The possibility of a devastating mega-earthquake in Pacific Northwest has been a topic of conversation lately, thanks in part to the riveting and informative article by Kathryn Shultz in The New Yorker called "The Really Big One." The article was published in July of last year, and brought widespread attention to the importance of planning for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Shultz recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.
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The Coast Guard is warning individuals who make false mayday reports to the Coast Guard, that there are consequences to those actions. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center personnel have received four potentially false mayday calls in the last two weeks.
The City of Astoria will go to court in an attempt to recover transient room taxes from the former operator of the Astoria Riverwalk Inn. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and homestay operations in Astoria are required to to collect room taxes from those who stay in their faciltiies and pass those funds on to the city on a regular basis. Hospitality Partners, the company that the Port selected to bring the old Red LIon Inn back to life as the Riverwalk Inn owes the city an estimated $119,918.35 based on research by the city finance director. The city intends to name the company and it's principal, Brad Smithart, in the pending suit. While Hosptality Masters no longer has an agreement to operate the Riverwalk Inn, the company is still responsible for paying the back tax. It is not unusual for an operator to fall behind in reporting and paying the required room taxes and under normal circumstances the city is able to take corrective actions to recover the money and get the business back on track. In this case, while the city has met with Mr. Smithart on various occassions and reached agreements on repaying that money, Smithart simply failed to make good on those agreements.
In other action Monday night:
A Coast Guard helicopter crew and local emergency responders medevaced a hiker reportedly suffering from exhaustion on the northwest point of Tillamook Head near Seaside Sunday.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoisted the 71-year-old man and transferred him to emergency medical services personnel waiting with an ambulance at the air station.
On Saturday, April 16th, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a fisherman located a body floating in Youngs River, 1/2 a mile downstream of the confluence with the Klaskanine River. Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies responded, recovering the body of Charles Kelly, 52 of Astoria.
The bottom line seems to be the big ocean salmon boom is over as biologists are predicting a very small return on most prized species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons late last week. Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.
Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time —a six-month extension.
The Coast Guard advised beachgoers in Ocean Shores Saturday to stay clear of the wreckage from the 74-foot fishing vessel Privateer that washed ashore after taking on water and partially sinking near Grays Harbor Friday night.
Oregon State Police Troopers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Depot Bay Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a man washed off shore of the point at the Rocky Creek Scenic View Point, just south of Depoe Bay on US 101.
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requests comments on its proposed cleanup remedy for contaminated soil and sediment at the Astoria Marine Construction Company (AMCCO) boat repair facility at 92134 Front Road in Astoria. The proposed cleanup would have the company excavate the most contaminated soil and sediment and permanently place it in a soil cell on the property, and cap the lower level contamination.
Comments are due 5 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016.
Just as the Warrenton City Commissioners were starting preparations to hold public hearings in May on the appeals from both sides in the Oregon LNG battle, the company has informed the city that the project to build a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas plant and export/import terminal on the Skipanon Peninsula will be withdrawn. The hearings were cancelled before they were even publically announced.