The 16th street combined sewer overflow project is stopped in mid-stream as it was discovered the project that tears up city streets to lay new sewer and water pipes will directly conflict with Clatsop community college plans to tear down patriot hall in preparation for new construction approved by voters. There will be some additional cost involved that the college has offered to pick up to delay further street work until next summer. In other action this week:
Drivers and bicyclists who use State Route 4 west of Cathlamet should plan for an eight-week detour this summer.
Contractor crews working for the Washington State Department of Transportation will temporarily close both directions of SR 4 between Risk Road and Elochoman Valley Road from Monday, Aug. 17 to Oct. 2.
Race the Wave, a 5K and 10K tsunami preparedness fun run and walk, is returning to Cannon Beach Sept. 13. The run begins along the beach, follows a scenic evacuation route through the city, and ends out of the tsunami inundation zone. A post-race free preparedness fair will feature grilled hot dogs, games and giveaways, a photo booth and more. Registration includes a race t-shirt, timing, swag bag, and shuttle service between the race start, end and preparedness fair. Register before August 13 for $5 off: bit.ly/racethewave Knowing – and practicing – tsunami evacuation routes is a simple and important preparedness action, said Tiffany Brown, Clatsop County Emergency Manager.
Astoria's Liberty Theater has won a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Funding will be used to restore and preserve the exterior historic wooden windows on the second-floor level.
Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers announced his resignation Wednesday.
Somers has accepted the position of city manager of College Park, Maryland. His last day with the county will be on or before Sept. 30.
Lt. Tom Condit relieved Lt. Scott McGrew as commanding officer of Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, Monday.
The Astoria Warrenton Chamber has sent a message to Goonies fans offering alternatives to visiting Astoria's most popular movie house.
Seaside's new medical marijuana growing and production ordinance is up for adoption at Monday night's meeting. Before the commission votes on fnal adoption there will be a last opportunity for the public to comment on the new rules that establishes a city licencing procedure for those businesses that may legally grow and produce marijuana for a certified dispensary.
Clatsop County’s new proposed Tsunami Hazard Overlay is complete and is scheduled for review at two public hearings.
The county Planning Commission will conduct a hearing Tuesday, Aug. 18 at 10 a.m. The Board of Commissioners will open a hearing Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Both hearings will be held at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.
The Astoria City Council is asking citizens to undertake some voluntary water conservation measures. Public Works Director Ken Cook told the council this week that water supplies are 95% of normal for this time of year so did not recommend the city enact mandatory conservation. Cook said he is concerned that it may be necessary if Astoria doesn't get enough rain over the next two months. He said it's better to encourage conservation now and offered some tips citizens can use to save water.
Three crews continue to work on a fire that broke out Monday evening in the jetty area of Fort Stevens State Park and this morning report the fire 50% contained. Spokesperson Ashley Lertora had just finished running more water supply out to the crews working in the area that run's from jetty area C to area D and told KAST News that there is progress being made and it looks like hose lines are just about completed around the 27 acre fire which she says doesn't appear to have grown in size since Tuesday morning.
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