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Clatsop County and North Coast cities are joining with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program to boost the region’s commitment to renewable energy. The county aims to become the first county in Oregon and only the second in the United States to gain special recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency as an EPA Green Power County.

Tuesday was election day for dozens of positions in local special districts (SEE FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS HERE).

Special district elections are ordinarily low-key affairs with little opportunity for voters to educate themselves as the county does not offer a voters pamphlet for this election.  It was either lack of interest or a lack of readily available information that resulted in a very low turn-out and a large number of undervotes. In fact, a few ballots were turned in entirely blank.

Clatsop County Commission Chair Scott Lee will preside over a meeting Tuesday night with elected representatives and invited staff from each of the incorporated cities in the county to discuss some issues each is facing.

Clatsop County’s proposed budget for the upcoming year features a “cautiously optimistic” outlook for the county’s financial condition.

You may have noticed that your favorite bottle of brew comes with a yellow tag if you shop at stores in Warrenton.  Those tags serve as a reminder of the penalties that come with supplying booze to minors and were placed by local kids from the Warrenton High School Key-Club working with several organizations focused on youth drinking prevention.

 

Over the past 40 years, Astorians have shown how much they treasure Astoria’s park land, by building 42 new parks. In 1996, residents showed how much they value health, wellness, and recreation by passing a $2.95 million-dollar bond and fundraising $600,000 to build the Astoria Aquatic Center. Astoria has also increased community recreation services by adding and expanding athletic leagues and tournaments, youth programs, adding health and wellness programs, community and family events, a community garden, Port of Play, and filling an important community need for quality childcare with Lil’ Sprouts Academy. These services have increased Astoria’s livability and made Astoria a desirable place for families, adults, seniors, and youth.

Oregon's fallen law enforcement officer memorial ceremony will be held tomorrow - Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 1 PM at the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem. Sergeant Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department will be honored during this year's state ceremony. His name was recently etched into the Memorial under the watchful eye of law enforcement honor guard members.

   Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., urged U.S. Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Director Walter Shaub to review potential conflicts of interest arising from White House advisor Ivanka Trump’s interactions with the Chinese government, including the recent approval of three Ivanka Trump brand Chinese trademarks.

The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday it will homeport two of the service’s new Sentinel-Class 154-foot Fast Response Cutters (FRC) in Astoria, Oregon, starting in 2021. These two ships have not yet been named, but the FRCs are named after enlisted Coast Guard personnel who distinguished themselves in the line of duty.

The Warrenton City Commission held a public hearing on Tuesday night (April 25) to provide the opportunity for citizens of Warrenton to comment on the appointment of a new Mayor. The final decision is to be made by the commissioners but since Mark Kujala, who had stepped down for personal reasons at the end of March, was the first Mayor to be elected by the people the commissioners thought it would be important to afford citizens the opportunity to be involved.

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