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OUR 112th YEAR • March 30, 2018
Construction impacts concern commissioners
Truck traffic could strain
local roadways
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
Logs were removed from the site in 2017. Planning
commissioners fear future construction traffic could
have an impact on city roads.
Round two of Seaside School District’s
presentation to the city’s Planning Com-
mission saw construction traffic and site
access as key discussion items. Heavy
truck traffic could rupture or damage city
roads with thousands of trucks carrying
rock and concrete expected during the con-
struction process, commissioners said on
March 20. The city could see “alligator”
effects to the asphalt from the many trips
during the construction process.
The district’s conditional use permit
request includes plans for expansion of
Seaside Heights Elementary School and
construction of middle- and high-school
facilities on 89 acres to the east of the ele-
mentary school, approved by voters in No-
vember 2016.
Based on the projected trip generation
of the campus after relocation of Gearhart
Elementary School, Broadway Middle
School, and Seaside High School, district
traffic consultants estimated that Spruce
Drive will carry a total of almost 4,000 dai-
ly trips. “This amount of traffic is not con-
sidered unreasonable, for roadways clas-
sified as major collectors in urban areas,
which can carry upwards of 7,000 average
daily,” according to the Lancaster Engi-
neering Traffic Impact Study submitted by
the school district.
But along with traffic to and from school,
construction traffic concerned Seaside plan-
ning commissioners, especially the 25,000
truck trips expected up and down local
The more trips, the more damage, and
the heavier vehicles, the more the dam-
age, Commissioner Bill Carpenter said. “A
tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds is
expected to do 7,800 more times damage
to a road than a passenger car.”
See School, Page 3A
Hood to Coast
inks five-year
deal in Seaside
After past acrimony, city
welcomes iconic race
By R.J. Marx
Seaside Signal
Oregon Ghost Conference
brings almost 1,000 to Seaside
By Brenna Visser
Seaside Signal
bout 1,000 people came to explore all things
paranormal and unexplainable at the Oregon
Ghost Conference on Friday, March 23, to Sun-
day, March 25, at the Seaside Civic and Convention
Center. The event features dozens of classes related to
the spirits, as well as a ghoulish walk through down-
town Seaside that showcased the town’s most haunted
This year, however, some of the participants were
more junior than in years past. Children came to explore
See Ghosts, Page 5A
Top: Aaron Collins, an investigator with NW Paranormal,
shows Oregon Ghost Conference participants a laser he uses
to detect ghosts. Above: Jade Cubbage of Beaverton looks at
a toy, a part of the “Haunted Toys” show-and-tell held at the
Oregon Ghost Conference.
Nearly three years ago, residents packed
City Hall and called for an end to Seaside’s
relationship with the Hood to Coast Relay.
Residents and businesses complained about
unruly behavior and traffic during one of
the summer’s busiest weekends.
On Monday night, the City Council
inked a five-year deal with relay officials
to keep Seaside as the final destination of
the 198-mile team run from Mount Hood’s
Timberline Lodge.
Dan Floyd, chief operating officer of
Hood to Coast, attributed efforts by City
Councilor Randy Frank and Mayor Jay Bar-
ber in bringing the city and race organizers
to the table. “Once everybody was able to
discuss both sides, we really became one
side,” Floyd said. “There was more of an
understanding what the city wanted from
us, and for the city, what we did for 200
miles. We got to make each other aware of
what’s going on and how we can improve.
This is a huge turnaround.”
Frank, a former critic of the race, called
recent meetings between the city and Hood
to Coast “very productive” and praised the
contract as “doing more than what we’ve
asked for.”
“I think you’ve answered not only the
concerns of the people of Seaside, but all
along the race course,” Frank said.
The city currently receives $18,000 plus
$3,000 for expenses, according to City
Manager Mark Winstanley. The new con-
tract starts at $25,000 this year and increas-
es 5 percent a year through 2022, when
Hood to Coast will pay the city more than
In addition to the payment, Hood to
Coast agreed to cover the city’s costs di-
rectly attributable to the event, including
staffing and equipment for police, fire and
public works.
Hood to Coast indemnifies the city from
liability and provides a toll-free phone
number as a means of communications the
week before and after the event. Organizers
agreed to cooperate with the city for event
public relations and promotion.
“This allows the city to put our best foot
forward and allows them to put their best
foot forward, and this gives us opportunities
See Hood to Coast, Page 6A
Knitting is her passion, and it’s one she shares
Mary Peterson uses
knitting to help
By Katherine Lacaze
For Seaside Signal
For Seaside resident Mary Peterson, knit-
ting is a passion she’s developed since she was
about 8 years old. Now, she’s found a new pur-
pose for the craft to give it more meaning to
herself and others.
Since 2016, Peterson has created and sold
numerous knitted products to raise money for
Alzheimer’s research through Frontier Man-
agement, the managing company of Neawanna
by the Sea where she currently resides.
When Peterson discovered Alzheimer’s re-
search was part of Frontier’s charitable giving,
“I decided that was something I could do, and
feel comfortable doing, and be happy doing,”
she said. Since then, she’s raised more than
$500 per year through selling her products at
organized sales, as well as on request.
The cause is dear to her heart, she explained,
as her late husband was diagnosed with Alzhei-
mer’s but passed away before the disease got
severe. One of her grandmothers also had Alz-
heimer’s and an uncle suffered from dementia.
“I’m so happy I can use knitting to further
the health and welfare of the community,” she
Adopting a lifelong passion
As a young girl growing up in Minneso-
ta, Peterson’s mother was busy caring for her
own mother, and so Peterson was frequently
left in the care of her paternal grandmother. A
self-described “problem child,” Peterson said
her grandmother taught her to knit because she
“was trying just anything she could to keep me
quiet and from climbing the walls.”
“I’ve been knitting off and on ever since,
and it’s been very much ‘on’ ever since I re-
tired,” she said. “I find great joy in the feeling
See Peterson, Page 5A
Mary Peterson, a resident at Neawanna by the Sea, has
turned her passion for knitting in a way to raise money for
Alzheimer’s research.