Candidate forum

LONG BEACH - There will be a public forum for candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. at the Super 8 Hotel located at 5th & South Pacific in Long Beach.

Citizens are invited to meet candidates for the countywide offices of commissioner: Pat Hamilton and Wayne Estes; assessor: Lisa Olsen and Bruce Walker; treasurer: Brady Turner and Tracy Shawa; auditor: Pat Gardner.

Each candidate will be given the opportunity to speak followed by a question and answer session. It will provide an opportunity for people to make a more informed decision about how they vote.

Pickup accident

NASELLE - Sharon Friddle, 58, died at the scene of a one-vehicle accident Friday in Naselle.

Friddle, a Naselle resident, was driving a 1989 Toyota pickup west on State Route 4 at about 1 p.m. when her vehicle left the highway on the right, striking a tree.

Friddle, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

OP house fire

OCEAN PARK - Brenda and Jeff Bartlett of Ocean Park lost most of their possessions in a house fire last week that destroyed most of the upper story of their home.

For now, the family is staying with friends in Ocean Park but urgently need help rebuilding their lives. A fund has been established at Bank of the Pacific for anyone willing to help with their immediate needs. There will be more details in next week's Observer.

Smith appointed

ILWACO - Butch Smith, longtime resident of Ilwaco and owner of Coho Charters, has been appointed to the Pacific Fishery Management Council as the representative for Washington Charter & Recreational Interests.

The PFMC is one of eight regional fishery management councils established by the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976 for the purpose of managing fisheries 3,200 miles offshore of the U.S. coastline.

The executive director presides over officers representing the interests of groundfish, coastal pelagic species and highly migratory species, halibut and salmon, fishery economics and national environmental policy.

As president of the Ilwaco Charter Boat Association, Smith's creditability with WDFW, ODFW and the Northwest Trollers Association has reaped benefits for commercial and recreational fishermen alike.

The Westport Charter Boat Association nominated Smith for the position and he was supported by fishing interests throughout the state.

Smith's two-year appointment will begin with participation in the annual season-planning sessions known as the North of Falcon Process.

No school Friday for Ocean Beach students

OCEAN BEACH - There will be no school on Friday, Oct. 11 in the Ocean Beach School District due to an in-service day.

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