After a record setting season, razor clamming on Clatsop beaches will close Friday, July 15 to protect newly-set young clams.

Since 1967 the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed the 18 miles of beaches north of Tillamook Head to razor clam digging to allow young clams establish themselves on the beach during the summer.

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The proposal to build a large apartment complex near Miles Crossing has been scaled back, for now.

The proposed Bella Ridge Apartments project has run into some big community resistance with neighbors saying building multi-family housing conflicts with the intent of planning for the area primarily as a single family home, rural setting. They question whether the project will overtax the water and sewer systems. They object to more traffic negotiating Miles Crossing.

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The Port of Astoria wasn’t able to convince the majority of the Warrenton Planning Commission that the city should permit food trucks to locate at the airport. The city development code makes no accommodation for food trucks in the industrial zone.

As a remedy the city Development Director Skip Urling suggested a code amendment that was reviewed by the State Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and as a result was narrowed from generally allowing food services to specifically allowing food trucks. DLCD’s Patrick Wingard wrote that while he could see the value of having such a business close to those industrial businesses, the proposed code amendment would have opened the door to brick and mortar restaurants including chain operations to locate at the regional airport. Wingard suggested the change only allow food truck operations which he said would have limited impact and desirable portability.

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A man knocked on the back door of the Warrenton Police Station shortly after 8:00 pm Friday evening . An officer opened the door and the man commented that the police were “looking for me” and that he was “wanted for murder.” The man identified himself at David Isaiah Godwin age 25 from Newport, North Carolina. The officer checked with Dispatch and found that Godwin had an arrest warrant out of North Carolina for “Homicide” and was listed as “Armed and Dangerous.”

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The city of Astoria has six timber street end structures at the north end of the streets from 6th to 11th that are inspected by the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) for safety each year. ODOT makes recommendations on repairs following those inspections and if not completed the agency recommends closure to vehicular and trolley traffic. The city just found out that those structures are in such bad shape the state wants repairs immediately or will shut down access.

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The "Mayor of Uniontown", as she is known by locals, Rae Goforth formally resigned her position on the Sunset Transportation Board of Directors due to declining health. Goforth's remarkable level of volunteerism earned her the Astoria Warrenton Chamber "George Award" in 1986 and her commitment to making the town better through organizing businesses in the Uniontown Association and looking after Astoria's western gateway neighborhood resulted in the refurbishment and continued upkeep of the Dough Boy Veteran's Monument. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Maritime Memorial Park.

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Oregon State Police report responding to two accidents and arrested two people who were racing at high speed in two vehicles in a separate incident on Highway 26 Wednesday.

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The City of Astoria makes a significant financial contribution to support various arts and cultural programs through the Promote Astoria Fund which is backed by hotel/motel room taxes. As part of it’s annual budget process the city of Astoria also makes money available to local nonprofit agencies that directly help citizens in need through a structured grant program. This fiscal year eight local nonprofit organizations and eleven arts programs were approved for Astoria City Grant Funding through the city budget process.

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The 2016 Astoria paving project includes work on sections of nine streets throughout the city in need of attention. The city is responsible for streets that are not part of the state highway system therefore Commercial Street, Leif Erickson Drive and Marine Drive are not part of the annual street improvement projects. Funding for the project comes from the municipal fuel tax fund and this year was estimated to cost in the $420,000 range to complete.

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What Astoria residents pay for water and sewer service goes up again this year but that extra charge for the combined sewer overflow projects stays the same as last year.  The city has to keep up with the actual cost of delivering that water to your tap and the waste water coming back to handle all the infrastructure demands on the system every year.  The public works department needed at 6% bump in water rates and you’ll pay an additional 6% on your sewer bill as well. Councilor Drew Herzig voted against the increases, he said, because of concerns over those on fixed incomes, or the poor and their ability to pay. 

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The new Astoria Parks and Recreation Master Plan is on its way to becoming part of the city development code. That means once fully approved by the city council future decisions about development and disposition of city parks and facilities will be guided by the outcomes that plan incorporates.

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