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Committee explores drone risks
Drones from Page 1A
Henderson said the city of
Seaside had yet to propose a poli-
cy, and he was “not in any hurry”
to do so.
“But on the other hand it’s
incumbent upon us to explore
what’s legal and what’s safe and
hear from all parties involved,”
Gearhart resident Jeff Gage,
a drone enthusiast, showed com-
mittee members a DJ Innovations
Phantom 3 drone, which he said
“probably outsells every other kind
in the world by a factor of two.”
With more than half a million
sold a year, these Chinese-made
aircraft can be Àown as far as
miles away from the operator.
7hey are basically “Àying cam-
eras” weighing about 2½ pounds,
Gage said, although drones can
weigh far more.
Gage said Congress passed a
law in 22 rede¿ning drones not
as “hobbyist drones” but as aircraft.
“If I want to take this thing to
0exico, I would have to ¿ll out
all the same forms if I was going
to take a real aircraft to Mexico,”
The Federal Aviation Admin-
istration, which regulates U.S.
aircraft, recommends users inform
Dan Sealy of Brevin’s Fudge used his drone to take a picture of the
Astoria Sunday Market in 2014.
the airport or tower within 5 miles.
“That’s not a requirement, it’s a
recommendation,” Gage said.
Gage said the 5-mile limit “is
pretty severe for small airports.”
Gearhart resident John Dud-
ley asked the commission “to bal-
ance restrictions and regulations
with sane use of the drones.”
“Where we live in Little Beach,
there are a lot of short-term rentals,
and we’ve seen a number of peo-
ple who are there for a day or two
or three with drones, and they’re
in and they’re out,” Dudley said.
“They’re there to have fun, but of-
ten they abuse the privileges and
don’t respect other people or other
things, that would be doubly hard
to control, to advise those people.”
Henderson pulled the conver-
sation back. “We need to try to
stick to what effects they’re going
to have at the airport,” he said.
Henderson said he did not
want the airport committee to
end up “being a sounding board
for people’s complaints of drones
peeking in people’s windows.”
He and other committee mem-
bers said they sought a way to
provide for drone users to regis-
ter their Àight plans with the city.
Seaside Public Works Direc-
tor Dale McDowell said he didn’t
want “people calling me on a
Sunday morning saying I want to
Ày my drone.”
He recommended those calls
be directed to police dispatch.
Committee member Bruce
Francis agreed police dispatch
would be more practical than no-
tifying the city or the airport.
“That’s a very easy way to
overcome this problem. Because
dispatch is there 24 hours a day.
That way you know you’ve met
the ‘burden’ requirement, because
it’s logged in with an of¿cial,”
Francis said. “If it ever comes to
the lawsuit — we’re waiting for
the ¿rst crash — and we know it’s
going to happen — you’ve got it
Seaside Municipal Airport is a
small paved airstrip. It is consid-
ered usable by light single engine
and twin aircraft only. The airport
is used by local pilots and “Àight-
Henderson said he wanted to
take a wait-and-see attitude as pi-
lots nationwide issue policy.
“Everybody’s kind of wonder-
ing; they have all the same ques-
tions,” Henderson said. “I’m hop-
ing some sort of guidelines come
out of the Oregon Pilots Associ-
ation that are Àexible and have
measures that would apply to
small- , medium- and high-traf-
¿c airports, so cities could know
what to say. We really don’t have
anything to this point.”
Roley chosen as
Roley from Page 1A
The process was similar to the way the board had
interviewed Dougherty when he was appointed su-
perintendent after serving as a principal, Phillips said.
The two groups had not discussed the interviews
until Tuesday’s board meeting, he said.
“My decision was to put this on the agenda,”
he said. “I don’t want to waste the district’s money
to continue the search and the stakeholders’ time.”
Board member Lynn Ulbricht noted that Sea-
side Heights Elementary School Principal Sande
Brown also planned to retire June 30 and that Ro-
ley would provide continuity in the district.
“We wouldn’t have the angst of a new superin-
tendent and new principal,” Ulbricht said.
