Clatsop County bid farewell this month to two longtime members of its public health team. Belinda Kruger and Christie Larson, whose careers with Clatsop County span a combined 66 years, have witnessed shifts in policies, programs and priorities and seen technology transform their work, but remained dedicated to the goals of public health.
As temperatures fall and the snow hits the Portland metro area, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) asks its customers and others to donate to the Gas Assistance Program (GAP) to help those in need pay their gas heating bills. The company also pledges $60,000 out of its corporate philanthropy fund to GAP.
Wind Storms are nothing new for Astoria but usually the winds are more southerly. This past weekend storm was unusual in that the prevailing winds were westerly at a high velocity which drove already high river water into breaking waves that caused damage all along the city River Walk Trail. The picture to the left is a section of the east end portion of the trail where the wave action washed away a portion of the rock underlayment supporting the railroad ties.
Peter Roscoe has served on the Astoria City Council for the last eight years and Monday was his last meeting. Roscoe lost his seat in a hard fought General Election campaign that will see the victor Drew Herzig take over the Ward 2 seat in January. Roscoe said during his council report that since it was his last he would speak a little longer than normal and he thanked everyone for those eight years saying "It was fun".
The Astoria City Council approved a zone change for Mark Carey, owner of Astoria Fultanos Pizza on two lots located behind the business off 7th street. Carey plans to make a paved off-street parking area there to augment the 21 parking spaces at that business. Neighbors had objected to the changes fearing that at some point the newly rezoned commercial property next to their homes might be built out some day.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is making available ATV Safety classes to Clatsop County youth. As of January of 2012 all youth riding ATV's on public lands in Oregon are required to have completed a "hands on" class.
The next phase of Astoria's efforts to prevent sewage from hitting the Columbia River will take place in April of 2013 with completion projected in November and will result in a complete rebuild of 8th street. Among other things the project involves connecting some 10,000 feet of new pipe under the streets in and around the downtown area. City staff presented the project plan to the Astoria City Council Monday evening.
On December 17. 2012 at 0808 Astoria Police Responded to a report that a male subject had pointed a rifle at his care giver and made threats to Charter Cable employees. Officers responded and contacted the caregiver who was no longer with the subject. She reported that while at a regularly scheduled visit with a 52 year old male subject who lives at 1508 Exchange St. he became upset over a billing dispute with Charter Cable.
The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission heard public testimony on a set of recommendations to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries on the lower Columbia River during its meeting Dec. 14-15 in Tumwater. The commission, a nine-member citizen panel appointed by the governor to set policy for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), will consider revisions to current policies that reflect the recommendations at its Jan. 11-12 meeting in Olympia.
On December 17. 2012 at 8:08am Astoria Police Responded to a report that a male subject had pointed a rifle at his care giver and made threats to Charter Cable employees. Officers responded and contacted the caregiver who was no longer with the subject. She reported that while at a regularly scheduled visit with a 52 year old male subject who lives at 1508 Exchange St. he became upset over a billing dispute with Charter Cable. During that dispute he retrieved what was reported to be a bolt action rifle.
Bring binoculars for a chance to view gray whales during Winter Whale Watch Week, Dec. 26-30. "The 24 designated 'Whale Watching Spoken Here' sites were selected because they are some of the best viewpoints to spot the roughly 18,000 whales that cruise past Oregon on their annual southbound migration," said Ian Fawley, Whale Watching Center interpretive ranger. Trained volunteers will be available at these sites along the coast 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. daily to help visitors learn about the whales' migration and feeding habits, and offer tips on how to spot the whales.
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