The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) joins America's State Parks in sponsoring First Day Hikes in 22 Oregon State Parks on New Year's Day. Park rangers or volunteers will lead most of the hikes. Day-use parking fees are waived for all visitors at participating parks Jan. 1 only.
Two endangered sea turtles that washed ashore on the north Oregon coast in stormy weather have been moved to the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport. Both turtles are extremely cold and in critical condition.
Cigarette butts litter Astoria city parks and one leader is asking smokers to stop leaving them behind. City Councilor Karen Mellin told her fellow council members this week that she is taking an active role in the county tobacco-free committee saying the small task force is a good starting point.
The Oregon and national averages for regular unleaded are at their lowest prices of the year. The national average loses nine cents this week to $3.24, falling below the year's previous low point which was $3.28 on Jan. 1, 2012.
Clatsop County bid farewell this month to two longtime members of its public health team. Belinda Kruger and Christie Larson, whose careers with Clatsop County span a combined 66 years, have witnessed shifts in policies, programs and priorities and seen technology transform their work, but remained dedicated to the goals of public health.
As temperatures fall and the snow hits the Portland metro area, NW Natural (NYSE:NWN) asks its customers and others to donate to the Gas Assistance Program (GAP) to help those in need pay their gas heating bills. The company also pledges $60,000 out of its corporate philanthropy fund to GAP.
Wind Storms are nothing new for Astoria but usually the winds are more southerly. This past weekend storm was unusual in that the prevailing winds were westerly at a high velocity which drove already high river water into breaking waves that caused damage all along the city River Walk Trail. The picture to the left is a section of the east end portion of the trail where the wave action washed away a portion of the rock underlayment supporting the railroad ties.
Peter Roscoe has served on the Astoria City Council for the last eight years and Monday was his last meeting. Roscoe lost his seat in a hard fought General Election campaign that will see the victor Drew Herzig take over the Ward 2 seat in January. Roscoe said during his council report that since it was his last he would speak a little longer than normal and he thanked everyone for those eight years saying "It was fun".
The Astoria City Council approved a zone change for Mark Carey, owner of Astoria Fultanos Pizza on two lots located behind the business off 7th street. Carey plans to make a paved off-street parking area there to augment the 21 parking spaces at that business. Neighbors had objected to the changes fearing that at some point the newly rezoned commercial property next to their homes might be built out some day.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is making available ATV Safety classes to Clatsop County youth. As of January of 2012 all youth riding ATV's on public lands in Oregon are required to have completed a "hands on" class.
The next phase of Astoria's efforts to prevent sewage from hitting the Columbia River will take place in April of 2013 with completion projected in November and will result in a complete rebuild of 8th street. Among other things the project involves connecting some 10,000 feet of new pipe under the streets in and around the downtown area. City staff presented the project plan to the Astoria City Council Monday evening.
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