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raised as risk increases Heritage Square hole
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SEASIDE — Seaside re-
sponded to ¿re precautions
issued by the state Thursday,
implementing recreational ¿re
restrictions and limiting some
industrial activities to early
daylight hours.
“It’s Must way too dry” for
burning later in the day, Sea-
side Division Chief Chris Du-
gan said.
As of Thursday, in re-
sponse to a dry summer and
rising wild¿re danger, the
state raised the industrial ¿re
precaution level from Level 1
to Level 2 for the Northwest
1 Zone. This zone stretches
from Astoria to the border
between Tillamook and Lin-
coln counties and includes
forest lands surrounding
Seaside and Cannon Beach.
Under Level 2, called
Partial Hootowl, power saw
use, blasting and welding —
among other activities — are
allowed only at night and in
the morning and afternoon
between the hours of 8 a.m.
and 1 p.m. Level 2 requires
a two-hour fire watch —
fire monitoring at least two
hours after operations cease.
Bark dust fires
Within Seaside city lim-
its, there have been no fire
incidents of a large scale,
Dugan said, but the depart-
ment has seen an increase in
bark dust fires this year, a
symptom of the dry summer.
Bark dust fires are usually
the result of careless ciga-
rette disposal, he said.
Although they are con-
sidered trivial, Dugan cau-
tioned, “all fires start small,
and they can spread.”
Each year, during fire
season, all lands outside city
limits but within the Sea-
side Rural Fire Protection
District become regulated
by the state’s Department of
Seaside Fire & Rescue
continues responding to in-
cidents in city limits, but
when it comes to wild or
forest land fires in the rural
district, the forestry depart-
ment’s crews respond in
conMunction with the local
fire department, Dugan said.
“Restrictions are pretty
much tight everywhere, be-
cause of the conditions this
Public restrictions on forest lands also have been in effect
since June, because of high temperatures, low precipitation
and similar factors. The restrictions apply to lands in Clatsop
County that are protected by the Department of Forestry. They
are as follows:
• Smoking is prohibited while traveling, except in closed
vehicles on improved roads.
• Open fires are prohibited, including campfires, charcoal
fires, cooking fires and warming fires, except at designated
locations. Use of wood burning devices, used in conjunc-
tion with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is
• Non-industrial use of chain saws is prohibited, except as
waived by the forester.
• Use of motorized vehicles, including motorcycles and
all-terrain vehicles, is prohibited, except on improved roads
and designated areas.
• Possession of the following firefighting equipment is re-
quired while traveling, except on state and county roads: one
gallon of water or one operational fire extinguisher and one
• Use of fireworks, exploding targets, tracer ammunition and
sky lanterns are prohibited during fire season.
• Cutting, grinding and welding of metal is prohibited.
• All open debris burning is prohibited with two exceptions.
Burn barrels are allowed by permit, and metal barrels in good
condition, heavy mesh screens, an available water supply and
hand-tools are required. Burn barrels only are allowed from
daylight to 10 a.m.
year,” said Rod Nichols, an
information officer with the
state department.
To date, about 620 fires
have burned more than 3,300
acres on lands protected by
the Department of Forestry
and forest protective asso-
ciations. Of these, 429 have
been caused by people.
According to the new pre-
cautions, recreational fires
are allowed by permit under
certain guidelines issued by
the Department of Forest-
ry and the Clatsop County
Fire Defense Board. Recre-
ational fires must be at des-
ignated campsites, personal
residences or beaches and
no closer than 50 feet from
dune grass or 15 feet from
any structures. These fires
must be clear of all combus-
tibles and completely ex-
tinguished prior to leaving.
The maximum fire size is 3
feet in diameter and 2 feet
in height, and the maximum
fire pit size is 4 feet in di-
Chain saw use on person-
al property is allowed only
until 1 p.m. daily.
Higher risk
“It is standard for the lev-
els to rise this time of year,
but we’re seeing areas at a
higher level right now than
often times in the past,”
Nichols said.
For instance, the Douglas
County area is at a Level 4,
or general shutdown, “and
it’s not very often we get up
to a Level 4 in this state,” he
A large portion of the
state has been in a drought
for about three years, with
two severe fire seasons last
year and in 2013, which was
the most expensive fire sea-
son in department history,
Nichols said.
“We’re really primed to
have fires, and if we do get
fire starts, it’s likely they’ll
spread rapidly because of
conditions,” he added.
