Born out of tragedy in 1964, Cannon Beach's Sandcastle Contest has been designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Sandcastle Contest is one of 10 events that have been designated. The others include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Astoria Regatta and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.
Police say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland. Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized. The Multnomah County sheriff's office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Authorities say they're now focusing on reuniting students with their parents. Members of the FBI and ATF are on scene along with local and state law enforcement. The Multnomah County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation. The victim and the suspect have yet to be identifed. It has been reported that a coach identified as Todd Rispler, who was teaching a gym class at the time of the shooting, was also injured. The extent of that injury has not been confirmed but is described as not life threatening. In a noon news briefing today authorities say during the process of evacuating students this morning a gun was found but is not believed to be involved in the shooting. Police say the weapon that was used is a rifle but did not describe the type. Authorities say they think that have identified the shooter but are not confident enough to release that name. Next of kin are being notified for both the suspected shooter and the student that was killed.
Firefighters face a couple of days of gusty weather as they try to finish drawing lines around the first big wildfire of the season in Oregon. Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the state's request for fire management assistance to help fight the Two Bulls fire in Deschutes County was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 8th.
Clatsop County is seeking applicants for two vacancies on the Recreational Lands Planning Advisory Committee.
According to a posting on the Clatsop Democrats facebook page Larry Taylor submitted paperwork to run for the office of Mayor of Astoria. Larry's goals include: jobs based on Astoria's strengths; eliminate domestic violence and child abuse; fiscally responsible budgeting and management of municipal services: valuing scholastic achievement equal to athletic achievement; and stop squandering money on useless litigation and move DUI prosecutions to the county courts.
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable. The designation opens up new markets for a fishery that spans California, Oregon and Washington, and accounted for more than 40 million pounds in landings in 2013.
Two former Clatsop County Commissioners are serving together again but this time as members of the Astoria Port Commission. Dr. Robert Mushen lives in Cannon Beach and has previously served a one year appointment to the county commission. Dr. Mushen, who says he has the Seaside Mayor's ear, also serves as chair of the Seaside Chamber and told the port commission that better communication with governments and agencies in south county is the key to improving relations with the port. John Raichl served on the county commission to an appointed seat the roughly the same time as Mushen and was the Clatsop County Sheriff for 19 years.
Oregon State Police, with the assistance of Seaside Police Department and Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, arrested a 23-year old man hiding under a deck after he fled a vehicle while attempting to elude OSP in Seaside.
Clatsop Community College's 2014 GED Graduation will honor nearly 100 students at a ceremony on June 9 at 6p.m. in the Columbia Hall Community Room (Columbia 219), 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The ceremony recognizes students who passed the GED exam and earned a high school equivalent credential during the past year.
Astoria may soon be in the power business. At tonight's council meeting city staff will ask to move forward on a grant-funded hydroelectric project that will generate power for the city watershed with excess generation sold to Pacificorp.
Astoria city councilors Drew Herzig and Russ Warr want the city to pick up the cost of increases in sewer surcharge rates set to hit citizens next year using money from a $300,000 timber sale the council approved Monday night. The city manager prefers to apply that money to an upcoming sewer project. The item is likely to see more council discussion.
The Astoria Police Department with the support of the Astoria Public Works Department will be presenting a Safety City event for the kindergarteners at John Jacob Astor Elementary School on June 4 and 5.
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