After announcing earlier this year that the Warrenton office for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality would be closed and records held by that office might find a home with Clatsop County, or end up a in a file drawer in Portland, or Pendelton, the agency contacted KAST News this morning to say that the Warrenton office will remain open after all. The agency says the hours of operation will be cut.
KAST News first reported the planned closure in April when contacted by local real estate agents who were very concerned over the closure. The Warrenton office deals with local septic systems exclusively and all plans and approved permits are kept on file in that office. KAST learned that having regular access to those records is critical for the 18 local septic system installers, for the owners of homes on septic systems and for those building new systems, or planning additions.
A Clatsop County Narcotics Team investigation has led to the arrest of two subjects Monday afternoon on methamphetamine related charges. Drug Task Force detectives witnessed an ongoing high volume of drug related activity at the residence located at 940 3rd Avenue in Seaside, which is within 1,000 feet of the Broadway Middle School and appeared to be related to a significant amount of methamphetamine delivery in the area.
The Astoria DMV field office will be closed the entire week of May 20 for repairs and updates to the interior. Also, all DMV offices, including headquarters, will be closed that Friday, May 24, for the statewide furlough and Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.
Due to street closures associated with the City of Astoria's Combined Sewer Outflow project, motorists will not be able to directly access the ballot drop-box in front of the Clatsop County Elections Division office
Clatsop Community College's Maritime Science Program has received approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an approved Training Ship Program that allows those successfully completing the course of study to be credited with 360 days of sea service, training and testing towards an endorsement as Able Seaman Special (AB-Special) or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) upon Near Coastal or Inland Waters.
Two men have been cited on accusations of reckless burning after a fire in a slash pile got out of control in Clatsop County.
Another weekend since ballots went out made little difference in voter participation. As of Tuesday voters in the May 21st Special Election had only returned 2057 ballots amounting to a 9.7% return.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Finding of No Significant Impact for its Environmental Assessment for adaptively managing predation on Caspian terns in the Lower Columbia River Estuary. Based on the FONSI, no action will be taken to manage predation.
Next week traffic enforcement in Washington State will focus on distracted driving with agencies paying special attention to those who make a habit of texting, or putting a cell phone to their ear when driving. Both practises are illegal in both Oregon and Washington already but the Washington "Target Zero" task force plans to put an exclamation point on the issue.
A public open house will be held for the Irving Avenue Bridge Replacement project on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Astoria Recreation Center, 1411 Grand Avenue, Astoria. The City of Astoria and ODOT secured federal funding from the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation program to replace the Irving Avenue Bridge at 19th Street.
The Spring cruise ship season for Astoria ends with the last two ships between today and Wednesday. Monday the Celebrity Solstice ties up at pier one at 8:00am with a departure scheduled for 6:00pm. Wednesday the Sapphire Princess pays a call.