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Our View: Shoutouts and Callouts

Praise for those who deserve it

Published on July 14, 2017 12:01AM

Astoria Relay for Life chairwoman Laura Parvi speaks to the crowd prior to the start of Saturday’s event at Astoria High School.

Damian Mulinix/For The Daily Astorian

Astoria Relay for Life chairwoman Laura Parvi speaks to the crowd prior to the start of Saturday’s event at Astoria High School.

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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:

Ryan Snyder, president of Martin Hospitality in Cannon Beach, who this month became the chairman of the Oregon Tourism Commission, which also oversees Travel Oregon. As commission chairman, Snyder will have one of the most influential voices in the state’s tourism industry, leading the nine-member state board which approves and oversees the budget and strategic plan for Oregon’s $10.8 billion tourism industry. Snyder has been a vocal advocate for sustainable tourism, and has served on the commission since 2011. He became vice chairman last year.

Columbia Memorial Hospital, which was recently designated as a Level IV trauma center by the Oregon Health Authority. Trece Gurrad, the hospital’s vice president of patient care services, said the designation sets Columbia Memorial apart from other hospitals by providing comprehensive trauma services that meet national clinical excellence standards. CMH is the only hospital with the trauma designation in the Columbia-Pacific region.

• Organizers and the roughly 400 participants of last weekend’s Clatsop County Relay for Life at Astoria High School, which raised awareness and more than $29,000 for the American Cancer Society in the fight against the disease. The event, in which 22 teams of walkers took pledges and raised money, included a survivor’s walk on the high school’s track and also a luminary service that honored those who have been lost to cancer.

Walt Ferguson, of Ferguson Timber, who donated the funding for Warrenton High School’s new indoor batting-cage facility. The facility was on display during the fifth annual Warrenton Alumni Baseball game earlier this month at Huddleston Field. The event drew more than 30 alums to play, many themselves in their 30s, and benefited the Warrenton Baseball Club. Participants included players from the Class of 1976 to 2016 and also featured a post-game Home Run Derby with a celebrity participant, Dane Gouge of Astoria Ford.

Sue Glenn, of Warrenton, who represented the Astoria chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently at the organization’s 126th Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. More than 3,500 members of the DAR attended the event and Glenn was recognized for her third-place entry in the Fiber Arts division of the American Heritage competition.

• The Best Western Astoria Bayfront Hotel, which recently earned the Champion Green Award at the hotel chain’s District II meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. The award recognizes hotels that have a commitment to sustainable resources and to reducing their carbon footprint while meeting other high quality and service standards. The Astoria hotel was one of only 87, out of more than 2,100, of the chain’s properties in the U.S. and Canada to receive the designation this year.


This week’s Callouts go to:

• The mindless driver of a car that was dragging its muffler that caused sparks and ignited a mile-long series of small grass fires near Oregon City Wednesday afternoon. The fires temporarily closed a portion of southbound Oregon 213 while firefighters doused the flames from five separate fires, authorities said. Fortunately, there were no injuries and the incident certainly could have been worse given the dry conditions and the potential for wildfires in many areas of the state. It serves as a large reminder that small things like sparks from a dragging muffler or hot ash from a dropped cigarette can cause big problems this time of year,


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