SEASIDESIGNAL.COM • COMPLIMENTARY COPY OUR 110th YEAR • July 22, 2016 Stakes for bond raised as state enters game District could ask voters for $99.7 million for new schools campus The grant is a result of a random draw through the Oregon School Capital Improve- ment Matching grant program. The district was one of 29 school districts that applied for these funds on July 1. By R.J. Marx “I am optimistic because in the May elec- Seaside Signal tion, every school district that was on the The push to move Seaside schools to safe- waiting list and passed their bond received the ty got a big boost as Superintendent Dr. Doug funding,” Dougherty said early this month. The funds are contingent on the district 'RXJKHUW\DQQRXQFHGWKHGLVWULFWZDV³WKH¿UVW school district on a waiting list to receive $4 passing a bond in November. The 2015 Legis- lature authorized $125 million in state match- million in state grant funds.” ing bonds to provide incentives to school dis- tricts seeking approval for capital projects. The 2UHJRQ'HSDUWPHQWRI)LQDQFH2I¿FHRI$G- PLQLVWUDWLRQ 2I¿FH RI 6FKRRO )DFLOLWLHV FRXOG contribute $4 million on a $99.7 million bond cost, according to pre-election grant results. “For almost two decades, Seaside School District has been seeking state and federal funding to offset local costs to relocate our schools, and it has been a frustrating path to provide our students with a safe, new educa- tional space,” Dougherty said in a statement. BIKE PUMP TRACK ‘IS FOR EVERYONE’ “With the donation of 80 acres from Weyer- haeuser for the new campus and potential ac- cess to state funding, the pathway to providing a safe learning environment has opened up for us to pursue a school relocation bond in No- vember.” Dougherty displayed a map of the property at a June school board meeting. The donated property is in the shape of a rectangle on the hillside immediately east of Seaside Heights See Bond, Page 6A RELAY FOR LIFE Celebrate, remember, ¿JKWEDFN Annual event held in Seaside By Katherine Lacaze For Seaside Signal KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL Young riders take to the new pump track at Cartwright Park during a grand opening Saturday by the North Coast Trail Alliance. ‘Supportive community’ pumps it up in Seaside By Katherine Lacaze For Seaside Signal T he grand opening July 16 for the Cartwright Park Pump 7UDFN FHOHEUDWHG WKH RI¿FLDO ELUWK RI D QHZ FRPPXQLW\ biking venue for old and young enthusiasts alike. The trail — designed and created under the leader- ship of the North Coast Trail Alliance — sits adjacent to Cartwright Park, on the corner of Avenue S and Franklin Street behind the Seaside School District Administration Building. The looping track system offers three areas varying in degree of dif- ¿FXOW\PDNLQJLWVXLWDEOHIRU\HDUROGVOHDUQLQJWRULGHRQEDO- ance bikes along with hard core BMX racers wanting to build their skills for application on mountain trails. The outdoor facility is, in fact, intended as a family friendly venue with no age restrictions, said Chris Quackenbush, a mem- ber of the North Coast Trail Alliance. “A pump track is for everyone from 2 to 92,” he added. “It’s a family activity.” All that’s asked of riders is that they wear helmets while rid- ing. During the grand opening, members from the alliance and the FRPPXQLW\MRLQHGWRFHOHEUDWHWKHQHZWUDFNWKH¿UVWELJSURM- ect accomplished by the organization. Local businesses donated IRRGGULQNVDQGUDIÀHSUL]HVIRUWKHRSHQLQJGD\ See Track, Page 10A %ULJKW SDSHU ÀRZHUV LQ YDU\LQJ VKDGHV RI purple, softly illuminated memorial bags and attendees of all ages take lap after lap around a track for multiple hours of continuous move- ment. Each symbol present Saturday at Seaside High School contributed to the underlying mes- sage of the annual Relay For Life of Clatsop &RXQW\FHOHEUDWHUHPHPEHUDQG¿JKWEDFN Although the traditional 24-hour event, which started at 10 a.m. Saturday, was short- ened because of bad weather, about 15 teams from around the county withstood high winds and rain to raise awareness and funds for the ¿JKW WR HQG FDQFHU 5HOD\ )RU /LIH DQ DQQX- al American Cancer Society event, brings “awareness in the community, and camarade- rie,” said Linda Yeager, of Astoria. Her hus- band, Tim, being diagnosed with chronic my- eloid leukemia is what got the family involved with Relay about 15 years ago. “Seventeen years ago, they gave me 10 years to live,” Tim Yeager said. He was seen at Oregon Health & Science University and treated with Gleevec, a drug that targets the disease at a cellular level. Want- ing to give back to the cause, he donated bone marrow and blood for research and became the state lead for American Cancer Society Can- cer Action Network during the organization’s early years. “I want to do anything I can for others to survive,” he said, adding the hope is in 50 or so years, people will view cancer the same way they now do infections, which used to result in higher mortality rates. For Linda Yeager, as a caregiver, support from friends, family and the community was “everything, because it’s just an amazing jour- ney to go through.” A portion of the funds raised through Relay DUHGHVLJQDWHGIRUFDQFHUUHVHDUFKWRKHOS¿QG a cure and develop new therapies. The funds also go to support programs, resources for pa- tients and caregivers, education and advocacy. A ‘common bond’ KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL Children ride their bikes around the Cart- wright Park Pump Track at the course debut. Since 1994, the countywide Relay For Life has taken place every year, although it alter- nates between Seaside and Astoria. The co- chairs this year were Brian Cole and Laura Parvi, whose father-in-law was the late Kay Bredleau, one of the founders that got Relay started in Clatsop County. PAID PERMIT NO. 97 ASTORIA, OR PRSRT STD US POSTAGE See Relay, Page 10A Seaside delivers Fallen Badge donation in wake of tragedy Mayor Larson presents $10,000 check they are entitled by providing “the highest level of tribute and decorum in the traditions of the honor guard.” In the aftermath, the foundation partnered with the Seaside Police By R.J. Marx Department to provide backup and Seaside Signal logistical support for the memori- Seaside made good on its promise al service, attended by more than a to the Oregon Fallen Badge Founda- thousand visitors, many of them law tion, presenting a $10,000 donation to HQIRUFHPHQW DQG ¿UVW UHVSRQGHUV the organization for support in the af- from around the country and Cana- termath of the shooting death of Sgt. da. The foundation served as point of contact for volunteers, honor guard Jason Goodding. *RRGGLQJ GLHG LQ )HEUXDU\ DQGFLW\RI¿FLDOV Mayor Don Larson delivered the after being shot serving a warrant on convicted felon Phillip Max Ferry on contribution to Oregon Fallen Badge Broadway downtown. Goodding left Foundation board member Bob Miller at the Monday, July 11, City behind a widow and two children. The Oregon Fallen Badge Foun- Council Meeting. “I think everybody in this room dation is organized and operated to provide support for the planning and that went through this has thanks that execution of law enforcement me- are as deep as they could ever be,” morial services throughout the state. Larson said. “The check we’re going According to their mission statement, to hand you is a $10,000 check from WKHVHVHUYLFHVHQVXUHWKDWIDOOHQRI¿- the people of the city of Seaside — the cers are given the full honors to which people whose lives you touched — ‘It was absolutely fantastic, the love that everyone showed during that week of tragedy. I will personally never forget that.’ Bob Miller Oregon Fallen Badge Foundation board member the lives your own people touched, in such a tremendously tragic situation.” Miller served as deputy logistics director for the response. “I was a go- fer,” he said. “I had to go around to different businesses in town and ask people for things. And in many cases I said, ‘Send me the bill.’ They would say, ‘There will not be a bill, don’t sweat it.’ It was absolutely fantastic, the love that everyone showed during that week of tragedy. I will personal- ly never forget that. I know none of us from Fallen Badge will forget it. Thank you on their behalf.” R.J. MARX/SEASIDE SIGNAL Seaside Police Lt. Bruce Holt and Bob Miller of the Fallen Badge Foundation.