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MVP Martinez leads Atlanta over Timbers
Author: ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press

PORTLAND — Josef Martinez extended his MLS-record scoring streak to 11 games, helping Atlanta United beat the Portland Timbers 2-0 on Sunday night.

Atlanta (14-9-3) has won three straight and five of its last six games. United sits behind leader Philadelphia atop the Eastern Conference standings.

Portland (11-10-4) had won two in a row. It was the third of a 10-game homestand for the Timbers, who started the season with a 12-game trip because of construction at Providence Park. Fighting to stay in playoff contention, the Timbers hope to use the homestand to climb in the standings down the stretch.

It was a rematch of last year’s MLS Cup final. United, in just its second year in the league, defeated Portland 2-0 in Atlanta for the championship.

Martinez, the defending MLS MVP, has 21 goals this year, one more than the Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic for second on the season list behind LAFC’s Carlos Vela, who has 24.

On Wednesday, Martinez scored on a penalty kick in the 65th minute and United gave MLS rare bragging rights over Liga MX with a 3-2 victory over Club America for the Campeones Cup.

Martinez scored in the 46th minute against the Timbers, a blast from 20 yards out that goalkeeper Steve Clark could only watch sail into the net.

United went up in the 14th minute. Atlanta’s corner kick was batted around in front of Clark before Leandro Gonzalez Pirez tapped it in.

It appeared that Brian Fernandez responded for the Timbers in the 23rd minute, but it was called offside and there was no VAR review.

In the 35th, it looked as if Fernandez had an open shot from about three yards out that he chipped over the bar. The offside flag again went up, but he still kicked a goal post in frustration.

Fernandez leads the Timbers with 10 goals in his last 13 league matches.

Portland upped the pressure in the second half. Atlanta goalkeeper Brad Guzan made a tremendous save in the 65th minute on Julio Cascante’s header off a cross from Diego Valeri. It was Guzan’s league-leading 12th clean sheet of the season.

Portland was without defender Larrys Mabiala, who left Wednesday’s 3-2 victory over the Chicago Fire in the first half with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.

Jorge Moreira was handed a yellow card in the first half, meaning he’ll have to sit out of Portland’s rivalry match Friday against the Seattle Sounders.

Atlanta visits Orlando City on Friday.

Vikings top Seahawks 25-19 behind crisp preseason passing
Author: DAVE CAMPBELL, AP Pro Football Writer

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) —

The pressure is on Minnesota’s offense to improve, and a more productive passing attack will depend partially on a diversified group of targets for Kirk Cousins.

Some of that depth was on display Sunday night against Seattle.

Rookie tight end Irv Smith Jr. and backup wide receiver Brandon Zylstra each had touchdown receptions, and the Vikings used a versatile offense to beat the Seahawks 25-19 in a preseason matchup.

“I honestly thought it was a really positive night,” said Cousins, who went 6 for 8 for 68 yards. “It’s a small sample size. It’s the preseason. You try not to read too much into it, but I came away feeling good about the first two drives and also really the rest of the offense the rest of the way.”

Second-string quarterback Sean Mannion took over for the third possession, which ended in an interception that safety DeShawn Shead returned 88 yards for a score. Mannion bounced back by finding Smith with a short throw into the end zone just before halftime.

The Vikings, who underwent an offseason scheme change with offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski and offensive adviser Gary Kubiak after an underwhelming first year with Cousins at the helm, had 409 total yards.

“We have so many different weapons, and coach Stefanski and coach Kubiak, they want to get us all in involved,” said Smith, a second-round draft pick from Alabama. “So they did a great job of that.”

Mannion went 11 for 14 for 88 yards. Kyle Sloter, who finished 11 for 13 for 116 yards, delivered the touchdown pass to Zylstra in the third quarter and directed another scoring drive capped by fullback Khari Blasingame’s 1-yard plunge.

Seattle’s pass rush was strong in the first half, but Minnesota’s much-scrutinized offensive line again avoided allowing a sack. Barkevious Mingo pressured Mannion as he threw before Chad Beebe was expecting the ball after a turn on a hitch route, prompting Shead’s pick-six. Cousins and rookie center Garrett Bradbury shared a botched under-center snap resulting in a fumble the Vikings recovered.

