Friday Seaside Police Department partnered with other Clatsop County Law Enforcement Agencies to conduct a saturated traffic safety enforcement blitz in Seaside. Officers were focused on seat belt violations, cell phone use, excessive speed and other driver safety issues. Police were incredibly busy dealing with the influx of tourists throuhout the weekend, throughout the county.
Four people received non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon on a three vehicle collision in a tunnel on Highway 26 west of Manning. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation led to one of the involved drivers facing charges.
In Tuesday's primary election Clatsop County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that bans the use of bullhooks, electric prods, whips and similar devices to control performing animals. 68.51% of those who voted agreed that the use of those devices is inappropriate. Today representatives of the national organization PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) applauded the decision.
Judging just from the significant increase in news releases from both campaigns since the Oregon primary the race between Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby promises to be a no-holds-barred slugfest featuring some familiar themes. Republicans had been critical of Merkley's effectiveness in the U.S. Senate asking what he has accomplished as the Junior Senator from Oregon. Merkley's campaign is answering with a series of releases coupling Senator Wyden and Merkley as effective leaders in gaining legislation for the state. Today the focus narrowed to Merkley alone. Wehby's campaign is focused on claims that Merkley was behind leaks to the media regarding Wehby's private life just before the election.
An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team has led to the arrest of 26 year old Maile Allison Dupuy of Astoria. Detectives learned from several sources, Dupuy was selling Heroin and Methamphetamine out of her home just outside the Astoria city limits.
Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Grimes anticipates that she will formally contest the outcome of the County Commissioner District 5 race in the May 20 primary election as a result of a balloting error involving almost 500 county voters.
If a petition to contest the race is filed, the action will likely result in a new election between District 5 candidates Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson.
According to the Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office, a number of county voters received incorrect ballots for the May 20 primary election.The error involves the race for the District 5 seat on the county board of commissioners. A total of 344 voters living in District 5 received ballots without the District 5 race listed, while 147 voters living outside the district received ballots with the District 5 race, for a total of 491 incorrect ballots.
A local business leader has been named grand marshal of Warrenton's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. The theme for 2014 is "Small Town, Big Heart." Don Patterson, who owns three mini-marts in Astoria and Warrenton, is an active member of the community, volunteering and contributing to various civic, youth and sports activities.