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    May 15, 2015 • Seaside Signal • • 11A
Museum helps to preserve logging heritage
Logging from Page 1A
An ‘excellent
example’ of
Another addition this
year was a new sheltered
announcer’s stand, built by
Jonas McKinley, 30, owner
of Smart Sustainable Solu-
tions, a Seaside-based con-
struction company. McKin-
ley, who moved to Oregon
from Pennsylvania about 8
years ago and is a carpenter
by trade, worked multiple
hours per week for about a
month to create the stand.
All of his time was donated,
in addition to materials for
the facility. He doesn’t have
a personal connection to the
logging industry, according
the Standley and several
of McKinley’s friends, but
when the need was pre-
sented to him, he “jumped
in there with both feet,”
Standley said, adding, “He
just went out of his way to
help this project out.”
Since the event requires
a sound system, it was im-
portant to have a sheltered
announcer’s stand to pro-
tect equipment in case of
inclement weather, Stand-
ley said. The museum and
the memorial are both de-
pendent on volunteer work,
donations and community
spirit, and “Jonas is an ex-
cellent example of that,”
Standley said.
While many have poured
their time and effort into
the project, “Jonas stands
out and I don’t know why
he did this,” Standley said.
“It’s just something he felt
he wanted to do.”
McKinley’s friend, said
that’s just who he is: “He’ll
put someone else before
“Ever since I’ve known
him, he’s always been
willing to put his time out
to help other people,” she
The perfect pair
The Camp 18 Logging
poration, has been around
A new edition as this year’s Camp 18 Logger’s Memorial Dedication and Logging Exhibition was an announcer’s stand, recently built by 30-year-old Jonas
McKinley, a business owner and craftsman from Seaside. Although McKinley does not have a personal connection to the logging industry in Oregon, he do-
nated numerous hours to build the stand.
for several decades and is
dedicated to the assimila-
tion and preservation of
logging history, according
to the Camp 18 website.
The memorial was added
to the museum about six
opened, it was intended
only for Oregon loggers,
but it soon became appar-
ent Washington loggers
needed a place to be me-
morialized, as well, Stand-
ley said.
Some slabs at the muse-
um are dedicated to people
who died in logging acci-
dents, while other slabs
include those who passed
away for other reasons af-
ter committing their life to
the industry. According to
the most recent data from
the Oregon Occupational
Safety and Health Admin-
istration, anywhere from
three to seven people died
in logging accidents per
year from 2006 to 2013.
Anywhere from 224 to
385 claims for disabling
injuries resulting from ac-
cidents also were accept-
ed during those years, and
that doesn’t include acci-
dents that weren’t accepted
by workers compensation
insurers and non-disabling
or denied claims.
In order for an indi-
vidual to be included in
the memorial, they had to
have worked in or served
the logging industry for
a majority of their life.
For instance, Standley is
and plaques for sever-
al of his family members
hang in the memorial, as
do those for other people
whose families are well-
known in the industry.
One family, the Buschs,
lost two sons to logging
accidents: Mike Busch in
1983 and Mark Busch in
1998. One corner of the
museum is dedicated to
Council puts off amendment to
ban dispensaries downtown
Council from Page 1A
the ordinance. Marquis, ac-
cording to the letter, believes
many people without quali-
fying medical conditions are
obtaining marijuana through
the medical program. The let-
ter also posed the question of
how much market saturation
Clatsop County can handle.
According to the health au-
thority’s website, Astoria has
three facilities licensed to sell
marijuana to cardholders. No
other surrounding cities have
licensed dispensaries. Clatsop
County had 676 patient regis-
trants, as of April 1.
Mark Tolan, owner of
Seaside Vacation Homes, re-
stated concerns he previously
voiced at council’s April 27
meeting. He doesn’t believe
there is any legislation requir-
ing municipalities to grant
business licenses for medical
marijuana dispensaries.
“Marijuana doesn’t make
this city safer,” he said, add-
ing, “The consequences of
this drug is addiction.”
The legislation, he be-
lieves, is a public statement
the council doesn’t trust the
ence federal public health
policies, which currently
label marijuana a Schedule
I drug. The council should
not feel obligated, he said,
to legalize and license med-
ical marijuana dispensaries
just because of the forward
progress made so far. Ban-
ning dispensaries, he added,
would not tread on the rights
of an Oregonian to do what
they want in their own home
but “keeps the industry of
addiction out of our town.”
Tiffany Williams, of Asto-
ria, countered she believes lo-
cally legalizing medical mari-
juana dispensaries will actually
help mitigate the black market.
“It would be an improve-
ment,” she said. “You would
not make things worse.”
