Each week we recognize those people and organizations in the community deserving of public praise for the good things they do to make the North Coast a better place to live, and also those who should be called out for their actions.
This week’s Shoutouts go to:
• The Seaside High School boys and girls basketball teams, which each concluded their historic seasons last weekend. The boys team captured the state 4A championship, the first in basketball in the school’s history, while the girls placed third in the state tournament, also their highest finish ever.
• Jennifer Holen, Stephanie Meadows, Heather Seppa and Rachel Van Dusen, who were chosen by the Astoria Regatta Association to be mentors in a new program for the 2017 Astoria Regatta Court. According to the association’s president, Dan Travers, the new program will pair local businesswomen with each of the princesses to help them develop their leadership skills.
• Cannon Beach Police Chief Jason Schermerhorn, who was recently honored by the local Boy Scouts council with a prestigious Silver Beaver volunteerism award. Schermerhorn is a longtime volunteer in the Boy Scouts Fort Clatsop District, and the honor is the top award a local Boy Scout council can bestow to a volunteer mentor. Recipients are selected from confidential nominations of adult peers and only one award may be presented for every 60 troops.
• The organizers of last weekend’s Savor Cannon Beach wine walk, which drew more than 900 attendees for wine and culinary events. Forty wineries participated in venues from the Tolovana Inn to the Visitor Center. Organizers said ticket sales for the event were up 10 percent from last year and 80 percent were advance sales. The festival donated a portion of the proceeds to a local charity, Clatsop Animal Assistance.
• Supporters, sponsors and organizers of the annual “Stuff the Truck” Food Drive that set an all-time record for its campaign to help feed hungry people in Clatsop County. This year’s drive collected 1,592 pounds of food and garnered $14,159 in contributions to help defray the cost of food distribution for the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank.
• Hannah Garhofer, who took top honors in the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program when she was crowned Miss Clatsop County last weekend. Garhofer, of Seaside, is a student at Northwest Christian University in Eugene and won the service above self, fitness and congeniality awards and will also compete to be Miss Oregon in June. Nicole Ramsdell, of Astoria, was selected Miss North Coast’s Outstanding Teen and Peyton Sims, of Seaside, was named Miss Clatsop County’s Outstanding Teen. Each of the three will receive a scholarship award and will serve as an ambassador to the community.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, which according to Oregon Public Broadcasting has the second-worst water-quality permit backlog in the country. Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit this week in Multnomah County that contends the backlog has resulted in some facilities discharging pollutants at levels that may violate protections for the state’s waterways. The suit seeks a court order to force the DEQ to update hundreds of old permits. The problem has existed for more than a decade, and in 2015 the Legislature directed the agency to review its water-quality permitting program. A consultant’s report found the DEQ lacked proper staffing to write permits and often failed to coordinate the scientific and regulatory efforts needed to issue new permits. DEQ officials told OPB they agree there’s a problem, and that it will take time and resources to fix it with a “comprehensive solution.”
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