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Knight resigns from the Port
By EDWARD STRATTON
Jim Knight, confronted with grow-
ing criticism of his management of the
Port of Astoria, has resigned as execu-
The Port Commission on Tuesday
unanimously accepted his resignation
and both sides agreed to release all
claims against each another, assuring
Knight will not sue the agency after
The Port will pay Knight $221,000,
including $145,400 for alleged emo-
tional distress , $33,600 for eco-
nomic damages and $42,000 for his
attorney fees. The agency will cover
six months of health beneﬁ ts for
Knight, who is also eligible for
the Public Employees Retirement
Knight left the Port’s ofﬁ ces with
his personal attorney shortly before
the commission meeting and could not
be reached for comment. His resig-
nation comes a week after a majority
of the Port Commission publicly lost
conﬁ dence in his leadership and indi-
cated he could be ﬁ red.
Commissioners installed Will Isom,
the Port’s ﬁ nance director, as interim
executive director. Frank Spence, the
commission’s president , said Isom
does not want the position perma-
nently. The c ommission will discuss
the search for a new executive director
at a July 2 meeting .
See Knight, Page A7
Apartment project to blend
workforce housing, vacation rentals
cap and trade
Co-owner supported the
By EDWARD STRATTON
Photos by Katie Frankowicz/The Astorian
Properties behind Safeway on 32nd Street in Astoria could be the home to a new four-building, 66-unit apartment complex.
A 66-unit development
By KATIE FRANKOWICZ
n Astoria developer is propos-
ing a new 66-unit apartment
complex behind Safeway with
the city’s workforce housing crunch
and illegal vacation rentals in mind.
The Northpost Apartments would
provide a mix of long-term and short-
term options in four three-story build-
ings on vacant land between 31st and
32nd s treets. Most of the units would
be one-bedroom apartments.
“From a price point, I was really
trying to gear it towards what would
be reasonable housing expenses for a
See Project, Page A6
The proposed Northpost Apartments include a complex of four buildings, each
three stories tall, with primarily one-bedroom units.
Fort George Brewery is facing a local
backlash over co-owner Jack Harris’ sup-
port of a controversial state House bill to
lower carbon dioxide emissions.
Harris submitted a letter on behalf of
Fort George in February in favor of the
Clean Energy Jobs Bill, which would cap
carbon emissions and require large indus-
trial facilities, such as Georgia-Pacif-
ic’s Wauna Mill , to buy
pollution allowances if
they exceed the cap .
The bill, an attempt to
counter climate change,
passed the House on
Monday night and now
goes to the state Senate.
Fort George’s associ-
ation with the bill led to
a social media ﬁ restorm
over the weekend after
the Silver Salmon Grille
announced on Facebook it would boy-
cott the brewery’s products. The Asto-
ria restaurant said it was standing behind
truckers and the timber industry.
The Uptown Cafe in Warrenton posted
on Facebook that the restaurant would
also stop serving Fort George beers.
Harris said he has asked that his letter
be removed from the ofﬁ cial record. He
also said he is apologizing to his co-work-
ers. Fort George is no longer listed as a
member of Oregon Business for Climate,
a group of around 100 medium and large
businesses advocating for the bill.
“I was completely out of line,” Harris
said. “I broke company policy. I did not
have (the right) to speak for Fort George’s
160 employees, let alone my business
partner” Chris Nemlowill.
Oregon Business for Climate includes
some of the state’s most popular busi-
ness interests, from Deschutes Brewery
and Dutch Bros. Coffee to Nike and the
Portland Trail Blazers. But the backlash
against Fort George, and the brewery’s
swift retreat, shows how fraught it can be
for businesses to get involved in divisive
public policy debates.
See Fort George, Page A6
Foster home provider hit
with another neglect ﬁ nding
State cites failure
to report abuse
By DERRICK DePLEDGE
The state has substantiated another
ﬁ nding of neglect at KC Care LLC, a
Seaside-based adult foster home pro-
vider ﬁ ghting to stay in business.
An investigation found Ken
Biamont, the registered agent for
KC Care, failed to report sexual
abuse of a resident by a staff mem-
ber. The ﬁ nding stems from previous
state investigations that determined
a woman who worked for KC Care
had a sexual relationship with a man
living in adult foster homes.
Biamont, through his attorneys,
denied the state’s ﬁ nding and asked
for judicial review in Circuit Court.
The latest turn, outlined in court
ﬁ lings last week, is among a thicket
of legal and administrative responses
by KC Care to the state Department
of Human Services’ intent to revoke
the provider’s licenses.
KC Care continues to operate
adult foster homes in Astoria and
Warrenton for people with intellec-
tual and developmental disabilities
while appeals are pending.
Investigations into abuse and
neglect at KC Care helped uncover
poor management and a lack of over-
sight in Clatsop County’s develop-
mental disability program.
Last week, county commission-
ers voted to transfer oversight to the
Department of Human Services,
which will contract with Clatsop
Behavioral Healthcare, a private non-
proﬁ t, to provide services and coordi-
nate with adult foster homes, group
homes and supported living.
See Foster home, Page A6
Colin Murphey/The Astorian
KC Care LLC, an adult foster home
provider based in Seaside, is
challenging the state’s ﬁ ndings of
abuse and neglect.
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