A federal judge's ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional federal regulation is not required on top of Oregon's existing forest protection regulations," State Forester Doug Decker said. "We intend to continue to apply the Forest Practices Act's science-based approaches, and we hope to re-dedicate the energy and resources spent on litigation to protecting and improving streams and other forest resources."


During its February 17, 2014 Goal Setting session for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the City
Council adopted a goal to "Hold annual City of Astoria open house where citizens can
communicate directly with City Council as well as staff from all departments". Based on
this direction from Council, the City of Astoria will host a Service Fair to be held on
Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Astoria Aquatic
Center parking lot located at 1997 Marine Drive.


Oregon's upcoming vote on whether to legalize marijuana has generated a name-calling dispute between a congressman who wants to overhaul federal marijuana policy and a prominent district attorney who has been speaking out about the dangers of pot.

The spat between U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis


On September 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City of Astoria Public Works Department, in conjunction with the PPI Group, will be imaging and scanning all streets in and around the City to collect data about the City's infrastructure. Images and data points collected will help accurately locate, measure, and map surface features such as fire hydrants, manholes, catch basins, light poles, and street trees.

The City is asking all residents and businesses try to avoid parking on the street on this day so that as much data as possible can be collected. For more information please contact Public Works.

Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.


Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near the Willamette River. Troopers also seized an illegal 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.


Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman tells KAST News that on September 1, 2014 at 8:56am a citizen reported a suspicious item underneath a vehicle belonging to the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority located at 147 S. Main Ave. WPD Reserve Officer Jeff Rusiecki responded and found a small tool or tackle boxed had been placed under the vehicle and was definitely out of place. Reserve Officer Rusiecki called for assistance. The decision was made to secure the area and call for assistance from the OSP Explosives
Unit out of Salem. Warrenton Fire Department and Medix ambulance personnel were activated and staged at City Hall.


By Nicole Bales KAST News


Vessel waste disposal systems have been increasing in quantity since the 1990's. Every year they keep 750,000 gallons of untreated sewage out of Oregon waterways. However, according to surveys conducted by the Oregon Sea Grant, many boaters report being unaware of the disposal systems.


The Coast Guard reminds all Pacific Northwest boaters to be prepared and operate safely over the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day weekend should be a fun time for families and friends on the waterways of the region. Boating safely ensures everyone enjoys their time on the water and returns home. Here are some tips to make that happen:


The turnaround expert hired to fix Cover Oregon has stayed longer than expected, did more than planned and has left behind a big bill.  Clyde Hamstreet has completed his job stabilizing Oregon's health care exchange. But the cost of his work and two associates has added up nearly $600,000 and he hasn't submitted his August invoice.


Over the weekend a series of injury and serious crashes snarled already heavy traffic. With the system overloaded from heavy weekend traffic these incidents created long waits and slow moving traffic. It also forced heavy volumes of traffic into neighborhoods that are not designed for this traffic. Many of the crashes were preventable and could have been avoided. Astoria Police would like to remind drivers that to exercise defensive driving techniques, increase space between vehicles, and ensure you are signaling your intent in advance. Periods just after sunrise and before sunset can have intense sunshine impairing a drivers ability to clearly see, keep your windows clean, sunglasses at hand and use your visors. Most importantly, in times of decreased visibility, slow down.



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