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 more than 50 Clatsop County firefighters who were deployed with Oregon State Fire Marshal Incident Management to the Milli Fire in Sisters, the Chetco Bar Fire in Brookings and the Eagle Creek Fire in Multnomah County throughout late August and early September. A team of 13 firefighters at the Milli Fire in Sisters, another team of 14 at the Chetco Fire near Brookings and two teams of 13 and 14 in Eagle Creek have all returned home. According to Knappa Fire Chief Paul Olheiser, who is coordinating the county’s volunteer effort, it marked the first time in Clatsop County history two task forces were sent simultaneously to fight fires around the state. The team deployed to Chetco Bar broke state history for the most days spent on a fire as a part of a conflagration order from the state. Firefighters from Seaside, Gearhart, Olney, Lewis and Clark, Cannon Beach, Warrenton and Knappa fire districts were dispatched to fires throughout the state.
• Organizers and participants of the 34th annual Rod Run to the End of the World in Ocean Park, Washington, and the Seaside Downtown Development Association’s annual Wheels and Waves event last weekend. Both events attracted throngs of spectators to admire the vintage vehicles. In Ocean Park, more than 800 hot rods, muscle cars and other vehicles made in 1987 or earlier were on display at Beach Barons Wilson Park and participated in cruises around the Long Beach Peninsula. In Seaside, the event showcased more than 200 vehicles that were made in 1965 or earlier and brought out the crowds to see the vehicles parked along Broadway and cruising through town.
• Linda Jones, race director organizer of last weekend’s Lower Columbia Hospice Race to the Bar. This year’s event raised nearly $20,000 for the hospice and had 208 participants with ages ranging from 7 to 89 who ran in a 10K race and a 5K race/walk. Although the weather threatened to dampen the event, it cleared an hour before the start and the participants enjoyed a sunset with camaraderie and snacks on the beach after the race concluded.
• The Tongue Point Job Corps Center, which recently graduated 27 national Job Corps graduates who completed training in their respective trades. Commencement addresses were delivered by state Sen. Betsy Johnson and Clatsop Economic Development Resources Director Kevin Leahy. In the past 12 months, 324 students have graduated with skills ranging from accounting to welding, and of those, 292 are now either working or are continuing their education.
This week’s Callouts go to:
• The Oregon Department of Administrative Services, which a Secretary of State’s audit showed isn’t playing enough of a leadership role in workforce succession planning to ensure continuity and effectiveness in the state’s executive branch. The department is the central administrative agency of state government and is charged with implementing policy and financial decisions made by the governor and the Legislature. Auditors examined workforce succession planning practices at the department and eight Oregon executive branch agencies. They also reviewed state workforce data and practices in other states. The audit was released earlier this week and found that the Department of Administrative Services has not implemented or even developed a state-level succession planning framework.
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