As summer draws to a close Astoria 911's Emergency Communication Manager, Jeff Rusiecki, evaluates the emergency communications site's preparedness for another winter storm season. In the picture below, a skilled worker from Arbor Care (inside red box) climbs high in the tree adjacent to the Coxcomb communications tower to remove limbs that threaten the antennas. This is a site we monitor closely as the trees grow in close proximity to the tower. "At the end of each summer we evaluate whether or not some judicious trimming needs to occur prior to the first winter storm", said Rusiecki. Several of the trees at surrounding the tower were damaged in the 2007 wind storm so this site is especially vulnerable. Given the historic and sensitive nature of this site at the Column we are currently evaluating our options to re-locate this critical infrastructure to a location more suitable to support communications without being in conflict with such a historic landmark.
Patty Skinner from the Astoria Public Library has all the details of events to catch this week and in the weeks to come at the Library:
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Provider Steve Bellinger, PA-C. and Deanna Duret, Dietician will discuss pre-diabetes and a nutritional approach to correction at this year's health fair at Ocean Beach Hospital Health Fair in Ilwaco on Saturday, September 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Duret and Bellinger will share the latest protocols for treating diabetes during a question and answer presentations at the annual health forum. The fair will also feature free lab screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and prostate cancer and many community participants.
The search, now in day three, is intensifying to locate Ryan Ross Horn, a 28 year old Hillsboro man, who is considered to be anendangered person. Hillsboro police are leading the multi-county investigation and an air search is being launched to cover additional territory. Ryan Horn left Hillsboro on Thursday, August 28, 2013 around 10 am and is believed to have headed west on Highway 26. His last cell phone "ping" occurred at the Lodge Road T-Mobile Tower near Banks, Oregon.
A Clatsop County Grand Jury has returned an endictment against Astoria High School coach Bradford Dalton on two charges. Dalton is accused of one count of felony assault in the fourth degree and a charge of strangulation. The endictment states that on or about July 30, 2013 the 50 year old Dalton injured one of his daughters by strangulation as his other daughter looked on. Reportedly Dalton's wife documented the attack. The endictment is secret preventing comment from District Attorney Josh Marquis until Dalton is arraigned. Dalton works as the head girls basketball coach and also serves as a math teacher at Astoria High School
Public health advisories for contact with marine water at Cannon Beach and Tolovana Beach in Clatsop County and Short Sand Beach in Tillamook County were lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisories were issued Wednesday after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.
The unseasonable August rain today reminds us that coastal storm season isn't too far away. Longtime locals are very familiar with the routine chores that come with preparing to face the winter but there are still many who find themselves unprepared when the big winds hit and power can go away for hours, if not for days at a time.
Wait times at the Employment Department Unemployment Insurance call centers have been extremely long. "We recognize that many Oregonians calling our unemployment insurance center are experiencing long wait times," David Gerstenfeld, assistant director for unemployment insurance programs said. "This is totally unacceptable to us. So, we took a long look at why this was occurring and what could be done to improve."