Vernonia Local News

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

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


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.



Formation of Columbia County Rider Transportation District


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


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

A Summer With Northwest Youth Corp

Bridger Stewart and Brad Ely, both graduates of Vernonia High School, spent time this past summer as part of the Northwest Youth Corp program.  The following is their account of what they experienced.


When I was in my freshman year of high school, a friend of mine had just returned from a session at Northwest Youth Corps. He told me all about the program, what they did, where they did it, and all of the amazing people who ran the crews. It sounded so cool!

The following Summer I was able to become a Corp member and had a blast. When you go out for a session, you are placed on a 12 person crew of likeminded individuals who have the passion and drive for conservation work, such as invasive species removal, trail restoration, and some fencing projects as well. It’s eight to ten hour days, sunshine or snow, swinging a tool to help shape a new section of trail that people will get to enjoy, all because of you and your crew.

After my first session I was immediately hooked, the lifestyle of a trail dog was the life for me. Granted we only got a shower once a week, didn’t have any electronic devices, and had no cell phones. I know that all sounds very scary for some people out there, however, as soon as you give up these luxuries for a measly five weeks, you become more in tune with the things around you, like the awesome people you’ll meet, the beautiful things mother nature created, and you become more of a grounded person in my opinion.

NotyhwestYouthCorpBridger-webThis summer I was given the opportunity to work for them again as a BLP member. BLP stands for Backcountry Leadership Program, which is made up of the people who stand out on the front country crews and who are chosen to become part of BLP the following year. My crew was a very interesting bunch, a lot of people you would never have guessed would have gotten along so well.

For five weeks we built trail reinforcements and did general trail maintenance at 9700 feet in the Sawtooth Mountain Range in Idaho. It was truly a breathtaking moment when we would wake up an hour before daylight, hike to the tallest ridge next to our camp to go to work and watch the sun rise. I’ve never seen something as beautiful as I did on those days.

For anyone that truly enjoys the outdoors, doesn’t mind doing something hard, but extremely rewarding, and has a drive to become a better person, I highly recommend this program. Oh and you get paid for it too, with an Americorp scholarship to go along with it.

So if you want to get out into the woods, swing a tool, meet some awesome people, and get paid to do it, go to

~Bridger Steward


My experience at Northwest Youth Corps (NYC) this summer was a very interesting one. For those who don’t know, NYC is an opportunity for youth between 15 and 18 to get outdoors and learn about nature, create/maintain trails and remove invasive plants, while earning an educational stipend. You can apply for different sessions, determining when and where you will work. I was put into South 4, the session taking place in southern Oregon the latter half of the summer and got paired up with 9 other kids in Red Crew who came from as far away as New York. I didn’t think that I would come to enjoy their company as much as I did. On weekends we rejoined the yellow, green and blue crews to camp and take recreational trips to nearby points of interest like Crater Lake.

We started our first week on an island close to Eugene brushing out an old dirt trail. It felt slow because of all the new experiences I was having (like getting up every day at 4:30 am), and it was also our most difficult week overall, with nine wasp nests and 104 degree temperatures. The second week, we pulled a ton of knapweed and sweet clover on logging roads. We also had an incident where our cooler was briefly stolen, prompting us to change campsites. The third and fourth week we built a trail to Opal Lake, a nice little lake a few hours away from Eugene. We also found a throwing axe in the woods, which was really cool. The fifth and final week was spent pulling English ivy off of a hillside.  NorthwestYouthCorpGroup-web

At the end of my trip, I realized that I had connected to all of these people on a very personal level. We worked, laughed, and lived together, and it drew us very close together. I may have liked some more than others, but I will miss them and the experiences that we shared.  I learned valuable life skills and that I can push through difficult situations while working to keep a positive mental attitude.  I really benefited from the structure of the program emphasizing personal responsibility and individual growth.  I definitely learned to appreciate many of the things that I take for granted at home, like time to relax and a hot shower each day.  I also learned that mayonnaise does not actually NEED refrigeration.

I would recommend NYC to anyone who is willing to put in the physical labor and long days in exchange for a unique experience where you can find new friends, see new places, and discover parts of yourself.

~Brad Ely

Keturah Coffee Roasters: Artisan Coffee Crafted in Vernonia

Vernonians now have a new option for a really great cup of coffee right here in town.

Sam and Kari Hough are now roasting small batches of artisan coffee in their home and are making it available for purchase.

KeturahCoffeeRoastingBeans-webSmall batch artisan coffee is a newer movement built on the idea that consumers are interested in knowing about the product farm-to-cup.  The coffee generally uses high quality beans that are lightly and medium roasted to retain the flavors from the region where they are grown and can be personally roasted to fit the taste of the consumer.

“We’re happy to be introducing people to the world of good, fresh coffee, said Sam Hough during a recent visit to see their coffee roasting operation.

What started as a hobby and a desire to drink the best coffee they could brew, the Houghs have expanded their passion into a small, home based business.

“I’ve been roasting my own coffee for quite a long time,” said Sam. “I started out doing it in a frying pan, and learned how to roast it really well that way, and then moved into using a popcorn popper. Back then we were doing it for ourselves and giving it to friends as gifts, and people really liked our coffee.”

KeturahCoffeeFamily-webSam is the pastor at the Vernonia Christian Church and Kari does pet grooming and pet care in the community.  They homeschool their children, and have created a small urban farm on their property on OA Hill, with rabbits, chickens, bees, a small orchard and they make their own kambucha and keiffer.  A home based coffee roasting business was a perfect fit, something they could fit in around their somewhat flexible schedules and other responsibilities.

