show:
Forgey still had a black golf towel hang-
ing from his belt.
“Buddy can throw drool 20 feet,”
Forgey said.
Newfoundland owners and their
dogs stormed Fort Clatsop at the Lewis
and Clark National Historical Park on
Wednesday in honor of the 34th mem-
ber of the Corps of Discovery: Seaman,
Meriwether Lewis’ Newfoundland dog.
It’s been nearly 210 years since Lew-
is, William Clark and the 31 other mem-
bers of the corps wintered at the fort
with their canine companion on their
expedition to explore the West.
Stalwart defender
Seaman served as a stalwart de-
fender. In once instance, he herded a
charging bull buffalo away from where
many members of the corps slept, one
See EVENT, Page 4A
SEASIDE — A power out-
age that disrupted holiday cele-
brations and affected more than
8,000 customers was caused by a
metallic-skinned helium balloon
that got away, according to Pacific
Seaside, Gearhart and parts of
Warrenton were without power
from about 4:40 to 10:20 p.m. as
Pacific Power crews replaced the
damaged equipment.
“We found unmistakable red,
white and blue Mylar shreds
when we did the repairs the eve-
ning of July 4,” said Steve Mc-
Grorty, Pacific Power’s oper-
ations manager for the North
The balloon from a nearby cel-
ebration caused a main substation
transformer to short circuit near
Seaside Factory Outlet Center.
Other equipment was also dam-
aged on nearby poles.
See POWER, Page 10A
Bob Zimmerling holds up a stuffed animal made from the
shed hair of his Newfoundland, Deacon. “People ask if (Dea-
con) sheds,” Zimmerling said as he held up the toy.
Newfoundlands Bud-
dy, left, and Emma,
right, meet each other
near Fort Clatsop.
Separate trials
for accused
toddler killers
Judge severs
cases in Seaside
couple’s trials
Plantz, of Seaside,
stands for a portrait
with Samson, his
7-year-old Newfound-
land during Seaman’s
Day at Fort Clatsop
The Daily Astorian
gon breaking the record by 3 degrees,
and the three-month outlook from the
National Oceanic and Atmospher-
ic Administration is for continued
The Seaside mother and live-in
boyfriend accused of murdering the
woman’s 2-year-old daughter last
December will
be tried at sep-
arate trials next
Ann Wing, 25,
and Randy Lee
fendants set to
face trial next
Randy Lee Roden
After a hear-
ing Wednes-
day in Clatsop
County Circuit
Paula Brown-
hill granted a
the couple’s de-
fense lawyers to
sever the cases.
Wing is now Dorothy Ann Wing
scheduled for
trial in March,
one month before Roden, whose trial
remains in April.
Clatsop County Chief Deputy
District Attorney Ron Brown said an
See FISH, Page 10A
See TRIALS, Page 10A
+eat stress, drought spurs push to cut ¿sh kills
The Associated Press
GRANTS PASS — Drought and re-
cord hot weather are producing lethal
conditions for salmon and trout in riv-
ers across the West.
A recent survey released Wednesday of
the lower reaches of 54 rivers in Oregon,
California and Washington by the con-
servation group Wild Fish Conservancy
showed nearly three-quarters had tempera-
tures higher than 70 degrees, considered
potentially deadly for salmon and trout.
Low river Àows from the record low
winter snowpack, which normally
feeds rivers through the summer, com-
bined with record hot weather have
created a “perfect storm” of bad con-
ditions for salmon and trout, said U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service supervisory
¿sheries biologist Rich Johnson.
“It’s unprecedented, I’d say,” John-
son said.
Bob Pennell/The Mail Tribune via AP, File
Thousands of tiny winter steelhead are released from an Oregon Fish and
Wildlife truck for the start of their journey that starts in Carberry Creek
above the Applegate Dam in southern Oregon in 2010. The Northwest has
been going through a record-setting hot spell that is stressing out not just
humans, but also causing worry about fish in rivers with temperatures that
are higher than normal for this time of year.
Oregon Climate Center Associate
Director Kathie Dello says the entire
West Coast saw record low snowpack
last winter, leading to low rivers this
summer. All three states had record
high temperatures for June, with Ore-