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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



On Thursday May 1, 2014 Jeanne Reeves, a 43 year old Astoria resident, was indicted by the Clatsop County Grand Jury for Aggravated theft in the first degree, Theft in the first degree and Laundering a monetary instrument. This indictment ends an eight month investigation into financial activities by Reeves.

On October 31, 2013 Astoria Police were notified that Reeves cashed an $85,051.29 check that was reported to be from a law firm in Calgary Alberta. Due to a failure of internal controls at the bank Reeves was allowed access to the money prior to the check clearing.

Sometimes, timing is everything. Several weeks ago Recreation Coordinator Pam Pearce asked Deputy Chief (and Parks Board member) Brad Johnston to speak at an in service training for life guards at the Astoria Aquatic Center. That talk was scheduled for May 4th. The potential abduction Astoria Police had responded to the week earlier of course focused some of the conversation. What would happen if a child was missing at the Aquatic Center?

Thursday morning at about 6:00 am, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from an alert citizen parked at the Seaview Beach access advising that he had just observed a man walking into the ocean fully clothed. The alert caller stated that he had tried to speak with the man about what his intentions were and the man kept walking into the ocean. A deputy from the Pacific County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and observed the fully clothed man in the ocean up to his chest. The deputy observed that the man was about 200 yards off shore.

The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly installed HU-25 Falcon jet display at Sector Columbia River, next to Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton, at 2 p.m., Friday.

The aircraft will be open for tours from 2-4 p.m.

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