Vernonia Local News

Brian Franck – Obituary

Obit-BrianFranck-ColorBrian Franck, age 54, died peacefully at home on December 14, 2016.

He is survived by his wife Ann Franck, her daughters Leigh Halverson and Dana DelBello, his mother Ilene Franck, brothers David and Lyle Franck, and sisters Lucy Warren and Carole Shaw. He is preceded by his father Charles Franck.

Brian was born on March 2, 1962 and raised in Forest Grove, Oregon. He graduated from Forest Grove High School in 1980 where he was on the track team, attended Lane Community College in Eugene, and worked at Wauna Federal Credit Union in Vernonia.

Brian was a devoted husband, son, brother, co-worker and friend. He enjoyed camping, kayaking and watching sports, especially his Blazers. His kindness, smile and joyous nature touched many lives. The Vernonia community has lost a very gentle, loving, and caring citizen.

He lived a good life and was a wonderful example of how people should treat one another. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends and all who knew him.

The family would like to thank Dr. Kristian Enestvedt and Danielle Vermette at OHSU for their genuine loving care.

A Memorial service to celebrate Brian’s life will be held at 2:00 pm on Sunday January 22, 2017 at Cedar Ridge, 18062 Keasey Road, Vernonia, OR 97064 (Please note change of date)

Flowers and condolences can be sent to Cedar Ridge or donations can be made in his name to Community Home Health and Hospice in Longview, WA.

Pamela Lee Kofstad

Obit-Kofstad-webPamela Lee Kofstad, 61, of Vernonia passed away October 5th, 2016 in her home surrounded by family and friends. Celebration of Life Service will be held at Harvest Community Church in Beaverton, Oregon on October 16th, 2016 at 3:00 pm with Reverend Dr. Chuck Currie officiating. Reception with family and friends will follow the service.

Pam was born in Hillsboro to George and Georgia Griffin on April 16th, 1955. She graduated from Aloha High School in 1973. She became a valuable member of the staff at Pacific University as an Administrative Assistant for the School of Social Sciences. 

Pam is survived by her husband, Harvey Kofstad; two children, Kelly Kielian and Dustin Kofstad; three step-children, Angela Kofstad, Kevin Kofstad, Steven Kofstad; parents, George and Georgia; three siblings, Mike Griffin, Ed Griffin, Sandra Danchok; and thirteen grandchildren.

She will be deeply missed and remembered by her warm smile, loving touch, and her family strength.

Condolences may be left on the online guestbook available through Omega Funeral & Cremation Services at http://www.omegaservices.com/obituary/. Donations, in honor of Pam, may be made to the ALS Association Oregon and SW Washington Chapter http://webor.alsa.org/goto/PamelaKofstad

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all medical providers, friends, and family for the continued support, love, and tributes.

David B. McNair, Jr.-Obituary

Obit- David McNairDavid B. McNair, 38, a former resident of the Vernonia community, late of Portland, Oregon, died Monday morning, May 30, 2016 at the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, June 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Avenue in Vernonia, with Pastor Don Wantland, Northwest Independent Church Extension in Castle Rock, Washington, officiating. Family Graveside Services will be held at Vernonia Memorial Cemetery, 2080 Bridge St. Vernonia, Oregon.

DAVID BRUCE McNAIR, JR. was born February 13, 1978 in Seaside, Oregon, the son of David Bruce McNair, Sr. and Tammy Lynn (Norton) Libbey. He was raised in the Seaside community, until the age of five when he moved with his family to the Vernonia community, where he was raised and received his education.

He had worked for several years as a logger in the Vernonia area and later as a Stone Mason in the Construction industry for several years. Read More

Elmer Morford-Obituary

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Elmer Morford passed away March 30, 2016 at home with his wife and daughters by his side. He was 82.

On October 24th, 1933 Elmer Dale Morford was born to Norma (Wigle) and Dale Morford in Junction City, Oregon. He joined an older brother Floyd. He spent most of his childhood in that area. Elmer married Juanita Allen in 1958. They had two children, Elita and Monty. They moved to Vernonia and bought the Cut and Curl Room Beauty Salon in 1965. Elmer started working for Holce Logging running cat and building roads. He loved the outdoors. He loved elk hunting with his brother and friends. He also enjoyed deer hunting in Eastern Oregon with Ed and Edith Roediger. He took his family camping, fishing and water skiing at Detroit Lake. He was divorced after 25 years.

He was introduced to LaVonne Bergstrom by mutual friends and they married in June of 1984. Lavonne brought two daughters and one son, all grown with children to the marriage.  They made their home in Corvallis where he hauled logs for Thompson Timber. When he retired, they moved to Mist, Oregon to be close to his daughter Elita, son-in-law, and grandson’s. Elmer then delivered parts for Peerless and General Trailer. He got to meet some of his old logging friends and made many new ones. He became an avid gardener. They spent many winters in Arizona with friends. They also loved camping and fishing, and spent a lot of time at Detroit Lake.

