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The county board approved a memorandum of understanding between Clatsop County and the cities of Astoria, Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton to fund a comprehensive study of local housing issues. Under the agreement, the county will pay $50,000 and the cities $10,000 each toward the cost of the study, for which the county will issue a request for proposals from potential contractors.

In other news from Clatsop County: 

Clatsop County Manager Cameron Moore announced the selection of Tracie Krevanko as the new County Clerk.

Krevanko replaces Valerie Crafard, who is retiring after three years at the post. Krevanko will begin Oct. 16.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and five Lower Columbia River ports are beginning the public scoping process to prepare an integrated environmental impact statement and long-term maintenance plan for the Lower Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel. The Plan will ensure the channel, extending upstream from the Mouth of Columbia River to Vancouver, Wash., is maintained and operational at its federally authorized 43-foot depth for another 20 years. The public outreach includes a meeting in Astoria at the Columbia River Maritime Museum Tuesday, October 17, 2017.

The Coast Guard suspended the search 8:56 p.m. for a missing man who reportedly fell off a cliff in Oswald West State Park, Oregon, Sunday.  The search was suspended after search efforts by an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Sector Columbia River, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Station Tillamook Bay and local responders were unsuccessful.

Lawmakers in Salem have decided to add another seat at the table for the Public Safety Coordinating Council. Clatsop County is looking for a person with a background working with victims of crime to join the county based organization of law enforcement, judges, and lay people who work to establish programs and services working with adults and juveniles in the criminal justice system in a cooperative setting. The goal is to promote healthy behaviors and to hold offenders accountable.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a hiker missing in Ecola State Park, between Seaside and Cannon Beach, near Tillamook Head Wednesday.

The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew safely hoisted the 29-year-old male from Chicago and transported him to emergency medical personnel waiting at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River in Warrenton for treatment of reported minor injuries and exhaustion.

Coast Guard crews rescued two from a boat taking on water near buoy 10 at the entrance of the Columbia River, Wednesday.

Two men were safely taken aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment and were transported to Hammond Marina where they were released with no reported medical issues.

The Coast Guard rescued a mom and her two kids who were stranded in a canoe in Jetty Lagoon near Fort Stevens after they were reported overdue by the husband Sunday afternoon.

Oregon State Police and Tillamook County Sheriff's Deputies responded Wednesday (8/30) to a hit-and-run motor injury vehicle collision on US 101 MP Z47, between Wheeler and Rockaway Beach. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a green southbound 2015, Kenworth semi-truck, pulling two trailers loaded with lumber and driven by Patrick Steinauer (65) of Cougar, WA was coming out of a curve on US Hwy 101. The suspect vehicle was northbound passing in a no passing zone in the southbound lane. In an attempt to avoid the collision, Steinauer, drove off the road, over railroad tracks, and into trees. The suspect vehicle continued northbound and did not stop.

Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore.,  criticized the Commerce Department’s announcement of a two-month delay in levying final tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber that is subsidized and dumped in the United States.  

“The administration’s decision forces American companies to pay the price for continued talks with Canada. This delay creates a window for Canadian companies to ship subsidized lumber to the U.S. without paying tariffs, inviting major harm to U.S. producers and workers,” Wyden said. “I support continued negotiations to reach a lasting solution on softwood lumber, but more talks need not and should not come at the cost of not enforcing the law.”

According to a news release from the 13th Coast Guard District, Air Station Astoria is sending one of its rescue helicopters down to San Diego to help cover for responders working with victims of the tropical storm and flooding wreaking havoc along the Texas coast. Air Station Port Angeles, Sector Puget Sound, and the 13th District have deployed in response to the hurricane.

"This is an all-hands response that involves personnel and support from across the country," said Capt. Sean Cross, incident management chief, 13th District. "Our crews train using standardized procedures on identical assets regardless of their home unit. This facilitates response flexibility by allowing us to mix and match crews and assets from different locations in time of crisis such as this."

The Coast Guard has rescued more than 1,450 people as a result of the hurricane impact. The Coast Guard has 20 helicopters in the region conducting rescue operations along with crews on land and water working with state and local response personnel.



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