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    VOL. 42, ISSUE 14
JULY 13, 2018
in water
Higher levels at Chisana
Creek, Ecola Court
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
Sierra Shea glues on a piece of paper onto her collage at the visual arts camp hosted by the Cannon Beach Arts Association.
More than 100 participate in
16th annual visual arts camp
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
very nook and cranny of the Cannon Beach Com-
munity Church was filled with some form of art
Monday afternoon.
By the sanctuary, students silently and mindful-
ly painted designs with watercolors. In the nursery,
children decoupaged mushrooms out of cardboard,
colorful paper and shreds of old book pages. Down
in the basement, teenagers rolled clay in their hands until
their fingers were dyed a rainbow of colors in preparation
to make stop motion videos with clay figurines.
These activities were the start to a week long visual arts
camp hosted by the Cannon Beach Arts Association. In its
16th year, about 100 kids and adults from all across the
North Coast signed up to take a variety of painting, crafting
and movement classes.
“This is something I look forward to all year,” arts edu-
cation director Meagan Sokol said. “Just seeing these kids
blossom at the end of the week in incredible. I see how they
are transformed by art.”
This year, several new classes were added, including a
songwriting and portfolio workshop with local musician
Evan Jiroudek, a collage clothing class, a mixed-media
painting classes that uses recycled materials and a tutorial
on how to create a stop-motion video.
But one of the most noticeable difference at this year’s
camp was the age of some of the participants.
“Parents and guardians have been able to join their kids
in classes before, but this is the first year we’ve had adult
camp,” Sokol said. “Some parents just wanted a space all
to themselves to do art. So now they can drop off their kids
and head off to their own projects.”
At the end of the week, students will be able to share
their creations at the camp’s first ever pop-up show at the
gallery, “By the Sea, Art and Me.”
Sokol felt it was important to have a formal gallery
showing. When she was a child at art camp, she said being
able to show her work played a large role in leading her to
a career in art therapy.
“It led me to do this with my life, and I wanted the kids
to have that same experience,” she said.
Bacteria levels in late June at the Chis-
ana Creek outfall near Tolovana State Park
that measured more than three times what
is considered safe by the U.S. Environmen-
tal Protection Agency are now back to safe
Routine sampling conducted through the
Oregon Beach Monitoring Program found
readings at two freshwater outfalls to ex-
ceed the state’s recreational water standard
of 130 mpn, or most probable number, a
testing method used to estimate the number
of colony forming units of bacteria in water
The Chisana Creek outfall registered at
465 mpn. The Ecola Court outfall pipe hit
134 mpn.
See Water, Page 6A
grant causes
Cannon Beach pulls
money for bike trails
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
Jasper Lycette shows Meagan Sokol, the Arts Education Di-
rector at Cannon Beach Arts Association, a booklet he made
during a book binding class during the visual arts camp.
Sierra Shea and Jocelyn Johnson work on decoupaging a
mushroom at the visual arts camp hosted by the Cannon
Beach Arts Association.
In a rare move, the Cannon Beach City
Council has pulled grant money the city’s
Tourism and Arts Commission had recom-
mended for a controversial trail project.
The Northwest Trail Alliance wanted the
grant for a network of bicycle trails on pri-
vate timberland near Klootchy Creek Coun-
ty Park off U.S. Highway 26.
But city councilors and others were con-
cerned the request was not related to the
arts, was not within city limits, raised legal
questions, and had no measurable benefit to
the local lodging community.
In a 3-2 vote, the City Council moved
the $12,143 into a reserve. It is rare for the
council to break from the commission’s rec-
“We hate to go against the committee’s
recommendation, but (the project) just
didn’t fit,” City Councilor Mike Benefield
said. “If we’re going to fund trails, let’s en-
hance trails in Cannon Beach rather than
spending money out in the county.”
Matthew Weintraub, the vice president
of the Northwest Trail Alliance, said the al-
liance is disappointed in the decision.
“It is disappointing for the Tourism and
Arts Commission, as it undermines their
work and expertise they put into evaluating
the proposals and presentations,” he said.
See Tourism, Page 6A
Marine life is a passion for this Miami native
Bilingual outreach at
Haystack Rock
By Brenna Visser
Cannon Beach Gazette
For as long as she can remember,
Andrea Suarez has had a passion for
marine life.
As a child living in Miami, Florida,
much of her childhood was laced with
days on the beach, exploring seaweed
patches, or enjoying the occasional
day trip to Sea World. She remembers
a news broadcast of a bottlenose dol-
phin that had washed ashore. She cried
to her parents, begging for them to
take her to the beach, so she could help
push the dolphin back into the sea.
While Suarez wasn’t able to save
the dolphin that day, she will have
the chance to protect sea life as a new
coordinator for the Haystack Rock
Andrea Suarez is the new bilin-
gual coordinator at Haystack Rock
Awareness Program.
Awareness Program. In a newly-cre-
ated position, Suarez will manage the
beach wheelchair program and take
the lead on all bilingual interpretation
— two new endeavors for the 33-year-
old program.
“When they offered me the job I
couldn’t believe it,” Suarez said. “Be-
ing on the beach, helping people …
You’re going to pay me money for
As a student at Miami Dade Col-
lege, Suarez originally went into
hospitality and tourism management.
“Because that’s the way you get to
work on the beach in Florida,” she
But Suarez’s interest in marine life
and science refused to wane. Her ma-
jor gradually drifted away from hos-
pitality and more into marine science,
until she eventually ended up with a
general associate degree with a focus
in science.
“It’s a passion I’ve always come
back to,” Suarez said.
Suarez moved to the North Coast
about three years ago with her partner
at the time, who was stationed in Asto-
ria with the Coast Guard. They eventu-
ally split, but Suarez had already fall-
en in love with the beauty of the area.
She found an opportunity to volun-
teer with the awareness program, and
eventually was promoted to be a paid,
lead interpreter. A few months ago,
Pooka Rice, the program’s outreach
coordinator, talked to her about using
her dual language skills to translate
signs and educational materials into
Overall, the goal is to make the
program more inclusive to the Lati-
no community by developing more
programs and classes in Spanish over
time, Suarez said.
But Suarez has already noticed the
difference being bilingual can make
on the beach.
See Suarez, Page 2A