‘We cannot make a
hasty decision about
this, because we’re
setting a precedent.’
City Councilor Dana Phillips
Lois Larson, Don Lar-
son’s wife, spoke as a private
citizen and expressed appre-
hension about allowing a
dispensary in the downtown
core. Many of the councilors
expressed a similar concern.
Councilor Jay Barber sug-
gested crafting an amend-
ment that would restrict
dispensaries from operating
within the boundaries of the
city’s Downtown Mainte-
nance District, which ex-
pands from Roosevelt Drive,
along Broadway and Avenue
A to the Turnaround. City At-
torney Dan Van Thiel said if
the council were to approve
the amendment at the meet-
ing, he would advise entire-
ly starting the process over,
so the public could provide
feedback on the ordinance
with that amendment.
Councilor Tita Montero
said they could pass the ordi-
nance now, and then immedi-
ately start work on the amend-
ment. Based on state and,
potentially, local restrictions,
a facility can only operate in
three or four places in town,
she pointed out.
Phillips, along with Lar-
son, voted against passing the
legislation. Phillips voiced
concern that neither the coun-
cil nor the Seaside Planning
Commission got input from
Seaside Police Chief Dave
Ham to hear his thoughts.
“We cannot make a hasty
decision about this, because
we’re setting a precedent,” she
The City Council cannot
pass an amendment on the
ordinance until it goes into
effect, but they directed city
staff to start preparing a draft
ordinance so it can be con-
sidered once 30 days have
Steve Geiger, whose busi-
ness Highway 420 on South
Roosevelt Drive is regis-
tered as a medical marijua-
na dispensary with the state,
thanked the council members
for the work they had done
mulling over the topic, taking
public comment and approv-
ing an ordinance.
At the meeting, council
also passed a resolution es-
tablishing a fee for medical
marijuana dispensary license
applications and background
checks. The fee for the per-
son who applies for the li-
cense and is legally responsi-
ble for the facility is $100 and
each additional employee
or volunteer will be charged
$50 for their application and
background check
In other news:
• The council unanimous-
ly approved a proclamation
declaring May17 through
23 as Emergency Medical
Services Week, with a theme
of EMS Strong, and encour-
aging the community to ob-
serve the week with appro-
priate programs, ceremonies
and activities.
• The council unanimous-
ly approved an ordinance
that extends the terms of the
assessment district for eco-
nomic improvement, known
as the Downtown Mainte-
nance District and repealing
The cost of the district is esti-
mated to be $92,051 annually
and the properties within the
district have to pay approxi-
mately $8.84 per front foot.
The council plans to hold a
workshop Aug. 31 to discuss
the district’s boundaries and
whether to make concessions
for certain groups, such as
them. In another corner
hang photos, plaques and
newspaper articles for Bob
Teevin and his son, Jeff,
who both lost their lives in
logging accidents at ages
31 and 25, respectively.
Relatively small numerical
differences between birth
and death dates are not un-
common at the memorial,
although most people were
able to experience multiple
seasons of life.
“The museum and me-
morial both mean a lot
to the logging industry,”
Standley said.
He told the story of a man
named Bob Betz, who died
in anonymity. It wasn’t un-
til a while later someone in
Washington recognized him
as “Banjo Bob” because he
often was seen carrying and
playing his instrument. It
was an identifying aspect
of a man about whom lit-
tle else was remembered,
but now Betz’s name per-
manently adorns one of the
plaques on the wall.
“If this wasn’t here,”
Standley said of the memo-
rial, “no one would know
the story of Bob Betz.”
Remarks left in the com-
ment book at the facility
of the memorial to those
who visit it. “Thanks for
preserving memories,” one
comment reads. Anoth-
er states, “great memorial
with lots of insight into the
world of logging life.”
The challenge now is
that they are running out
of room and are hesitant
to get rid of anything. One
option is to reduce some
of the larger tributes in the
memorial building to the
standard size. More impor-
tantly, plans are underway
to create another 40-by-60-
foot, two-story building on
the same property.
“It’s inevitable we have
to have a new building
because this one’s getting
full,” Standley said.
The new building will
include a library to host
an extensive collection of
books left behind by a log-
ger and space for other such
memorabilia, as well as a
kitchenette. He expects the
new facility will be used
primarily for physical me-
mentos and the old build-
ing will be reserved for the
plaques and small photos of
each person being honored.
The museum has raised
more than $50,000 for the
new building, but they are
in need of other donations,
Standley said. His plan is to
obtain permits from Clat-
sop County after putting on
the dedication and exhibi-
For more information,
contact Standley at (503)
434-0148 or Darlene Wil-
coxen at (503) 728-2050 or
visit www.loggersmemori-
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