The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a 739-foot cargo ship aground in the Columbia River just north of the Astoria Northern Anchorage in Astoria, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River learned that the Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Mokpo Star ran aground after the crew attempted to adjust their position in the river using their anchors without proper authorization at approximately 4:30 p.m.
No decision yet on which of three applicants will fill out fomer commissioner Debra Birkby's spot on the county board. The remaining commissioners interviewed the applicants before the regular meeting Wednesday. During the 6pm session commissioners said they would like to extend the decision until more members of the public have had the opportunity to comment on the appointment.
An environmental group's threatened lawsuit over management of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests would hinder ongoing efforts to craft a new plan to manage these lands, Governor John Kitzhaber and state forestry officials said. "Through years of public-private partnerships, Oregon has made great progress on coastal coho salmon recovery. The Board of Forestry recently adopted, and is now designating, new state forest conservation areas, and we are in the midst of a robust public planning process addressing state forest management that includes ongoing collaborative discussions with conservation groups," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Threats of litigation undermine that progress and inject uncertainty into our next steps. It's hard to see how this legal saber-rattling helps improve state forests for all Oregonians."
The Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) conducted a drug investigation in Astoria, resulting in the execution of multiple search warrants and the arrest of four subjects on Heroin and Methamphetamine related charges Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
CCC Board Chair Kirsten Ayles has announced her resignation, effective February 24, 2014. Ayles has accepted a new position and will be moving to Seattle before the end of the month. Ayles' position, which expires in 2015, will be filled by appointment.
On February 18, at 2:11 AM, Deputy Seann Luedke, of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 30 near Koppisch Rd. During the traffic stop, Deputy Luedke observed a generator in the bed of the vehicle. The generator was marked ODFW. Deputy Luedke believed the generator to be property of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Deputy Luedke questioned the occupants of the vehicle and seized the generator.
The uproar over the sale of excess city-owned properties obviously impacted council goal-setting for Astoria for 2014. During a discussion about the goals set by the city council in a day-long session Monday, Mayor Willis Van Dusen told the audience at Tuesday's crowded council meeting that selling those properties is no longer a city goal.
Clatsop Community College and Oregon State University (OSU) Clatsop County Extension announce a new series of courses designed to educate coastal residents about growing and food production in our local environment. All classes will be held at Clatsop Community College.