coast we ekend Every Thursday • May 19, 2016 • coastweekend.com arts & entertainment DailyAstorian.com // THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016 143RD YEAR, NO. 226 ONE DOLLAR COAST WEEKEND: TOLOVANA ARTS COLONY TURNS 10 INSIDE 10 TOLOVANA ARTS COLONY TURNS THE ARTS HOME THE SCHOOL CONTINUES TO BRING PAGE 10 McIntosh poised to avoid runoff AFTER THE BIG ONE Attorney is just over majority threshold in Circuit Court judge race By KYLE SPURR The Daily Astorian George Vetter/For EO Media Group Seaside High School senior Silvia Avila plays a victim during a countywide training exercise for the Community Emergency Re- sponse Team program in December. Police, fi re crews ‘may not be able to respond’ after Cascadia By ERICK BENGEL The Daily Astorian I See CASCADIA, Page 10A See ELECTION, Page 10A Port hopes for disaster relief funds and grants Emergency preparedness forum to stress self-sufﬁ ciency mmediately after a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake , emergency responders, includ- ing Astoria’s, will likely be as par- alyzed as everyone else. “The city may not be able to respond at all,” City Councilor Drew Herzig said. Residents and visitors unlucky enough to be on the North Coast when the “big one” hits should plan to take care of themselves, he said. “We’re not trying to terrify people, but we’re trying to be hon- est with them about what they can With a few hundred ballots left to be counted, Dawn McIntosh is poised to avoid a November runoff for a Clatsop County Cir- cuit Court judgeship. The attorney and former prosecutor is maintaining just over 50 percent of the vote, enough to win the election . Deputy Dis- trict Attorney David Goldthorpe is in sec- ond with 29 percent. Municipal Court Judge Ronald Woltjer is at 21 percent. Holding the major- ity is a surprise, McIn- tosh said, since many people told her it would Dawn be unlikely to break 50 McIntosh percent in a race with three candidates. “I was pleased and pleasantly surprised, especially with the quality of the candidates in the race,” she said. Outside money could shape agency’s budget By EDWARD STRATTON The Daily Astorian Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries New crust forms at spreading ridges between the Pacific Plate and the Juan de Fuca, Gorda, and Explorer plates. As these three plates are pushed eastward, they are forced to subduct beneath the North American Plate. Strain builds up where they have become stuck (locked) and will be released one day in a great earthquake. ‘We’re not trying to terrify people, but we’re trying to be honest with them about what they can expect from city services. And the reality of our situation with a Cascadia event is that there’s going to be very little service left.’ Drew Herzig The Port of Astoria’s budget for the ﬁ s- cal year that starts in July will largely depend on federal disaster relief and infrastructure grants. The Port is proposing a nearly $16 mil- lion budget, including a nearly $5 mil- lion runway repaving project at the Astoria Regional Airport and $1.5 million in ﬁ nanc- ing for new stormwater treatment. Jim Knight, the Port’s executive director, said the budget was meant to help the Port build on successes and address critical issues such as developing stormwater treatment on the central waterfront and at North Tongue Point, cleaning up petroleum contamina- tion, repairing storm damage and tackling deferred maintenance. See PORT, Page 10A Astoria city councilor Vote totals top 1.2 million, set new primary record Sanders, Clinton matchup likely drove up totals By HILLARY BORRUD Capital Bureau SALEM — More than a million Oregonians cast bal- lots in Tuesday’s primary, meeting expectations set early this week by election ofﬁ cials that a record number of voters would participate. However, the turnout per- centage was lower than in the presidential primary eight years ago and it was unclear what impact the state’s new automatic voter registration system had on the election results. Oregon has several hundred thousand more reg- istered voters than eight years ago . “It’s an important symbolic threshold, but also the state is growing,” said Paul Gronke, a political science profes- sor and director of the Early Voting Information Center at Reed College. “It’s sort of like those box ofﬁ ce records that have been broken every year. They’re kind of meaningless.” According to unofﬁ cial totals from the Secretary of State’s Ofﬁ ce, 1,208,659 votes were cast, for a turnout of 52.7 percent. Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins said it was only the sec- ond time primary turnout has topped the million vote mark, and this year’s total broke the previous record. The ﬁ rst time was 2008, when turnout was driven by the Democratic con- test between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Turnout was signiﬁ cantly higher in that primary, at 58.26 percent, and 1,170,526 votes were cast. Jim Moore, a political sci- ence professor and director of the Tom McCall Center for Policy Innovation at Paciﬁ c University, said turnout was much higher than in many See RECORD, Page 5A AP Photo/Andrew Harnik Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, arrives to speak at a get out the vote event at Transylvania University in Lexington, Ky., Monday.