Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014


Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers has requested that the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office provide assistance to the county Clerk and Elections Office in processing ballots and other tasks for the Nov. 4 General Election.
The request, made Tuesday, comes as the county moves forward to comply with a directive from the state requiring that the county issue supplemental ballots to county voters due to two errors affecting the Clatsop Community College bond measure and Cannon Beach City Council race.
Somers has also begun an internal investigation into the cause of the error, which was discovered Friday, Oct. 17 after ballots began arriving in voters’ mailboxes.
For Measure 4-176, the community college bond, the ballot incorrectly lists the amount of the bond as “$8,200,00.” The correct amount is $8,200,000.
In the Cannon Beach race, the ballot instructs voters to vote for one candidate in the contest between George Vetter and Mike Benefield for an at-large position on the city council. The instruction should have read “Vote for Two.”
On Monday, Somers placed Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes on administrative leave and appointed Clerk of the Board Valerie Crafard as Interim County Clerk. Former county elections worker and interim clerk Karen Barnum has also been retained in the position of Interim Deputy Chief Clerk to assist the Elections Division.
Barnum served with the Clatsop County Elections Division from 1998 to 2003. After retiring from the Multnomah County Elections Division in 2012, she returned to Clatsop County later that year for three months around the November election as Interim Chief Deputy Clerk.
On Monday the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office issued a directive requiring that the county issue supplemental ballots containing the two issues affected by the errors. All approximately 21,000 registered county voters will receive a ballot with the community college bond measure; ballots for the approximately 970 voters in Cannon Beach will also include the city council contest.
Ballots are expected to be mailed out later this week.
Voters are asked to vote their original ballot as well as the supplemental ballot when received.
Ballot tallying for the original ballots will be conducted for all races, excluding Measure 4-176 and Cannon Beach councilor positions. Ballot tallying for the supplemental ballots will be conducted for Measure 4-176 and Cannon Beach councilor positions.
If you have already cast your ballot, your vote will be counted for all but the two ballot items with errors, so please be sure to vote and submit your supplemental ballot as well. If you have not yet voted, please vote both your original ballot and the supplemental ballot.
Ballots must be received by the Elections Division no later than 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4 in order to be counted. To find ballot drop sites and other information go to or call (503) 325-8511.

Released by:
Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014 OREGON PIPELINE HEARING CANCELLED As a result of an appeal filed by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a hearing before the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on the project application set for Sept. 10 has been cancelled. On Friday, July 18, Oregon Pipeline Company LLC filed a petition for review with the Oregon Court of Appeals to review two recent rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA): a remand of the board of commissioners’ October 2013 decision rejecting the company’s consolidated land-use application, and the dismissal of an appeal filed by project opponent Columbia Riverkeeper against the board’s original November 2010 ruling approving the application. In a ruling released June 27, LUBA remanded the application back to the county based on its finding that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was not impartial when he voted with the majority of the board to withdraw the original approval and later to deny Oregon Pipeline’s consolidated land-use application to build 41 miles of natural gas pipeline through the county. The remand means the board must reconsider the application without Huhtala taking part in the decision – the September hearing was set for this reconsideration. LUBA’s ruling came in response to an appeal filed by Oregon Pipeline, which claimed that Huhtala as well as Commissioner Scott Lee and former commissioner Debra Birkby all displayed evidence of bias against the project. LUBA found that there was not sufficient evidence of bias regarding Lee and Birkby. The proposed pipeline would serve a liquefied natural gas import/export terminal planned for the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. The board of commissioners approved the pipeline application in November 2010, but two months later the board, with three new members including Huhtala, voted to withdraw the approval and reconsider the application. After two and a half years of legal wrangling over the commissioners’ jurisdiction, the board voted 5-0 in October 2013 to reject Oregon Pipeline’s land-use application. Oregon Pipeline appealed that decision to LUBA. Released by: Tom Bennett Community Relations Coordinator (503) 338-3622

Two file for Astoria Council seat - Daily Astorian: News

Two file for Astoria Council seat - Daily Astorian: News