Oregon Emergency Management received the Citizen Corps Honorable Mention Award for Individual and Community Preparedness for a project that placed emergency backpacks in Oregon coastal counties. The backpacks contain emergency blankets, flashlights, and basic first aid supplies to be used in a disaster.
Clatsop County's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 7.6 percent in October, essentially the same as the previous month (7.7%), but lower than the year before (8.3%). It was lower than the statewide rate (8.6%) and about the same as the national rate (7.9%).
Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers after a strong storm caused outages from Crescent City to Yakima, hitting the Oregon coast especially hard. However, soggy ground and high winds are continuing to create new outages and a second powerful storm is expected to come ashore overnight.
A commercial truck driver received minor injuries Monday morning when high winds blew his truck and semi-trailer over onto their side on the Highway 101 Astoria-Megler Bridge. The bridge remains closed until a tow truck can remove both vehicles later this afternoon.
A minor earthquake with a 3.1 magnitude was recorded at 6:15 a.m. Monday in the Portland area. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reports the quake was centered about 11 miles northwest of Portland at a depth of 12 miles. Emergency dispatchers say they received several calls from people who felt it, but no reports of damage. USGS Event Summary.
Northwest Oregon and Southwest Washinton braced for stormy weather Sunday evening along the coast. The strongest storm of the season thus far making landfall Sunday evening.
The National Weather Service issuing a flood watch in effect through Tuesday morning, a high wind warning in effect through 4pm today and a high surf advisory in efffect till midnight tonight.
Flooding affecting HWY 101 south of Seaside closing traffic in both directions Monday morning. No cars are being allowed through the area but they are allowing trucks restricted to 5 miles per hour. Additionally North of Gearhart a tree was reportedly blocking traffic in both directions that has now been cleared.
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To help make Washington roads safe this holiday season, extra officers will be canvassing roadways in Pacific County as part of the annual "Drive Sober Get Pulled Over" holiday DUI patrols. Patrols start November 21 and run through January 1, 2013.
Three men were arrested Thursday morning by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers, with the assistance of Tillamook County deputies, following the unlawful killing of a cow elk on private property west of Tillamook. One of the suspects was apprehended following a brief foot chase and the other two suspects were found hiding in the woods near the site.
Clatsop County Drug Task Force detectives executed search warrants, resulting in the arrest of two subjects in Warrenton, Wednesday morning. Task Force detectives had received numerous citizen complaints regarding ongoing drug activity at 110 NW 4th Ave. Space E-14 Warrenton, Oregon.
The Warrenton Planning Commission took less than a half hour Thursday night to grant their final approval of the plans to build a 153,000 square foot Walmart store in the North Coast Business park fronting highway 101 and Ensign Lane. Commissioner Henry Balensifer told KAST News following that meeting that the permit was rejected by the commission on a three to two vote initially because he felt that more might be asked of the developer in terms of the overall design and the landscaping proposed by the developer to partially mask the rear of the building that would front the highway.
Oregon's recovery from what many describe as the worst recession in U.S. history is showing some promising signs of recovery but quite a bit slower than anyone wants to see. That was the basic message in a well presented talk Thursday night from economics professor Dr. Tom Potiowski from Portland State University. The former Oregon State Economist says that most indicators show the state on track for a full recovery by 2015 but that means we'll be back to how the economy looked in 2007 minus a full return to high house prices.
Urban strategist Michele Reeves says one of the measures of a successful downtown district is having a real parking problem but she says trying to solve a parking problem that doesn't exist yet can lead to an under-performing downtown.
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