Astoria and the surrounding area depends for transportation on a number of obvious bridges. There are a few that are not quite so obvious.
The Port of Ilwaco Commissioners will be holding a Public Workshop on Thursday March 24th focused the viability of establishing a Community Fishing Association (CFA) in the community. Representatives from the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust and Morro Bay Community Quota Fund will be attending. State Legislators and Congressional staff have been invited and Port Of Ilwaco Manager Guy Glenn says he expects a number of industry related people to attend.
The Port received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation last year to support this project.
Glenn says he encourages anyone to attend and invite any other people who may be interested. "Participation is important and we are looking for feedback from the community on this project." ,says Glenn. The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1pm and will be held at the SALT Hotel (147 Howerton Way) just down the street from the Port office in Ilwaco.
At least 25 night time closures of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge are planned starting on April 11 as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation project that started in late 2014. The 25 night time closures will be scheduled between April 11 and July 1. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge
A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier, Wednesday afternoon.
Warrenton is working to update a ten-year-old master plan for the Hammond Mooring Basin and the city commission held a work session on the topic Tuesday night. Mayor Kujala said he would like to bring back members of the 2005 committee that formulated the original plan to get their perspective. Commissioner Balensifer stressed the importance of establishing design standards as part of the effort to define the future of the basin.
Springtime sun and warmer March temperatures can bring visitors in droves to Oregon's inviting shoreline. For the western snowy plover, March means nesting. This tiny shorebird, protected under state law and under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), usually begins nesting along west coast beaches in mid-March.
The city of Astoria has a deal with Verizon Wireless for a new radio tower and the police and fire departments have what they need to boost emergency communications capability and sometime in the next year the old communications tower on coxcomb hill will be removed. All that following city council agreement Monday night.
The Coast Guard is closely monitoring a grounded vessel in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River Monday morning, after the 623-foot bulk carrier Sparna reportedly went aground at 12:16 a.m., in a narrow part of the river near Cathlamet, Washington.