In Tuesday's primary election Clatsop County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that bans the use of bullhooks, electric prods, whips and similar devices to control performing animals. 68.51% of those who voted agreed that the use of those devices is inappropriate. Today representatives of the national organization PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) applauded the decision.
Judging just from the significant increase in news releases from both campaigns since the Oregon primary the race between Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby promises to be a no-holds-barred slugfest featuring some familiar themes. Republicans had been critical of Merkley's effectiveness in the U.S. Senate asking what he has accomplished as the Junior Senator from Oregon. Merkley's campaign is answering with a series of releases coupling Senator Wyden and Merkley as effective leaders in gaining legislation for the state. Today the focus narrowed to Merkley alone. Wehby's campaign is focused on claims that Merkley was behind leaks to the media regarding Wehby's private life just before the election.
An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team has led to the arrest of 26 year old Maile Allison Dupuy of Astoria. Detectives learned from several sources, Dupuy was selling Heroin and Methamphetamine out of her home just outside the Astoria city limits.
Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Grimes anticipates that she will formally contest the outcome of the County Commissioner District 5 race in the May 20 primary election as a result of a balloting error involving almost 500 county voters.
If a petition to contest the race is filed, the action will likely result in a new election between District 5 candidates Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson.
According to the Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office, a number of county voters received incorrect ballots for the May 20 primary election.The error involves the race for the District 5 seat on the county board of commissioners. A total of 344 voters living in District 5 received ballots without the District 5 race listed, while 147 voters living outside the district received ballots with the District 5 race, for a total of 491 incorrect ballots.
A local business leader has been named grand marshal of Warrenton's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. The theme for 2014 is "Small Town, Big Heart." Don Patterson, who owns three mini-marts in Astoria and Warrenton, is an active member of the community, volunteering and contributing to various civic, youth and sports activities.
On Monday afternoon the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office sent units to the Spruce Run County Park for a water rescue. It was reported that a man was in the Nehalem River and was struggling to stay afloat and others on scene were attempting to rescue him.
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.