Oregon Land Use Board Of Appeals has sided with a Clatsop County group that opposes the construction of a Walmart Super Store in the Warenton Business Park. Warrenton City Commissioner Henry Balensifer reports that the decision means Walmart will have to go through the planning and permitting process again after making significant changes to the plan for the store if they intend to contnue.
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The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on April 24 approved the second step of a two-phase initiative to make the county's facilities smoking- and tobacco-free – which a spokesman says will help make the county a healthier place for all residents.
Clatsop County's proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year continues a pattern of belt-tightening to maintain county services with limited resources. The proposed budget eliminates four positions and limits spending in other areas to account for flat property tax revenue collections, lower state and federal funding levels, and increased costs outside the county's control such as Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) obligations.
A construction flagger was seriously injured in a Monday morning crash on Highway 101 about five miles south of Warrenton. Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Astoria Area Command are continuing the investigation.
Former Astoria High School stand-out athlete Jordan Poyer had to wait a while before he heard his name called but Sunday he was the 218th pick overall in the seventh round of the NFL draft and will be competing for a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles roster.
The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of Washington State, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, begin a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports with a stop at Astoria and Ilwaco. The ships are scheduled to arrive late on May 14
The Coast Guard came to the assistance of two fishing vessels, helping to save a total catch of 35 tons of shrimp from spoiling. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received distress calls from the crews of the fishing vessels Granada and Cap Elza near Tillamook Bay, Ore., and Depoe Bay, Ore., respectively. Both crews reported their vessels had become disabled with a large catch of shrimp aboard.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on a draft Environmental Assessment for adaptively managing predation on Caspian terns in the Lower Columbia River Estuary.
The following is a quick look at some of the most recent legislation that has passed by Oregon lawmakers this week.
The National Weather Service welcomes volunteers with an interest in participating in their volunteer weather spotter program SKYWARN to attend one of their spring training sessions. On Wednesday evening, May 1st, NOAA will be conducting a weather spotter training class in Astoria from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The training is free and will be held at the Guy Boyington Building, located at 857 Commercial Avenue in Astoria.
The board approved an ordinance Wednesday extending a ban on tobacco use to more county properties. In August 2012 the board adopted the first phase of the tobacco-free campus ordinance, which banned smoking and tobacco use at the 800/820 Exchange St. block, Judge Guy Boyington Building and public works facilities in Astoria. According to Manager Scott Somers the ban includes electronic cigarettes as well