The first team took two turns for the Seahawks, too, and Russell Wilson went 6 for 9 for 82 yards after sitting out the preseason opener. He had a 33-yard completion to Jaron Brown, who has a starting wide receiver spot for now following the retirement of Doug Baldwin. D.K. Metcalf, the second-round draft pick from Mississippi, did not play, and coach Pete Carroll later said he’ll need minor knee surgery. Brown’s catch set up the first of four field goals by Jason Myers.

“I thought we did a really good job with tempo. Guys were in and out of the huddle making plays,” Wilson said. “I thought we moved the ball down the field against a very good defense.”

JUST KICKING IT

The Vikings gave Kaare Vedvik his debut a week after acquiring him in a trade with Baltimore. He punted three times for a 46.7-yard average, handled kickoffs and made his only extra point attempt.

DAY OF REST

All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner watched from the sideline in a Seahawks sweatshirt, being eased back into action following a minor knee procedure . Defensive end Ezekial Ansah remains in rehab mode following offseason shoulder surgery.

The Vikings again held running back Dalvin Cook out as a precaution and gave rookie Alexander Mattison 10 carries for 41 yards. Mike Boone followed him with 21 rushes for 66 yards, plus a 45-yard reception. Defensive tackles Shamar Stephen and Linval Joseph were also both not suited up for the second straight week.

TESTING, TESTING

Adam Thielen caught a 34-yard pass from Cousins, an over-the-shoulder ball near the sideline after he beat Shaquill Griffin in coverage. With the NFL encouraging teams in the preseason to test the new instant replay rule that makes pass interference reviewable, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll tossed his red flag to see if he could get a penalty on the Vikings. Thielen was bewildered, respectfully assuring Carroll and Wagner during the review that there was no foul.

The no-call was upheld. Then on the next play, Thielen drew a defensive pass interference penalty on Tre Flowers inside the 10.

BIG HIT

Vikings cornerback Holton Hill was ejected in the fourth quarter for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Paxton Lynch, whose neck snapped back awkwardly from the impact. After needing some time for evaluation, Lynch, the leader in the competition to be Wilson’s backup, walked off on his own. J.T. Barrett replaced Lynch, who entered the concussion protocol after going 6 for 15 for 67 yards.

“He felt like he was OK, but he’s still got to pass those tests,” Carroll said.

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Flight honors Spokane Sun God 90 years later
Author: Will Campbell, The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE — When Nick Mamer and Art Walker touched down at Felts Field in Spokane Valley on Aug. 20, 1929, they had just become the first pilots to complete a non-stop transcontinental flight and had set a world record for longest non-stop flight.

They did it by refueling mid-air as they made their way from Spokane Valley to San Franciso and New York and back without landing.

“It was a big deal,” said Addison Pemberton, who restores and flies antique airplanes at Felts Field. “It was a Lindbergh-caliber achievement.”

On Saturday, 90 years after that flight, on that same runway, Pemberton took off in his own antique restored plane, a Waco EQC-6 Custom Cabin painted blue and red with gold trim.

Pemberton, his son and a friend each flew one of his vintage aircraft from Felts Field and over Auntie’s Bookstore on Saturday in accordance with a book signing for author J.B. Rivard’s new book ” Low on Gas – High on Sky: Nick Mamer’s 1929 Venture,” which details Mamer and Walker’s flight.

Mamer’s plane, a Buhl CA-6 called the Spokane Sun God, is now lost to history, Pemberton said. Not that he didn’t try to find. He and a friend spent years searching for the original plane with no luck.

But by flying his Waco EQC-6 Custom Cabin – one of three in the world – he wanted to help Rivard tell the Son God’s story.

Mamer “put this airplane on the map,” Pemberton said as he stood in his airplane-memorabilia-clad hangar at Felts Field.

Pemberton’s plane is similar to Mamer’s mostly in terms of their engines.

“It has a really similar bark when you hear it run,” Pemberton said. “It sounds like a herd of Harleys.”

The book launch also falls in line with the Spokane Valley Heritage Museum opening a 90th anniversary exhibit about the Spokane Sun God flight. It includes photos, documents and handwritten notes that Mamer had to drop from his airplane to communicate with people on the ground during his flight.

Pemberton also owns the other two planes in Saturday’s flight: a 1931 Stearman 4DM-1 Senior Speedmail, flown by his son Ryan Pemberton, and a 1942 450 Stearman, flown by his friend Ben Littlefield.

