While the city of Warrenton owns the Warrenton Marina it does not own the popular Hammond Marina and pays a lease to the U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers to use the facility. As a federal facility the city will not be able to make the kind of enhancements there it would like as part of the city planning process. Commissioner Henry Balensifer is out to change that
The first county-wide test of the ClatsopAlerts! emergency notification system last week successfully called more than 16,000 citizens.
The Astoria City Council delays a process to sell properties deemed excess by staff . Last month the council agreed to appoint a local real estate company, Area Properties, to handle the sales details on city-owned land and further agreed to hold public hearings on a parcel-by-parcel basis.
For federal employees returning to work after a 16-day government shutdown, relief is being tempered by worry that it might happen all over again after the holidays. Congress has approved funding only through Jan. 15, and gives the government the authority to borrow what it needs only through Feb. 7. In the meantime, lawmakers will try to agree on how to replace this year's across-the-board spending cuts with more orderly deficit reduction. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park re-opens to visitors today. Visitors can access all public areas and trails immediately. Lewis and Clark National Historical Park has been closed since October 1 due to the lapse in Congressional appropriations.
Northwest lawmakers are urging federal officials to quickly allow Bering Sea fishermen to start fishing for Alaskan king crab. The crab season was scheduled to start on October 15th, but due to the government shutdown, the federal employees at the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) have been unable to issue permits for the fleet, thereby delaying the start of the season.