Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) announced that the Columbia River Restoration Act has passed in the House and the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will take public comment on the county’s involvement in a large class-action lawsuit over state timber harvests.
Testimony will be accepted at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.
Clatsop County is named as a plaintiff in a suit filed in March by Linn County against the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging breach of contract over the state’s timber harvest practices on more than 640,000 acres of state-managed forest lands. The suit lists 15 counties and 130 other taxing districts as plaintiffs.
Pay for a year at the Astoria Aquatic center, or the Astoria Recreation Center and get one month free. The offer was approved by the city council Monday night and is aimed at new members who either haven’t had a monthly pass for the past six months, or who have never had one to use the city facilities.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released her budget proposal for the next biennium and, as expected, contains significant cuts to many state programs while looking to increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and charge assessments on hospitals and insurance companies to raise money for healthcare coverage.
Early last week, the Pacific County 911 received a report of a burglary in progress at a home located in Ocean Park. The caller reporting the burglary said that he lived in Oregon and was being alerted by the surveillance cameras located around the property of his Ocean Park house. He said that he was able to view, in real time, the suspect moving about the property. The caller said that the suspect was trying door knobs to the house and had entered a shed. The property was also completely fenced in. The caller provided a physical description of the suspect as well.
Responding to criticism over a perceived lack of public outreach over the final design of a project impacting portions of the city river walk trail, City of Astoria will host a public open house for the Waterfront Bridges Project to share proposed bridge surface feature designs. The public is encouraged to attend the open house to provide input on the appearance of the new bridges. Wednesday, December 14th, 6 pm to 8 pm City Hall Council Chambers.
Former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Meyers died Tuesday from complications with pneumonia according to family. Meyers was 77 and had suffered from lung cancer.Meyers career in state politics was lengthy. He served in the Oregon House for five terms and was later elected State Attorney General in 1996.
In two weeks time Seaside may have a new leader to take the seat vacated by long-time Mayor Don Larson who stepped down in November. Failing health was cited as the reason for Larson's departure from the post and now it's up to the council members to decide who will serve the remaining term until the January following the next general city election in 2018.