“Let’s go make some noise over downtown,” Pemberton said before crawling into the cockpit, firing up the engine and taking off.

Two churches, pantry solidify partnership to provide safety net
Author: Columbian staff writer

During a sermon, representatives from two churches and a pantry organization played roles of the innkeeper, wounded man and good Samaritan from the well-known biblical parable.

The wounded man pleaded for someone to help — or at least notice — him, while the innkeeper eventually provided a place for him to heal. The man who played the Samaritan explained to churchgoers how the story exemplifies the importance of a deepened relationship between the three organizations.

“Being in covenant is like being in a warm, therapeutic relationship where I trust you and you trust me,” said the Rev. Ken Kerr, pastor of Metropolitan Community Church of the Gentle Shepherd. “I believe that’s what Christ calls us to be as ministries, in touch with each other.”

The joint service, held at Vancouver United Church of Christ, celebrated a new covenant between the two churches and Martha’s Pantry. All three organizations are headquartered in the same building, 1220 N.E. 68th St. in Hazel Dell. The proximity prompted more resource sharing between the groups, a pact that is now set in writing.

“It’s us together as a community. We have such incredible resources developed,” said Vicki Smith, the pantry’s longtime executive director. “The covenant simply defines that for future generations.”

In the several years that the organizations have shared the space, they have found ways to aid each’s other’s missions. On one day, the pantry might supply food for a church’s campaign against hunger. On another, one of the churches might direct someone in need of food to the pantry.

“It’s the little things that we’re getting to do together that, maybe, might not have happened in passing in the building,” said Daryn Nelsen-Soza, president of the pantry’s Board of Directors. “Just having a home and knowing that we don’t have to go anywhere and that we’re trying to build a stronger relationship, for me, takes this unknown off my shoulders because tomorrow I know we’re going to be here.”

That guarantee is especially relieving to the organizations after an arson fire closed the church building in May 2016. The churches and pantry made separate arrangements before returning in September.

“Being separated made us realize how much bigger the relationship was than just sharing a building,” said the Rev. Jennifer Brownell, senior pastor of Vancouver United Church of Christ.

Brownell said that the partnership can help fill vital service gaps.

“We’re living in a time of increasing need and decreasing services,” Brownell said. “We can offer spiritual help, but there’s a whole wide range of services that we can’t necessarily access. So this partnership is what makes that safety net a reality when so many other safety nets are being broken and pulled away.”

The relationship also reinforces the LGBTQ-friendly organizations’s missions. Martha’s Pantry was founded in the early 1980s to distribute food to those with HIV and AIDS. In the past, the pantry needed to conceal its work to avoid bomb threats, Smith said.

The churches, meanwhile, allow LGBTQ members and advocate for their rights, a commonality that has strengthened the partnership, Brownell said.

“Part of the damage that’s been done by religious organizations, especially to LGBTQ people, has been just so intense,” Brownell said. “For us to be a mutual place of place of healing around that, that really comes from a point of view of faith because we really believe that Christ loves all and welcomes all and accepts all.”

As the partnership advances, it will see some new faces.

Smith and Jeanie Harman, the pantry’s operations manager, retired this month. They were honored during the service for their decades of service to the pantry.

The new executive director, Brian Forrester, has a social services background and hopes to tighten certain organizational aspects such as record keeping.

“We built this place as a hodgepodge. We saw a need and we found a way to fix it,” Smith said. “He’s going to make this an organization that is just so outstanding, and he’s got the people to work with.”

At the end of the Sunday service, worshipers were asked to sign a poster that included a copy of the covenant. The poster will hang in a shared, visible space in the building.

Forrester and future directors and pastors who see the poster will be reminded of a shared vision.

“You know what is so cool is that even though these three organizations came together today, it was a room full of very familiar faces,” Nelsen-Soza said. “It doesn’t feel like being an island alone to me.”

Possible E. coli contamination keeps Marshall residents without safe water
Author: Will Campbell, The Spokesman-Review

SPOKANE — Kathy Kafka twists open the spout of a 250-gallon water tank on top of a trailer in her back yard in the tiny Spokane County town of Marshall and watches water pour into jugs that will be used to wash dishes and be lapped up by her dogs and cats.