Sam says his goal is to build up some small and medium wholesale accounts; he’s already secured several through connections in Vernonia.  A local Bed and Breakfast is using their coffees as well as several local realtors in gift baskets for new clients.  They have also established a good retail following of locals who stop by to pick up their roasted coffee beans or have them delivered by Sam or Kari.  They’ve also started a website ( where customers can order coffee for mail shipment or delivery if they live in Vernonia.  The website also features high quality coffee grinders, drip coffee makers and espresso machines that can be purchased through Keturah Coffee Roasters.   Read More

Council Hires Mitchell for City Administrator

The City of Vernonia has hired Josette Mitchell to be the new City Administrator.

Mitchell was offered the City Administrators position following the September 8, 2015 City Council meeting.

“We’re pleased to have Josette Mitchell as our new City Administrator,” said Mayor Randy Parrow. “We look forward to having someone in this position who is familiar with our community and has a solid working knowledge of the City’s current goals and projects.”

Mitchell was elected as Mayor three times in 2010, 2012, and 2014 before stepping down to take the position of City Recorder/Assistant to the City Administrator this past March.  Mitchell has previously served as Interim City Administrator on two separate occasions.  She replaces former City Administrator Gian Paolo Mammone who was relieved of his duties on August 12.

There had been some speculation that Mitchell would again be named Interim City Administrator  following Mammone’s dismissal.  But instead the City Council chose to offer her the full position and forego any further search or interview any additional candidates.

“Josette has shown her commitment to the City of Vernonia over the last several years,” said Mayor Parrow.  “She has earned this opportunity and we look forward to working with her and helping her succeed in moving the City forward.”

Terms of Mitchell’s contract were not made public.

Heavy Rains Friday and Saturday Could Mean Problems Traveling in NW Oregon

Road surfaces get slick and traveling gets tricky when rain first falls after a long dry spell

With the weekend forecast predicting heavy rains in Northwest Oregon, travelers need to be prepared for difficult conditions. Oil and grease don’t wash away during the dry season; they come to the surface when the next rain comes, which can make roads unexpectedly slick and treacherous.

“Hazards created by snow and ice are obvious but the travel hazards that come with the first rain after a long dry spell can catch you by surprise,” said Rian Windsheimer, ODOT Region Manager for the Portland area. “Roads will be slick, especially in the first few hours. Drivers and bicyclists, please slow down, give yourself extra stopping distance and please be aware of the possibly slick conditions.”

Be aware of conditions

Rain can create dangerous travel conditions with reduced visibility, reduced traction between tires and the road and less predictable handling for cars, motorcycles and bicycles. When it’s raining, be cautious and give yourself more time to get where you’re going. Also remember to:

  • Slow down. Driving through water at high speed can cause you to lose control. Lowering your speed helps you avoid sudden stops caused by disabled cars, debris and other hazards.
  • Expect road surfaces to be slick. The first few hours of rain can be the most dangerous.
  • Turn on your headlights to improve visibility. Disengage your cruise control.
  • Keep your distance. A car needs two to three times more stopping distance on wet roads.
  • Motorists and bicyclists must watch for each other: Cars won’t stop as quickly and bicycles may be harder to see. Give riders room!

Maintain your vehicle

The most common vehicle problems in wet weather involve wipers, brakes, tires and defrosters.

  • Check your wipers. Replace wiper blades regularly.
  • Make sure your defroster is functioning properly, especially if you haven’t used it in a while.
  • Check your brakes. After driving through a puddle, check that brakes are working properly by tapping them gently a few times.
  • Check your tires. Make sure tires are in good condition and are at the recommended inflation level. Tires should have at least 1/32 of an inch tread depth at any two adjacent grooves, the minimum allowable by law. Driving on over-inflated or under-inflated tires is dangerous on wet pavement.

Watch for hydroplaning conditions

Hydroplaning occurs when your front tires surf on a film of water. It can occur at speeds as low as 35 miles per hour, especially if tires are worn. If you hydroplane, ease off the gas, gently apply the brakes and steer straight ahead.

Know before you go

For updated information on highway work and current travel information throughout Oregon, visit or call the Oregon road report at 511 or 1-800-977-6368.

Apiary Road Closure

Columbia County Road Department will be closing Apiary Road at MP 17.7 from August 31st to September 16th.

Closure will be for construction crews to replace a double culvert with a new concrete arch culvert. Alternate routes will be Hwy 47 into Clatskanie or Scappoose-Vernonia Hwy to Hwy 30.

For details and questions about the project please contact road department office for project details.

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City of Vernonia, USDA Break Ground on Wastewater System Improvement Project

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Join the City of Vernonia, USDA Rural Development, elected officials, and residents to celebrate the groundbreaking for a wastewater system improvement project nearly 20 years in the making. Funded by Rural Development, this project will improve water quality for the local community and native fish species while also upgrading the town’s infrastructure and safeguarding it against flooding.

Who:         The groundbreaking ceremony will be attended by City of Vernonia Mayor Randall J. Parrow; USDA Rural Development State Director Vicki Walker; representatives from the Offices of Senator Ron Wyden, Senator Jeff Merkley, and Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici; staff from both the City of Vernonia and USDA; and representatives from the construction company Tetra Tech. Also invited are representatives from the State of Oregon, local officials, and the public.

What:        A groundbreaking ceremony for the City of Vernonia’s wastewater treatment system improvement project.

When:       Tuesday, August 25, 2015,  11:00 AM  Read More