Visitors to three north coast beaches designated as snowy plover management areas will be making some changes to aid in the recovery of the western snowy plover, a small shorebird native to the Oregon coast. The bird is protected under state law and under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). The three areas are the Clatsop Spit along the Columbia River South Jetty, Necanicum Spit, adjacent to the town of Gearhart in Clatsop County, and Nehalem Spit in Tillamook County.
Oregon State Police say they are actually not sure who was driving the Honda Passport involved in a serious injury accident Friday night on Highway 30 about eight miles east of Astoria. Lieutenant Andrew Merila told KAST News Tuesday that the suspect identified in the official report as 41 year-old Justine L. McGee of Chinook, Washington is not the only suspect.
On March 1 2014 Astoria Police responded to a reported hit and run near the intersection of Olney and West Marine Drive. The suspect vehicle was reported to have continued traveling south on Highway 105 across the Old Young's Bay Bridge. Police found three vehicles with substantial damage parked near the apartments at 1400 Marine Drive. Based on witness descriptions and parts left behind at the scene Police were able to develop a good description of the suspect vehicle.
The public is invited to a community open house to learn more about and provide feedback on the newly released final draft of the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Rilea Headquarters Auditorium. This plan, a collaborative project of Clatsop County and multiple public and private partners, aims to implement appropriate strategies from the 2010 Joint Land Use Study that was undertaken to promote long-term compatibility with Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center.
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.