A 32-year-old former Long Beach man and Ilwaco High School graduate Luke Anton Wirkkala was arrested Monday evening is facing Murder charges in Bend, Oregon. He is being held without bail in the death of 31-year-old David Andrew Ryder a Bend area software engineer. Ryder was an invited house guest at the home of Wirkkala and the two were said to have known eachother.
Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley held a press conference pressing for a swift renewal of the Violence Against Women Act and emphasizing its importance to Oregon's families. DA Josh Marquis was part of that discussion pointing out the critical work of the local non-profit agency responsible for working with victims.
State officials who monitor marine debris on Washington's ocean beaches say they are seeing an increase in marine debris items this winter such as Styrofoam, plastic bottles and floats, and other portable objects.
After a series of misfires last year organizers say they have secured a venue for the Astoria Hempfest for 2013. Nick Clark, who owns Natures's Choice Alternative Medicine in Astoria announced to the city council that the event will be held at the clatsop county fairgrounds on Labor Day weekend. The Fairgrounds website confirms the event is scheduled for August 31st and September 1st.
State Senator Betsy Johnson, State representative Deborah Boone, and State Representative Brad Witt will broadcast a virtual townhall meeting over the Internet on February 20th from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today stood with Democratic congressional leaders to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since it was signed into law in 1993, this landmark legislation has given 100 million Americans the opportunity to take unpaid leave so they could attend to their medical needs or the medical needs of a family member without fear of losing their jobs. Bonamici called for an expansion of the law, and for additional legislation to provide paid sick leave.
Thursday the newly reconstituted Astoria Regatta Association will see just how far public support will go to keep the oldest festival in the Northwest from becoming a closed chapter in Oregon history. An organizational meeting will be held at Astoria City Hall where interested citizens will be asked to volunteer for various committee assignments necessary to operate what is traditionally a days-long event.
On February 5, 2013 at 5:27pm the Astoria Police were notified of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash near 16th and Marine. When they arrived they found 20 year old Luke Hauflin, a tongue point student, had been struck by a vehicle. The vehicle was operated by Telisa Bustamante, a 39 year old Astoria resident who works at Tongue Point.
On February 5, 2013 at 1:20pm Astoria Police responded to the 1400 block of 8th street where a father had reported that one of his sons had shot another one. Astoria Police responded and found Clarence Long, age 39 with a gunshot wound to his leg in the front room of the house. In the yard of the house they located David Long II, age 42. David and Clarence are brothers. Both Long brothers live at the residence with their parents.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) reminds employers of their obligation to report serious accidents or fatalities. The notification allows the agency to investigate the working conditions that may have caused death or harm.
A state commission says a magnitude 9 earthquake off the Oregon coast and tsunami could cause more than $30 billion damage to the state economy.
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