With the goal of providing more responsive local service, Clatsop County is taking over the onsite septic system inspection program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in June.
Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 7-8, and for those two days you won't need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. "We want to make it easy for anglers to take a friend or family member out fishing for a day," said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information/education.
Learn more about efforts to improve the local transportation system and offer your own input at a series of upcoming community meetings. The Transportation System Plan provides a long-term guide to Clatsop County transportation investments by evaluating the current system and determining what improvements would improve travel.
Friday Seaside Police Department partnered with other Clatsop County Law Enforcement Agencies to conduct a saturated traffic safety enforcement blitz in Seaside. Officers were focused on seat belt violations, cell phone use, excessive speed and other driver safety issues. Police were incredibly busy dealing with the influx of tourists throuhout the weekend, throughout the county.
In Tuesday's primary election Clatsop County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that bans the use of bullhooks, electric prods, whips and similar devices to control performing animals. 68.51% of those who voted agreed that the use of those devices is inappropriate. Today representatives of the national organization PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) applauded the decision.
Judging just from the significant increase in news releases from both campaigns since the Oregon primary the race between Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby promises to be a no-holds-barred slugfest featuring some familiar themes. Republicans had been critical of Merkley's effectiveness in the U.S. Senate asking what he has accomplished as the Junior Senator from Oregon. Merkley's campaign is answering with a series of releases coupling Senator Wyden and Merkley as effective leaders in gaining legislation for the state. Today the focus narrowed to Merkley alone. Wehby's campaign is focused on claims that Merkley was behind leaks to the media regarding Wehby's private life just before the election.
An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team has led to the arrest of 26 year old Maile Allison Dupuy of Astoria. Detectives learned from several sources, Dupuy was selling Heroin and Methamphetamine out of her home just outside the Astoria city limits.
Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Grimes anticipates that she will formally contest the outcome of the County Commissioner District 5 race in the May 20 primary election as a result of a balloting error involving almost 500 county voters.
If a petition to contest the race is filed, the action will likely result in a new election between District 5 candidates Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson.