Clatsop County recently enacted the second phase of a new tobacco free campus policy that includes the prohibition at nearly all county properties. No tobacco of any kind is permitted with the exception of a smoking area for jurors outside the courthouse where staff can keep an eye on those who are on jury duty to make sure they are not approached by the public during breaks in the courtroom. There is one other exception at the moment but the Clatsop County Fair Board is now considering how they might comply with the tobacco ban.
Cindy Howe, former Executive Director of the Sunset Empire Transportation District entered an Alford plea in a Clatsop County courtroom Tuesday morning and was sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service, pay back nearly $8000.00 to the district and read an apology in court. According to District Attorney Josh Marquis, an Alford plea is a guilty plea in every way but allows the defendant to say they are only entering the plea to take advantage of the plea offer.
The first phase of the 11th street CSO sewer project is on hold temporarily after the crew digging up the 8th and Commercial street intersection discovered historic trolley rails under the asphalt according to an update from the city Tuesday morning. City Engineer Cindy Moore writes:
According to a news release from the Oregon Association of Nurseries, on Tuesday, eight Oregon legislators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- introduced a bill designed to make Oregon's roads safer. Senate Bill 833 would allow creation of a new, short-term driver's license for applicants who otherwise qualify, but are unable to provide proof of legal U.S. residency.
Several conservation groups plan to sue Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and top U.S. coal producers, claiming they discharge coal into Washington state waterways in violation of federal law.
The Clatsop County chapter of the Oregon Employer Council (OEC) is hosting a Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at the Holiday Inn Express (204 W Marine Drive) in Astoria.
A state study of personal income reflects the long-term decline in logging and milling in Oregon. The report shows rural Oregonians earn, on average, about 25 percent less than their city counterparts.
Scalping tickets to the Dalai Lama's May 10 speech in Eugene is legal in Oregon, but a follower says it's bad karma.
"Shwiqhiq Pi mun" (Frog and Moon) will at last find its place at Clatsop Community College. It will be unveiled just before the College Board meeting, Tuesday, April 9, at 5:30pm, in the upper entry to Columbia Hall, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria.
With the income tax filing deadline two weeks away and Americans spending billions of dollars and hours filling out IRS forms, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden said today it is time to simplify the federal tax code.
Representative Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced that she will introduce the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Reimbursement Act next week to allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to refund Oregon and other states for tsunami debris cleanup expenses using $5 million in funding donated by the government of Japan. Bonamici made the announcement at a roundtable discussion in Astoria during which she received updates about cleanup efforts from local officials and stakeholders.