For the first time in three decades someone else will be leading the city of Astoria after the November election. This morning Willis Van Dusen announced on KAST that he would not seek another term as Mayor. Van Dusen served six years as a city council member and the last 24 years as Mayor of Astoria encouraging a team approach to problem solving and community building.
Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers squashes a rumor that he is seeking employment elsewhere. KAST News has confirmed that Aaron BeMiller, Clatsop County Budget and Finance Director has resigned.
Wednesday morning a waterline break caused Irving Avenue to washout just east of 19th St. According to the city engineering department spokesperson Cindy Moore most of the north traffic lane is now gone at the washout location. The street was scheduled for closure in August to replace the aging bridge at that location.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici and Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) today introduced a bipartisan resolution supporting the whole child approach to education.
"The whole child approach recognizes the importance of having every child in every school be healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. As a long-time supporter of a well-rounded education and a member of the Committee on Education and the Workforce, I'm proud to be leading this effort with Congressman Davis," Congresswoman Bonamici said.
A judge on Monday accepted Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Grimes' request to set aside the results of the May 20 election for the board of commissioners District 5 seat and set a new vote for Sept. 16.
Grimes formally contested the results of the contest between candidates Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson after the discovery of a balloting error involving almost 500 county voters.
The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, acting in its role as the State Emergency Response Commission, announced today that reports received from railroad companies on the movement of Bakken crude oil through Oregon are now available to the public. The agency announced last week that it would provide the reports through the OSFM website.
Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responded to the scene of a minor injury crash involving three vehicles on Highway 26 near Rippet Lane between the Highway 26 junction and Seaside Tuesday afternoon. The crash tempor arily blocked the highway.
At the previous meeting city councilor Drew Herzig asked if the real estate agency marketing city excess properties was getting more that the 6% commission on sales they had agreed to in an exclusive contract with the city. Monday night public works director Ken Cook told the council that there was a change that senior management was not aware of that gives Area Properties a minimum guarantee of $1000.00 on every sale. The city has been accepting some low offers on those properties.
Astoria Mayor Willis van Dusen has just released the names of the four finalists to fill the city manager position. Interim City Manager Brett Estes is not on that list.
With the 4th of July just around the corner, the Seaside Police and Fire Department are reminding residents and visitors celebrating with fireworks to use only legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks. In 2012, there were 197 fireworks related fires in Oregon that caused an estimated 4.4 million dollars in damage. Last year 38 people were injured by fireworks across the state. More than half of those injured by fireworks are children and 40% injure bystanders.
AAA projects 41 million Americans (12.9 percent of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from 2013 and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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