The city of Astoria unveiled a monument commemorating its designation as a Coast Guard City during a ceremony on the 17th St. Pier, Thursday.
The ceremony, attended by Senator Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Oregon State Representative Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, began with remarks from Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen and Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Commander, Capt. Bruce Jones. Students from the Tongue Point Job Corps then helped to unveil the monument, a black marble sign bearing the Coast Guard shield and naming Astoria an official Coast Guard City.
Thursday evening at 6:29 PM Astoria Police Responded to a report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash. They arrived and found Danial Diehm, age 54 an Astoria transient had been struck by a regal coach cab. The cab was driven by Brian Jeppersen, age 35 of Astoria.
The county board held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the county comprehensive land-use plan allowing for the construction of a 3.3-mile sewer line connecting the Shoreline Sanitary District to the City of Warrenton's wastewater treatment plant.
The county board heard a report from Public Works Director Ed Wegner and Natural Resources Manager Steve Meshke Wednesday on proposed repairs to the pier at the Astoria Yacht Club, which was damaged in a storm in December. The damage hinders access to the county's Fisheries Project net-pen fish-rearing facilities on Youngs Bay, but Meshke said the county may be able to secure $65,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to fund repairs, coupled with a $10,000 county match.
The county and City of Astoria are also discussing a proposed transfer of the pier, currently owned by the city, to the county,
The following is a summary of actions taken at last night's meeting of the Astoria City Council
The city council and the city planning commission met jointly at 5:30 Tuesday night to see a presentation on pedestrian safety and discuss some of the data revealed at that meeting heading toward making Astoria streets safer to cross.
A 5-year-old boy is reported safe a few hours after he was kidnapped from a home in The Dalles. The State Police said Wednesday his abductor was in custody a little more than an hour after an Amber Alert was issued for Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced that she has been selected to serve on two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee. Bonamici is now a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.
Tuesday night the Astoria City Council voted in favor of extending a noise permit to Columbia House Condominiums to allow the manager there to continue hazing starlings that have invaded the facility.
Two contractors, Robinson Construction of Hillsboro and JP Contractors of Portland responded to the bid solicitation for construction of the Garden of Surging Waves in downtown Astoria. Negotiations are currently underway with the low-bid contractor, Robinson, whose proposal also calls for work to be performed by local subcontractors. Robinson's work is well known in the area, and includes major projects like Lewis & Clark Elementary School and the Astoria Middle and High School remodels.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is beginning a tree removal project along a 3-mile stretch of U.S. 30 between Astoria and Svensen that will improve safety and minimize closures due to falling trees during winter storms. While improving safety, the project also helps protect the environment by providing trees that can be used to address riparian enhancement and protection in some of the corridor's fish-bearing streams. Because the corridor encompasses 3 separate fish bearing streams, ODOT has worked closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to enhance stream habitat.
The public is invited to learn more about the school-based health center proposed for the Astoria School District at a series of community meetings beginning later this month. The meetings will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 26 and March 21. All the meetings will take place at the Astoria High School auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
At least two students were shot at Lone Star College in Texas on Tuesday, a school official said. According to Jed Young, a spokesman for the school, the shooting began with an altercation "involving two individuals" shortly before 12:30 p.m. local time. Two people--one student and one employee--were shot in the crossfire, the spokesman said. The extent of their injuries were not immediately known. According to Houston's ABC affiliate, both victims have multiple gun shot wounds and are in serious condition.
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