Kafka is one of about 75 residents in Marshall who have been forced to find alternative sources of water after the town’s well pump broke Aug. 7.

While a new pump began sending water into houses on Thursday, according to Jim Brown, president of the Marshall Community Water Association, the private purveyor of the town’s water, it wasn’t the kind of water anyone would want to drink.

It was possibly contaminated with E. coli, according to a flyer the Marshall Community Water Association distributed to residents Tuesday.

The water was under a boil order as of Friday afternoon and may only be used to flush toilets.

Brown said he didn’t know how long residents will have to wait until the boil order is lifted. But Kristen Maki, a Washington State Department of Health spokeswoman, said Friday that the department expects to test the water early next week. If those tests come back clear of E. coli, the ban on drinking the water will be lifted, Maki said.

In the meantime, Marshall residents have been picking up cases and bottles of water at Brown’s shed, where community members have donated hundreds of gallons of water.

A pair of area Lowe’s Home Improvement stores were among those who made a donation. A Lowe’s manager at the North Division location said the store partnered with the Lowe’s in Coeur d’Alene to donate two pallets of water and some buckets to Marshall with the intent of being a good community partner.

Eastern Washington University also invited residents of Marshall to use its shower facilities at the University Recreation Center, 1012 Cedar St. in Cheney, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Residents can also use the university’s Sports and Recreation Center locker room facilities on Washington Street, next to the tennis courts, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. through Sept. 25, according to a news release.

The water in Kafka’s portable tank comes from her son’s well, which lies a short drive away. She and her husband, Steve Kafka, have been using it for everything, including drinking.

Steve Kafka has been volunteering some of his time to help install the town’s new water pump, which lies about 100 feet behind his house. Like Brown, he said he was unsure when the water will be running and drinkable from the tap.

“It’s a work in progress,” he said.

Marshall resident Pete Aiello has been buying his own water because he has “neighbors who need it more than I do.”

He estimates he’s spent about $150 to $200 on water at the Cheney Safeway.

Another issue Aiello and other Marshall residents face is their gardens drying up and dying because they can’t be watered. Aiello said he grows carrots, radishes, onions, potatoes, corn, pumpkins, sunflowers, peas and beans. But so far only the radishes are showing signs of wilting.

“A lot of people have a large garden,” he said. “Without water, we’re going to lose hundreds of dollars of food. It’s going to die on the vine.”

Aiello said he has not been told when to expect to get water back.

“We have no idea when we’re going to have drinking water again,” he said. “That’s kind of frustrating.”

Steel mill apologizes after spill that killed fish, closed beaches
Author: The Columbian

PORTAGE, Ind. (AP) — A steel company apologized for a spill of cyanide and ammonia that led to a fish kill and prompted the closure of beaches along Lake Michigan.

ArcelorMittal issued a statement Friday night saying it “apologizes and accepts responsibility for the incident from the Burns Harbor facility.”

The National Park Service closed the Portage Lakefront and Riverwalk beach areas at Indiana Dunes National Park and waters out to 300 feet (91 meters). The nearby city of Ogden Dunes also closed its beach. The fish kill occurred near a yacht club and marina in Portage, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Chicago

ArcelorMittal said the spill resulted after its Burns Harbor mill “experienced a failure at the blast furnace water recirculation system. This isolated event resulted in the release of wastewater containing elevated levels of ammonia and cyanide.”

“The recirculating system has been repaired and normal operations have resumed. Although sampling is ongoing, we are confident that the facility’s wastewater system is operating within normal ranges,” the statement said.

The statement did not say when the spill occurred, but Portage Mayor John Cannon told The (Northwest Indiana) Times that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and others learned of it Monday.

The state agency has said the mill released the chemicals into the Little Calumet River’s east branch. It was unclear how much of the two chemicals entered the Lake Michigan tributary.

The Portage Port Authority, a local marina development and various individuals have filed notice of their intent to sue ArcelorMittal for violations of the Clean Water Act, attorney Thomas Dogan told the newspaper.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says cyanide “is a rapidly acting, potentially deadly chemical that can exist in various forms” including cyanide salts, which are used in metallurgy for electroplating, metal cleaning and removing gold from ore.

Longview school district taking new approach for 2019 bond measure
Author: Marissa Heffernan, The Daily News

LONGVIEW — In the 2017 general elections, Longview Public School district’s bond measure failed to pass by a few hundred votes. This time, Longview School Board member Phil Jurmu said the district is doing things differently, and he thinks that will help the $119 million bond measure succeed.

“We wanted to listen to why rather than assume why there wasn’t broader support for the bond issue,” Jurmu said. “In my discussions with people, it felt to me that people are supportive of the school but it wasn’t clear exactly how that money was going to be used and if it was going to be used most effectively.”

Jurmu is the board representative on the facilities advisory committee, a group of school district employees, community members and other stakeholders that advises the school board on bond matters. He said there was a lot of discussion about how to better share information with the community and how to make sure the bond measure on the Nov. 5 ballot represented more peoples’ visions for the district.

“We made a conscious decision to include more groups so the bond measure touches every student and every special interest group,” Jurmu said.

The committee found that many people felt athletics were an important part of education, so the new bond proposal includes the renovation to the Memorial Stadium complex, Jurmu said.

The bond would also pay to completely rebuild Mint Valley Elementary and Northlake Elementary schools; repair electrical and plumbing issues; update heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems; update vocational and technical education classrooms; and update security at all schools.

The bond will cost $176 per year for the average homeowner of a $200,000 home.

To pass, the bond measure needs to get a supermajority of 60% voter approval.

Two years ago, 58% of voters approved the $121.6 million bond measure, which was the most expensive bond proposal in the district’s history. At the time, community members raised concerns about the price tag.

In preparation for the 2019 bond measure, the school district also held more than a dozen discussions, online forums and a third-party phone survey, said Rick Parrish, spokesman for Longview Public Schools.

“It’s important to the district and the board that the elements of the bond reflect community values and what the community wants,” Parrish said.

According to the results of the February phone survey, of the 234 people surveyed, 70% supported a school district capital bond. The top areas those surveyed wanted addressed were facility repairs and updates, improved security and expanded vocational and technical programs.

Parrish said those results lined up with the top areas people mentioned in both the face-to-face and online forums.

Responses indicated the community wanted schools to be safer, Jurmu said. As a result, the bond would include a district-wide security notification system, updated lighting and cameras, new fencing and more secure entrances, with “walled-in” glass vestibules and two sets of locked doors visitors would have to be buzzed through after being screened.

“We didn’t do a very good job educating people about what safety and security meant (in 2017) and we’ve learned from that,” Jurmu said.

The district created a brochure to share that information, which Jurmu said has received a positive response. The brochure breaks down what the bond’s priorities are, how much each priority area will cost and where the projects will take place. (See breakout box.)

“It better articulates what the $119 million price tag will do for Longview schools,” Jurmu said.

The brochure is available online and at booths at community festivals, according to Jurmu. This year, Jurmu said the committee will also be sure to submit a “pro” statement for the bond measure into the local voter’s pamphlet, something that did not happen in 2017.

“We made some errors in our last campaign, where we did all the work for a pro statement for the voter’s (pamphlet) but somehow along the line it was never submitted to the elections office,” Jurmu said.

He said he understands why a voter might be “put off” by the lack of a pro statement, as it could come off as a lack of interest on the committee’s part. However, he said that’s not the case.

“I feel strongly that the need is there, so I’m going to continue to advocate (for the bond) as chair of the advocacy group and school board member,” Jurmu said.

Ballots for the general election will be mailed out on Oct. 18.

While advertising for the 2019 bond measure has not yet started in earnest, Jurmu said there are groups that said they would help with the grassroots advertising campaign. He expects official endorsements to start coming out soon.

“We were pretty close last time,” Jurmu said. “It gave me the confidence that we were on the right track. We listened well and were able to say, ‘I agree, we did not communicate about people’s concerns.’ “

Oregon farmers hope for stability
Author: Adam Duvernay, The Register-Guard

EUGENE, Ore. — At a Lane County hazelnut farm, Mother Nature this year has been more forgiving than the trade war.

Snow fell hard in early February and snapped branches at Harper Farms. The Willamette River flooded in April and forced the replanting of some young trees there. But even as Midwestern farms are reeling from catastrophic weather, all farmer Tiffany Harper Monroe wants to know is when trade with China will stabilize for her hazelnut exports.

“Trade disruption has heavily impacted almost all commodities in the United States, and especially at my family’s farm,” Harper Monroe said. “It’s been extremely challenging. We’ve had to make a lot of personal sacrifices.”