Initially, he was “taken aback” by Roley’s
11th-hour application, said board member Patrick
No¿eld, but he said he realized how many quali-
¿cations she met. He, too, said she would bring
continuity to the district’s operations.
Brian Taylor, another board member, worried
that Roley would miss working with students. Then
he realized that she would continue to be working
with “students” — just on another level.
“I trust her with the reins,” Taylor said.
Following the board’s vote, Roley said she was
She told the board that, for her, the decision to
seek the superintendent’s job wasn’t sudden.
“I realized I didn’t need to stop serving stu-
dents, but I needed a change in the way I did it.”
The district is “growing a new generation of
leaders. What an honor to serve them,” she said.
Students go to state capitol to voice concerns about tsunami risk
Students from Page 1A
“The project has gotten so much
bigger than we intended it to, and that’s
amazing,” said student Kara Ipson.
The group hopes to convey that
Seaside High School, Broadway
Middle School and Gearhart Elemen-
tary School are at-risk and should be
relocated out of the tsunami inunda-
tion zone to save thousands of lives.
Associated Student Body of¿cers
made it a goal to raise awareness
about the Cascadia earthquake and
tsunami after reading the New York-
er article “The Really Big One” and
watching the Oregon Public Broad-
casting special “Unprepared.”
In response to their interest, Dough-
erty began meeting and having in-
depth discussions with the students.
“Before this project, we all knew
stuff about the tsunami, but it was
all kind of sugarcoated. It wasn’t
hard facts,” Ipson said, crediting
Dougherty for telling them “straight
up” about tsunami risks. “We were
talking about how we probably
won’t make it out of the building,
and things like that really open your
The group is concerned about
how the future Cascadia subduction
zone fault break, projected to cause
an . to .2-magnitude earthquake,
will impact Seaside students’ safety.
Lin said she was “alarmed” to
learn the realities of the overdue
earthquake and tsunami. “It makes
me want to make a difference.”
Ward said he is worried about not
being able to help people in the event
of a tsunami.
“It’s become much more personal
for all of us,” he said. “We’ve been
preparing for school but now we’re
thinking about, what happens if I’m
at home with my family? We need to
have a drill too.”
Relocation funds needed
Dougherty commissioned the
Oregon Department of Geology and
Mineral Industries to set inundation
zone lines with the legislature, result-
ing in a study that may change the
zone line from 3 feet to feet in
In 2013, the Seaside school dis-
trict sponsored a 12. million bond
measure to relocate the schools. Vot-
ers defeated the measure.
Dougherty is working to place a
new school relocation bond on the
November 201 ballot. Now ¿naliz-
ing costs, the district will soon poll
the bond locally.
“We have cut signi¿cantly back
from the previous bond,” he said.
“Once it’s been polled and it looks
like it would have a good chance of
succeeding, that’s when things hap-
pen pretty quickly.”
Dougherty said that interest in re-
location has increased and they will
do “everything we can” to make the
bond attractive for voters.
“The problem is we have been
trying for a long, long time to get
federal and state assistance,” he said.
“After all the press we’ve received,
we’re still not getting anyone who is
stepping up and saying they will help
us. Our community needs to have
people say, ‘we’re going to help you
offset the cost of this.’”
In the meantime, the students hope
to raise relocation funds through do-
nations, which are accepted on the
Seaside School District website.
So far, they have raised more than
$3,000. The students also sent letters
to Seaside High alumni and reached
out beyond the community to For-
tune 500 companies, politicians and
Hollywood celebrities. Several com-
panies have already written back.
“Hearing the students pick up that
mantle is huge,” Dougherty said.
“I think the students’ efforts are so
commendable, to say ‘We will help
you.’ I just truly appreciate that.”
The students will have an infor-
mational booth at the Seaside Dash
to Safety 5K on April 30. They have
also made T-shirts for their project
and are creating a viral video to edu-
cate people about the Cascadia event.
When most of the group’s stu-
dents graduate in June, juniors like
Ipson will continue their goal of
raising awareness and funds.
“If I actually do survive this event,
I don’t want to think, if only this bond
had passed, all these lives would have
been saved,” Lin said. “I don’t want
that regret. That’s the number-one
thing I’m most afraid of.”
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