Bob Chopping, or "Chop" to his friends, passed away yesterday leaving behind a legacy of community service and his devotion to the city of Astoria. Mr. Chopping was the owner of KAST AM and FM radio stations from the mid 1960's to the early 80's when he sold the stations to Youngs Bay Broadcasting. He served in city government and was the Mayor of Astoria in the late 70's
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Astoria Event Center is back in business starting in September. The building, which includes the Shipyard Bar & Grill next door, is being purchased by local landlords and have entered into an agreement with Columbia Bar Productions, LLC, to manage bookings for the venue. Facility manager Cyndi Mudge is excited to pursue this new venture. "I love this space. It is incredibly versatile and can be used many different ways,"
"This is very exciting for ADHDA and Astoria," said ADHDA President Dulcye Taylor. "We've been fortunate to have assistance from the RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) program for the past three years, but it's not meant as a substitute for a long-term staffing solution," she explained. "We've been focused on the goal of permanent staffing for almost four years," she said, noting that the organization has not had permanent staff since the early 1990s. "This will help ensure continuity and momentum for the future," she added.
On September 6 Tongue Point Job Corp will pay honor to a remarkable vessel that has for many years served as a training ship for those seeking to be able-bodied Seamen through the Job Corps program. This year marks the 70th year of service for the Ironwood. Beginning it's service as a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Ironwood was decommissioned in 2000 in Kodiak, Alaska and the news release for that event explains the great significance of the ship that has served so many, so well.
In their Monday night meeting the Astoria City Council started early at 6:30pm with a presentation and discussion about the recent sister city trip to Waldorf, Germany which Mayor Willis Van Dusen told the audience was "very important" for the city.
Monday evening the Astoria City Council approved a liquor licence application for a new brewpub operation that the owners say will be built in the old Bornstein fish processing plant at the foot of 7th street. Port Commissioner Bill Hunsinger told KAST News that, in effect, the proposers of the brewpub skipped a step in not approaching the Port Commission. So what's the Port's involvement? Bornstein says none whatsoever.
Improving pedestrian safety in the city of Astoria has been a hot topic for some months now with City Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation working to improve traffic and pedestrian safety throughout the city with some of those improvements planned to be in place by next month.
Lincoln City's Chinook Winds Casino will play host this week to a coastal economic summit announced by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office today. Wyden will join with State Senator Betsy Johnson to discuss economic issues important to the coast of Oregon according to a news release. There will also be a public question and answer period. The event is set for Wednesday, August 31st at 12:30pm
A meeting of the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) originally scheduled for Aug. 23 in Salem has been canceled. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said the difficult wildfire season necessitated the cancelation, since nearly all employees are directly or indirectly supporting fire suppression efforts.
The council plans to spend a half hour talking about the recent trip that sent the entire city council to visit sister city Waldorf, Germany. At the last council meeting August 5th the Mayor indicated that the public would be invited to ask questions about the trip.
On August 15, 2013 at about 7:00 PM Astoria Regional Dispatch broadcast an attempt to locate for a stolen car traveling from the Clatskanie area. Officer Tim Gillum was on patrol and watching for the car. At 8:00 PM he saw the vehicle entering Astoria on Highway 30. He radioed Sergeant Aydt who was also working and together they conducted a high risk traffic stop at 36th and Lief Erickson Drive. The driver, Shannon Leigh Kelly, age 44 of Astoria, was arrested. A 47 year old male passenger was detained then released at the scene when officers determined he was getting a ride but had no knowledge that the vehicle was stolen.