The Oregon Office of Emergency Management in association with the Oregon Office on Disability and Health is holding free workshops in Clatsop County on Earthquake and Tsunami Preparedness for Vulnerable Populations. The workshops are set for:
· Wednesday, March 26, 3 p.m. – Providence Seaside Hospital, 725 S. Wahanna Rd., Seaside
· Thursday, March 27, 3 p.m. – Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in February, its first time below 7.0 percent in more than five years. The last time the state's rate was lower was in August 2008 when the rate was 6.7 percent.
Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle. Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene as thick smoke poured over the city
The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on district operation plans and conservation areas in state-owned forests, which includes the Clatsop State Forest.
The county board of commissioners voted to appoint Matt Samuelson to the vacant District 5 position on the board of commissioners. Samuelson was sworn in to office immediately following the vote by Circuit Court Judge Phil Nelson. Samuelson was one of three applicants for the position, along with Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson.
The Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival was judged as the state's Best Festival or Event with a Budget Over $150,000 or more than 40,000 Attendees by the Oregon Festival & Events Association (OFEA). The OFEA members represent more than 1,200 Festivals & Events in Oregon. The association provides workshops and training for events professionals and volunteers. Alana Kujala, Event Coordinator accepts the award from Jerry Lauzon, Oregon Festivals and Events Association President.
Eleven vehicles and at least eighteen collisions. The accident on Highway 26 Tuesday that closed the road for four and half hours may have all started with a drunken driver.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's multi-vehicle injury crash on Highway 26 near the Quartz Creek Bridge in Clatsop County. Various secondary crashes occurred in the immediate area due to icy road conditions. Names of all involved will be released at a later time as OSP troopers are still compiling that information.
Authorities now say Highway 26 is closed indefinitely after a very large accident involving up to as many as 12 vehicles including a tanker truck. When emergency crews arrived shortly after 9:15 this morning they reported two vehicles on fire. A local Hazmat team has responded. 3 ambulances on scene had to wait for the fires to be put out before moving in and there are reports of 6 injuries thus far. Intital responding departments included Elsie, Banks, Seaside, and Hamlet. Oregon State Police are also on the scene conducting the investigation into the cause of the crash, or crashes. The accident happened at milepost 24 at Quartz Creek . Police urge people to avoid the area and a detour route has been set up using highway 47 and highway 201.
A recess from rain! Other than some morning fog expect sun today and tomorrow with highs edging up into the mid and upper 50s. Offshore wind from the east and northeast at 5-10 mph will help keep us dry at least through Thursday, although I see more clouds arriving by then. Look for a chance of rain showers returning Friday. Lows drop into the 40s.
-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise