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So far the Primary election is on track to be as lackluster for many voters as past non-presidential primaries have been.  Unless you happen to live in one of the three districts electing a county commissioner, there's little reason to turn in a ballot and that's especially true if you are a democrat.  The Clatsop County Clerks' office reports as of Tuesday morning 26.69% of all eligible voters had returned ballots.

Deputies were dispatched to contact 87 year-old Wilma Hayne, of Svenson, at her son-in-law's residence Saturday. Wilma reported she left her residence in fear for her life. Wilma's son, 52 year-old Ole Marvin Hayne, moved into her residence against h er wishes. Wilma was able to flee the residence once Ole fell asleep. Ole used fear and intimidation to control Wilma's daily life whereas she wasn't free to act on her own.

Time is running out to return ballots for the May 20 primary election. Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted.

On May 10, 2014 the Seaside Police Department responded to a report of two juveniles, ages fourteen and fifteen in possession of illegal explosives. Officers were able to determine that the juveniles were in possession of two Railroad Torpedoes, a small explosive charge used as a signaling device by the railroad. These explosives are illegal to possess without proper permits and were seized for later disposal.

A large crowd of excited supporters gathered in the intersection of 11th and Duane in downtown Astoria on a drizzly Saturday morning to attend the dedication and grand opening of the long awaited Garden of Surging Waves.  "Today we are dedicating a beautiful park that tells a story" said Mayor Willis Van Dusen, "It's a story about American pioneers who came here from China to make Astoria, and the Northwest, a better place to live." In his opening remarks the Mayor said the story was never told properly,  "In fact, I think intentionaly, the story of the contribution of the Chinese-Americans was a mistake we are correcting now"

The Clatsop County Budget Committee on Wednesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that furthers the push for long-term financial stability.  The Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget totals $52,425,220, an increase of 0.5 percent over the current year.

A public hearing on the budget before the Board of Commissioners will be held June 11, with final adoption set for June 25.

The Astoria Cruise Hosts were geared up to meet the Princess Lines ship Grand Princess scheduled to stop at the Port of Astoria Thursday when word came at the last minute the ship would not be making port here.

The weather was drizzly but the lights were bright in the Ellis Pavilion at Safeco Field for a solar car competition in Seattle on May 10th. Seven Seaside High School students: Andrew Wright, Junior Stivahtis, Hannah Tryon, Chris Watt, Caleb Alexander, Nekole Crist, and Kaylea Roberson, built two top performing solar powered cars to compete in three STEM challenges: speed, acceleration, and force. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics and provides crucial skill development for students on their journey to college and the work force.

What's most important to you?

Jobs, the environment, public safety, the arts?

All of the above?

Join the conversation and offer your input on Clatsop County's future at one of five upcoming "Clatsop Vision 2030 Together" workshops.

The events will offer citizens the opportunity to learn more about the Vision 2030 project and join the dialogue on where we are as a county today, where we may be headed tomorrow, and where we would like to be in the future – a vision for our county in the year 2030.

Starting Thursday, May 15, anglers will have another full month to catch hatchery-reared spring chinook salmon and steelhead on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

Grand Opening of the Garden of Surging Waves coming this Saturday.  After a collective nine years of planning and teamwork and a cost of $2 million in funds and donations, it is ready.  Mayor Willis L. Van Dusen and Astoria City Councilors Arline LaMear, Drew Herzig, Karen Mellin and Russ Warr, invite you to the Grand Opening of Astoria's newest park, The Garden of Surging Waves, celebrating the culture and contributions of Chinese immigrants to Astoria and the Pacific Northwest.  Refreshments will be provided.

  • Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 10:30am
  • Location: Corner of Duane and 11th Streets in Astoria, OR


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