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147TH YEAR, NO. 102
WEEKEND EDITION // SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020
By KATIE FRANKOWICZ
Shooting Stars Child Devel-
opment Center will close in
Uniontown and downsize ser-
vices at the end of the month.
The center, which accounts
for 11% of all licensed child
care slots in Clatsop County, will
operate under a different type of
license and be able to care for
only 15 children a day, down
from 50 .
Another day care in Gearhart
is also closing its doors. The pro-
vider at Gearhart Kids Academy
conﬁ rmed the closure but could
not provide details. Gearhart
Kids Academy, which opened
nearly ﬁ ve years ago, serves
from 10 to 14 children at a time.
Denise Giliga, the director of
Shooting Stars, said trouble ﬁ nd-
ing qualiﬁ ed staff led to the deci-
sion to close at the current loca-
tion and downsize. Training to
ﬁ ll the jobs would have taken up
to a year.
See Child care center, Page A3
University of Oregon Archives
A photo of Oregon distance runners in the late 1950s. From left: Mark Robbins, Wilcey Winchell, Ed Baldwin, Phil Knight and Dick Miller.
MILLER WAS STANDOUT RUNNER AT OREGON
By GARY HENLEY
Customers could pay
an extra $4.03 a month
ou don’t have to be a
longtime resident of the
North Coast to know
who the Oregon “Tall
Firs” were. Or that four mem-
bers of that legendary Oregon
men’s basketball team — the
ﬁ rst NCAA champions —
were from Astoria.
But the Seaside area had
its own famous Ducks. A
couple of “low proﬁ le” Ore-
gon running legends.
And if you just happen to
have a copy of the Feb. 22,
1960 issue of Sports Illus-
trated lying around, there’s
still time to get a couple of
It was 60 years ago this
week that the magazine ran a story, “Masters
The feature by Tex Maule featured Univer-
sity of Oregon running coach Bill Bowerman
and his group of distance runners, who also
happened to be some of the best in the nation
at that time.
Among others, the Oregon runners in the
late ’50 s included Dick Miller, a C lass of 1954
graduate of Seaside High School, and Jim
By EDWARD STRATTON
Seaside High School
ABOVE: Dick Miller,
upper right, with
the 1954 Seaside
High track team,
coached by Lou
LEFT: Dick Miller’s
senior photo at
See ‘Masters of Endurance’, Page A6
Paciﬁ Corp wants to increase
residential electric rates by
1.6% starting next year to sup-
port a transition toward more
renewable energy, along with
other investments in wildﬁ re
protection , cybersecurity and
Paciﬁ Corp, owned by invest-
ment ﬁ rm Berkshire Hathaway,
provides power to 1.9 million
people in six W estern states,
including 615,000 retail cus-
tomers in Oregon as Paciﬁ c
Power. The price the utility can
charge for electricity is over-
seen by the state Public Utility
The utility requested an
additional $78 million in reve-
nue — equal to a 6% increase in
energy rates — from the c om-
mission last week. It is Paciﬁ -
Corp’s ﬁ rst request since 2013,
when it asked for 4.6% and the
c ommission granted 1.9%.
The utility is also proposing
See Paciﬁ Corp, Page A3
Study ﬁ nds parking available downtown
By EDWARD STRATTON
Few issues are thornier than the
availability of parking downtown.
Some swear off shopping or din-
ing because of it, while others con-
sider Astoria spoiled compared to
cities where people pay to park sev-
eral blocks from their destination.
But a parking study and survey
by the Astoria Downtown Historic
District Association has concluded
that, aside from some small pockets
and speciﬁ c times, ﬁ nding parking
is fairly easy.
Sarah Lu Heath, the executive
director of the downtown associa-
tion, presented the ﬁ ndings to the
City Council on Tuesday.
“To stand up and say this isn’t a
problem gives me pause,” she said.
“However, for the last 3 1/2 years,
I’ve been downtown six days a
week, 50 weeks a year, and once in
2017, at the starting time of the high
boat parade during the Regatta, I
could not ﬁ nd a parking spot.”
The study found small pock-
ets of constrained parking between
11 a.m. and 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
— peak restaurant hours — in a
few blocks throughout the down-
town core and around the Garden
of Surging Waves, a former parking
lot turned into a park honoring the
region’s Chinese heritage.
Colin Murphey/The Astorian
See Parking, Page A3
A study examined parking downtown.