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    The Columbia Press
February 4, 2022
State lauded for anti-tobacco spending
A recent Campaign for
Tobacco Free Kids report
has ranked Oregon No. 1
in the nation in funding to-
bacco prevention at levels
recommended by the Cen-
ters for Disease Control
and Prevention.
CTFK’s Jan. 13 report,
“Broken
Promises:
A
State-by-State Look at the
1998 Tobacco Settlement
23 Years Later,” found that
Oregon, at 93.9 percent,
and Alaska, at 89.6 percent,
are the only states to pro-
vide at least three-quarters
of the CDC-recommended
funding for tobacco pre-
vention and cessation pro-
grams.
They also are among
only 10 states – along with
Utah, California, North
Dakota, Oklahoma, Del-
aware, Wyoming, Ha-
waii and Maine – to
provide more than half of
the
CDC-recommended
funding.
Thieves apprehended after hitting three stores
The Columbia Press
Three men who’d stolen
merchandise from three lo-
cal stores were thwarted as
police spotted them leaving
Walmart.
Two men were arrested af-
ter a chase and manhunt and
a third remained at large.
Walmart security called
police about a theft that had
just occurred at 5:21 p.m.
Jan. 27.
The caller said the suspects
Letter to the editor
County shouldn’t be swayed by short-term gains
Zoning is and should have
always been the primary start-
ing point regarding transient
rental businesses in our coast-
al residential (CR) zone neigh-
borhoods. All the conflict, re-
sources, time, and effort could
have been saved had zoning
been upheld and voters includ-
ed from the beginning.
We live in a CR zone and
commercial businesses are not
allowed. CR zones are for sin-
gle-family residences.
Vacation rentals are, in fact,
commercial businesses and are
not allowed. That’s the foun-
dation of the conflicts arising
from the many sub-violations
-- noise, sewage, light pollu-
tion, parking, traffic and many
more impacts -- that more
than 100 full- and part-time
residents (an overwhelming
majority) have been meeting
with the county and writing
about for years.
Instead of improvement,
these commercial business-
es have explosively doubled
in three years and now make
up 30 percent of the homes in
this community -- homes that
should be available for sin-
gle-family residences.
The county’s selective en-
forcement of the CR zone
elements is prejudicial and
preferential treatment for
short-term revenue gain. It
favors absentee commercial
business owners and disre-
gards the cost and impact on
residents and communities,
decimating affordable and
available housing.
This prejudicial and exploit-
ative favoring for short-term
revenue gain opens our county
and our precious tax revenue
up to myriad risks--how can
you enforce anything then? If
you allow commercial busi-
nesses of one kind, why not
others? If you allow transient
occupancy in a single-fami-
ly residential zone, why not a
five-story hotel, restaurant, or
multiple duplexes on a single
lot?
We don’t want our limited
county resources spent slaying
those dragons.
None of this is allowed or de-
sired, for all of the reasons that
were analyzed when the zon-
ing was enacted, at much cost
and effort.
The county says it wants to
streamline and wants efficien-
cy. What could be more effi-
cient than adhering to the ex-
isting code?
The county needs to consis-
tently uphold and enforce the
zone elements. Not doing so
is anti-residential community
and anti-affordable housing,
effectively exploiting and ex-
cluding voters and residents.
Ethical and effective leaders
listen to and heed the voices
3
of voters, residents, and peer
leaders in nearby communi-
ties, as well as independent
studies such as the recent af-
fordable housing study that
was paid for with taxpayer dol-
lars.
How can it be that the plac-
es where many of the board
members and much of the
County Planning Department
live have upheld the conditions
of residential neighborhood
zoning, but our leaders are not
enforcing existing zoning?
Talk with the leaders and res-
idents in Astoria, Warrenton,
Gearhart, and even south to
Wheeler and Lincoln County,
all places where the govern-
ment leaders prioritize resi-
dential communities.
They understand and uphold
the value these communities
contribute to our area, and
know available and afford-
able housing for residents in
residential neighborhoods far
outweighs any short-sighted
revenue or fear of retributions
from the transient commercial
rental industry.
The overwhelming majority
of your constituents want the
same respect and rights as you
have to be upheld in our resi-
dential communities. Please
support our residential neigh-
borhoods.
Beth Radich
Cove Beach
were leaving the area in a red
hatchback with Washington
license plates.
Officer Josh Hollaway spot-
ted the vehicle at the High-
way 101 and Ensign Lane
intersection and turned
around to follow it, Chief
Matt Workman said.
The driver attempted to
elude officers by turning
off Ensign onto Alternate
Highway 101 and then down
Southeast 14th Place, a small
street with a dead-end near
Highway 101.
The car pulled over and
two men ran from the vehi-
cle while the driver stayed
put, according to Workman.
“The driver gave a state-
ment and allowed Officer
Hollaway to search his ve-
hicle,” Workman said. He
found a sizeable amount of
new merchandise.
A canine and officers from
Warrenton and Astoria po-
lice departments and the
Clatsop County Sheriff’s Of-
fice searched the area and
found one of the two men.
Eugene Burt Kornoely, 42,
of Ilwaco, Wash., was arrest-
ed on suspicion of two counts
of second-degree theft and
one count of first-degree
theft. He also had an out-
standing warrant.
Driver Jacob Michael Riv-
ers, 35, of Astoria was arrest-
ed on suspicion of eluding a
police officer, carrying brass
knuckles, two counts of sec-
ond-degree theft and one
count of first-degree theft.
The third suspect has been
identified, but hadn’t been
arrested as of Wednesday.
Officers determined that all
the merchandise stolen from
Walmart had been recovered
and totaled $942, according
to Workman.
The merchandise found in
the vehicle included $1,250
in equipment stolen from
Home Depot and $393 in
items stolen from Fred Mey-
er. All merchandise was re-
turned to the stores.
Additional charges could
be brought at a later date,
Workman said.