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with the sea’
SPORTS • 9A
NORTH COAST • 3A
143rd YEAR, No. 29
MONDAY, AUGUST 10, 2015
By KATHERINE LACAZE
EO Media Group
Photos by Joshua Bessex/The Daily Astorian
The Astoria Regatta fireworks show lights up the night sky over the East End Mooring Basin Saturday.
as parades, boats and
¿reworks light city
SEASIDE — Tsunami prepared-
ness, public transportation, afford-
able housing and environmental
protection are just some of the com-
peting concerns the city of Seaside is
taking into consideration during the
process of expanding.
The Planning Commission heard
a second round of public testimony
last week on a proposal to amend
the city’s comprehensive plan and
pull approximately 200 acres of new
land to the south and east — known
as Southeast Hills — into the urban
City of¿cials and consultants fa-
vor Southeast Hills as the most suit-
able for development over the next
20 years because of slope conditions,
emergency vehicle access and infra-
structure, among other factors.
See SEASIDE, Page 10A
in civil suit
By KYLE SPURR
The Daily Astorian
ABOVE: The Astoria Clowns made their presence known throughout the Astoria Regat-
ta Grand Land Parade with waves, cheers, and motorcycle antics. BELOW: The Ironwood
makes its way through the Columbia River during the Highwater Boat Parade Saturday.
By MCKINLEY SMITH
The Daily Astorian
ries of “the clowns!” rang out up and
down the parade route Saturday after-
noon as several members of the Astoria
Clowns rode up Exchange Street, red-nosed
harbingers of the booming, bagpiping, can-
dy-throwing extravaganza that is the Astoria
Regatta Grand Land Parade.
The Regatta, which celebrated 121 years
this season, honors the traditions of Astoria, es-
pecially ones tied to the river and the sea. This
year’s theme was “Rockin’ on the River.” War-
renton High School student Allison Bentley was
crowned Regatta queen at Thursday night’s cor-
See REGATTA, Page 10A
The ¿rst patient to report inappro-
priate touching from Warrenton chi-
ropractor Adam Lopez was awarded
$40,400 in damages from a civil
The woman, who was 26 at the
time, was one of eight victims to
come forward last year accusing Lo-
pez of sexual
in July 2014 to
one year in jail
back to 2009.
As part of his
sentence, he was required to pay a
$5,000 compensatory ¿ne to each
Four more women have since
made sexual abuse allegations against
Lopez, who faces trial in September.
See LOPEZ, Page 10A
Bumble Bee workers share blasts from the past
f there was a downside to
working at the bygone Bum-
ble Bee cannery operations in
Astoria, it was the smell.
Betty Curtis, a former can-
nery employee, remembers
that smell lingering long after
she clocked out for the day.
“That tuna oil got in your
hands, and so when you’d go
home at night, you had to take
all your clothes off, and you
had to keep them separate —
your shoes and your clothes
that you wore — because it
smelled so horrible,” she said.
The memories, like the tuna
itself, came at a rush for Cur-
tis and the dozens of cannery
workers and their relatives who
gathered at Pier 39 Saturday for
the 11th annual cannery work-
ers reunion, organized by the
Hanthorn Cannery Foundation.
Though held at the Han-
thorn Cannery complex —
the ex-Bumble Bee cold-stor-
age site — the event honored
anyone who ever labored in
an Astoria cannery back when
canning still stood among the
city’s economic pillars.
Starting in 1899, the com-
pany that later became Bum-
ble Bee Seafoods operated the
Samuel Elmore Cannery in
Uniontown’s “cannery row”
— the next stop for the tuna
cleaned and frozen at Pier 39.
Bumble Bee shut down its As-
toria headquarters in 1981.
For Curtis, an Astoria na-
tive who now lives in Port-
land, attending the reunion
felt like coming home.
Her father, Arnold Curtis,
served as the company’s su-
perintendent of cold storage.
His desk now sits in the dimly
lit Hanthorn Cannery Muse-
um, home to relics of Asto-
ria’s canning period.
See CURTIS, Page 10A
Erick Bengel/The Daily Astorian
Betty Curtis, a former Bumble Bee Seafoods cannery
worker, stands before a photo of her father, Arnold Curtis,
in the Hanthorn Cannery Museum at Pier 39. Arnold Cur-
tis, who passed away in 2001, served as the company’s
superintendent of cold storage in Astoria.