“Right now, the restric-
tions are fairly tight around
the state,” Nichols said.
“We’re in the most active
period of the fire season.”
Additionally, the Depart-
ment of Forestry and the
state Fire Marshal are asking
for the public’s cooperation
in general to prevent hu-
man-caused fires by reduc-
ing fire-prone activities.
“We’re looking at a formi-
dable fire weather forecast,”
Oregon State Forester Doug
Decker stated in a news re-
lease. “The benefit of any
recent moisture we’ve re-
ceived has now evaporated,
and we’re looking straight
at record-breaking tempera-
tures, extremely low humid-
ities and dry lightning: the
trifecta of bad wildfire con-
Banners and
benches by
Regatta parade
The Daily Astorian
Bamboo was a bust, but
some enterprising thinkers
have not given up on hid-
ing the ugly pit at Heritage
Jeff Daly, a photographer
and ¿lmmaker, has city ap-
proval to put up interpretive
banners and wooden benches
along Duane Street between
11th and 12th streets.
The ¿rst display explains
the restoration work at the As-
toria Column. Daly said oth-
ers could tell stories about the
Astoria Bridge, the old ferries
that plied the Columbia River
between Oregon and Wash-
ington state, the devastating
Astoria ¿re in 1922 and the
famous Astoria Clowns.
Daly hopes to have sever-
al displays ready by the As-
toria Regatta’s Grand Land
Parade Saturday afternoon,
when thousands are expected
downtown. The hole at Her-
itage Square is along the pa-
rade route.
“So everybody is going
to stand there, waiting for the
parade to start, looking at this
hole going, ‘I thought? Didn’t
you hear? What was supposed
Derrick DePledge/The Daily Astorian
Interpretive banners and wooden benches could help
disguise an unsightly hole at Heritage Square.
to? How come? Don’t they
ever?’” Daly said.
“It’s always bothered me
that we can’t Must cover it up
a little bit.”
He has wanted to do
something for a few years but
revived the idea after Astoria
City Councilor Cindy Price’s
attempt to cover the fence
around the hole with bamboo
did not work as planned.
“You build a visual dis-
traction,” Daly said. “So your
eye doesn’t go to the bad. It
goes to the good.”
The hole, at the site of a
former Safeway, has been
an eyesore downtown since
the supermarket’s foundation
collapsed after heavy rains
in 2010. The city hopes to
remove contaminated soil
stockpiled in the hole this
Longer term, the City
Council is exploring a mixed-
use redevelopment proMect at
Heritage Square that could
include a new public library
and housing.
“Citizens are doing this
work. They’re putting their
time and their effort into it,”
City Manager Brett Estes said
of Daly’s idea. “And I think
that’s Must what everyone ap-
preciates while the city is fo-
cusing on the bigger look at
what happens there.”
Parkinson’s forum in Seaside
The Daily Astorian
SEASIDE — Parkinson’s
Resources of Oregon is pre-
senting “Cognitive Changes in
Parkinson’s Disease,” an edu-
cational event with Dr. Richard
Rosenbaum, medical director of
the Portland Parkinson’s Program,
from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 14 at
the Bob Chisholm Community
Center, 1225 Avenue A in Seaside.
Rosenbaum is a neurologist in
the ¿eld of Parkinson’s care and
research, and author of the book
“Understanding Parkinson’s: A
Personal and Professional View.”
He will be discussing ways
Parkinson’s disease can affect
thinking, memory and mood, how
to determine whether this may be
a problem, as well as treatment
strategies for cognitive challenges.
People with Parkinson’s, as
well as their family members
and care partners, are encour-
aged to attend, meet others in
the community, and grow in
their knowledge and abilities to
cope with the challenges of Par-
kinson’s Disease.
Parkinson’s Resources of
Oregon has several support
groups in the coastal commu-
nities, a helpline and lending
library, web-based educational
programs, and a social worker
available to assist individuals
with in navigating resources.
To register or and ¿nd out
more about the resources avail-
able, call 800-426-6806. For
information, go to www.par- or email
‘Meet the Mayor’ event with LaMear
The Daily Astorian
Astoria Mayor Arline
LaMear will hold her monthly
event to hear public concerns on
Wednesday at noon at City Hall.
