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Financial gray area
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A sign welcomes visitors to Cove Beach, a small community south of Arch Cape that is experiencing an
extended water moratorium.
Cove Beach property owners
call moratorium into question
Some doubt water shortage
By NICOLE BALES
roperty owners in Cove Beach are raising con-
cerns about the lack of transparency and over-
sight of the Falcon Cove Beach Water District.
The water district voted for a six-month mora-
torium last December after reporting water produc-
tion had been at record low levels for the past several
years during the late summer months.
The moratorium was extended for another six
months in June so the board could continue to look
at long-term options to protect the water supply. The
water district may vote to extend the moratotium
again in December.
As long as the moratorium is in effect, property
owners have to come up with another means of get-
ting their water to obtain a development permit from
Clatsop County, said Gail Henrikson, the county’s
director of land use planning.
Each home is required to document a water source
that will provide 250 gallons a day.
The county accepts several types of alternate
water supply systems, including rain catchment. But
the alternatives can increase building costs, leaving
some property owners in limbo as they are unclear
how long the moratorium will be in place.
Several property owners are not convinced there
is an emergency that warrants a moratorium.
Guido Paparoni and his wife, Margaret
Rozendaal, bought a parcel in Cove Beach in 2017.
They want to build a home and move to the coast
when they retire.
See Cove Beach, Page A6
Hailey Hoffman/The Astorian
Residents of Cove Beach are upset by the lack of transparency of the Falcon Cove Beach Water District.
ing credit union is attract-
ing hundreds of millions
By JEFF MAPES
of dollars a year in depos-
its by serving more than
500 cannabis businesses.
A welter of startups hawk
David Alport’s retail products designed to allow
cannabis shop is neat as customers backdoor ways
a pin. The glass counters to use their credit cards to
at north Portland’s Bridge buy marijuana. And a bur-
City Collective gleam, geoning network of pri-
and the products are care- vate financiers offer loans
fully positioned. The only to cannabis businesses.
unusual note is a decid-
“It’s starting to nor-
edly not-so-sleek ATM malize a little,” said Beau
given a prominent place of Whitney, a Portland-based
economist and industry
honor near the entrance.
“It gets used a lot,” consultant, “because peo-
Alport said, “being an all- ple are seeing opportuni-
ties in this space to fill the
At the same time,
operates in a gray area —
legal in Oregon and many almost everybody in the
other states but illegal business seems to have
under federal law — can- stories about scam art-
nabis businesses have long ists, predatory lenders
struggled to get banking and promised financial
don’t pan out.
In short, the
ply accept the
of the industry
can be as sur-
used by con-
real as some
TAXES. WE of its most
from the hum-
blest food cart
to a gigan-
DOWN TO shots illustrat-
ing the ups
ing a check-
and downs of
or getting a
world of legal
can also be a
went to pot
business in the
David Alport |
owner of Bridge
City Collective in
April 20 —
$10 billion in
aka 4/20, the
sales now to
day many peo-
$30 billion by
2025, pressure is building cannabis culture by light-
to bring the industry into ing up at 4:20 p.m. Sales
were surging, and Linx, a
the financial mainstream.
The U.S. House last California-based startup
month passed legislation providing “gift cards” for
that would make it clear to cannabis retailers, began
banks and other financial running into trouble pay-
institutions that they can ing its merchants.
Janice Grossman, who
serve the marijuana indus-
try without running afoul owns Oregon’s Green
of federal law. The mea- Rush shop in Eugene, was
sure is now in the Senate, one of them.
“It’s like living in the
where it faces uncertain
wild, Wild West,” fumed
At the same time, a jer- Grossman, who said Linx
ry-built financial infra- now owes her $60,000.
Grossman is not alone.
structure is springing
up around the cannabis Two other retailers —
See Cannabis, Page A3
In Oregon, a pathbreak-
The big picture
by her artwork
By LUCY KLEINER
ight pours in through
the windows, filtering
over the piles of art supplies
stacked in shelves, spilling off
desks and heaping in baskets
on the floor. Sketches scatter
the room — on thin papers
that nearly cover the floor,
on thick canvases propped
against an easel, on the cab-
inets and walls. The chaos is
intriguing, though relatively
common for an art studio.
What makes this studio
unique, however, is the mas-
sive painting that dominates
the center of the space.
At 8 feet tall and 6 feet
wide, local artist Meghann
Hanour’s most recent cre-
ation, “Sister,” towers over
her, even after accounting
for her heeled black boots
and thick ballerina bun that
add an extra 5 inches to her
frame. Three women are
painted on the canvas, each
dawning detailed attire from
the biblical age and holding
a thin gold strand that weaves
The painting will soon be
on display at Astoria’s Imo-
gen Gallery, where a number
of Hanour’s works are pre-
sented and sold.
“What I love about images
is that they use no sound,”
Hanour said. “ I love that they
speak, but they’re really not
saying a word.”
“Sister,” Hanour explains,
speaks of shame and hope.
“The woman on the right,
she symbolizes this trans-
fer of brightness,” she said,
“and she’s transferring this
brightness to that middle
woman. And then the woman
Lucy Kleiner/The Astorian
See Hanour, Page A5
Meghann Hanour is a local artist who tells stories through paintings.