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143RD YEAR, NO. 225
Sanders, Trump
take Oregon
Brown to face Pierce; Richardson,
Avakian battle for No. 2 spot
McIntosh holds lead in
Circuit Court judge race
The Daily Astorian
Associated Press
PORTLAND — While some progressive voters may have
felt torn between Bernie Sanders’ idealism and the pragma-
tism of front-runner Hillary Clinton, when it was all over Ore-
gon Democrats went with the senator from Vermont.
Sanders won by nearly 10 percentage points over the
former secretary of state in the Tuesday primary.
Dawn McIntosh, an attor-
ney and former prosecutor,
holds a commanding lead for
the open Clatsop County Cir-
cuit Court judgeship.
She has just over 50 per-
cent of the vote after most bal-
lots were counted Tuesday
night. If the vote pattern holds,
Secretary of state,
governor’s races • Pages 12A
she would win the election
outright and avoid a runoff in
Deputy District Attorney
High School
prom ritual
has a cost
Hike in Column fee
catches some off guard
Talented Astoria athletes saddled with worn-out track
‘It’s really hard to run,
and it hurts really bad.’
The Daily Astorian
storia High School’s dominant girls
track and ield team leaves Thurs-
day for Hayward Field in Eugene,
seeking to repeat as 4A state cham-
pions. For student athletes and their coaches,
the trip will also be a welcome reprieve from
what many have described as a worn-out track
in Astoria in need of a new surface and some
extra bounce.
“The high school facility is … in some
major need of some work, the track surface
itself,” said Athletic Director Howard Rub.
He said the last signiicant rehab was in
1989. By comparison, Seaside High School
last resurfaced its track nine years ago, and is
preparing to again this summer.
The Astoria School District and Board are
beginning discussions on how to improve the
tracks at the high school and Astoria Middle
Gracie Cummings
Astoria freshman who heads to state ranked in the top 10 in both the 100 and 200 meters,
along with being on some of Astoria’s top-ranked relay teams
The Daily Astorian
When Joe Di Bartolomeo drove up to
the Astoria Column to meet his daughter,
Libby, and take pictures on prom night, he
was greeted by an attendant who wanted a
$5 parking fee.
The city in January raised the price for
the annual pass to $5 — up from $2 — to
help pay for maintenance and improvements
at the landmark. But the fee had not always
been aggressively collected in the past, and
news of the higher price did not trickle down
to Astoria High School students and parents
who have made prom pictures at the Column
a ritual.
“It just seems to me that a kid who grew
up here should be able to go up there and get
their picture taken with their friends and her
family without having to pay to park,” said
Di Bartolomeo, an attorney.
Di Bartolomeo took to Facebook and
offered to cover the parking fee for any stu-
dent who paid $5 on May 7 to take prom pic-
tures. So far, no students have come forward,
but he has heard from parents and others who
See COLUMN, Page 12A
Preparing for state
This week, Astoria’s athletes are getting
ready for the state championships, where the
school is sending 11 girls and three boys.
Focused on their training, some of the ath-
letes nonetheless complain about the lack of
cushion they have while running over the
worn-out rubberized asphalt, or the pock-
marks and loose asphalt they have to avoid
on approach to a long jump or javelin throw.
“It’s really hard to run, and it hurts
really bad,” said freshman Gracie Cum-
mings, who heads to state ranked in the top
See TRACK, Page 12A
Edward Stratton/The Daily Astorian
ABOVE: Astoria High School senior Daisy Gayral, ranked the fourth-best triple-jumper
in the state at the 4A level, practices Monday. While building up speed, Astoria’s jump-
ers often try to avoid the center of the lane, where asphalt has broken down to bare
cement in some spots. TOP: Freshman Nara Van De Grift, ranked seventh-best in the
state in the 300-meter hurdles at the 4A level, flies by during practice Monday at Asto-
ria High School. Runners at the school have to avoid some lanes, which are patched
and pockmarked, with bare cement showing through the rubberized asphalt.
Facebook Photo
Joe Di Bartolomeo with his wife, Joan-
ie, and daughter, Libby, at the Astoria
Column on prom night in early May.
The attorney believes students should
not have to pay a $5 parking fee to take
prom pictures at the city park.
‘Young thinkers, dreamers’ inspire this educator
Every Wednesday and Fri-
day for the next few weeks,
The Daily Astorian features
an area teacher as we head
toward graduation and sum-
mer break.
Laurie Dougherty
Seaside Heights Ele-
mentary, ifth-grade general
Why did you become a
teacher, and what was
your biggest surprise?
I irst became a teacher
because I love learning. I
was eager to share that love
of learning with my students.
William Butler Yeats said,
“Education is not the illing
of a pail, but the lighting of
a ire.” I wanted to ignite that
passion for learning in my
students. I continue to teach
because I love working with
my students. They are the rea-
son I am at school each day. I
am there to spark their curios-
ity, to support their efforts and
to applaud their successes.
What part of the job do
you enjoy the most?
Students are the part of
teaching that I enjoy the most.
I develop relationships with
not only my students, but also
their families. I value their
ideas and contributions and
set clear expectations that
they do the same. Together we
Teachers Talk About Teaching
establish a classroom com-
munity built upon respect for
each other. Even after they
leave my classroom, I think
of them as “my students.” I
attend their plays and sport-
ing events, celebrations and
What is the most
challenging part
of your job?
Any worthwhile endeavor
is challenging. One of the
things I love about teaching
is that each day provides me
with new challenges. These
may come in the form of a
new curriculum, testing or
standards. They might also
be helping students work
through dificulties in their
own in learning, friendships
or getting along with others.
It’s my privilege to work with
young thinkers, dreamers and
leaders. It’s my challenge to
guide them in developing the
tools they need to thrive in a
challenging and complicated
— Edward Stratton
Laurie Dougherty