LaMear has committed to
holding monthly “Meet the
Mayor” events during her ¿rst
year as mayor. The events are
held on the ¿rst Wednesday of
the month.
Oregon Democrats express support for Planned Parenthood
and accepted the Pro-Choice
Champion award from the
group in 2012. +er ¿rst Mob,
as a lobbyist for the Women’s
Rights Coalition, was funded
in part by Planned Parenthood.
Capital Bureau
In the midst of a contro-
versy surrounding the re-
lease of undercover videos
that critics say appear to
show officials from Planned
Parenthood casually discuss-
ing the sale of fetal tissue,
Oregon’s top Democrats re-
main united in support of the
But that doesn’t necessar-
ily mean they want to talk
about it.
The Center for Medical
Progress, an anti-abortion
group, has in recent weeks
released a series of under-
cover videos that it says
show Planned Parenthood
officials discussing the sale
of organs and tissue har-
vested from aborted fetuses.
Sale of such tissue for profit
is prohibited by federal law,
though researchers can reim-
burse providers for the cost
of its collection and pres-
ervation. The videos also
appear to show officials dis-
cussing alternative abortion
techniques to provide more
intact organs.
Planned Parenthood says
the videos are highly edited
and present exchanges out
of context. It claims the or-
ganization and its employees
have done nothing wrong
and that the videos are meant
to promote an anti-abortion
political agenda.
Ethical questions for
medical professionals
Don Ryan/AP Photo
Gov. Kate Brown, shown here after signing a voter reg-
istration bill in March, and other top Democrats have ex-
pressed support for Planned Parenthood.
Committed to
health services
A spokesperson for Gov.
Kate Brown issued a terse,
one-sentence statement in re-
sponse to questions about the
“No matter what hap-
pens in other states or at the
federal level, Gov. Brown is
committed to Oregon pro-
viding comprehensive health
services to all women, and
Planned Parenthood has been
a long-standing and effective
partner in that effort,” the
spokesperson said.
Brown’s of¿ce did not
comment on whether the gov-
ernor had seen any of the vid-
eos, or whether the allegations
and the organization’s use of
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Since 2008, Brown has re-
ceived $20,000 in campaign
contributions from EMILY’s
List, an abortion rights group,
and about $10,000 from EM-
ILY’s List Federal Fund.
Planned Parenthood PAC
of Oregon has given $3,500
to Brown. The president of
Southern Oregon Planned Par-
enthood has personally donat-
ed $150.
Brown spoke at a Planned
Parenthood “Day of Action”
rally in April of this year
Brown chose Jeanne At-
kins as her replacement as
secretary of state when she
succeeded former Gov. John
Kitzhaber. Atkins led the
Women’s Rights Coalition
when it hired Brown in 1991
and also worked as a lobbyist
for Planned Parenthood.
spokesperson, Atkins said she
had no of¿cial reaction as an
of¿ce holder.
“My personal belief … is
that ethical questions about
medical care and medical
research are best resolved
among medical professionals
… I hope Oregonians will lis-
ten thoroughly not Must to the
allegations but to the respons-
es given,” Atkins said.
On social media, state
Senate MaMority Leader Di-
ane Rosenbaum, D-Portland
used the hashtag “#Stand-
withPP” to show her support
for Planned Parenthood. Like
Brown and Atkins, she de-
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clined to discuss the issue in
“We know these to be po-
coming from a group with a
questionable background,”
spokesperson Molly Woon
said. “We know Planned Par-
enthood to be a trusted health
care provider.”
Defund Planned
Abortion opponents were
less retrained.
State Rep. Bill Post,
R-Keizer, ran on an anti-abor-
tion platform in 2014. Post
said if he could, he would
defund Planned Parenthood
“In political terms, when
the Founding Fathers said,
‘Life, liberty and pursuit of
happiness,’ it’s pretty hard to
have the last two without the
¿rst,” he said. “When a wom-
an goes in for an abortion, I
doubt she was thinking that
the baby was going to be torn
to pieces and sold off.”
Post plans to introduce a
bill to stop all taxpayer-fund-
ed abortions in Oregon, which
are performed by a number
of service providers, during
the legislature’s short session
next year.
Data from the Oregon
Health Authority list 105,441
abortions performed in Ore-
gon over the last 10 years. In
¿scal year 2013-14, around 43
percent of all abortions per-
formed in state were taxpayer
funded, Post said.
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Media Group.
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