Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today stood with Democratic congressional leaders to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Since it was signed into law in 1993, this landmark legislation has given 100 million Americans the opportunity to take unpaid leave so they could attend to their medical needs or the medical needs of a family member without fear of losing their jobs. Bonamici called for an expansion of the law, and for additional legislation to provide paid sick leave.
Thursday the newly reconstituted Astoria Regatta Association will see just how far public support will go to keep the oldest festival in the Northwest from becoming a closed chapter in Oregon history. An organizational meeting will be held at Astoria City Hall where interested citizens will be asked to volunteer for various committee assignments necessary to operate what is traditionally a days-long event.
On February 5, 2013 at 5:27pm the Astoria Police were notified of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash near 16th and Marine. When they arrived they found 20 year old Luke Hauflin, a tongue point student, had been struck by a vehicle. The vehicle was operated by Telisa Bustamante, a 39 year old Astoria resident who works at Tongue Point.
On February 5, 2013 at 1:20pm Astoria Police responded to the 1400 block of 8th street where a father had reported that one of his sons had shot another one. Astoria Police responded and found Clarence Long, age 39 with a gunshot wound to his leg in the front room of the house. In the yard of the house they located David Long II, age 42. David and Clarence are brothers. Both Long brothers live at the residence with their parents.
The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division (Oregon OSHA) reminds employers of their obligation to report serious accidents or fatalities. The notification allows the agency to investigate the working conditions that may have caused death or harm.
A state commission says a magnitude 9 earthquake off the Oregon coast and tsunami could cause more than $30 billion damage to the state economy.
Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) and Senator Betsy Close (R-Albany/Corvallis)are introducing legislation to fight the purveyors of the sex trade in Oregon and protect its victims.
On Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 at 6:54pm deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and officers from the Astoria Police Department responded to 34755 Hwy 101 Business in rural Astoria to a disturbance. It was originally reported that there were possibly gunshots or fireworks involved in the disturbance. A few moments later a male subject called 911 and reported that he had been stabbed during the disturbance. The report of gunshots was later discovered to be unfounded.
Monday evening the Astoria City Council heard three presentations, adopted three ordinances, approved a liquor licence application, heard an update on the public works department response to the 5th and Duane street slide, then held a discussion regarding feeding cats on the city Riverwalk.
Super Bowl Sunday in Seaside turned out to be a busy one for the Seaside Police Department. In addition to the regular scheduled officers, two additional officers participated in the statewide overtime grant for Seatbelt and Driving While Intoxicated enforcement.
Oregon's 77th legislative session gets under way Monday. Three weeks after taking office, lawmakers will begin their five-month push to write a new budget and enact dozens, maybe hundreds, of other initiatives.