They moved to Clatskanie for a few years and then to Spring Meadows Assisted Living in St. Helens.  There he made many friends and had the best of care. Everyone there loved him. He was always teasing and making them laugh. They even voted him King on Valentines Day and LaVonne Queen.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a step daughter, Denise Rands. He is survived by his wife LaVonne in St. Helens, his daughter Elita (Rick) Davis – 2 grandson’s and 5 great granddaughters, his son Monty Morford – one granddaughter, his stepdaughter Barbara (David) Anderson – 3 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and his stepson Jim (Carlita) Bloodsworth – 5 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, his brother Floyd (Artice) Morford – 3 nephews and 1 niece, and many cousins.

As per his request, there will be no service. A private celebration of life for the family will be this summer at Detroit Lake.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Spring Meadows Assisted Living for the wonderful care that they gave Elmer and his girls. They were compassionate and caring. They provide a great service to their residents.

 

LOGGERS WIN !

The Vernonia Loggers are the OSAA 2A boys basketball state champions!

The Loggers defeated the #1 ranked Regis Rams 57-49 on Saturday, March 5, 2016 to bring home their first state championship in almost 40 years.

The Loggers were led in the championship game by Player of the Game, senior Robert Conner, who scored 17 points on 5 of 7 shooting from the field.  Conner also hit 7 of 10 free throws, including 4 of 6 in the final :33 of the game to help secure the win.  Conner added 7 rebounds, 6 of them defensive, to his big night for the Loggers.

Junior Tristan Adams scored 14 points for the Loggers, hitting 6 of 9 shots from the field, including 2 of 3 3 point shots. Senior Arne Scheimann scored 10 points and grabbed 8 rebounds and senior Francesco Mian scored 10 points.  Sophomore point guard Clay Sullivan, the Player of the Game in the tournament opener on Thursday,  scored 2 points and added 6 rebounds and was named First Team All Tournament.  Junior Brett Elliot scored 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds and was named Second Team All Tournament.

The State Championship was truly a team effort by head coach David Weller’s Loggers, who had three different leading scoring in the three game tournament, and three different individuals named Player of the Game.  Weller used 9 players in each of the three match ups.

Regis jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead to start the championship game but the Loggers battled back on a jump shot by Scheimann,  a couple of baskets by Conner, a 3 point bucket by Adams, and a basket by Mian.  The Loggers trailed 14-11 at the end of the first quarter.

Adams took over in the second quarter.  After hitting a 3 pointer to tie the game at 14, the teams traded baskets the rest of the quarter with Adams hitting 3  more buckets to go along with a dunk by Conner.  A jumper by Scheimann with 2:48 to go in the half gave Vernonia their first lead of the game and a 3 point shot by Elliot with 12 seconds left gave the Loggers a 27-24 lead at the half.

The Loggers kept control of the game throughout the second half, as the Loggers worked the ball inside with Conner hitting a layup and Conner and Elliot drawing  several fouls. Conner hit 3 of 4 free throws while Elliot made 1 of 2.  Mian then took over,  hitting a  jumper,  then a layup and the Loggers led 39-33 at the end of three quarters.

Mian opened the fourth quarter with another jumper,  Sullivan extended the Logger lead to 10 points with a jumper of his own, before Main hit another shot to keep the Loggers lead at 10.  Scheimann hit a pair of jumpers and Conner and Adams each added one, before Conner headed to the free throw line and iced the game by hitting 4 of his final 6 free throws.

 

Loggers Advance to State Championship Final

The Vernonia Loggers boys basketball team have advanced to the finals of the OSAA 2A State Championship in Pendleton, after defeating Bandon 51-39 on Friday night, March 4.

The #2 seeded  Loggers will face #1 Regis on Saturday, March 5 at 8:15 pm in the final.

The Loggers were led in their defeat of Bandon by Tristan Adams who scored 19 points on 7 of 10  shooting from the field, including 5 of 8 from beyond the three point line.  Adams was named Player of the Game for the Loggers.  Robert Conner added 8 points and 7 rebounds,  Brett Jones had 8 points, and Clay Sullivan added 5 points and 7 rebounds for the Loggers.

Head coach Devid Weller used his deep bench with 9 players seeing significant minutes for the Loggers during the game.

The Loggers advanced to the semifinals with a 44-42 win over Burns in the tournament opener on Thursday night.  Sullivan led the Loggers with 15 points and 8 rebounds and was named Player of the Game.  Brett Elliot scored 8 for the Loggers including 3 clutch fouls shots to give the Loggers a 43-42 lead with :41 left in the game. Arne Schiemann added 8 points, Francesco Mian  had 7, and Conner scored 6 for the Loggers.

