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The INDEPENDENT, August 4, 2005
Initial reaction to trail idea a mixed bag
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found that their concerns were
Tierney went on to say that
in most cases crime actually
went down in areas the B-VSP
goes through because there
are more eyes on it, even
though you may see only two
or three people on any given
stretch of trail, it is used by
35,000 to 40,000 people a
year, yet it is mostly clean and
litter free. He appealed to
landowners in the audience not
to stonewall the county, but to
work with them to resolve is-
sues, if they can.
Andersen told the meeting
that a four page questionnaire
was sent to rail to trail conver-
sions around the U.S. and the
responses consistently indicat-
ed that most fears are eased
after the park opens, but not
before, and that property val-
ues, rather than going down ac-
tually go up somewhat.
Hyde went on to assure at-
tendees that “We are not going
to develop this without your
okay,” and asked landowners
to stay and identify their proper-
ties for the county so they can
be contacted later.
After the meeting, Ferren-
burg was asked if she felt any
better about the trail as a result
of the meeting. Her response
was, “No, I don’t feel any differ-
ently, I still want my privacy.”
The Scappoose Rural Fire District holds rope rescue training
each year. This year, they opened the training up to other Co-
lumbia County agencies and personnel from Columbia River
Fire and Rescue joined them. The training was held July 25-
29 at four locations; Scappoose Sand & Gravel, Bonnie Falls
(where the above “rescuer” and “victim” are shown dangling
above the falls on July 29), at the fire station, and at Boise
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Columbia County Commissioner Tony Hyde, standing, listens to a comment from Scappoose
resident Joy Ferrenburg, who objects to the proposed trail from Scappoose to Vernonia if it
will go through her front yard. The meeting, held at the Scout Cabin in Vernonia on July 21,
was one of two initial meetings scheduled to gather public comments and questions, the oth-
er meeting was the next week in Scappoose.
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Poker Ride Aug.
6 in St. Helens
A Poker Ride on Saturday,
August 6, will start from Olsen
Quarter Horses on Dowd Road
in St. Helens. The first rider will
leave at 9:30 a.m. and the last
at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $5 a
hand or five hands for $20.
Prizes will be awarded at 2:00
This is a fundraiser for the
Columbia County 4-H Horse
Leaders Committee. There will
be lots of prizes and a conces-
sion stand with burgers and hot
dogs. Signs will be posted from
Hwy 30 to the event. For more
information, call Bob Spillman