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Clatsop County is providing citizens an easier way to gain an understanding of the county’s financial position and budget with a simplified guide on line.

County Manager Cameron Moore writes that the full budget document (which is also available on line) runs 550 pages and it’s hoped that citizens will find the budget in brief document to be useful as it is focused on the essential elements of the much larger document.

The county budget is focused on the county goals and the desire to deliver important services to residents. The 2016-17 budgets appropriate $64.6 million, which includes $1.7 million in capital construction. One of those capital projects is the construction of a hazardous waste depot, among other things.

The abbreviated document includes valuable information about employment numbers, home sales, average household income, and economic trends.

The document can be accessed via THIS LINK

Clatsop County Distrct Attorney Josh Marquis has agreed that six high school football players from Philomath will have their cases heard in Benton County even though the six are facing harrassment and/or assault charges for actions they alledgedly took at a Camp Rilea Football Camp in July.  The charges involve aggressive and physically invasive hazing of underclassmen at the camp.

Coast Guard personnel responded to an approximately 250-gallon diesel spill that left a reported 1-mile by 500-yard sheen in the water at Skipanon Marina on the Columbia River Monday.

Clatsop County Senior Deputy Chance Moore has a new partner thanks to 24 local businesses and individuals that contributed to a fund that made it possible.  Scout joins the Sheriff's office as a K-9 officer this week.  In a news release the department thanks those who contributed to make it possibe for the new addition to the department and the training that was necessary to make Scout ready to hit the mean streets.

As Canadian negotiators met with U.S. officials and U.S. industry representatives in an attempt to resolve longstanding differences between the United States and Canada regarding subsidies to Canadian lumber production, Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden, Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, renewed his call for a real and lasting solution to this longstanding problem.

Bayview Transit Mix, Inc., contractor for the City of Astoria’s 2016 Paving Project has scheduled paving work beginning next Wednesday. Read on for the complete schedule.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is offering "free fishing" days through Tuesday while the agency's license sales system is down. Earlier this week, WDFW temporarily suspended the sale of fishing and hunting licenses. The agency is working with the state Office of Cyber Security (OCS) to investigate a vulnerability in an outside vendor's license sales system and is working to restore sales as soon as possible.

On August 25, 2016, at 8:47 a.m., Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 26 near milepost 22.  The highway was closed for hours with a lengthy detour and officials urging motorists to avoid the area.

This morning at the crack of dawn 12,600 hearty souls started the "Mother of All Relays"; The Annual Hood To Coast which begins at Timberline Lodge on the flanks of Oregon’s highest mountain with a shorter version starting in Portland and ends Saturday at the finish line in Seaside.

Jessica Smith has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 38 years. The sentencing hearing was held this morning in a Clatsop County Courtroom for Vancouver, Washington mother who pleaded guilty to drowning her 2-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her 13-year-old daughter at a Cannon Beach resort in 2014.

A big apartment project for Miles Crossing will get a new hearing in September. The phase one Bella Ridge Apartment project was turned down by the county planning commission when that body decided the project did not meet the zone change criteria that would allow those 48 apartments to be built on a plot of land adjacent to Lewis and Clark school. The developer has appealed that decision to the County Board of Commissioners who decided last night what kind of hearing that will be and set the date.

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