The Astoria City Council delays a process to sell properties deemed excess by staff . Last month the council agreed to appoint a local real estate company, Area Properties, to handle the sales details on city-owned land and further agreed to hold public hearings on a parcel-by-parcel basis.
A Washington state work group will release recommendations for how to regulate Washington's medical marijuana industry. Some Oregon county officials are moving to ban the dispensaries entirely based on federal laws.
For federal employees returning to work after a 16-day government shutdown, relief is being tempered by worry that it might happen all over again after the holidays. Congress has approved funding only through Jan. 15, and gives the government the authority to borrow what it needs only through Feb. 7. In the meantime, lawmakers will try to agree on how to replace this year's across-the-board spending cuts with more orderly deficit reduction. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access all public areas and trails immediately. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
Northwest lawmakers are urging federal officials to quickly allow Bering Sea fishermen to start fishing for Alaskan king crab. The crab season was scheduled to start on October 15th, but due to the government shutdown, the federal employees at the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) have been unable to issue permits for the fleet, thereby delaying the start of the season.
The Clatsop County Historical Society, with sponsorship from Astoria Granite Works, is excited to once again present "Talking Tombstones". This year's sequel, "Talking Tombstones X, Don't Take Them for Granite" will be held on Sunday, October 27th from 1:00 pm until dusk at the Ocean View Cemetery.
The results of some just released landslide research should come as no surprise to residents of the city of Astoria. The Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) has released shallow and deep landslide susceptibility maps that will aid planners for the City of Astoria indicating many high risk areas.