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SEASIDESIGNAL.COM • COMPLIMENTARY COPY
OUR 110th YEAR • October 14, 2016
adds voice of
Candidates take the
stage in Seaside
Condition of schools drives bond vote
SEASIDE COUNCIL, WARD 3
By R.J. Marx
The Seaside City Council gave a thumbs-
up to the Seaside School District’s November
bond to move tsunami-endangered schools to
“I have to commend you and the board for
putting the package together that shows us
what’s going on,” Mayor Don Larson said at
Monday’s meeting. “This thing is just fantastic.”
“So much time and effort has been put into
this by so many people,” Councilor Dana Phil-
lips said. “It’s something for the good of our
community as well as the safety of our stu-
Seaside School District Superinten-
dent-emeritus Doug Dougherty provided a pre-
sentation that stressed not so much the beneﬁ ts
of the new campus but the defects of current
schools, which are well beyond their projected
life span. He called this an opportunity to make
a difference to that community for generations.
“It’s one of those things that we are very excit-
ed about. This is an outstanding chance.”
After the defeat of the district’s 2013 bond,
the city went back to voters to ﬁ nd out why.
“We trimmed this plan to its bare bones,”
The new campus, to be located on 80 acres
donated by Weyerhaeuser Co., is near Seaside
Heights Elementary School in the East Hills.
SEASIDE COUNCILOR AT
LARGE, WARDS 1 & 2
See Bond, Page 6A
to rule on DA’s
Marquis froze out police detective
By Derrick DePledge
EO Media Group
Did Clatsop County District Attorney Josh
Marquis have absolute immunity when he
froze out a Seaside Police detective who crit-
A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals will answer the question after
accepting written legal arguments Thursday,
Oct. 6. at Pioneer Courthouse in Portland.
Steven Barnett, who retired from the Sea-
side Police earlier this year, claimed Marquis
violated his free speech and due process rights
by refusing to vouch for his credibility to work
on criminal prosecutions.
Marquis made the decision after Barnett,
who was running against Sheriff Tom Bergin
in 2012, wrote a guest column in The Daily As-
torian critical of the district attorney, who had
endorsed Bergin in a newspaper column.
Barnett, who was one of four candidates to
challenge Bergin, ﬁ nished last in the primary
with 7 percent of the vote.
U.S. District Judge Marco Hernandez in
Portland ruled against Barnett in 2014, ﬁ nding
Gearhart mayor, Seaside council in contested races
By R.J. Marx
ousing, tsunami safety and a potential new
school campus in Seaside dominated discus-
sion Monday, Oct. 3, as the American Associ-
ation of University Women hosted a candidate
forum at City Hall.
Moderated by AAUW Finance Vice President Vir-
ginia Dideum of Gearhart, candidates from Gearhart
and Seaside shared their viewpoints to an audience of
more than 100 residents from both communities.
The mayoral race in Gearhart and the battle for City
Council Ward 3 in Seaside were the only contested
races, and differences between the candidates in each
provided the starkest differences in political opinion.
Seaside Ward 3
Ward 3 Councilor Don Johnson faces a challenge
from Tom Horning, a geologist and member of the
city’s Planning Commission. Horning is running on
a platform of tsunami awareness, and gave a visual
See Candidates, Page 6A
PERMIT NO. 97
See Barnett, Page 3A
Catching a ‘buzz’ at Seaside
Naturalist Julie Tennis shares the
environmental benefi ts of beekeeping
By Katherine Lacaze
For the Seaside Signal
KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR THE SEASIDE SIGNAL
Julie Tennis explains the diff erent components of a Lang-
stroth beehive during her presentation, “What Beekeepers
Do,” at the Seaside Public Library.
A childhood incident traumatized Julie Ten-
nis stimulated a lifelong passion for bees and
“My experience as a beekeeper has shown me
that the more people care about something living,
other than themselves, the more they will care
about nature as a whole,” said Julie Tennis, a nat-
uralist and beekeeper from Naselle, Washington.
The art of beekeeping is an exacting and
work-intensive yet rewarding way to establish
a connection with nature, promote pollination
and contribute positively to the overall health
of the environment.
She gave a late-September presentation,
“What Beekeepers Do” at the Seaside Pub-
lic Library. The event was sponsored by the
Friends of the Seaside Library.
Tennis maintains an oscillating number of
hives, or between 20 and 40, depending on
what is happening in the environment, but she
has not always been a bee lover.
In fact, a traumatic event from her child-
hood, during which she and a friend got stung
more than a dozen times each, gave her fear and
hatred of stinging insects that she harbored for
a long time. However, she also respected them,
especially as she came to understand the insects
did not sting until they perceived a threat.
When Tennis was in college, her father started
See Beekeeper, Page 7A