For over a decade, the Lunch Buddy Mentoring Program has been providing Clatsop County elementary age students with backpacks and a starter set of school supplies to help students and their families get off to a great start to the school year. The costs of that effort have gone up over the years, but the need continues. This year the program is hoping to provide every student in kindergarten through second grade with access to a new backpack and some of the basic needed school supplies.
A Forest Grove couple was seriously injured Sunday afternoon when their motorcycle and crashed along Highway 20 about three miles west of the Santiam Pass summit. Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation.
On July 28, 2013 at approximately 4:30 p.m., a 2004 Yamaha motorcycle operated by Rickie Ray Taylor, age 61, from Forest Grove, was westbound on a downhill grade of Highway 20 near milepost 78 negotiating a left curve. The motorcycle traveled onto the right shoulder and sideswiped a guardrail and then laid onto its side, sliding until it came to rest off the highway.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution urging the Oregon Department of Forestry to preserve a 152-foot tall Western red cedar as a state treasure.
The tree is estimated to be more than 800 years old. It grows on a 286-acre parcel of state land near Cannon Beach.
During the week of July 29, 2013 the Astoria Police Department will be conducting a focused Pedestrian Safety Enforcement in Astoria. During this focused enforcement the officers involved will be stopping and contacting drivers who are violating Oregon's vehicle and pedestrian safety laws. Though officers involved in this enforcement effort will be focused on the pedestrian laws, they will also be contacting drivers who commit other traffic violations.
Famed country singer/songwriter Phil Vassar will give a concert in Astoria on Labor Day. All proceeds will benefit the Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation's Cancer Care Phase 2 project, which will support CMH's plans to expand its oncology facilities and services.
Astoria will host a commemoration in October to mark the 100-year anniversary of the founding of the Indian nationalist Ghadar Party. The political movement, driven by Asian Indians of the U.S. West Coast who wished to free India from British rule, was born during a meeting in Astoria's local Finnish Socialist Hall in May 1913.
On Thursday July 25th at approximately 1:15 PM a fire was reported at the Weyerhaeuser plant located at 3401 Industrial Way in Longview. When fire crews arrived they were greeted by Weyerhaeuser staff advising that there was a fire was on the second floor of a large warehouse
Astoria's city library can use a make-over. The Library Board and the Friends of the Library have been discussing the idea for some time and have reached the point where they are ready to invite the public to become actively involved in the process with a number of opportunites to offer input over the next month.