On March 15, 2016 at 6:37 PM the Astoria Dispatch Center received a call from someone who said their car needed to be picked up from the bridge and that there would be a note explaining everything. While Astoria Police were responding, a subject left the elevated area of the bridge falling to his death. Astoria Police are treating the matter as a suicide.
The deceased male who fell from the Astoria Megler Bridge has been identified as 67 year old Carl Asplind of Bellingham Washington. “It is an unfortunate reality that on average 105 Americans die each day in the United States from suicide. While we were unable to prevent this tragedy, we hope that people contemplating suicide, know that there is hope and help for them.” said Astoria Deputy Chief Eric Halverson. One of those resources is called Lines for Life, 800-273-8255- or www.linesforlife.org, They offer 24/7 free confidential and anonymous crisis help.
State Senator Betsy Johnson has received an honor from Northwest Oregon's leading economic development group. The Columbia-Pacific EDD (Col-Pac) is NW Oregon’s federally-designated economic development district serving Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties. Col-Pac helps retain and grow NW Oregon’s businesses through development of public infrastructure, small business financing, and coordinating cooperative business development programs and services. The organization held its 10th annual meeting March 10th and announced Johnson is their pick for Leader Of The Year.
The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three public review alternatives for the 2016 salmon season off the West Coast of the United States. Fishery managers are considering shutting down recreational and commercial salmon fishing off Washington coast this summer due to a low number of returning coho salmon. two other options, released Monday, would permit some salmon fishing.
Citizens served by the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will vote in a special recall election on April 5 seeking to remove three directors from the district board.
The recall is in response to what petitioners describe as the abrupt and disrespectful firing of Fire Chief Mike Balzer in mid-October. Reportedly, Balzer was fired because of unresolved personnel problems.
Voters will be asked to consider the recall of Linda Beck-Sweeney, Gary Smith and Sharon Clyde.
Two Astoria budget subcommittees will meet this week to decide which social service and arts organizations will be recommended for city grants to the full budget committee.
An offer has been made to Clatsop Community College for the purchase of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Josie Peper properties located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. College leadership received the unsolicited offer last week and met with the local performing groups of the building, Partners of the PAC, to discuss the offer and to get their input.
Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay towed the three person crew of a commercial fishing vessel in distress and have been safeguarding them near Yaquina Bay since 2 a.m. Thursday, unable to cross the Yaquina Bay bar as 20-foot seas continue to thrash the Oregon coast.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oregon businesses and residents affected by Pacific Storm Event that occurred Dec. 6-23, 2015.
"The President's declaration of a Major Disaster for parts of Oregon following last December's severe weather provides much needed federal assistance to repair publicly-owned infrastructure like roads and utilities that were damaged or destroyed during that event," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. "This additional assistance provided by the SBA provides a great opportunity to help homeowners and private businesses that sustained substantial damages begin to recover."
Working through the night, Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers after a strong storm caused outages from Grants Pass to Coos Bay to Lincoln City to Astoria. At peak, 29,000 customers were without power due to a severe wind storm that lashed the area with hurricane force winds.
According to Senior Trooper Lewis Topinka, on March 9, 2016 at approximately 6:01 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 26 near milepost 5 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 2008 Toyota FJC, operated by Nicholas Jp HARRIS, age 37, from Portland, was traveling westbound when a large Alder tree came down from the west side of the highway and fell on top of his vehicle. HARRIS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.
OSP troopers from Astoria Area Command are continuing the investigation. The highway was closed for approximately (2.5) hours during the investigation.