Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered flags at all public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Vic Atiyeh. Atiyeh was governor from 1979 to 1987, leading Oregon out of the recession of the early 1980s. He died Sunday at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure. He was 91. Kitzhaber described the Republican as a mentor and a remarkable human being. He and Congressman Greg Walden on Monday both credited Atiyeh with making international trade a cornerstone of the Oregon economy, allowing the state to flourish.
The City of Seaside will host a town hall meeting on Monday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Chisholm Community Center, as it moves closer to wrapping up the 20-year visioning project, "Seaside 2034: Building a Bridge to our Future." The meeting comes after several months of individual surveys, community meetings based on key topics the public was interested in, and interaction with the Seaside City Council. Facilitating the Town Hall will be Portland-based strategic planning and consulting firm, Corragio Group. Corragio was one of three agencies that submitted a proposal for the project.
The Seaside & Cannon Beach Police Departments invites its residents to join them and over 15,000 other communities for National Night Out on Tuesday August 5th. National Night Out promotes a police community partnership; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. Over 37 million people throughout the country and our military bases are expected to participate this year. Seaside and Cannon Beach residents have the opportunity be a part of this national event and join their friends and neighbors in celebrating this "31st Annual National Night Out" crime prevention event.
In response to a ruling from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will hold a new hearing on the Oregon Pipeline land-use application on Sept. 10.
The hearing was set after a special executive session of the board Wednesday.
The Astoria City Council came out of a closed door session Tuesday night and announced they will delay the sheriff's foreclosure sale of the Flavel properties until the end of August. A law firm in Portland will ask a Washington County judge to appoint a conservator to handle 89-year-old Mary Flavel's financial affairs and the city will be dealing with that person instead of Ms. Flavel. City Manager Brett Estes said at this point the city is just looking for a responsible party to take those properties over and the city views the appointment of a conservator as a positive development.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is hosting two webinars and a second open house in Astoria, Oregon, discussing the draft Environmental Impact Statement and the preferred alternative to reduce predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act by a large population of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary.
The law firm representing Mary Louise Flavel now says the 89-year-old is thought to be incapable of handling her own financial affairs and has issued a flurry of legal documents in an effort to stop the foreclosure sale of Ms. Flavel's properties in Downtown Astoria that have stood empty for many years.
For the first time in three decades someone else will be leading the city of Astoria after the November election. This morning Willis Van Dusen announced on KAST that he would not seek another term as Mayor. Van Dusen served six years as a city council member and the last 24 years as Mayor of Astoria encouraging a team approach to problem solving and community building.