China boosted its tariffs on hazelnuts from 25 percent to 65 percent since the trade war with the United States started. Oregon grows 99 percent of all the country’s hazelnuts and once sent as much as 60 percent of them to China. And after the Trump administration this month labeled China a currency manipulator and put more tariffs to their goods, China said it would stop buying U.S. agriculture products.

In all, 40 percent of Oregon agricultural production is exported internationally, according to the Oregon Farm Bureau. Oregon’s top markets are Japan, South Korea, Canada and China.

“Every year is a challenging year, and some are tougher than others,” said Harper Monroe, who is president of the Lane County Farm Bureau. “It’s a really tough time for us.”

Oregon farmers largely were able to plant their crops this year despite some moments of extreme weather, something farmers farther east can’t say after a devastating season that saw more acres of cropland prevented from farming than any previous year on record, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

But if green-thumbed Oregonians successfully leaped the first agricultural hurdle of a planting season — getting crops in the ground and ready to grow — many are stumbling near the finish line, and for reasons that have nothing to do with blowing wind or falling rain.

Blake Rowe, CEO of the Oregon Wheat Commission, pointed to trade disruption as the main problem for Oregon’s wheat farmers. China hasn’t been buying U.S. wheat for about 18 months because of the trade war.

There are federal subsidies available to help farmers while the trade war is on, but hazelnut farmer Harper Monroe said that money isn’t quick in coming.

“You still have to cover your losses,” Harper Monroe said.

90-year-old High Rock Lookout in Gifford Pinchot gets a facelift
Author: Marissa Heffernan, The Daily News

LONGVIEW — Perched on the edge of a steep rock bluff in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, the High Rock Lookout is a historical building that shows its age.

Recently, the 90-year-old building has been getting a facelift, and the next two years of work will be instrumental in preserving it, according to U.S. Forest Service officials.

Built between 1930 and 1931 about 10 air miles north of Randle, the lookout was part of a chain of towers used to spot fires. Last staffed in 2002, it is one of the last lookouts left in the forest and was minimally maintained by volunteers, according to Matt Mawhirter, a Forest Service Heritage Program coordinator.

After decades of harsh weather and vandalism, the Forest Service, White Pass Country Historical Society and Sand Mountain Society partnered to stabilize and restore the building starting in 2014.

Martha Garoutte, treasurer for the historical society, said the society got involved because it had previously worked with the Forest Service to restore the La Wis Wis Guard Station.

“At that time it was preservation to keep it from tumbling down,” Garoutte said. “Now we’ve changed the focus to totally restoring it.”

This year, the work will focus on smaller structural repairs and removing graffiti.

Next year, the Sand Mountain Society, which specializes in fire tower restoration, will take the entire structure apart to address dry rot and then reassemble the building, Mawhirter said. And they will replace some windows and repair damaged siding. Any original siding that is too damaged will be replaced with siding Sand Mountain Society reclaimed from houses built in the same period.

For that project, a helicopter will be used to transport the siding and other building materials to the top of the peak, Mawhirter said, as the only other option is to carry the materials in on the 1.6 mile trail.

“It’s an old trail so it’s pretty steep,” Mawhirter said. “Last year we did pretty good work on one wall that was falling down. We hiked in windows and all the materials, and that’s what takes forever.”

Garoutte added that another challenge is the limited space on the peak and the short working season.

“It’s on a rock hanging out into the middle of nowhere, so there’s not a lot of space to work on,” Garoutte said. “It’s only accessible from the middle of June to September because of snow. And when there’s no snow, there are tourists.”

The original preservation work was funded by a 2015 Valerie Sivinski Washington Preserves Fund grant for $2,000, but Garoutte said that only “scratched the surface” of what the building needed. Now the restoration, helicopter included, is funded by community donations, and the work is done by volunteers. The trail has remained open during repairs.

Community donations have amassed roughly $25,000 of the estimated $50,000 needed to complete the repairs, according to Garoutte. If they raise more money, whatever funds are not used on the restoration will be earmarked for future repairs and maintenance.

The restoration is expected to be completed by 2021, Mawhirter said, and then volunteers will staff the lookout in the summer to provide visitor information. Garoutte said last year over 3,000 people visited the lookout.

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