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The Cowlitz County Cemetery District #6 filed a challenge to a proposed methanol pipeline cutting through a pioneer cemetery known as The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Cemetery District asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its previous approval because FERC failed to consider the impact on the pioneer cemetery, the surrounding environment, and the 3,628 cemetery districts tax payers.

The crew of the local Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast arrived home Wednesday, after successfully completing a 59-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific

Tuesday night the Warrenton City Commission reviewed system development charges and discussed future needs. Those are the fees paid by builders over and above normal permit fees to cover infrastructure improvements that will be necessary to hook that new home up to water, sewer and contribute to transportation and parks. The average charge runs around $3500.00 per single family home today.

The dedication of a new bridge interpretive display that pays homage to famous bridge designer/engineer Conde B. McCullough and local bridge history is scheduled for11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the west end of the Lewis and Clark River Bridge on U.S. 101 Business.

Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett will be on hand to help dedicate the new display. The event is open to the public

The Astoria Development Commission is moving forward with a plan that, in the end, will see Bond Street repaired, improved, and reopened to two way traffic in the area where years ago a massive land movement caused the road to be narrowed to a one-lane, one-way. If successful this new plan for the Astoria West Urban Renewal District would expand the district to include Bond Street and update the entire district planning process.

Clatsop County’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a modest increase in staffing while maintaining a healthy financial position according to a county news release. The proposed budget totals $57,116,390, roughly 9 percent higher than the current year’s budget. The increase is largely due to budgeting contingency funds within the General Roads Fund instead of leaving the reserves unappropriated.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Norden Shipping PTE, LTD. $2,100 for allowing oil to enter the Columbia River.  On Feb. 18, 2016, the company's bulk carrier vessel Nord Auckland, anchored in the Columbia River near the Port of Kalama in Kalama, Washington, spilled approximately 13 gallons of waste oil into the Columbia River. A waste oil incinerator tank on Nord Auckland overflowed causing waste oil to flow onto the deck of the vessel and into the Columbia River. On Feb. 18 through Feb. 19, 2016, there was an oil sheen on the Columbia River downstream of Nord Auckland up to three quarters of a mile long.

State Representative Brad Witt is named along with two other legislators in an ethics complaint brought by environmentalists who say the lawmakers broke state law by deliberately misrepresenting the purpose behind House Bill 4040, the so-called wolf delisting bill, during the legislative session earlier this year.

Columbia Memorial Hospital takes its plans for a new two story cancer treatment center to the Astoria Design Review Committee for a public hearing on Thursday evening. The center will provide radiation therapy for the first time locally in cooperation with Oregon Health and Science University Hospital.

The Astoria City Council met Monday evening and took the following actions:

Honoring the vital work of emergency medical services and police agencies Mayor Arline LaMear proclaimed next week in their honor and took note of National Historic Preservation month that runs through May.

Each year local organizations report on their activities to the city council. Monday night it was the Friends of The Astoria Column who gave an accounting of the past year operating the Column Park amenities including the gift shop visitor center and working on upkeep and improvements at the iconic city park.

Astoria has had a temporary arrangement with Clatsop County for building inspection services that expired at the end of April. The Community Development Department has been pleased with the arrangement but after considering other options and based on a financial analysis has determined the city really needs its own inspection and code enforcement officer. This issue came up recently when the council was discussing short term vacation rentals. Community Development Director Kevin Cronin conducted some research into how many home owners are offering short term rentals on line and determined there are a few that may be in violation by doing so, either because the owner doesn’t have a registered city business license, or pay the required hotel/motel taxes, or may be offering the service in a zone where homestay accommodations are not permitted.

Clatsop Community College reports the Outstanding Student Scholars for 2016, Alex Autio of Astoria and Georges Oates Larsen also of Astoria. Faculty and staff nominate students whom they believe are most outstanding in terms of excellence in the classroom, general intellectual curiosity, service to the college and their community, and the ability to share their talents with others.

The two finalists will be honored with a trip to Salem for a luncheon with student scholars selected by other Oregon community colleges and their presidents on Tuesday, May 3rd. On that day, they will be presented to the House and the Senate where the governor will meet each scholar individually and present them with a plaque noting their academic accomplishments. They also receive a $1,000 Oregon transfer scholarship.

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