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The City of Astoria has received a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office to assist property owners with historic renovations.

The Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission’s renovation grant program will make these funds available to homeowners desiring to make exterior rehabilitation or renovation improvements. For 2017, projects in the Uniontown neighborhood will take priority.

The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.

The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, the Vice Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued a statement after the Senate confirmation vote this morning expressing her deep concerns.

 

Following the sizable demonstrations at PDX, which created significant safety concerns for passengers and employees, Port management is changing its approach to groups of more than 10 people who wish to exercise free speech activities at PDX.  Effective immediately, the Port will not allow roving protests at the airport. The Port cannot allow activity that interferes with airport operations, compromises airport safety and security, or disrupts airport businesses, employees and travelers.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that Oregon has signed on with 15 other states to an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Washington in their federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation into the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman from the Jewell area. Brianna Renee Judge was last seen on January 10, 2017 in the Elsie area. Here's what we know so far.

Wednesday morning at 9 the Astoria City Council holds a public work session with three items on the agenda. A report on the financial standing of the city and it's two urban renewal districts at the end of the 2016 fiscal year presented by the CPA firm Merina and Company, A detailed update on housing issues from Community Development, and further discussion of 2017-18 council goals. 

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read

The Coast Guard rescued three commercial fishermen after their vessel began taking on water at the mouth of the Columbia River early Sunday morning.  Coast Guard boat crews aboard 47-foot motor life boats, from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, assisted in dewatering the vessel and safely towing it into Skipanon Marina.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley responded strongly to President Trump’s directive Friday to take another look a Wall Street oversight that may roll back key pieces of the reforms that were put in place following the 2008 financial crisis. Merkley says,"I will fight it tooth and nail"

 

Saturday, February 4th State Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Deborah Boone will host a Town Hall in Seaside with the Oregon Department of Forestry to discuss the Astoria District’s assessments for wildfire protection.

The Clatsop County Commissioners reviewed and approved budget polices and a resource management plan.  The policies include a directive to conserve general fund dollars to high priority programs and directs  "status quo" department staffing levels that must fit within base department budgets. Proposals for new hires or new programs must go through a vetting process.  The commissioners encourage staff to identify and pursue revenue opportunities and pursuing full cost recovery by assigning costs to the departments where they occur. The commissioners also adopted a policy that would see any budget savings set aside and added to the budget ending fund balance.

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today issued a statement to university faculty, staff and students regarding presidential executive orders issued last week on the topic of U.S. immigration policy changes and the ability to travel abroad. It specifies that OSU will remain a sanctuary university. The statement also outlines some of problems, uncertainty and anxiety the orders will cause for refugees, immigrants, those with green cards, their families and friends.

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