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With housing a hot topic right now in our communities we offer another perspective from the Oregon State Employment Department regional economist who points out that, in the long run, vacation rentals may have an upside - TF

 

by Erik Knoder, Regional Economist Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties

A shortage of housing is once again a topic of conversation in Northwest Oregon. This was also a hot topic in 2007, just before housing became much more plentiful and affordable. One aspect of the conversation is the amount of vacant housing in the region, and Northwest Oregon does, in fact, have a lot of vacant housing.

Protection of a proposed natural area adjacent to Oswald West State Park by North Coast Land Conservancy got a boost  with the award of a $45,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance.

New rules for accessory dwelling units (ADU) are back before the Astoria City Council tonight.   In an attempt to address the town’s housing shortage, Community Development has suggested several different approaches and changing the rules on allowing people to build more living space on a standard residential lot is one of those ideas.  In response to comments from the public and the city council at the previous public hearing this new ADU plan has some changes.

On Thursday at about 10:27 in the morning Astoria Police and Fire were dispatched to a report of a single vehicle, roll over crash in the area of 51st and Leif Erickson Drive.  On arrival the vehicle, a blue 1995 Nissan Pathfinder, was located in the yard of a residence on its side approximately 40 feet below the highway.  Four occupants including the driver were transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by ambulance. 

Harassment, or “hazing,” of double-crested cormorants is set to begin soon in several areas along the Oregon Coast in an effort to improve survival of juvenile salmon.

On Monday, March 27, 2017, Jamie Lee Jones, 45, a former resident of Nevada, was sentenced to twelve years in federal prison by U.S. District Court Judge Michael H. Simon. Jones had previously pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking. Jones was living in Seaside, Oregon in early February 2016 during the time of the alleged offenses.

 

Jones’s federal charges stemmed from a multi-agency investigation tracing the firearm used in the February 5, 2016 homicide of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding. On the evening of February 5, Seaside resident Phil Ferry shot and killed Sergeant Goodding using a .380 caliber Davis P380 pistol. During the shootout, another Seaside officer shot and killed Ferry. ATF agents worked with local law enforcement officers to investigate how Ferry had obtained the .380 caliber pistol. Their investigation ultimately led to Jones. 

We all go back to the mailbox to vote in special district elections in May that includes some interesting Port races and two ballot measures seeking funding.

In the Port of Astoria commission races there are three positions up for election in the May 16th Special Election.

The Port of Astoria is going to voters with a request to issue $1.96 million in general obligation bonds that would be paid off by property owners over a four year period.  The funds would be dedicated to extending utilities to an undeveloped portion of the Airport Industrial Park that would allow for future expansion at the south end of the airport. 

Voracious Northern Pike can grow huge, and they will eat anything – their own young, other fish, even mice and baby ducks. Their population in Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam, appears to be growing. Not good news, particularly if pike spread downstream into salmon territory.

On April 12, 2017 the Pacific County Emergency Management Agency and the Washington Emergency Management Division will be conducting an Earthquake and Tsunami Roadshow. The presentations include earthquake and tsunami risk, actions you can take to be prepared (including tsunami evacuation planning), and information about whole community notifications. Interpretation services will be available for residents who speak Spanish.

News that the Astoria City Council may consider shoring up the Parks and Recreation Department budget by tacking a surcharge on power bills has been met with little enthusiasm by residents responding on social media.

A Coast Guard boat crew assisted local county personnel and pulled a distressed diver from the water near the entrance to Tillamook Bay, Sunday.

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