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OUR 112th YEAR • November 23, 2018
ON TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
GULLS vs. BRAVES
JEFF TER HAR/FOR SEASIDE SIGNAL
Seaside coach Jeff Roberts talks to his team and the Seaside fans, moments after the Gulls wrapped up their semifinal victory.
By Gary Henley
ILLSBORO — Nowadays, it seems that
every high school sports team in America
has a slogan. Often more than one.
Something that inspires the athletes
and fans, looks good on a shirt, and the school can
Seaside football has two or three slogans, but
one in particular the Gulls like to post on game day:
“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose!”
With their latest victory — a 23-19 decision over
Gladstone in the 4A semifinals — the Gulls are tak-
ing that last part literally.
Seaside has won four in a row since an Oct. 12
loss to Banks, and now the Gulls are 48 minutes
away from their first state championship in football
Combined with state titles in three other sports
(golf, cross country and basketball), it would be the
sixth state championship in four years for Seaside
“It’s huge,” said Seaside coach Jeff Roberts.
“A lot of people say ‘Seaside’s a basketball town.’
Right? And understandably so. But about six or sev-
en years ago I went on a mission to revive the foot-
ball program, and bring this back.
“Look at that (pointing to the Seaside fans). It’s
unbelievable to have these people here. We’re a
football and basketball town now.
See Gulls, Page 10A
Stream permit delay alters County housing study
campus drainage schedule gets public hearing
By R.J. Marx
A permit delay will push drain-
age work off at the Seaside School
District’s new campus until next
That’s when crews will be able
to do water work for drainage and
swales as required by the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers’ permit
The permit was issued two days
after the end of this season’s in-wa-
ter work period.
That will keep the school dis-
trict’s schedule labeled as “caution”
on project manager Jim Henry’s
“We’ve been delayed for a year,
but we’ve been working closely
with Hoffman on what that means
for 2019 and their schedule,” Henry
said of the contractor. “It’s import-
ant we open the school and be ready
to move in 2020.”
Authors of a new county housing
study came to Seaside on Wednes-
day, Nov. 7, to unveil results from
“This process is not over,” an-
nounced project manager Brendan
Buckley of Johnson Economics, a
co-author of the study.
Buckley and Jamin Kimmell of
Angelo Planning Group presented
two hours of numbers confirming
what many in the audience already
knew: there’s not enough workforce
housing and for too many, housing is
completely out of reach.
Kimmell said a key strategy
should be to keep higher-density
development at a higher-density
level, to make sure that land is used
for multifamily or town-homes. For
coastal cities that are more con-
strained like Cannon Beach, Seaside
and Gearhart, existing lots that can
By R.J. Marx
PERMIT NO. 97
A harder line on
New school project
still set for 2020
Construction underway at the Seaside campus in the Southeast Hills.
Despite the delay, Henry ticked
off October milestones, including
coordination with the city on reser-
voir site use, bid process and com-
pletion of a seismic grant applica-
tion from the state.
See Campus, Page 4A
be developed, accessory dwelling
units and other approaches could be
used to increase availability.
While there seems to be enough
supply of land and housing in terms
of numbers, much of the supply is
serving the short-term rental market,
leaving not enough for year-round
and workforce housing — “the miss-
ing middle: townhomes, cottage
clusters and other types of homes
that can attract first-time home buy-
ers,” Buckley said. “Where will local
housing go that won’t just be used as
Freeing up properties used as
short-term rentals or vacation rental
dwellings was considered a driving
force in promoting housing avail-
“You might want to think about it
as putting commercial uses in a resi-
dential area,” Buckley said.
Renting out homes is a commer-
cial use, like a hotel room, he added.
“Thinking of it in those terms can
help frame it and differentiate it from
someone’s second home.”
See Housing, Page 4A
Salon owners find home in a unique Broadway space
By Eve Marx
The words, “Brazilian Blow Out”
and “Moroccan Oil” may not have a
lot of meaning to you, that is unless
you’ve been exposed to the higher
realms of hair care a person might
take for granted at a sophisticated city
hair salon. But now you can experi-
ence these products, and other luxu-
rious hair treatments at a new salon
in Seaside — and at a fraction of city
“Customer satisfaction is guaran-
teed,” said Kegan French, who along
with his partner, Will Witt, just opened
Salon on Broadway, located at 810
Broadway in Seaside. “If you don’t
Kegan French and Will Witt, of Salon on Broadway in Seaside.
like it, we’ll switch it out for you at
no cost. We stand by our work and our
products 100 percent.”
French was born in Germany. He
grew up in Utah on an Air Force base.
He comes from a family doctors and
other medical professionals and was
expected to follow that path. Instead,
while still a college student, he be-
came a stagehand and wardrobe tech-
nician in Salt Lake City.
“I worked with Rascal Flatts, Gwen
Stefani, Cirque de Soleil,” French
said. “I worked with Faith Hill and
Tim McGrath. I worked with Ozzy
Osborne. I worked with Korn. My life
was all glitz and glamour and gradual-
ly I began to realize I wanted to make
everyone feel like a star.”
It wasn’t long before he ditched
the career path his family envisioned
for him to enroll in Paul Mitchell, The
School, in Salt Lake City. He seriously
began to study hair care, graduating as
a cosmetologist in 2011.
Eight years ago, French followed
his mother, Mary French-Peterson,
to the Oregon Coast. For a time he
ran the hair salon at Necanicum Vil-
lage. He had a salon in Astoria. Then
he found out about space available in
the newly renovated Westport Winery
building and a bell went off.
“I knew right away this was where
I wanted to be,” French said.
Salon on Broadway focuses on spe-
cialized, premium services.
“Conditioning, hair color, preci-
sion hair cuts, broken hair bonding
See Salon, Page 7A