A new fee tacked to water and sewer bills introduced by Astoria City Councilor Cindy Price, supported by the majority and opposed by councilor Zetty Nemlowill this week has Facebook abuzz and has become a hot topic in coffee shop talk. Price proposed the $3 fee as a way to deal with a budget deficit in the Parks and Recreation Department.
The Pacific halibut nearshore sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea will open to seven days per week, starting this week.
The all-depth fishery closed, with approximately 1,000 pounds remaining on the quota. That is not enough to open for additional all-depth days. That remaining quota has been transferred to the nearshore fishery, allowing the additional days per week to be open. The nearshore fishery will be open until the revised quota of 1,511 pounds is harvested, or September 30, whichever comes first.
Astoria Co-op Grocery has signed a long term lease which includes construction of a new grocery store at Mill Pond, located at 23rd Street and Marine Drive in Astoria. Plans include a larger version of the current store, with more fresh produce, meat, cheese, deli, dining area, and parking. The new building will include about 7,500 square feet of retail space compared to the current 2,100 square feet.
On Friday, June 2, 2017 at approximately 2:24 PM, Seaside Police responded to a report of a physical altercation at 1020 South Columbia, apartment 16. Arriving officers were told that nothing had happened, and the apartment’s occupant refused to identify who may have been involved in the altercation.
As questioning continued, officers were eventually told that subjects involved had left the scene and may have been driving a vehicle in a reckless manner. A short time later officers located the vehicle, parked and unattended in the driveway of a home on South Downing. As officers continued to investigate, it was determined the suspect they were searching for was 28-year-old Shaun M. Scarborough of Seaside. Shaun is the son of James Scarborough, an occupant of the address where the altercation was first reported.
Six years after the deadly earthquake and tsunami that devastated coastal communities in Japan, there remain valuable lessons to be learned about the event called “3/11.”
Clatsop County Emergency Manager Tiffany Brown recently joined a delegation of about 50 sponsored by the Greater Portland Inc. economic development agency on a Community Resilience in Japan Study Mission to observe firsthand how public agencies and citizens have recovered from the March 2011 disaster, and prepared for future events. OSU Extension Coastal Natural Hazards Specialist Patrick Corcoran also joined the trip.
Preparations are underway to begin clearing the land where new school buildings will rise in Seaside. District Superintendent Emeritus Doug Dougherty has been leading the effort to first convince voters of the need to locate new schools on higher ground to help ensure the safety of students and staff in the event of a major tsunami event. That milestone was achieved with the bond measure passing in the November General Election by over 65% of voters.
The Clatsop County Commission approved a contract for $51,000 with DLR Group Architecture and Engineering to study the feasibility of relocating the Clatsop County Jail to the North Coast Youth Correctional Facility in Warrenton.
County officials have been in discussions with the Oregon Youth Authority on a possible transfer of ownership of the facility, which is slated for closure later this year, to the county. The OYA facility, used to house juvenile offenders, is located next to the Sheriff’s Office headquarters in the North Coast Business Park.
The county hired DLR in 2011 to conduct design analysis and cost estimates for a proposed jail expansion project, and in 2014 for the remodel of the Sheriff’s Office Parole and Probation facility in Warrenton. (Read More to see complete board meeting summary)