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    MARCH 25, 2016 • VOL. 40, ISSUE 7
School is out now for Cannon Beach Academy
Lack of money, student
cancels district approval
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
Parents seeking an elementary school alter-
native were stymied as the Seaside School Dis-
trict revoked its conditional approval for Cannon
Beach Academy.
The academy had been slated to open this fall,
but failed to meet the three conditions set by the
district in October: funding, adequate enrollment
and a state-approved English language learners
“Since Cannon Beach has failed the estab-
lished conditions, the district revokes its condi-
tional approval for (the academy) to operate as
a charter school operating in the district,” Su-
perintendent Doug Dougherty and Superinten-
dent-elect Sheila Roley said in a co-signed letter
Thursday, March 17, to Cannon Beach Academy
interim Executive Director Ryan Hull.
The letter stated the district was “committed”
to seeing the charter school up and running and
that Cannon Beach Academy could begin operat-
ing in fall 2017, if it meets the conditions.
Conditions unmet
The conditions, which were to be met by this
month, were intended to ensure that the academy
cally ready” to open in the fall.
Hull had asked the district for a time extension
or to “simply remove” the three requirements.
The district refused an extension or to modify
or eliminate the conditions.
One condition required the school have “all
the money they need for the 2016-17 school
year” in the bank, as well as a 10-percent contin-
gency, amounting to a little more than $450,000.
The academy had $145,798 by March 1, fall-
ing more than $300,000 short.
Although the district would have helped Can-
non Beach Academy with operational costs, the
charter school needed upfront funds because the
district relies on Clatsop County property tax
payments, most of which come in November,
Dougherty and Roley wrote.
The charter school also fell short on enroll-
ment. The district required a minimum of 22
grade classes.
See Academy, Page 12A
Final push
for Boneyard
Ridge property
Key Tillamook Head
parcel headed for
By R.J. Marx
Cannon Beach Gazette
Gardner, of
tastes wine
at a stop in
Epicurean delights at
Savor Cannon Beach
Snobby? No, bring on the fun!
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
he Savor Cannon Beach Wine & Culinary Festival drew
hundreds visitors from across the country and members
of the Oregon Wine Brotherhood, a group of wine ap-
preciators and winemakers.
The affair began six years ago as a wine walk bene-
Competitions, gallery showings and street tours were part of
this year’s March 10-13 event.
Raleigh Hawthorne and Stacy Lee, from Tri-Cities, Wash-
ington, video blogged from the festival for their YouTube show,
“Tri-Cities Wine Divas.”
“A lot of people think wine is snobby, but we wanted to
bring the fun,” Hawthorne said.
“We’ve gone to a few wine festivals in Seattle and this is our
favorite,” said Amber McAlpin, from Seattle, who attended the
event for the second year. “Everyone’s really friendly and the
winemaking happens nearby. People are close to the process.”
See Savor, Page 12A
TOP: Julie Bottomley, of Tucson, Arizona,
grabs a bite at Battle of the Blends and Bites.
BELOW: Cannon Beach Chamber of Com-
merce executive director Court Carrier tastes
wine at the Battle of the Blends and Bites.
A critical 360-acre land parcel on Tillamook
Head will be transferred from timber property
to conservation corridor.
On Monday North Coast Land Conservan-
cy and GreenWood Resources signed a pur-
chase and sales agreement for Boneyard Ridge
on Tillamook Head for a purchase price of $1.3
million. The purchase
would create 3,500
connected acres from
the summit of Tilla-
mook Head to the Ne-
canicum River Valley.
as of Monday is a full
purchase agreement,”
North Coast Land Con-
servancy Executive Di-
rector Katie Voelke said
Wednesday. “Not only Staff of North Coast
are all parties in, but we Land Conservancy
know what the cost will stands in a clearing
be, we’ve agreed on it, on the Boneyard
and we know what the Ridge property.
closing date will be.”
Both the land conservancy and property
owner GreenWood Resources “feel Tillamook
Head should be conservation land instead of
timberland,” Voelke said. “That way it really
feels like a partnership.”
Boneyard Ridge will serve as a link be-
tween Ecola State Park, which stretches along
the Tillamook Head shoreline, and the land
conservancy’s Circle Creek Habitat Reserve in
way 101 at the south end of Seaside.
The site’s dramatic name came from the dis-
covery of elk bones by hunters on the property.
The conservancy’s goal is to allow the land
to mature into a complex rain forest of the kind
that once characterized headlands all along the
Oregon Coast.
The sale was stalled after ownership shift-
ed from Campbell Global to GreenWood Re-
sources, Voelke said.
“It had to go through a whole process again
of review, approving it, looking at it against
company goals,” Voelke said. “That added a
whole new layer to it.”
See Boneyard, Page 9A
Children’s center to close after 39 years
With city help, Cannon Beach
program to close ‘gracefully’ in April
parents, we need at least the
At a special meeting
The Cannon Beach Chil- Wednesday, March 16, the
dren’s Center will close in City Council agreed to pro-
April due to declining enroll- vide the children’s center the
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center, founded in 1977, is los- had originally asked for more
ing about $5,400 a month and money, but the city lacks re-
spent down its savings, center sources to provide the funds
representatives told City Man- to a closing facility .
“I’m someone who has used
ager Brant Kucera this month .
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is a dire need,” said Christy wonderful facility, so personal-
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director. “To be able to close going to go away,” Kucera said.
the program gracefully and
See Center, Page 12A
give enough notice to our
By Lyra Fontaine
Cannon Beach Gazette
Th e Cannon Beach Preschool and Children’s Center.