 

Daryl S. Tuttle-Obituary

Obit-DarylTuttle-web2Daryl S. Tuttle, 49, a resident of the Vernonia community, died Sunday, February 7, 2016 doing what he loved.

A Potluck Celebration of Life Service will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016, from 12 Noon – 4:00 P.M. at the Vernonia Scout Cabin, 901 Park Drive in Vernonia, with Pastor John Cahill, officiant.

DARYL SCOTT TUTTLE was born on November 22, 1967 in Boise, Idaho, the son of Kay Schrenk and Connie (Markam) Wegner.  He lived in Albion,  Idaho until the age of 4; the family then moved Hayburn, Idaho.  At the age of 2  his mother married Dale Tuttle and Daryl was adopted  by Dale at the age of 10.  His mother and he moved to La Grande, Oregon, where she met and married Dave Wegner.  In the fifth grade they moved to Alaska where he was raised and received his education. At the age of 16 he moved to Cambridge Idaho.  At the age of 18 he moved to Burley, Idaho until 1991and to La Grande where he resided until 1996 when he moved to the Vernonia community, where he has resided since.

He worked as a De-Limber operator for Nygaard Logging in Warrenton for 10 years.

Among his special interests he enjoyed hunting, quad riding, camping, BBQing, shooting and anything outdoors. Most of all he treasured spending time with his family.

Daryl is preceded in death by his stepfather, Dave Wegner. grandparents Robert and Galena Markham and a brother Randy Tuttle

Survivors include his life partner, Elana Brasure of the family home in Vernonia, Oregon; his mother, Connie Wegner of Meridian, Idaho; his adopted father, Dale Tuttle of Wasila, Alaska; his birth father, Kay (Portia) Schrenk of Declo, Idaho; his four children, Rusty Campo of St. Helens, Oregon; Robby (Byanca) Campo of Prineville, Oregon; Jessica Llanos (Adam Schmidt) of Vernonia, Oregon and Joseph (Mary Lynn) Brasure of Vernonia, Oregon; his five brothers, Jared (Becky) Schrenk of Declo, Idaho; Marc (Bri) Schrenk of Murtaugh, Idaho;  Brett Schrenk of Castle Fort, Idaho; Travis (Faith) Wegner of Meridian, Idaho and Dustin (Lindsey) Wegner of Bend, Oregon and his sister, Amy (Guy) Durfee of Rupert, Idaho;  step sister Jennifer Reinhart of Newport,Oregon; step brother Jeff Wegner of Vancouver,Washington.

Also surviving are his seven grandchildren, Zayden, Charlie, Kyla, Brody, Caylee, Gavin and Jay and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family suggests that remembrances may be contributions to the family to assist in funeral costs and raising his two grandchildren, 61151 Stoney Point Road, Vernonia, Oregon 97064, in his memory.

To sign the online guestbook or to send the family condolences visit www.fuitenrosehoyt.com

Fuiten, Rose & Hoyt Funeral Home in Vernonia is in charge of the arrangements. 503-429-6611

NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF BALLOT TITLE

Notice is hereby given that the ballot title for a measure referred by the Columbia County Board of Commissioners has been filed with the County Clerk of Columbia County on January 21, 2016.

The ballot title caption is FORMATION OF COLUMBIA COUNTY RIDER TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT.

Caption

Formation of Columbia County Rider Transportation District

Question

Shall a transportation special district be formed with a permanent rate of $0.23 per $1,000 of assessed value beginning FY 2016-17?

Summary

This measure creates the Columbia County Rider Transportation District (the “District”), which will be a special district for the purpose of providing public transportation in Columbia County. Public transportation is currently provided by Columbia County through its transit department, Columbia County Rider (“CC Rider”). If this measure passes, the District will manage and operate CC Rider — independently from the County — and a board of seven directors elected from the District at large will govern the District. The boundaries of the District will include the area within Columbia County, including all cities in the county, except for the Cities of Clatskanie and Prescott, which did not consent to inclusion.

If approved, this measure will authorize a permanent rate limit of $0.23 per $1,000 of assessed value, beginning in fiscal year 2016-17, to provide a stable, ongoing source of funding for CC Rider. In the first year, tax revenue is expected to be an estimated $991,961.

In accordance with ORS 250.195, any elector may file petition for review of this ballot title in the Columbia County Circuit Court no later than the seventh business day after the title was filed with the county clerk (5:00 p.m. February 3, 2016).

Published pursuant to ORS 255.085 by Elizabeth E. Huser, Columbia County Clerk