The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to a five year moratorium on a clean up that would lead to the closure of Astoria Marine Construction Company.
DEQ Project Manager Robert Williams writes in a letter to owner Tim Fastabend:
"While DEQ would prefer to see cleanup move forward expeditiously, we are sensitive to the concerns of the community and are prepared to act on CEDRs proposal and consider delaying the cleanup for up to five years. This delay would afford the community of Astoria and affected stakeholders more time to plan for the eventual closure of AMCCO’s shipways and explore opportunities to develop a new shipyard".
This delay is an important victory for several local groups that testified to the importance of allowing enough time to find a workable alternative to the old shipyard that faces closure over longstanding pollution issues.
The radio stations of Ohana Media group participate in sponsoring food drives each year to help restock food banks just ahead of the holiday season. This year we are supporting two drives and encourage our listeners to pitch in to help those who may find the holidays a little tougher because of seasonal changes in local employment.
The North end of 11th street between Commercial and Marine Drive is already quite festive with creatively painted buildings and lights strung across the street providing a connection between the businesses on both sides. There may be more to come as the owner of those buildings has now proposed the city's first "parklet" project. The idea was inspired by the work of urban planner Michele Reeves who suggested that the successful downtown must be walkable and encourage people to stop, leave the car behind, and explore the downtown core. That increases foot traffic which would ultimately benefit business.
The new gym at Ocosta Elementary School, a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean in Westport, Wash., was designed and built using the new tsunami safety standards announced Sept. 28 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The gym’s roof, as shown in this rendering, provides an evacuation destination; it can hold up to 2,000 people. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)
When the next huge tsunami strikes the western United States, people in and around some newly built coastal structures will be more safe thanks to national construction standards announced today that - for the first time ever in the U.S. - will consider the devastating risks posed by tsunamis.
The American Society of Civil Engineers has developed this edition of the standards, known as ASCE 7-16, and it’s the first to include a chapter on tsunami hazards, in addition to chapters on seismic, wind and flood hazards.
Coast Guard and Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality personnel are responding to the sunken 82-foot tug Earnest, on the Columbia River, which sank Sunday evening in Goble. Incident Management Division Portland personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and contracted Ballard Diving to address any oil or other sources of pollution on the vessel Monday morning. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the report of the sunken vessel at 8:49 p.m., Sunday, via a report from the National Response Center.
Award winners Jeanette Schacher and Mike Autio (center) with CMH CEO Erik Thorsen at the CMH Foundation’s first annual event to thank donors.
The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation thanked its donors Thursday evening through an event coined "Tribute to Giving". Foundation donors were front and center, thanked for their support of and investment in the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Center, which is being built and is expected to open in the fall of 2017. The collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will offer patients the latest in cancer treatment, as well as all critical support services including an on-site pharmacy, a laboratory, massage therapy, nutritional and dietary services, and educational resources.
On Thursday Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department and Pacific County Sheriff's Office executed multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 411 Bond Street in Astoria.