WARRENTON HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS PREVIEW PAGE 11A Senior Taylor Owens Senior Ray Alcobendas 144TH YEAR, NO. 198 Senior Landree Miethe DailyAstorian.com // TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 OSAA UPDATE Bob Wick/Bureau of Land Management Smaller schools wary of changes Warriors would play Fishermen By JERRY ULMER The Oregonian PORTLAND — The pros- pect of the OSAA implementing a ﬁ ve-classiﬁ cation system has sounded an alarm for many of the state’s smaller schools. In a move backed by 94 percent of Class 6A athletic directors, the OSAA classiﬁ cation and districting committee said in its latest update that it is supporting a ﬁ ve-classiﬁ - cation model for the next four-year time block that begins in 2018-19. The pendulum appears to be swinging back from 2006, when input from smaller schools was the impetus for the OSAA expanding from four classiﬁ cations to six. “I would hope that, similar to the process 11 or 12 years ago, that there will be another push to make a six-class system that will fulﬁ ll the needs of the majority of schools,” said Howard Rub, ath- letic director at Class 4A Astoria. “I really would hate to see us get away from something that has been good for a majority of the schools.” The committee said in a release that it supports ﬁ ve classiﬁ cations because it would reduce travel, pro- vide greater depth and balance for the number of schools in each clas- siﬁ cation, and make classiﬁ cations more stable within a four-year time block. “I think in some instances that will be the case,” Rub said. “But I really think there are some things we can do within the six-class model that can help that, as well.” Roughly three-quarters of the schools from Class 1A to Class 4A support a six-classiﬁ cation system, as revealed by a vote at last year’s state athletic director conference. See OSAA, Page 7A A view of Mount Shasta from the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument near Ashland. MONUMENTAL BATTLE EXPANSION THREATENS RANCHERS, TIMBER OPERATIONS, COUNTIES By MATEUSZ PERKOWSKI Capital Press E AGLE POINT — To rancher Lee Brad- shaw, the presidential order nearly dou- bling the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument was both shocking and predictable. Ever since the original 53,000 acres of pub- lic land were designated as a monument in 2000, there had been whispers about enlarg- ing it. Even so, the announcement during the ﬁ nal days of President Barack Obama’s adminis- tration in early 2017 appeared rushed to Brad- shaw, particularly since a handful of meetings held about the expansion were more about cre- ating hype than seeking public input, he said. “I knew it was coming our way, but it was unexpected about the way they did it,” Brad- shaw said. With the federal government adding 47,000 acres to the monument, the ranching and tim- ber industries in Southern Oregon are bracing for the worst. Critics of the monument say they’ve seen the economic damage caused by the original designation, leading them to expect similar restrictions on grazing and logging within the expanded boundary. “Through no fault of their own, their opera- tions are in jeopardy,” said John O’Keeffe, pres- ident of the Oregon Cattlemen’s Association. Meanwhile, supporters have cheered the expansion of the monument, which they believe was shortchanged in the initial designation. See BATTLE, Page 3A Mateusz Perkowski/Capital Press Danny Miller/The Daily Astorian Astoria Athletic Director How- ard Rub talks to his team as the Astoria football team practices in August at CMH Field. Rancher Lee Bradshaw visits with a horse at his property near Eagle Point. A cattle grazing allotment that Bradshaw relies upon was included in the recent expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument. ONE DOLLAR Astoria OKs extra dwelling options Councilor Price voted against code change By ERICK BENGEL The Daily Astorian The Astoria City Council backed an ordi- nance Monday night allowing property own- ers to create and rent out accessory dwell- ing units, a move meant to ease the housing crunch. Under the development code change, owners of single-fam- ily homes can remodel interior spaces, such as basements and attics, or build detached struc- tures, to set up extra liv- ing quarters for long- term renters. Tiny homes, though mentioned in an early draft, were removed from the ordinance. Based on input from the public, the Plan- ning Commission and the Lower Columbia Preservation Society, the council and city staff crafted strict provisions, including: Property owners must live on the prem- ises. Only one ADU is permitted per lot and per main dwelling. On corner lots, ADUs must be situated in a side yard or rear of the lot. In addition to two parking spaces required for the main residence, the ADU requires one additional off-street parking space. ‘We need to stop being bogged down in the minutia and create some housing for Astorians.’ Zetty Nemlowill Astoria city councilor And, one month after the ordinance’s adoption, new units may not be used for short- term lodging, such as Airbnb operations. Though the code currently permits these units under certain conditions, the council hopes that, by encouraging more efﬁ cient use of residential land, it can start address- ing the city’s goal of creating housing Asto- rians can afford. Community Development Director Kevin Cronin said the ordinance could make a mod- est dent in Astoria’s housing shortage. Cronin said it is difﬁ cult to know how many ADUs the ordinance will generate; three applications have been submitted in the last decade. Councilor Cindy Price voted against the ordinance, insisting on the need for both administrative review and public notice of ADU applications in medium- and high-den- sity residential zones. The public hearing opened in March and continued Monday night. For the ﬁ nal read- ing, scheduled for later this month, Cronin will add an amendment that requires the ordi- nance and its effects to be reviewed in a year. See HOUSING, Page 7A ODOT needs a strategic vision, report states State releases improvement blueprint By PARIS ACHEN Capital Bureau SALEM — The state’s executive department released ﬁ nal recommendations for reforming weaknesses at the Oregon Department of Trans- portation Monday. The recommendations resemble a draft released March 24 and ﬁ rst reported by the EO Media Group/Pamplin Media Group Capital Bureau. The improvement plan by the Department of Adminis- trative Services is based on the ﬁ ndings of an indepen- dent consultant’s management review of the agency, ﬁ nalized in February . New York-based McK- insey & Co. concluded there is an unclear governance struc- ture for ODOT and the Ore- gon Transportation Commis- sion, which sets policy for the agency. The agency also lacks a strategic vision for the future and accountability measures, the consultants found. The Department of Admin- istrative Services recom- mended that the governor and Legislature convene a work group to clarify the governance structure and report back in November . ODOT should seek the expertise of a management consulting company to develop a management plan for the agency that would deﬁ ne struc- ture, roles and measurements for success. The agency also should seek out a consulting company to address waste in its ﬂ eet and facilities programs and convene procurement experts from other state agencies to review potential improvements for contracting. Other recommendations call for an agency commu- nications plan, alignment of See ODOT, Page 7A Danny Miller/The Daily Astorian Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Gar- rett speaks during a rededication ceremony for the As- toria Bridge celebrating the bridge’s 50th anniversary in August at Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria.