Local first responders had their hands full over the past weekend as hot weather in the valley caused thousands to seek relief at the beach. There were three rear end crashes within a tight time frame on Highway 26, another incident involving an argument between a tow truck driver and another man that ended up with both pulling handguns, luckily nobody fired. Then there was a fight on 26 between the occupants of three different vehicles that are still under investigation. Add to that a serious injury accident that saw a driver claim to have fallen asleep that caused him to cross the center line, sideswiped one car and continued into a head-on collision with a second vehicle.
Columbia Memorial Hospital has been recertified by the State of Oregon as a Level IV Trauma Center and the only hospital in the immediate area to carry that designation. That makes Astoria's medical facility the first destination for emergency transports when people are severely injured.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposed culvert at an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, which is connected to the Columbia River in Clatsop County. Comments are due by July 14, 2017. This in spite of the fact ODFW has already determined the proposed project really won't impact fish at all.
Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill on Wednesday (6/21) contributed $20,000 to the Clatsop County Parks Department for use towards the creation of a playground at the new Westport County Park. In 2015, Georgia-Pacific donated 27 acres of property to Clatsop County to be used towards the creation of a park to benefit Westport residents.
Support for the arts and cultural community in Clatsop County shows significant economic return according to a just-released study by the Americans for the Arts organization.
The study estimates the economic impact of arts and culture in communities that agreed to organize data under strict guidelines according to the Oregon Arts Commission. Statewide the study reveals arts and culture jobs in Oregon generated $469.5 million in household income. In Clatsop County, the figure for household income tops $6.7 million to local residents.
As school was winding down for the year this month there were several instances where local schools came under threats from various means that led to several to enact lockdowns. Astoria city councilor Zetty Nemlowill says as a mother of three school-aged children she understands how this impacts parents and suggested that schools need additional protection.
Astoria Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime team are sorting through a complex case involving an assault Monday evening involving several people with a Port Townsend, Washington man stabbed in an area near the Doughboy Monument.
The Astoria City Council mulled over the proposal to impose a three dollar per meter per month parks fee on residential water users last night once again and came away with a different directive to city staff. City Councilor Bruce Jones says there has been a lot of community discussion about that fee proposal and the idea of imposing it on water bills for homeowners and not commercial businesses. In the case of apartments and condos, there may only be one water meter serving the complex missing those apartment dwellers
(Note: This story is not about something that happened here or about one of our local Coast Guard neighbors, but we offer it as testimony to the character of Coast Guard personnel in general as it demonstrates why they are a welcome part of our community and why Astoria is proud to be designated a Coast Guard City. tf)
Kicking a plume of dust into the morning air, a Chevy Tahoe veered off Route 17 South, hit a ditch, rolled and ejected its driver. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Nancy Wilson witnessed the accident as she was headed north on the same highway June 7. Like most mornings, she was on her way to drop her 20-month old daughter Ayla at daycare, then to her job as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City in North Carolina.
Clatsop Community College student Alex Lyon has been named a Ford Scholar for 2017. The Ford Family Foundation selected Alex from among 5883 applicants. The prestigious Ford Scholars Program is open to high school seniors and community college students who are ready to transfer to a four-year institution.