Volunteers come in all shapes and sizes. During the holidays, people volunteer to ring little bells and collect money outside of stores because they want to help the poor. Children will volunteer their time at pet shelters because they love to be around animals. People will volunteer their time to a program or idea because it is something they believe in.
In the late evening hours Friday four Oregon men, one of which was a registered sex offender, and one of which was an ex-convict, were detained after Pacific County Sheriff Scott Johnson witnessed an explosion in the 5700 block of U.S. 101. The Sheriff was stopping to check out an old Aerostar van that appeared suspicious and that he knew did not belong in the driveway where it was parked. He pulled in behind the vehicle.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's injury commercial truck crash that closed Highway 26 for several hours closed in both directions near milepost 35 in the Coast Range. Several thousand pounds of compressed seafood waste needed to be cleaned up and the vehicles removed from the scene. ODOT had a detour set up in both directions.
An Oregon Department of Transportation project is currently underway that will add centerline rumble strips to sections of U.S. 26 and U.S. 30. The project is part of a larger safety initiative to reduce roadway departure crashes such as head-on, crossover and fixed object crashes
This is the fifth year that Oregon has set aside grant funds for non-highway related transportation projects called "Connect Oregon V". The competition for a chunk of just a little over $42,000,000.00 for various projects around the state is down to the top 37 proposals. A Port of Astoria runway rehab is ranked # 8 and a project proposed by the Columbia River Pilots comes in at #12.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement to reduce predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act by a large population of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary.
The Clatsop County Commissioners have approved the last item necessary for the county to take over a DEQ program deemed critical for local homeowners, real estate agencts, and contractors, the transient room tax will go up January 1, 2015 to 9.5% and commissioners approved support for an industrial designation for the North Coast Business Park in Warrenton.