Astoria Police (http://www.facebook.com/AstoriaPolice) is looking for a few more good friends. The department FaceBook page boasts over 1700 "likes" which means those facebook users see messages from the department that show up on their facebook page.
Hundreds of people attended a Tuesday evening hearing at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to comment on a proposed coal export terminal near Ferndale.
The Forest Service says a mining company can prospect for gold, copper and other minerals near Mount St. Helens. The agency said Tuesday that drilling planned by Ascot Resources 12 miles north of the volcano would not have a major impact on the environment of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Another storm is clobbering the southern and central Oregon coast, with high winds knocking down trees and highway crews clearing them off the roads. The North Oregon Coast was spared the full impact of the winds but expect plenty of rain over the next few days.
A religious retreat on the Oregon coast is on the auction block. The Jesuits plan to sell their 93-acre Nestucca Sanctuary. It's on a spit near Pacific City.
"The national average drops to its lowest level since July, while Oregon's average is at its lowest point since January. The national average for regular unleaded drops three cents to $3.38 while Oregon's average falls four-and-a-half cents to $3.43." AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says, "For the second week in a row, Oregon's average for regular unleaded is just a few cents more than the national average. Earlier this fall, the Oregon average was as much as 30 cents a gallon more than the national average. The gap continues to shrink. The difference was 5.6 cents last week and is now just under a nickel.
To show support for the local commercial salmon fishing industry, the Clatsop County commissioners are organizing a rally on the steps of the state capital in Salem, Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Port Of Astoria Commissioners have decided to send representatives as well
The Astoria Senior Center and the Loaves and Fishes program have joined to ask the City of Astoria to sponsor an application for a substantial community block grant that would see the center refurbished and upgraded and convert the basement of the building into a new home for the Loaves and Fishes program.
Under a state mandate, the city of Astoria continues work to separate storm-water run off from the sewer system. Called the "CSO Separation" project, it has been handled in construction phases over a number of years. The next big phase runs through some of the towns busiest streets and looks to be a substantial piece of work. Dubbed the "11th Street" CSO project it will actually involve a number of streets in the downtown area.
Helping needy local families have a happier Chrismas has been a labor of love for Astorian Barb Roberts for 20 years. The Wishing Tree and Christmas Basket program has been around since 1982 and for most of that time Barb has organized volunteers, engaged local businesses and handled the public outreach to help tell the story. The results are wonderful.
Bob Gross, President of the Seaside Rotary Foundation, presented a check for $2,000 to Maureen Casterline, co-chair of the "Food4Kids" Seaside program, and Al Peinhardt, treasurer, to introduce the Food4Kids effort in Gearhart. Maureen and Al are also members of the Seaside Rotary Club.
The final plans for the long awaited Garden of Surging Waves have been completed and the site for the Chinese cultural centerpiece is ready after completion of the new vaulted sidewalks taking in the corner of 11th and Duane. Monday night the Astoria City Council will consider next steps proposed by staff to bid out the construction contract that would see the beginnings of Heritage Square with the construction of the garden feature.
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