At 12:55 a.m., Friday, Port of Astoria personnel reported to Coast Guard Sector Columbia River that the 565-foot, Panamanian-flagged, bulk carrier Global Gold collided with Pier 1 in the Port of Astoria, causing a 4-foot by 8-inch gash in the port side of the hull approximately 30 feet from the stern.
A unified command composed of the U.S. Coast Guard, Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality, Washington State Department of Ecology and responsible party was established in response to the diesel fuel discharge at Pier 1 in Astoria, Friday.
A local group of citizens have banded together through Facebook to express strong support for the proposal to build a Walmart store in the North Coast Business Park. The project is currently tied up in the courts over wetlands permitting. Clatsop County Citizens For A Walmart In Warrenton have posted a petition on line that reads in part:
The Coast Guard, and other local agency personnel are responding to a diesel fuel spill from a Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier at Pier 1 in Astoria, Friday morning. The vessel had reportedly hit the pier while pulling in, sustained damage and was leaking diesel oil from a 4-foot gash in the hull on the port side above the waterline.
An HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento and members of the Coast Guard 13th District enforcement division conducted a fisheries surveillance flight over 6,000 square miles of ocean, Wednesday. During the flight, which covered territory between the Canadian border and central Oregon, the team identified and collected information on 32 fishing vessels.
The Astoria Column was just 24 hours away from completion of a major refurbishment when vandals struck overnight.
According to a news release, Thursday morning the damage was discovered as crews returned to finish up the work and found that one or more persons had tossed white primer paint onto the top portion of the column exterior.
It's going to take a bit longer to get the highway west of Cathlamet reopened without a detour. WSDOT reports difficult site conditions and challenging work will delay the reopening of State Route 4.
The City of Astoria and its environmental consultant team will host a public meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Astoria City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor,1095 Duane Street. The Team will be presenting a brief update on the environmental assessment and upcoming cleanup of Heritage Square.
On Saturday morning it was discovered that the City of Warrenton website had been hijacked. The normal main webpage had been replaced with a single image of what appeared to be graves with wooden crosses and a derogatory message about America being in Iraq.
The Astoria Aquatic Center Annual Maintenance Closure is complete. The closure which began on September 8 is the most extensive upgrade since the Aquatic Center opened in1998. Doors will reopen Monday, September 28 at 5:00am with new pool hours
Friday at about 08:36 A.M. Astoria Police were dispatched to the area of the Riverwalk near 8th Street for a report of an unconscious male. Upon arrival it was discovered that the male, a 48 year old transient was deceased. Astoria Police were assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner. There were no signs of foul play, and the cause of death appears to be from natural causes. The name of the male is being withheld pending family notifications.
There is a new way to raise capital for small business in Oregon that takes effect this year.
The Oregon Legislature approved an intrastate offering exemption as a form of “Crowd funding” with some very strict rules designed to allow most Oregon small businesses to participate in crowd funded securities offerings called “Community Public Offerings” or "CPO".