Each year some very good local people work hard to make sure every child in Clatsop County has a Christmas but they depend on donations to make that happen. This year the Seaside Rotary Club is working with the RED Bell wishing tree program and Toys for Tots because that organization makes sure toys donated locally stay in Clatsop County.
With the possibility of cool temps and icy roads Monday night the Astoria Fire Department is resceduling one night of the annual food drive Christmas parade. "Due to weather conditions and in the interest of safety for our members and for the general public, we have changed the schedule for this week's Christmas Food Drive/Parade." says Deputy Fire Chief Paul Gascoigne. "The parade was scheduled to begin tonight, starting in Emerald Heights, Alderbrook and Uppertown. Tonight's routes have been rescheduled for Thursday, December 12th."
Warmer, wetter weather is arriving but not at a snap of the finger. As the cold air exits enough of it will linger in spots to prompt snow showers that eventually turn to rain. Highs today near 40, and a low tonight in the mid 30s, so expect a chance of rain and snow mixed overnight. Bytomorrow it will all be rain with a high in the 40s and southerly wind at 10 mph or less. The rest of the week looks more typical for late fall, clouds and rain showers.
-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a single vehicle fatal crash on Highway 30 near Clatskanie in Clatsop County. The lone occupant of the vehicle was pronounced deceased and the crash closed the highway for about an hour.
The House Natural Resources Committee has unanimously approved two bills Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) introduced earlier this year to address tsunami debris landing on the Pacific Northwest Coast. The Tsunami Debris Cleanup Reimbursement Act, H.R. 1491, would allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to refund Oregon, other states, and local and tribal governments for tsunami debris cleanup expenses using $5 million in funding donated by the government of Japan.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen F. Rosenblum today issued the Department of Justice's "20 Worst Charities" list, an annual review of organizations that spend the vast majority of the donations they receive on professional fundraising and administrative costs rather than charity.
Family and friends of 25-year-old Chris Tremain, who was found deceased last Monday are gathering together in what they term as a "farewell for now" celebration & memorial this Saturday at The Astoria Event Center, located at 894 9th Street, between Commercial & Marine Drive at 5:00 P.M. Public is welcome to join in remembrance of Mr. Tremain.
For some, paying escalating water and sewer bills is a tough proposition. Typically the city sends out upward to 350 shut-off first notices every other month and ends up shutting off service to an average of 8 households when deadlines aren't met. With Monday's council decision some help will be on the way as the city approves a program that would set aside $10,000 to help those most in need.