On December 6, 2015 a house fire was reported to Seaside dispatch at approximately 2:33 a.m. Fire emergency personnel were dispatched to the 100 and 200 blocks of 11th Avenue and on scene within a few minutes. By2:44 a.m. the fire had reached two-alarm status, and at 3:08 a.m. the fire expanded to a three-alarm fire.
By 7:35 a.m., the fire was contained.

Investigation by the Clatsop County fire investigation team has been concluded.
Fire cause is undetermined at this time, most likely electrical in nature. The fire started at the occupied house at 125 11th ave. and quickly spread to neighboring houses.

Fire crews were hindered in their efforts due to strong prevailing winds, downed power lines, and a failed natural gas line.

Three houses were destroyed in the fire and a fourth house had extensive damage. The addresses of the houses that were destroyed were located at: 121, 125, and 131 11th avenue. The house with extensive damage was located at 221 11th avenue. One motorhome and three passenger vehicles were damaged; the motorhome and one passenger vehicle were a total loss.
Total loss value could reach upwards of 2 to 3 million dollars total.

In addition, three homes located across the street had heat damage included broken windows and bubbled paint.

 

 

Thursday morning Astoria Police Department, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance rushed to US Bank in Astoria for a report of a man who was cut by a skill saw. On arrival it was determined that the male entered US Bank with a skill saw, plugged it in and intentionally cut himself on the wrist with it. The man is believed to be suffering from mental health issues, his injuries were not life threatening and no one else was harmed during the incident.

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This Morning (Thursday )at about 4 AM, multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Rockaway Beach for the search of a shooting suspect. There are no reported injuries to anyone at this time. Police later reported that the suspect has been taken into custody.

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The City of Astoria is pleased to announce that Nancy Ferber has joined the Community Development Department as the new City Planner/Project Manager.  This is the position that was held for many years by Rosemary Johnson until her retirement this year. Johnson has been filling the gap for month now a special projects planner as the city seached for a new hire.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation has received 78 applications requesting a total of $91,551,136 for the next round of ConnectOregon funding. The 2015 Oregon Legislature authorized $45 million in lottery-backed bonds for ConnectOregon VI, a program that invests in multimodal transportation projects around the state. A thorough application review and recommendations process will occur over the next few months, with a final decision on approved projects set for summer 2016.

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Miranda Abrahams recently joined the March of Dimes Greater Oregon staff as Community Director. Abrahams manages the non-profit's corporate sponsorship and coordinates volunteer involvement for the March for Babies in Astoria as well as the March for Babies in Clark County and the Nurse of the Year Awards in Portland, Oregon.

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Early Sunday evening Oregon State Police report 53 year-old Tracy Elaine Rambo of Seaside died when her car was rear-ended pushing her into oncoming traffic.  The crash occured as Rambo was driving westbound on Highway 26 as she approached the intersection of Highway 103 and slowed to make the turn.

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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) recently fined a Washington-based business $5,000 for working without a license while building a single-family tree house in a Sitka spruce in Neskowin.

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The Columbia Basin's 2015 salmon season ended with a remarkable 2.3 million adult salmon passing Bonneville Dam on their up-river migration. Overall, this makes 2015 the second-strongest year for Columbia River salmon since the federal government built dams on the river nearly 80 years ago.

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Apparently, the last time anyone in Astoria was asked their opinion on city parks, trails, facilities, recreation programs and so on, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States. The Seattle Supersonics were in the NBA Finals and “Hotel California" was album of the year.

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The city is engaged in a new project to replace the structures that connect the ends of six city streets to pier structures in the Columbia.  Those structures are technically considered bridges and are found at the ends of streets downtown from 6th to 11th where they extend access to the waterfront from the solid ground.  Because they are considered to be "bridges" and not just part of the piers the project qualified for bridge replacement funding which brought a hefty grant to Astoria from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The city only has to match 10.27%.

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