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OUR 110th YEAR • October 28, 2016
Find your Halloween haunt
Spooky events from Gearhart to Cannon Beach
By Lyra Fontaine
EO Media Group
‘Tis the season of cozy sweaters, crisp weather and Hal-
loween festivities. Events from Gearhart to Cannon Beach
offer frightful fun on the spookiest weekend of the year.
With live entertainment, costume contests, pumpkin deco-
rating and even selﬁ e sticks, there are many ways to get in
the Halloween spirit this year.
Family-friendly fun in Seaside, Gearhart
Halloween happenings abound in Seaside. On Friday,
Oct. 28, join a pumpkin decorating contest at Flash From
the Past in the Carousel Mall from 3 to 5 p.m. Winning
entries will be displayed at Pig ’N Pancake.
Downtown Seaside businesses offer face painting, col-
oring, airbrush tattoos, crafts and an aquatic touch tank
starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Beach Books offers
Halloween story time at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
The celebration continue with a free, all-ages Halloween
Dance Party at McMenamins Sand Trap Pub in Gearhart.
Live music by the Bond Street Blues Band plays from 7 to
10 p.m. On Monday, Oct. 31, families can trick-or-treat at
downtown Seaside businesses and participate in the kids’
costume contest at Flash From the Past, both from 2 to 5 p.m.
Boos and brews
Thor Bailey gets into the Halloween spirit at the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation Department
Thriller and Fall Fun Fest on Oct. 25. The event helped bring in almost 200 pounds of food for the
South County Community Food Bank.
The Seaside Elks Lodge “Boos, Blues and Brews” event
on Friday, Oct. 29 will have a costume party, comedian and
juggler, surprise entertainment, and live music from the
Ted Vaughn Blues Band. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
See Halloween, Page 9A
Seaside cautiously OKs School blueprints: Bond
pot production sites
ﬁ rst, design to follow
Astoria warehouse fi re hits home
Architects wait for result of
By R.J. Marx
PERMIT NO. 97
A warehouse ﬁ re in Astoria at a marijuana
processing site this week left an impression in
Seaside. At Monday’s City Council meeting,
councilors expressed concern that recreation-
al growing and processing facilities would be
properly monitored for safety, including ex-
tracts, oils and ether.
“I do have a concern in light of what hap-
pened in Astoria this week,” Councilor Tita
Montero said prior to a vote amending adminis-
trative rules for the production, wholesaling and
processing of recreational marijuana.
The licensing of medical marijuana produc-
tion facilities is already included in city code.
But when Seaside’s City Council voted to allow
licensing of recreational marijuana retail shops
a year ago, they left out three aspects of the Ore-
gon Liquor Control Commission administrative
rules: production, wholesale and processing.
Without an amendment to include recre-
ational processing and production, City Planner
Kevin Cupples said, Seaside would be ineligi-
By R.J. Marx
DANNY MILLER/EO MEDIA GROUP
Fire and police responded to a blaze at
inside marijuana-extraction company
Higher Level Concentrates on the corner of
Industry and Portway streets in Astoria.
ble for a share in state marijuana tax revenues,
and could preclude the city from levying a 3
percent tax on its sale.
Before voting, councilors asked what over-
sight the city would have over production fa-
cilities to prevent incidents like the explosion
at High Level Concentrates on Astoria’s west
end, which injured three and shut down nearby
See Pot, Page 9A
As Election Day nears, one man outside of
the Seaside School District will be carefully
watching the $99.7 million bond vote.
The architect for the proposed Seaside
School District K-12 campus is keeping a close
eye on the vote which will decide the project’s
fate. If voters approve the 30-year bond, Broad-
way Middle School and Seaside High School
would phase out classes in their current struc-
tures and move to the new campus adjacent to
Seaside Heights Elementary School. Gearhart
Elementary School would also close and re-
locate at an annex to the Heights school. “The
plan is once the bond passes to get started on
the design of the project,” Steve Olson of Dull,
Olson & Weekes said in early October.
The major difference between this year’s
plan and that of 2013, which his ﬁ rm also de-
signed, is maintaining Seaside Heights Ele-
mentary School, Olson said. “The original plan
was to build a new elementary
school rather than reusing the
So far, his team has worked
with the district in coming up
with enough preliminary infor-
mation to determine the overall
Steve Olson size of the project.
“The drawing is a test ﬁ t,
how the land might ﬁ t on the site,” Olson said.
“We don’t have a ﬂ oor-plan layout how the
school would actually look inside. That would
all be determined after the bond passes.”
Drawings illustrate the existing Seaside
Heights Elementary School, which would be
enhanced with a classroom addition. New
buildings to the south include a high school,
middle school, gymnasium and cafeteria. Main
entryways for the middle and high schools are
shown, as well as roadways, bus drop-off areas,
parking and athletic ﬁ elds.
Salmon, steep slopes
The 80-acre site was a gift earlier this year
from Weyerhaeuser Co. The upper portion of
See Architects, Page 7A
An ‘Election’ where everyone is the winner
Performances come at
By Katherine Lacaze
For Seaside Signal
In the middle of a conten-
tious election cycle, a group of
Seaside High School students
are exploring this keystone of
America’s democracy through a
satirical lens with their produc-
tion of “The Election,” aimed at
providing the community some
much needed comedic relief.
“You’ll laugh, you’ll cringe,
you’ll laugh some more,” se-
nior Bekah Cox said. “It should
be fun for everyone and they
will be able to relate to it on
In the play, which opens
Nov. 4, Cox’s character, Chris-
ty Martin, is a preppy, polished
know-it-all who decides to
run for student body president
against Mark Davenport, a
completely unprepared fellow
student who only wanted to
pad his resume for college ap-
plications and expected an un-
contested victory. Their con-
tentious race is sparked by the
ﬁ ctional school’s student body
president resigning in disgrace,
à la Richard Nixon. Several of
the play’s themes are applica-
ble to the real world of politics
at every level of government.
Cox, a veteran of the high
school’s drama program, de-
scribed her character as “al-
most Hillary Clinton, but not
quite,” adding her fellow cast
mates often joked she would
See ‘Election’, Page 10A
KATHERINE LACAZE/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL
The cast and crew for Seaside High School’s fall play “The Election” are preparing to open