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The Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC-623) returned home to Astoria this week after successfully completing a two-and-a-half month counterdrug deployment in the Eastern Pacific.

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 281,576 visitors to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park in 2016 spent $16,463,400 in communities near the park. That spending supported 260 jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $22,991,500.

The Special District Election is coming up on May 16th featuring races for various governing boards in Clatsop County. Ballots are going out from the county elections department starting Wednesday, April 26 with the last mailing to registered voters on May 2.  Completed ballots have be back to the elections division by 8:00 pm Tuesday, May 16 to count. Postmarks do not count in Oregon mail-in elections.

A 24 year-old Seaside man is facing serious charges after attempting to escape from officers in a car with his girlfriend and the couples’ infant child as unwilling passengers.

An accused drug dealer and his partner attempted to escape capture and throw evidence over the side of the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport as police were giving chase Tuesday night.

Deputies of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office performed a traffic stop on Highway 101, near Highway 104, in Warrenton. The suspect vehicle and the occupants were the subjects of an ongoing drug investigation. Deputies executed a search warrant on the vehicle and one of the passengers, Antonio Silva-Garcia (45). Later, deputies also executed search warrant at Garcia's residence, located in Emerald Heights, in Astoria.

In the early morning hours of April 18, 2017, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and Seaside Police Department executed a search warrant located at the 222 3rd Avenue Apartment complex.

The search warrant resulted after an investigation of drug trafficking was conducted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office. Methamphetamine, Heroin, numerous prescription pills and a handgun were located inside the residence.

Astoria is getting very serious about property owners that violate city land use rules.  Fees now double for construction work completed before zoning approvals.  In addition, the city council has availed itself new powers to revoke permits, seek injunction procedures, and pursue legal action in Municipal or State Circuit Court when property owners don’t follow all the rules.

 

The Astoria City Council got a close-up look at the new fire trucks the city has purchased to replace aging equipment.  Fire Chief Ted Ames, who Mayor Arline LaMear called a "proud papa", and department drivers brought the new ladder truck and the new pumper truck down to city hall Monday night.

Astoria’s new rules aimed at streamlining the process and encouraging more residents to consider adding accessory dwelling units to existing homes was passed the city council Monday night. Councilor Price was the lone no vote as she was for the first reading.  Price objects to the provision in city code that permits accessory dwelling units as an outright use in some residential zones without further review.

The Astoria City Council Monday evening voted to name the pond in Mill Pond Village after the man responsible for the redevelopment of the property.  Art DeMuro was just 57 when he lost his battle with cancer and died on September 8, 2012 but he left his mark as a respected and successful historic preservationist and a leader in community revitalization in Oregon.  Amongst his many achievement’s Astoria’s Mill Pond Village was an important one for the town.

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