Tough decisions ahead for the Astoria Council after hearing an update on the city parks master plan. Shrinking budgets, shrinking staff levels and an over abundance of park land and facilities means the city will need to bring the department into scale and lessen public expectations, or find a way to increase revenues significantly. Mayor La Mear was quite direct in saying she thinks it would make sense to start selling some of those parks to raise the revenue necessary to focus priorities on making the parks that remain meet public expectations for equipment, facilities and long-term upkeep.
Another chapter in the unusual story of Verna Oller is about to be written as the Astoria City Council considers approving an agreement that will grant free admission to the city Aquatic Center for residents of South Pacific County.
Time is running out to return ballots for the May 17 Primary Election. Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted. The Post Office advises voters it takes 5-7 days for mail to reach its destination. As of Friday morning 29.3% of local voters had returned ballots
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Trident Seafoods Corporation $14,309 for failing to monitor its wastewater effluent, a requirement of the wastewater discharge permits it holds for its fish meal and surimi facilities in Newport.
Spend a few minutes in a casual setting talking with police officer. Astoria’s Chief Johnson encourages citizens to get to know his officers a little better. Coffee with a Cop provides a unique opportunity for community members to ask questions and learn more about the department’s work in Astoria’s neighborhoods.
Columbia Memorial Hospital will be constructing a new parking lot adjacent to 23rd Street and Franklin Ave. According to a city news release, this will improve parking, and pedestrian and vehicular mobility between 23rd and 27th Street. The project will also include closing the currently vacated access on 23rd Street at Marine Drive, providing new sidewalks, new crosswalks, improved drainage, a new turn lane on Marine Drive, and a safer access to Franklin Ave.
Window falls account for approximately 8 deaths and 3,300 injuries among children ages 5 and under annually, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 38 percent of fall-related injuries in children are among kids 4 and under.
The 11th Oregon Brownfield Conference will be held May 16-17 in Sunriver bringing together state and local officials along with private sector leaders to discuss how to expand redevelopment opportunities across the state. Astoria's new athletic field project will be recognized as one of just four successful Brownfield redevelopment projects in the state joining the city Mill Pond Village adding another environmental achievement for the city.
Astoria Police Detectives arrested 31 year old Maximo Cruz Figueroa of Seaside Tuesday on charges of Sexual Abuse III and Harassment with a sexual component following a week-long investigation into a new employee's claim the man had abused her while she was in training for her new job.
The Cowlitz County Cemetery District #6 filed a challenge to a proposed methanol pipeline cutting through a pioneer cemetery known as The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Cemetery District asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its previous approval because FERC failed to consider the impact on the pioneer cemetery, the surrounding environment, and the 3,628 cemetery districts tax payers.