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T he C olumbia P ress
C latsop C ounty ’ s I ndependent W eekly n eWspaper
September 21, 2018
Ocean research and cruise part of lesson plan
A Warrenton student
and a math teacher
chosen for program
sees data center
as giving back
B y C indy y ingst
The Columbia Press
The Columbia Press
and Oregon State University
A student and a teacher from War-
renton High School will join Oregon
State University scientists this week-
end on the research vessel Oceanus.
Dan Hansen, a Warrenton math
teacher, and Chris Quashnick-Hollo-
way, a senior, hope to gain at-sea re-
search experience as part of a project
to enhance STEM (science, technolo-
gy, engineering and math) skills.
The cruise leaves Newport on Sun-
day, Sept. 23, and returns Wednes-
day. It will travel south to Stonewall
and Heceta Banks, before veering
north to Astoria Canyon, then into
the Columbia River to Portland be-
fore returning to Newport.
The research vessel will dock for
two days in Portland, where there
will be a series of activities, including
tours for Portland area students.
“What I hope to accomplish is to gain a
Vol. 2, Issue 38
Above: Teachers listen while
Oregon State University scientists
describe the Oceanus research pro-
gram at a recent open house.
Right: Students help prepare
conductivity, temperature and depth
sensors for deployment in the water
off Astoria during last year’s re-
Courtesy Oregon State University
better understanding about the mathematics
involved in ship navigation, creature pop-
ulation including migration and sensitivity
to human interaction and marine/science
logistics,” Hansen said.
“Then, I want to bring this experience to
the classroom and flesh out my mathemat-
ics lessons with real-world applications
that are local and relevant.”
Quashnick-Holloway comes from
a long line of fishermen and is in his
fourth year in the high school’s fish-
See ‘Oceanus’ on Page 7
Internet entrepreneur Mark Cox got
his start in Clatsop County and he’d
like to see others have
the same opportunity.
Cox, 52, of Santa Bar-
bara, Calif., formed a
company that is pur-
chasing property from
the county to build a
data and technology
center in North Coast
Business Park near
Costco. It would include a conference
center, technology incubator, multi-
tenant research and development
space, and short-stay housing.
“I’ve made money. It’s not my biggest
motivation,” Cox said Tuesday during
a visit to the region. “It’s the opportu-
nity to give back that motivates me. It’s
the opportunity to be at the beginning
of something so important.”
His investors are like-minded.
See ‘Data Center’ on Page 5
Hospital building healing park on former high school football field
Columbia Memorial Hospital is
building a new park designed to pro-
No monkey bars or twirling play-
ground equipment, this park is meant
for peaceful contemplation.
“The CMH Health and Wellness Park picnic and activity areas, and a laby-
is a part of our strategic initiative to rinth. A labyrinth is an ancient symbol
enhance the patient and caregiver ex- of wholeness. Its singular path winds
perience, providing a place to inspire in to the center of the maze and back
wellness,” said Erik Thorsen,
out again, leading the traveler
the hospital’s chief executive.
on a path of meditation.
“Through this space, we hope to
Thorsen hopes the labyrinth
support and encourage outdoor
becomes a place of reflection
activity, rest and relaxation for
and renewal for caregivers and
our caregivers, patients and
visitors to the hospital and Can-
cer Collaborative, he said.
their family members.”
“For years, patients and care-
The park is being built be-
tween the hospital and the
givers suggested that we create
CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Col-
healing outdoor spaces to walk
laborative, on the site of the old John in,” he said. “Once we finished building
Warren Field. Construction is expected the Cancer Collaborative, we realized
be finished by the end of fall.
that the greenspace between buildings
The park will include walking paths, offered the perfect opportunity. We’re
really excited for the CMH Health and
Wellness Park to open and I hope that
it gets a lot of use.”
The park was designed by MacDon-
ald Environmental Planning of Port-
land and construction is being over-
seen by Al Jaques of CM Services Co.
“I love the idea of people being able to
take a moment and walk the labyrinth,
sit outside for lunch on a nice day, or
go for a quick walk while waiting for
someone at the hospital or cancer col-
laborative,” said Venus Fromwiller,
the cancer center’s coordinator.
The outdoor space is an example of
making healthy options accessible and
encouraging everyone to do something
for their mind, body or soul, she said.