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    The Columbia Press
June 4, 2021
Tillamook Burn
is subject of
virtual lecture
The historic Tillamook
Burn and more recent fire
conflagrations are the topic
of a virtual lecture sponsored
by the Lower Nehalem Wa-
tershed Council.
The talk will be presented
by Aaron Groth, a coastal re-
gional fire specialist with Or-
egon State University’s For-
estry and Natural Resources
Extension Fire Program. His
coverage area includes Clat-
sop, Columbia, Tillamook,
and Lincoln counties. He’s
also a former Peace Corps
volunteer who worked in
agrofor -
estry and
reforesta -
tion in Pe-
ru’s Andes
In addi-
to fire
history, he’ll
provide steps residents can
take to protect their families,
homes and property.
The free lecture is at 7 p.m.
Thursday, June 10, and will
be available live via Zoom.
A link to the event is on the
council’s website,, and the group’s
Facebook page.
Fisherman statue dedicated at marina office
The Columbia Press
Wednesday at Warrenton
Marina honors members of
the fishing industry, which
has brought countless eco-
nomic benefits to the city.
The sculpture was installed
earlier this spring, but the
dedication was postponed
due to the pandemic.
“We are proud of what
we’ve accomplished during
a bad year,” said Brenda
Hoxsey, chair of Spruce Up
Warrenton, a group of grass-
roots volunteers that com-
missioned and donated the
sculpture to the city.
The piece was created by
chainsaw artist and wood-
worker Konlim Bokor of
Original Roots Carving. The
cedar log was donated by Gil
Gramson and Luke Ness.
Landscaping was added
outside the marina office,
where the sculpture has stood
Cindy Yingst/The Columbia Press
City officials and members of Spruce Up Warrenton stand with
the statue dedicated Wednesday afternoon at Warrenton Mari-
na. They are, left to right, Brenda Hoxsey, Jim Dutcher, Mayor
Henry Balensifer, Lucinda Davis, Norm Hoxsey, Ken Davis, Lori
Beth Kulp, Commissioner Rick Newton and City Manager Linda
since March. Four crab pots
and other fishing implements
complete the display.
College news
A resident of Seaside and a
resident of Astoria have been
named to the dean’s lists of
two out-of-state colleges.
Wayne Davis of Seaside
made the dean’s list for win-
ter term at Southern New
Hampshire University.
Clayne Williams of Asto-
ria made the dean’s list for
spring semester at Eastern
New Mexico University.
Public safety calls
Continued from Page 2
Avenue. Driver cited for going
62 in a 45 mph zone.
• Traffic stop, 5:30 p.m. May
26, Ensign Lane at 19th Street.
Hayden L. Davis, 28, of War-
renton was cited for criminal
driving while suspended and
for failing to install an ignition
interlock device.
• Traffic stop, 5:39 p.m. May 26,
Ensign Lane at 19th Street. Driv-
er cited for having no licnese.
• Two-vehicle collision, no inju-
ries, 2:15 p.m. May 27, Discovery
and Ensign lanes. One driver
was cited for failing to obey a
traffic-control device.
• Two-vehicle collision, one pos-
sible injury, 3:12 p.m. May 27,
Ensign Lane at 19th Street. One
driver was cited for disobeying a
traffic-control device; the other
driver was cited for having no
• Illegal parking, 12:30 a.m. May
30, Ridge Road near soccer
fields. Vehicle was towed for par-
tially blocking bicycle lane.
• Speeding, 12:37 p.m. May
30, Ridge Road near Parkview
Apartments. Driver cited for
going 64 in a 45 mph zone and
for driving without a license.
• Traffic stop, 6:59 p.m. May 27,
Ensign Lane near Home De-
pot. Driver cited for having no
license or insurance.
• Speeding, 6:39 p.m. May 30,
Ridge Road near Parkview
Apartments. Driver cited for
going 65 in a 45 mph zone.
• Traffic stop, 4:52 p.m. May
29, Alternate Highway 101 and
South Main Avenue. Driver cited
for driving while suspended.
• Traffic stop, 5:44 p.m. June 1,
18th Street at South Main Ave-
nue. Driver cited for having no
“We did have one (crab pot)
stolen, but police recognized
him on the security camera
and we got it back,” Hoxsey
said during the dedication.
Spruce Up members Jim
Dutcher and Norm Hoxsey
have been oiling the sculp-
ture to ensure it doesn’t split.
The group also showed off
equipment for four electrical
“spider boxes” donated by
electrician Tony Bogh, which
the group is donated to the
city. They can be used at the
Fish and Farmer’s Market,
the Harvest Festival and for
other events.
“The statue will stand for
generations, welcoming our
visitors,” City Manager Linda
Engretson said.
Henry Balensifer said he
was honored to be mayor of
a city with volunteers like
those working with Spruce
Up Warrenton.
“Our city runs on volun-
teers,” he said. “That’s not a
bad thing. It’s a necessity.”
A metal sculpture of two
children reading books will
be dedicated at Warrenton
Community Library at 2 p.m.
June 12.
The metal sculptures were
made by Pacific Fabrication
and are a joint gift to the city
by Spruce Up and Commis-
sioner Rick Newton.