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147TH YEAR, NO. 100
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JUMPING ROPE, WITH HEART
Findings of a federal audit
By NICOLE BALES
The Northwest Oregon Housing
Authority was flagged as “troubled” in
January by the U.S. Department of Hous-
ing and Urban Development following an
The federal agency gave the housing
authority, which helps low-income peo-
ple in Clatsop, Tillamook and Colum-
bia counties, a score of 52 out of a pos-
sible 100 points for the fiscal year ending
in June. Housing authorities are deemed
“troubled” if they score between 0 to 60.
Following an on-site review, the score
dropped to 7.
“It’s not a frequent occurrence, but
it does … on occasion happen,” Leland
Jones, a regional public affairs officer for
the Department of Housing and Urban
Development, said of the “troubled”
The audit report was conducted under
the Section Eight Management Assess-
ment Program. The housing authority
was given 13 recommendations to help
come into compliance with federal regu-
See Report, Page A6
A search for consistency
By KATIE FRANKOWICZ
Sport fishermen will get a slightly
bigger cut of the spring Chinook run this
year as Oregon and Washington state
work to keep regulations the same for
both sides of the Columbia River.
A group made up of commissioners
from both states’ fish and wildlife com-
missions had been meeting to review the
Columbia River Reform Plan and reach
greater consistency between the states
regarding salmon fishing regulations on
There were concerns that the plan —
also known as the Kitzhaber Plan after
former Gov. John Kitzhaber — had not
met its economic goals, nor had any gear
been found to replace the commercial
gillnets the plan phased off the river’s
main stem. But review efforts were sus-
pended in Oregon in January.
Instead, the fish and wildlife commis-
sions delegated the development of this
year’s salmon fisheries to the directors
of the state fish and wildlife departments.
Curt Melcher, the director of the
See Fisheries, Page A6
Photos by Hailey Hoffman/The Astorian
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP: Kindergartner Axel Pitts leaps over his jump rope at the Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser at Astor Elementary
School on Valentine’s Day. The school raised around $9,000 for the American Heart Association. • Breezy Rush jump ropes on one
foot around the gym while decked out in a pink dress and bow for Valentine’s Day. • Kindergartner Adaline Carrera leaps over her
jump rope. Former physical education teacher Karen Larson started Jump Rope for Heart at Astor Elementary in 1981. • Second
grader Paul Schacher stands with physical education teacher Brian Babbitt after he raised $1,200, the most of any student at Astor
Elementary. Schacher and his older brother, Sam, have raised nearly $5,000 between the two of them in the past six years.
Warrenton looks to ax carports
to the requirement
By EDWARD STRATTON
Edward stratton/The Astorian
The Birch Court Apartments are one of the
few complexes in Warrenton with carports,
a requirement the city rarely enforces and is
preparing to eliminate.
Nobody in Warrenton seems
to like a mostly unenforced
city code requiring apart-
ments to have carports.
Stan Johnson, a developer
planning a 16-unit complex
on state Highway 104 condi-
tionally approved with car-
ports by the Planning Com-
mission on Thursday, called
them a deal-breaker for his
Facing a general senti-
ment against carports, the
city is poised to excise the
from its code.
Kevin Cronin, the city’s
director, said he heard noth-
ing from developers about
eliminating carports during
a recent update of the city’s
housing codes that increased
the density and diversity of
See Carports, Page A6
Chiropractor teaches people how to treat pain
By NICOLE BALES
Hailey Hoffman/The Astorian
Bradley Foster discusses the cycle of awareness, access and alignment in
local chiropractor looks to
help people live their best
lives by teaching them to be more
engaged with their body and mind.
Bradley Foster has been prac-
ticing for nearly 20 years. He and
his wife moved to Astoria last
summer after she accepted a job at
Columbia Memorial Hospital.
They had spent about 18 years
living in Chico and Paradise, Cali-
fornia, but they left after the Camp
Fire, which destroyed much of the
area in 2018.
Foster had a clinic in Chico. He
recently opened his new practice
in Designing Health in Astoria.
Foster specializes in family
practice and sports medicine and
spent a lot of his career working
with professional athletes. How-
ever, he eventually learned he gets
more satisfaction from working
with everyday people.
“I had this epiphany ... if I
could help someone run a 5K
like a minute or two, or 20 min-
utes faster — that’s not the big-
gest, coolest thing ever,” he said.
But he believes it can help people
become healthier and find more
joy in their lives.
See Foster, Page A6