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Coast Community Radio, the public station for the Columbia estuary region, elected board members Nov. 3, including a Long Beach resident and former Ilwaco resident. Top row, left to right: Treasurer John Stevenson, Sarah Lu Heath, Vice President Jenn Crocket, President Jack Harris; bottom row: Tom Duncan, Secretary Lisa Smith and Josh Marquis. Not pictured: Victoria Stoppiello.

ASTORIA — Over 100 members of Coast Community Radio celebrated KMUN and each other during the Annual Meeting and Breakfast held Nov. 3 at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall in Astoria. Elected to the board were Lisa Smith of Long Beach and Victoria Stoppiello, a long-time Ilwaco resident who now resides in Manzanita. Sarah Lu Heath and outgoing Clatsop County Attorney Josh Marquis of Astoria also joined the board.

“The meeting was energizing,” newly elected board President Jack Harris said in a press release. “A packed room and really talented candidates for a contested board election are signs of a healthy and engaged membership.”

Annual awards were given for outstanding volunteers from the station. Carolyn Wells of Astoria was honored as Volunteer of the Year, John Stevenson of Clatskanie as Programmer of the Year and Emily Geddes of Astoria was presented with Rookie of the Year for her program “The Mellow” every other Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. on KMUN 91.9 Astoria/89.5 Tillamook.

“The new board is inheriting some clear direction and goals such as continuing the development of a grant-writing team, organizing an endowment through planned giving and putting on events that raise money and awareness for the Station. I get to work with an all-star group of Board Members with a huge variety of experience and skills to get Graham and his team the resources they need to keep us strong,” Harris said.

Harris said it’s time for the public radio stations to advance beyond “the duct-tape and superglue” equipment they now operate.

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