Astoria may soon be in the power business. At tonight's council meeting city staff will ask to move forward on a grant-funded hydroelectric project that will generate power for the city watershed with excess generation sold to Pacificorp.
The Astoria Police Department with the support of the Astoria Public Works Department will be presenting a Safety City event for the kindergarteners at John Jacob Astor Elementary School on June 4 and 5.
The proposal stems from a board work session discussion in April on funding options for infrastructure repairs and improvements in the Arch Cape community. Thirty percent of the additional revenue generated by the tax increase would be earmarked for road and other infrastructure work primarily in Arch Cape. The other 70 percent of revenue would be dedicated to tourism promotion or tourist-related facilities, as state law requires for new room taxes.
The state Construction Contractors Board is investigating 30 potential violations of law after investigators last week showed up at more than 200 coastal job sites looking for unlicensed contractors.
With the goal of providing more responsive local service, Clatsop County is taking over the onsite septic system inspection program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in June.
Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 7-8, and for those two days you won't need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. "We want to make it easy for anglers to take a friend or family member out fishing for a day," said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information/education.
Author and poet Maya Angelou, who rose from poverty, segregation and violence to become a force on stage, screen and the printed page, has died. She was 86.
Learn more about efforts to improve the local transportation system and offer your own input at a series of upcoming community meetings. The Transportation System Plan provides a long-term guide to Clatsop County transportation investments by evaluating the current system and determining what improvements would improve travel.
Friday Seaside Police Department partnered with other Clatsop County Law Enforcement Agencies to conduct a saturated traffic safety enforcement blitz in Seaside. Officers were focused on seat belt violations, cell phone use, excessive speed and other driver safety issues. Police were incredibly busy dealing with the influx of tourists throuhout the weekend, throughout the county.
In Tuesday's primary election Clatsop County voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot measure that bans the use of bullhooks, electric prods, whips and similar devices to control performing animals. 68.51% of those who voted agreed that the use of those devices is inappropriate. Today representatives of the national organization PETA (People for the ethical treatment of animals) applauded the decision.
Four people received non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon on a three vehicle collision in a tunnel on Highway 26 west of Manning. Oregon State Police (OSP) investigation led to one of the involved drivers facing charges.
Judging just from the significant increase in news releases from both campaigns since the Oregon primary the race between Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby promises to be a no-holds-barred slugfest featuring some familiar themes. Republicans had been critical of Merkley's effectiveness in the U.S. Senate asking what he has accomplished as the Junior Senator from Oregon. Merkley's campaign is answering with a series of releases coupling Senator Wyden and Merkley as effective leaders in gaining legislation for the state. Today the focus narrowed to Merkley alone. Wehby's campaign is focused on claims that Merkley was behind leaks to the media regarding Wehby's private life just before the election.
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