No need to dress up and you don't need special gear and you won't have to move mountains to find a hike (although you can hike to the summit of Neah-kah-nie Mountain near Oswald West). This is the third year that OPRD has participated in First Day Hikes, a nationwide initiative sponsored by America's State Parks (www.americasstateparks.org) to encourage people to enjoy the outdoors and celebrate the New Year by getting out for a walk in a state park. Last year, more than 420 people participated in First Day Hikes in Oregon.
The State Employment Department reported Monday morning that the Clatsop County unemployment rate is down to 6.3%. That compares to 7.5% the year before and is below the current statewide rate of 7.3% and below the national rate now pegged at 7%.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot medium endurance cutter, returned to their homeport of Astoria following an 81-day deployment,Friday. The cutter and crew covered more than 12,000 miles during their deployment that included a counter drug enforcement patrol in the Eastern Pacific and a rigorous training assessment by the Afloat Training Group in Everett, Wash.
On Friday Astoria Police reports they participated in a multi agency minor decoy operation in which a minor tries to buy booze from targeted businesses. Astoria's State Licensed liquor store was one of six businesses that sold alcohol to the minor.
Friday, Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley introduced legislation to ensure that Oregonians who try to sign up for health insurance through Cover Oregon can get coverage for the full month of January and any subsidy they are eligible for even if their information is not processed until later in the month.
The Sunset Empire Transit District, now renamed Sunset Transportation Services, continues to grow it's service with the announcement Friday of more frequent trips up highway 30 and the addition of direct service to Kelso/Longview on weekends starting in January.
Today, NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce the opening of a 90-day public comment period on the agencies' proposal to disapprove the State of Oregon's coastal nonpoint pollution control program. The two agencies have found that Oregon's program falls short in three key areas. Under the terms of a settlement agreement, EPA and NOAA are required to make a final decision by May 15, 2014.
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is seeking public comment on proposed rule changes that would control smoking in outdoor areas of Oregon State Parks. The proposed changes are designed in part to reduce litter and protect natural resources in Oregon's state parks.
On December 18, 2013 at 4:20 PM Astoria 911 received multiple 911 calls reporting that a man had been struck by a manhole cover near the intersection of 8th and Harrison in Astoria. Emergency crews responded from Astoria Fire Department, Astoria Police,