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The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday honored Volunteer of the Year recipients for 2016 and recognized the more than 500 citizens who donate their time to the county. The board approved a proclamation declaring April 23-29 to be Volunteer Week in Clatsop County and presented certificates of appreciation to this year’s recipients.

In 2016, 518 volunteers provided a total of 17,940 hours of service to the county, representing a value of $422,655.

The recent forcible removal of a United Airlines ticketed passenger on a flight from Chicago to Louisville Kentucky has prompted serious questions from a group of Democrat U.S Senators including Oregon’s Ron Wyden regarding airline policies and procedures.

Who will Warrenton’s next Mayor be? That decision will be made by the city commission in the next few weeks and likely will be one of two commissioners who have expressed an interest. 

Henry Balensifer was selected acting Mayor in a unanimous vote by the commission and as Mayor Pro Tem he runs the meetings until a decision is made about filling the unexpired term of Mark Kujala who stepped down for personal reasons at the end of March.

Former Warrenton Mayor Barbara Balensifer, who is Henry’s Grandmother, asked if the commission would hold a forum on the appointment so that the public could ask the contenders some questions about their desire to serve as Mayor. She suggested a moderated event so that each candidate would have the opportunity to respond to the same questions. 

The commission opted to hold an informal public hearing at the next scheduled commission meeting to gather comments before making a decision.  The city charter grants the commission some latitude in deciding how the process will work and there was no further discussion about how the four members would make a choice between two of their number.

Some lucky bidders will get a front row seat to experience the August 21st total solar eclipse.  The Oregon State Parks Foundation has reserved 30 campsites at the Cove Palisades State Park on Lake Billy Chinook located a few miles from Madras in Central Oregon.  Meanwhile to State parks Department is opening up additional reservation campsites next week 

The Coast Guard rescued a man that was stranded on a rocky edge by the high tide at Hug Point near Cannon Beach, Monday afternoon.

 The alleged Riverwalk robbery victim contacted police Monday and told investigators that she wished to drop the case stating that things didn't occur as she'd reported them.  Investigators agreed not to pursue charges of false reporting if she was truthful about what actually occurred.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 55-year-old Warrenton area man on Friday April 7, 2017 following a 15-month investigation. Kirk Richard Cazee was arrested in his Surf Pines home by Sheriff's Deputies executing search warrants for the residence and several vehicles on the property. Since January 2016, Deputies have responded to at least 9 reports of a "peeping tom" operating within the gated community of Surf Pines.

Some new signs will be popping up in many store windows in downtown Astoria over the next few weeks informing the public about a new agreement between building owners and the Astoria Police Department.  In an effort to address issues with some people creating public safety concerns, police are asking building owners to sign an agreement that allows officers to enforce exclusion orders on private property.

 

 An Astoria man, who was already facing various charges accused of assaulting a woman, made matters worse Wednesday when he attempted to escape arrest.  He was finally captured but not before deciding to try to swim away from authorities when at one point he jumped in the Columbia River.

 

The sudden disappearance of an 18 year-old Raymond man in 2012 was resolved by authorities in Pacific County yesterday (Tuesday) when it was announced that remains found in a remote wooded area are those of Killian P. Tsogo.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley just left the Senate chamber this morning after concluding more than 15 hours spent speaking overnight to protest Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Merkley took the floor at 6:46pm ET, vowing to go as long as he was able, and yielded at 10:13am ET. Merkley’s speech was among the top ten longest in U.S. Senate history.

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