Columbia Land Trust today announced that it has purchased 2,330 acres of contiguous forestlands and critical riparian habitat on the southern flanks of Mount St. Helens. The purchase permanently conserves some nine miles of Pine Creek and its major tributary. A clear, cold-water mountain stream, Pine Creek is prime habitat for bull trout, a threatened species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Wednesday night the Astoria School Board voted down the proposed school based health center. It was voted down 3 to 2. Board members who voted no on the motion included Martin Dursse, Jeanette Sampson and Shawn Helligso. Those who voted yes on the School health center included Laurie Choate and Brad Pope. Coastal Family Health Center would have been the primary medical provider.
Emergency crews responded to a vehicle acccident around 8:00am Friday morning on Fort Stevens HWY in Warrenton. A male driver in a Ford F150 truck suffered a medical emergency and drove into a cottage near the Twin Spruce Tavern on Alternate HWY 101. When crews arrived the driver still had his foot on the gas pedal and the tires spinning. The male was transported to CMH by Medix. The driver has since been pronounced dead.
Clatsop County Drug Task Force detectives with the assistance of Seaside Police Officers arrested three subjects on methamphetamine related charges Monday evening in Seaside. Detectives witnessed Brian Keith Bennet of Seaside approach and enter a vehicle with two other subjects parked next to the Broadway Middle School in Seaside with children on the sidewalk nearby.
On May 9, 2013 Astoria Police responded to a report of a male subject trying to pull a juvenile female into the bathroom at the Astoria Library. The investigation revealed that Joseph W. Posada, age 45, had been on the computers at the Astoria Library across from a 12 year old female. Posada had been making gestures at the 12 year old. As he walked by her he grabbed her by the wrist. She recoiled, pulling free, and told him to get away. The 12 year old then got the attention of both library staff and a friend. He continued to gesture toward her as if he wanted her to follow him toward the bathrooms at the Astoria Library.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted against H.R. 1403–legislation that would allow private employers to avoid paying overtime wages to employees working more than 40 hours per week if they offer their employees "comp" time off instead.
Expansion of the CCC Welding and Fabrication Program received the green light from the State of Oregon last week with completion of a $9.6-million sale of state lottery bonds to fund career and technical or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs at all seventeen community colleges. Lottery bond funding was authorized by HB 5202 approved by the 2012 legislature.
Seven employees of the Oregon Youth Authority's (OYA) North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton have been recognized for excellence in supporting the state juvenile justice agency's mission.
Proposed 2013-14 budgets for Clatsop County and four county-administered taxing districts were unanimously approved by budget committees Tuesday and Wednesday.
Longview Fire was dispatched to a reported commercial fire at 3001 Industrial Way, the Weyerhaeuser facility. Initial 911 reports indicated that there was a fire in the bag house located at the planner mill. While enroute Longview Firefighters could see a column of black smoke from the intersection of Oregon Way and Industrial Way suggesting a working fire.
The male subject shot and killed in an apartment at 336 S. Main Ave. on May 7, 2013 was positively identified as 39-year old Bruce Ross Rogers of Astoria. Rogers was shot and killed after he illegally entered the residence of his estranged wife.
Rogers was the only person injured during the incident. The Clatsop County Major Crime Team continues to investigate the incident. No one has been arrested or is in custody at this time. All involved subjects are cooperating with the crime team's investigation.
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