The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking public comment on its plan to accept funds from Clatsop Diking Improvement Company #9 on behalf of Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas. The Portland District will review Oregon LNG's proposed request to modify federally constructed flood risk reduction projects, to include horizontal directional drilling, auger boring, or over-crossing operations across such projects; and review potential effects to the Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel of horizontal directional drilling and dredging to create a ship turning basin.
One person died and two people taken to a hospital after a car crashed into a tree on U.S. 26 just west of Oregon 47.
In the days since the report of an assault on the Astoria Riverwalk, Astoria Police have developed information that casts doubt on the initial report. Chief Brad Johnston said, "Given the number of provably false statements that the reporting party has made, there is no reason to believe that an attack by a stranger occurred. This portion of her report has been clearly recanted."
Today, according to Oregon Republicans, the Oregon Department of Revenue released the latest revenue forecast, predicting enough additional tax revenue to trigger the "kicker" and return an expected $349 million to Oregon taxpayers. "Boosted by lower energy prices leading to more disposable income, Oregon's economy is on the rise, and the voter-enacted kicker will boost this prosperity," said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day).
Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) announced plans to increase state government oversight and accountability with a legislative proposal to amend Oregon's constitution to allow for impeachment procedures of the executive branch. This announcment follows an earlier call by another republican legislator for a big overhaul of Oregon's ethics rules.
Jerome Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title, has died. He was 52.
Kersey died when a blood clot traveled from his left calf to his lung and caused a pulmonary thromboembolism, according to Dr. Larry Lewman with the state medical examiner's office.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning.
Seaside Police Chief Dave Ham has announced the promotion of Sergeant Steve Barnett to the position of Lieutenant. Lt. Barnett has over 40 years of law enforcement experience, including the past 32 years with the Seaside Police Department. Lt. Barnett served as the department's lead criminal detective investigator for 17 years before returning to a patrol sergeant position this past summer. The lieutenant position is the patrol division commander and serves as acting police chief in the absence of the chief.
Coast Guard crews responded to a report of a disabled vessel and assisted local law enforcement personnel with the arrest of a mariner in Ilwaco, Friday. After locating the disabled vessel and towing it to Station Cape Disappointment, Coast Guard personnel discovered safety and possible criminal violations aboard the mariner's vessel during a post search and rescue boarding, prompting the involvement of both Wahkiakum and Pacific County Sheriff personnel resulting in the mariner's arrest.