Oregon's recovery from what many describe as the worst recession in U.S. history is showing some promising signs of recovery but quite a bit slower than anyone wants to see. That was the basic message in a well presented talk Thursday night from economics professor Dr. Tom Potiowski from Portland State University. The former Oregon State Economist says that most indicators show the state on track for a full recovery by 2015 but that means we'll be back to how the economy looked in 2007 minus a full return to high house prices.
The Warrenton Planning Commission took less than a half hour Thursday night to grant their final approval of the plans to build a 153,000 square foot Walmart store in the North Coast Business park fronting highway 101 and Ensign Lane. Commissioner Henry Balensifer told KAST News following that meeting that the permit was rejected by the commission on a three to two vote initially because he felt that more might be asked of the developer in terms of the overall design and the landscaping proposed by the developer to partially mask the rear of the building that would front the highway.
Urban strategist Michele Reeves says one of the measures of a successful downtown district is having a real parking problem but she says trying to solve a parking problem that doesn't exist yet can lead to an under-performing downtown.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is making available ATV Safety classes to Clatsop County youth. As of January of 2012 all youth riding ATV's on public lands in Oregon are required to have completed a "hands on" class.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Criminal Division collaborated with Parole and Probation, Astoria Police, and a Secret Service agent to execute a search warrant at 3730 Harrison Avenue #2, in Astoria. The warrant was obtained after receiving information that 27 year old Mitchell Nichols was counterfeiting and passing American currency and creating false identifications.
Fishery managers in California, Oregon and Washington have delayed the opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season by at least two weeks to allow the crabs to fill with more meat.
The Dungeness season along the Oregon coast typically open Dec. 1, but can be pushed back to improve product quality.
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for October was 8.6 percent, essentially unchanged from 8.7 percent in September. The October 2011 unemployment rate was 9.3 percent.
Over the next few days in this week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday next week local residents have a number of important meetings, forums, and public hearings available to attend dealing with big issues for the lower Columbia region.
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