This weekend the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Astoria celebrates it's 46th year with all the food, the crafts, the history, and the music that has made the festival a favorite for locals and a destination for visitors.
The Columbia River Maritime Museum will be offering special hands-on programs in the Ford Family Room throughout the summer months beginning Monday, July 1. All ages will enjoy learning about maritime history and science through the Museum's interactive program, Navigating the Past.
For several years the annual 4th of July fireworks show for Astoria has launched from the East End Mooring Basin but there was a problem this year with that location. The Port was forced to close access to the old causeway leading out to the docks and that left the Chamber of Commerce looking for an alternative.
Usually it's the Coast Guard that receives the grateful thanks of those who are at risk everyday working in the lower river and the ocean beyond. Wednesday Coast Guard Sector Columbia River passed out some kudos of their own, and awarded three Columbia River Bar Pilot employees with U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Certificates of Merit
The U.S. Senate passed Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley's amendment to end abuse of the H-2B visa program in forestry work and protect American jobs in American forests. The amendment will be added to the comprehensive immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate.
Gas prices on the West Coast and nationwide are drifting lower this week as many regional supply and distribution issues have been resolved. The national average for regular unleaded loses two-and-a-half cents this week to $3.61 a gallon, while the Oregon average falls three cents to $3.81.
KAST's Tom Freel interviews Peter Ovington, geological hazards outreach coordinator for the State Department Of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) as communities along the coast hold events over the next few weeks to distribute new information to help people prepare their own plan in the event of an earthquake and tsunami warning. There are two information websites you may want to bookmark. www.oregontsunami.org and http://www.oregongeology.org/hazvu/
Oregon Tsunami is a site that has all the maps and other information anyone can use for planning evacuation routes, tips on how to put together a "grab and go" pack and information on local meetings. HAZVU is a mapping site that allows you to plug in your address and select from various hazards so you can see how things like potential landslides, flooding, and even volcanic eruptions might affect your home or business. Click "READ MORE" to hear the Ovington interview.
Monday night the Astoria City Council celebrated the completion of the Liberty theater holding the council meeting in the newly completed second floor conference center and recognizing those responsible for the successful renovation of the theater building.