An Astoria, Oregon-based Coast Guardsman died Monday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia. Lt. j.g. Devin J. Hepner, 34, of Logan, Utah, was found unresponsive in his barracks room Monday morning and was transported by local emergency medical services to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he later died.
On Saturday, January 14, at 8:21 a.m., Seaside resident Brian Wallin, 49, of 1615 Whispering Pines Drive, Seaside, Oregon called 911 and stated his desire to turn himself in to Seaside Police after a 64-hour standoff inside his home.
The Coast Guard hosted a memorial service, Saturday, at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, in tribute to Coast Guardsmen and mariners who lost their lives during seven separate tragic accidents in the Pacific Northwest. (PHOTO: Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment man the rails during a wreath laying ceremony and the playing of taps at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 14, 2017)
Few would argue that years of focused effort to turn Astoria into a tourist destination have been quite successful. The port's efforts to encourage cruise ships will bring 24 ships to the city in 2017 with those thousands of passengers enjoying the town and the surrounding area. Magazine features telling the world that Astoria is one of the "coolest" small towns in America attracts people to check it out. The thousands of devoted Goonies fans who make the pilgrimage here annually to celebrate their favorite cult film and "truffle-shuffle" their way around town, all contribute to the local tourist trade and a very important boost to the local economy.
The question is: Where do we go from here?
Clatsop County has dropped out of a class-action lawsuit involving more than a dozen counties seeking $1.4 billion from the state over logging harvests on state-managed lands. The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted this week to withdraw from the suit.
A Seaside man surrendered peacefully from his home this morning, nearly 64 hours after a 911-call had been placed from the same residence on Whispering Pines Drive. The individual placed a call to Seaside Dispatch shortly after 8 a.m. stating that he was scared and wanting to exit the home. The emergency dispatcher taking the call instructed him to put his shoes on and walk out of the home with his hands visible. A short time later the man emerged and was taken into custody without incident.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) has introduced bipartisan legislation to help prepare coastal communities for tsunami. Several other Congressional members have sponsored the bill with Bonamici, including Representatives Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Jaime Herrera Beutler (R-WA), Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX), Don Young (R-AK), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Darrell Issa (R-CA), Denny Heck (D-WA), Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Charlie Crist (D-FL), and Derek Kilmer (D-WA). This legislation will strengthen tsunami detection and warning systems, improve response and resiliency, and better protect communities vulnerable to tsunami. The legislation would complement local and state efforts to prepare for tsunami.
An Astoria police officer suffered minor injuries arresting one man while store employees gave chase and caught the other man attempting to escape Englund Marine Supply after attempting to defraud the business Sunday.
Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation’s biggest ever fundraising campaign has raised $3 million to support the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Center.
“Campaigns like this strengthen communities by bringing focus and unity to a shared vision. We are building a stronger hospital system that will serve patients for the next century,” said Columbia Memorial Hospital President and CEO Erik Thorsen.
The campaign was launched in May 2015 with an announcement of a collaboration by Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to build a new comprehensive cancer treatment center and specialty clinic in Astoria.