Clatsop County residents and the rest of Oregon have until April 30 to apply for health insurance coverage through Cover Oregon. Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the deadline extension March 26. According to a county news release, people who apply for coverage through Cover Oregon during the extended application period and enroll later will not be subject the potential federal tax penalty.
Today, Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Reps. Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer, Kurt Schrader, Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., and Greg Walden, R-Ore., called for the federal government to reverse course and respect an Oregon state law that allows consumers to buy wine in refillable containers, more often known as growlers.
An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) has led to the arrest of 47-year-old Astoria resident Darrin Paul Nichols. The investigation began when CCINT detectives learned Nichols was a Heroin and Methamphetamine dealer that supplied many people in the Astoria and Warrenton area. As the investigation continued, CCINT detectives were granted search warrants for Nichols, his vehicle and his residence on Mudd Lane, Astoria
The Clatsop county board conducted the first reading of an ordinance imposing a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in the unincorporated county. The moratorium bans the operation of dispensaries and other facilities that provide marijuana products to medical marijuana card holders until May 1, 2015.
It took several different police agencies and the public's help Wednesday to catch up with a Washington fugitive who had been discovered hiding in Astoria. The man is identified as 52-year-old Roy Shaw, who was wanted out of two jurisdictions in Washington for the sale of narcotics and felony assault.
Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent in February, essentially the same as the previous month (5.8%), but lower than the year before (7.4%).
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, issued the following statement on the Energy Department's approval of Jordan Cove's application to export liquefied natural gas from Coos County, Oregon:
"This announcement is exactly what Coos Bay, North Bend and America need: new jobs and new investment, while factoring in a changed geopolitical landscape through a case-by-case process.