The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners continues to invite public comment on the three applicants for the vacant District 5 board position. Read more for contact information.
The public is invited to a community open house to learn more about and provide feedback on the newly released final draft of the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The event is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Camp Rilea Headquarters Auditorium. This plan, a collaborative project of Clatsop County and multiple public and private partners, aims to implement appropriate strategies from the 2010 Joint Land Use Study that was undertaken to promote long-term compatibility with Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center.
The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a 739-foot cargo ship aground in the Columbia River just north of the Astoria Northern Anchorage in Astoria, Tuesday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River learned that the Panamanian-flagged motor vessel Mokpo Star ran aground after the crew attempted to adjust their position in the river using their anchors without proper authorization at approximately 4:30 p.m.
No decision yet on which of three applicants will fill out fomer commissioner Debra Birkby's spot on the county board. The remaining commissioners interviewed the applicants before the regular meeting Wednesday. During the 6pm session commissioners said they would like to extend the decision until more members of the public have had the opportunity to comment on the appointment.
A 40-year-old man accused of a string of motel robberies in Oregon and Washington, including the January robbery of the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach, has been booked into Multnomah County Jail.
An environmental group's threatened lawsuit over management of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests would hinder ongoing efforts to craft a new plan to manage these lands, Governor John Kitzhaber and state forestry officials said. "Through years of public-private partnerships, Oregon has made great progress on coastal coho salmon recovery. The Board of Forestry recently adopted, and is now designating, new state forest conservation areas, and we are in the midst of a robust public planning process addressing state forest management that includes ongoing collaborative discussions with conservation groups," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Threats of litigation undermine that progress and inject uncertainty into our next steps. It's hard to see how this legal saber-rattling helps improve state forests for all Oregonians."
The Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) conducted a drug investigation in Astoria, resulting in the execution of multiple search warrants and the arrest of four subjects on Heroin and Methamphetamine related charges Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
CCC Board Chair Kirsten Ayles has announced her resignation, effective February 24, 2014. Ayles has accepted a new position and will be moving to Seattle before the end of the month. Ayles' position, which expires in 2015, will be filled by appointment.
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