Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley held a Senate hearing this week in the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the Banking Committee to raise awareness about families across Oregon whose flood insurance rates are skyrocketing or who are being forced to buy flood insurance even though they weren't required to in the past. Congress passed flood insurance reforms last year to modernize the program, but since the legislation passed, many middle class families have been burdened by steep rate increases that make it difficult to stay in their homes or sell their homes.
What do baby strollers, tractor tires and Santa Claus have in common? These unique items were all found discarded alongside Oregon waterways by SOLVE volunteers at last year's Beach and Riverside Cleanup. On September 28, 2013 thousands of Oregonians are needed to once again scour beaches, rivers and parks before fall rains wash debris into storm drains and out to sea.
This Friday, September 20, the Astoria High School Athletic Department is honoring current and former Astoria District Staff Members as part of Faculty & Staff Night sponsored by Van Dusen Beverages. All current and former staff members (teachers, custodians, mechanics, bus drivers, instructional aides, librarians, and all district employees) are invited to attend Friday's home football game vs. W.F. West (Chehalis, WA).
On September 16, 2013 Astoria Police responded to the foot of 9th Street to a report of two men fighting. When Officer Duryea arrived he found two men fighting. As one man struck the other Officer Duryea challenged them. The man, Daniel B Jones, a 19 year old transient, who was striking the other fled when challenged. He ran on the elevated trestle behind Pier 11 and jumped over the railing on the south side of the trestle. There is a substantial drop on the south side that at the time had exposed rocks below it. Jones then entered the water under Pier 11. Other officers responded to the scene. Jones was located as he came out of the water about fifteen minutes later.
Coast Guard pollution response crews are responding to a partially submerged and grounded 26-foot pleasure boat with an unknown amount of fuel an board north of Kelley Point on the Columbia River, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River incident management division personnel are coordinating the response to the vessel, including contracting responders to address and remove any pollution threat to the maritime environment.
Pacific and Clatsop Counties are known throughout the region for their tourist attractions, but have you visited these sites? If it has been awhile since you've taken the time to "be a local tourist," the Hometown Tourism Day on Saturday, September 28 might be just the ticket for you. Several local sites are working together to offer free or reduced admissions or special programs on this day to encourage their neighbors to come and see what they have to offer. Here is a list of the special activities available this third annual Hometown Tourism Day.
Washington's razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat. Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.
Clatsop County Extension hosts a talk by Junichi Matsuo from the Japan Fire Headquarters Prevention Division in Sanda City who will speak about his experiences as an emergency manager responding to the subduction zone earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.