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On March 9th, 2017 at about 4 in the afternoon, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nick Vaille was involved in a brief pursuit in the City of Yachats.

Deputy Vaille located a 1997 Dodge van parked on W 2nd Street occupied by two subjects he identified as 26 year-old Joseph Cullison and 24 year-old Monica Sterken. Deputy Vaille was aware at that time that Cullison had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued out of the Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport.

In the course of attempting to get Mr. Cullison to exit the vehicle Deputy Vaille noticed Monica Sterken move from the back of the van to the driver's seat at which point she started the vehicle and accelerated West bound on W 2nd Street. Deputy Vaille pursued the van with flashing light and wailing siren, which must have been an interesting break in the normal quiet of the tiny village on the Coast Highway.

An off duty Coast Guardsmen rescued a kayaker beset by weather near Grays Harbor, Washington, Saturday. The kayaker was recovered from the Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor Petty Officer, who was underway on a nearby boat, and transferred to shore without further medical concerns.

Sometimes what starts as a simple traffic stop turns out less simple.  That was the case Monday, March 6th when South Bend Police Officer Eric Fuller stopped a car at 12:30 that morning. The female passenger was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from the Raymond Municipal Court. That's where the story begins.

Preschool study contract

The Clatsop commission board voted to table action on a contract to fund a feasibility study on bolstering preschool opportunities in Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The study would be funded by a $350,000 U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to the county in December. Under the project the county would contract with former Seaside Heights Elementary School principal Dan Gaffney of Success for Kids LLC for a study on the feasibility of providing investor-backed, subsidized preschool for families making up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

The board will revisit the contract at its March 22 meeting.

 

Other Business

In other business the board:

-Voted to rescind a recently adopted Geographical Information Systems (GIS) fee in response to information indicating the fee was not in compliance with a state constitutional amendment.

-Approved a letter supporting bills in Salem designed to limit liability exposure for employees of governments and private entities that offer recreational opportunities on their lands.

-Approved a letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission supporting the panel’s Jan. 20 vote to maintain a harvest allocation for commercial salmon fishing on the mainstem Columbia River.

Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden are joining a bipartisan group of 23 senators urging Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney not to make a devastating $1.3 billion cut to the budget of the United States Coast Guard. According to reports, the FY 2018 Presidential Budget Request will suggest a wholesale cut amounting to almost 12 percent of the service’s budget. The money from the Coast Guard could reportedly be diverted to help pay for a border wall.

Comparing unemployment rates along the North Coast, Clatsop County comes in at 4.2% while Lincoln, Tillamook and Columbia Counties report January seasonally adjusted rates higher.  Bigger picture though demonstrates that all North Coast Counties are showing lower rates of those collecting unemployment than a year ago.

On March 7th at approximately 6:57 PM, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from a citizen in the area of the end of Third Street near the water. The citizen advised that she had discovered what appeared to be a human body that appeared to have washed up onto the rock beach with the tide.

The Oregon Department of Forestry has reopened Nicolai Mainline to through traffic.

The Nicolai Mainline has been closed for the past month to facilitate logging operations. While the road is again open to the general public, there may still be delays while logs are loaded. Travelers should expect to encounter logging traffic on the road and be aware that snow might prevent travel beyond the logging operation.

For more information call the agency's Astoria District Office at 503-325-5451.

A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S.DOL) recently funded enhancements to Oregon's Work Share program, which offers employers an alternative to layoffs if their business experiences a downturn. With this program, instead of letting skilled employees go, employers can reduce workweeks of three or more team members, and subsidize their lost wages with part-time unemployment insurance benefits from the Oregon Employment Department.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would target the affordable housing crisis by strengthening and expanding the federal low-income housing tax credit.

The Clatsop County Forestland Classification Committee will hold a public meeting later this month in Astoria to take a second look at three specific areas that the committee had classified as forestland last year, which include limited portions of the Seaside, Warrenton, and Lewis & Clark areas. The committee will either confirm that a particular parcel was appropriately classified as forestland or remove that parcel from the classification. The committee will not reconsider the classification of any property it had previously removed as forestland.

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