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Beautiful weather is forecast for the north coast this Memorial Day weekend and AAA Oregon is projecting some big numbers for travelers on the road through Monday.

 

The Clatsop County Commission approved a contract for $51,000 with DLR Group Architecture and Engineering to study the feasibility of relocating the Clatsop County Jail to the North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton.

County officials have been in discussions with the Oregon Youth Authority on a possible transfer of ownership of the facility, which is slated for closure later this year, to the county. The OYA facility, used to house juvenile offenders, is located next to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters in the North Coast Business Park.

The county hired DLR in 2011 to conduct design analysis and cost estimates for a proposed jail expansion project, and in 2014 for the remodel of the Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation facility in Warrenton.  (Read More to see complete board meeting summary)

   

The Rotary Club of Seaside will dedicate its Peace Pole in a commemorative ceremony that coincides with the Rotary District Convention being held in Seaside. The event is open to the public and will take place at Goodman Park on Sunday, May 28 at 11:30am.

Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) called out House leadership after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its assessment of the costs of the health care legislation that passed the House earlier this month. The new CBO score shows that 23 million Americans would lose their health coverage in the next decade.

Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump released his proposed 2018 budget:

 “News flash to Donald Trump: Most Americans don't have their own skyscrapers and jets and golf courses. They’re working long hours; stressed out about how to pay for their kids’ education; worried that health care expenses could bankrupt them without insurance; and nervous each month that the money will run out before the days on the calendar do. (READ MORE-Merkley Details budget shortfalls)

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell by 240 in April to 18,160 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A gain of 530 jobs was expected for the month, but the county added only 290 jobs.

The private sector added 350 jobs, and government employment fell by 60. Leisure and hospitality gained 280 jobs and professional and business services added 80. Most other industries were unchanged or had small losses.

The lack of employment growth for the month may have been related to the wet weather, and it suggests a slow start to the summer travel season. Local government education trimmed 40 jobs.

A scam from a company claiming to operate out of Minneapolis is making its way across the nation and has even targeted a business in the Northwest. According to BBB reports, Waterford Management, a building management and janitorial services company, has already scammed multiple companies out of around $900,000 worth of supplies. Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest advises all business owners to be cautious of solicitations from Waterford Management.

The Trump administration officially released the President's budget this morning which is unlikely to survive the Congress. In the Senate republicans hold a two seat majority but this plan has some GOP members concerned that deep cuts to social programs in particular will make for a difficult sell back home. 

Friday evening 42 year-old Wendi Robinson of Warrenton lost her life when she crashed her car driving at high speed a few miles north of Gearhart.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, operated by Robinson, had been seen driving at high speeds heading south towards Seaside. A witness reported observing the Corolla lose traction and ultimately drive off the western edge of the roadway. The Corolla had overturned and came to rest, partially submerged in three feet of water. Robinson was extricated from the vehicle by first responders who arrived on the scene. CPR was attempted but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

One lane was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened. Oregon State Police was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department and Medix.

A scare Friday at Astoria High School as police responded to a possible threat when school administration said they had received a report from other students, of 3 individuals that were dressed in trench coats possibly planning a school shooting.

Clatsop County and North Coast cities are joining with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program to boost the region’s commitment to renewable energy. The county aims to become the first county in Oregon and only the second in the United States to gain special recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency as an EPA Green Power County.

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