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147TH YEAR, NO. 5
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New county manager hired
Bohn an administrator
for Washington County
By NICOLE BALES
Clatsop County c ommissioners
have hired a new county manager.
Don Bohn, the assistant county
administrator for Washington County,
will start on Sept. 16.
Monica Steele, the county’s budget
director, has served as interim county
manager since Cameron Moore retired
last year. She will remain in the role
until Bohn takes over.
Bohn and the other ﬁ nalist — Dan
Chandler, the assistant county admin-
istrator for Clackamas County —
attended public meet-and-greet events
Monday and rotated between three
panels made up of residents, county
staff and county commissioners.
Commissioners met privately in
executive session on Tuesday to dis-
cuss the hire.
“We took into account everyone’s
input and I don’t think there was one
deciding factor, but the fact that he
already has homes here, one in Astoria
and one in Naselle, and that he wants
to stay here for a long time, that was a
big plus,” Sarah Nebeker, the commis-
sion’s chairwoman, said.
Bohn moved to Oregon from
Colorado and earned a bachelor’s
degree in psychology from Paciﬁ c
University in Forest Grove and a mas-
ter’s degree in public administra-
tion from Lewis & Clark College in
See Manager, Page A6
to build in
Store planned near Mill Pond
By KATIE FRANKOWICZ
Photos by Colin Murphey/The Astorian
Warrenton had expected a transfer of ownership of the Hammond Marina from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers last year.
Hammond Marina comes in from the cold
City to ﬁ nally
By KATIE FRANKOWICZ
ARRENTON — Everyone
else on the City Commis-
sion was ready to sign off on
a draft quitclaim deed from the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers that, once
ﬁ nalized, will give the city its long-
sought ownership of the Hammond
But Mayor Henry Balensifer lin-
gered over the paperwork.
“It’s been ﬁ ve years,” he said,
somewhat apologetically, as he ﬂ ipped
through the pages and paused to read
certain sections. “I don’t want to screw
See Marina, Page A6
Grocery Outlet hopes to build a store
next to the new Astoria Co+ o p .
Developers representing the dis-
count chain want to open a one-story,
16,000-square-foot store on a triangular
piece of property, formerly home to the
NAPA Auto Parts store and behind the
Astoria Mini Mart East off Marine Drive.
The store would be located directly
across from the Astoria Co+ o p, a natural
and organic food store under construc-
tion . The co-op plans to relocate from its
location on Exchange Street downtown
and open at the new building in the Mill
Pond neighborhood by December .
When asked how a Grocery Out-
let next door might impact the Asto-
ria Co+op, General Manager Matt Stan-
ley emphasized what the co-op offers in
terms of fresh and natural food.
“One of the main purposes of expan-
sion is to make our community-owned
business more competitive by showcas-
ing what makes us unique in a bigger
way,” he said.
The city’s Design Review Committee
will discuss Grocery Outlet’s application
at an Aug. 1 meeting. It will be the only
public review of the project. Commercial
retail is considered an outright permit-
ted use, but the property falls under two
city overlay zones — Civic Greenway
and Gateway — triggering review by the
See Grocery Outlet, Page A6
Salmon await processing by Richard Dawson at the Hammond Marina in 2018.
for North Coast
Two groups were competing
At Fort Clatsop, a giant (dog) celebration
on Seaman’s Day
By LUCY KLEINER
When was the last time you
pulled into a national park and
found yourself surrounded by
hundreds of pounds of dog fur,
baseball-sized paws and slob-
bery pink tongues? For those
who attended Seaman’s Day at
the Lewis and Clark National
Historical Park, the answer was
The 26th annual celebra-
tion is dedicated to Mer iwether
Lewis’ N ewfoundland, “Sea-
man,” a member of the Lewis
Skylie Fikes, 3, visited the park
from Utah with her mother and
Photos by Lucy Kleiner/The Astorian
Marty Martin’s 10-year-old Newfoundland welcomes guests to Lewis
and Clark National Historical Park.
and Clark E xpedition .
By noon, eight giant dogs
were on the park grounds,
sprawled out below gift-shop
displays, wandering through
Fort Clatsop’s historical shel-
ters and scarﬁ ng down kibble
outside of the visitor’s center.
Children with paw prints
painted on their foreheads
and ﬂ oppy paper ears on their
heads ran between the animals.
The littlest had to reach up
to run their small ﬁ ngers
through the big dogs’ thick fur
See Seaman’s Day, Page A6
By DERRICK DePLEDGE
The Oregon Health Authority will
stick with one coordinated care organi-
zation to oversee Medicaid in Clatsop,
Columbia and Tillamook counties.
The state intends to award a new ﬁ ve-
year contract to Columbia Paciﬁ c Coor-
dinated Care Organization, which has
administered the Oregon Health Plan in
the three counties since 2012. Greater
Oregon Behavioral Health Inc. had part-
nered with Moda Inc. to compete for the
contract, but the state opted for one orga-
nization for the region.
Coordinated care organizations func-
tion like regional health care manag-
ers, working with providers to improve
prevention, manage chronic illness and
contain costs in Medicaid, the health
insurance program for the poor and
See Contract, Page A6