An environmental group's threatened lawsuit over management of the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests would hinder ongoing efforts to craft a new plan to manage these lands, Governor John Kitzhaber and state forestry officials said. "Through years of public-private partnerships, Oregon has made great progress on coastal coho salmon recovery. The Board of Forestry recently adopted, and is now designating, new state forest conservation areas, and we are in the midst of a robust public planning process addressing state forest management that includes ongoing collaborative discussions with conservation groups," said Governor Kitzhaber. "Threats of litigation undermine that progress and inject uncertainty into our next steps. It's hard to see how this legal saber-rattling helps improve state forests for all Oregonians."
The Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) conducted a drug investigation in Astoria, resulting in the execution of multiple search warrants and the arrest of four subjects on Heroin and Methamphetamine related charges Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.
CCC Board Chair Kirsten Ayles has announced her resignation, effective February 24, 2014. Ayles has accepted a new position and will be moving to Seattle before the end of the month. Ayles' position, which expires in 2015, will be filled by appointment.
On February 18, at 2:11 AM, Deputy Seann Luedke, of the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office conducted a traffic stop on Hwy 30 near Koppisch Rd. During the traffic stop, Deputy Luedke observed a generator in the bed of the vehicle. The generator was marked ODFW. Deputy Luedke believed the generator to be property of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Deputy Luedke questioned the occupants of the vehicle and seized the generator.
One of the four applicants for the vacant District 5 position on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has withdrawn. Robin Risley of Cannon Beach declared she is withdrawing her application.
The uproar over the sale of excess city-owned properties obviously impacted council goal-setting for Astoria for 2014. During a discussion about the goals set by the city council in a day-long session Monday, Mayor Willis Van Dusen told the audience at Tuesday's crowded council meeting that selling those properties is no longer a city goal.
Clatsop Community College and Oregon State University (OSU) Clatsop County Extension announce a new series of courses designed to educate coastal residents about growing and food production in our local environment. All classes will be held at Clatsop Community College.
U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been named co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, which includes 20 members of the Senate from 14 states.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to create a new response protocol for finding vulnerable seniors who have gone missing. Senate Bill 1577, modeled after the successful "Amber Alert" program, will help families quickly locate loved ones who have wandered off.
The Port of Astoria has been testing out the capibilities of the new quick response vessel (QRV). Named the "Trident" by Port interim Executive Director Michael Weston the boat is fast and technologically advanced
The Clatsop County Commission Took the Following actions Wednesday:
The board approved the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget policies and the Strategic Plan/Resource Reduction Strategies. The policies, which provide guiding principles and instructions for developing the upcoming year's budget, remain largely the same as in previous years, and include:
· "Status quo" department staffing levels with any proposed changes fitting within base budgets; any new staffing or program request accompanied by justification form
· A goal of no increase in materials and supplies expenditures for General Fund departments
· Pursuing revenue sources to the fullest extent possible
· Budget savings achieved during the fiscal year be saved and added to ending fund balance
· No "back-filling" use of General Fund dollars to make up shortfalls in state or federal funding.
The Resource Reduction Strategy prioritizes county functions for funding in the event that cuts are necessary during the budget year:
1. Public Safety and Justice
2. Public Health
3. Government Direct Services
4. Community Development, Land Use, Transportation and Housing
5. Culture and Recreation
Land sale approved
The board approved the sale of a former county Road District 1 stockpile site on Youngs River Road to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for $34,716. The two-acre site, located on the Klaskanine River, will be developed into a public boat ramp by ODFW. A new stockpile site is being developed on a parcel purchased by the road district in 2013 from the Campbell Group.
In other business the board:
-Approved a $40,000 contract with MGT of America to conduct a study of county user fees. The study will evaluate the county's existing fees and identify areas where rate changes should be made to ensure that fees cover the true cost of providing those services.
-Re-appointed Marian Derlet, Linda Dugan, Debbie Morrow and Robert Mushen to the Human Services Advisory Committee, and removed member Jackie Dochow due to other commitments.
-Voted to re-open the recruitment for membership on five county budget committees.
-Approved a letter to Congress supporting the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, a proposed bill designed to ease potential flood insurance rate hikes stemming from 2012 federal legislation.
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