The City of Astoria has made it far easier to view the agenda and supplemental information for council meetings on its website. Before you had to know where to look and follow several links but now the agenda pops up directly from the main page. There is just one link to the complete meeting information package at the bottom of the agenda. Here's whats on the agenda for tonight.
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 38 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia today announced a multi-state settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), the for-profit college consortium that operates 110 online and mortar schools, including The Art Institute of Portland. Under the settlement, more than 650 former Oregon EDMC students will have approximately $750,000 in loans forgiven, and the company will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices.
A University Of Oregon economist says that the state economy is growing, but the pace of that growth seems to be slowing. Tim Duy says Oregon lost 5300 jobs in September but thinks that figure will be adjusted upward later. Otherwise job loss at that level could be viewed as recessionary.
Duy is an economics professor at UO. He observes that Oregon's growth rate has been above average through 2015. The Federal Reserve is concerned that if growth happens too fast it will cause inflation which is why it's likely the Fed will increase interest rates. If that were to occur the effect would be to further slow the pace of growth in Oregon next year.
Astoria’s Parks and Rec has plenty of things going on even when the weather turns nasty, as it is expected to do over the next few days.
One popular program is a volunteer coordination effort. Citizens Helping Improve Parks or CHIP which encourages residents to CHIP-In by volunteering for various clean-up projects in city parks and facilities.
Fall chinook salmon are returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River in record-setting numbers. Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning in the Hanford Reach, the most fish ever counted in this area since dams were constructed in the 1930s.
Today Jeff Gudman is announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Oregon Treasurer. Gudman is a two term Lake Oswego City Councilor, the current treasurer of the Legacy Emmanuel Foundation and the former treasurer of USA Olympic Swimming.
Following reports of merger discussions between beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to weigh in any future review process how a deal would affect craft brewers, consumers and distributors in Oregon and across the country. Recent media reports suggest the so-called “macro-brewers” may have sought to curb competition by acquiring distributors and limiting the access craft brewers have to consumers in stores, bars and restaurants.
On Saturday Astoria Police officers responded to the emergency room at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Staff reported they were treating a patient that appeared to have been stabbed. The victim, Christopher Peterson, a 27 year old Warrenton resident, had been treated for a laceration to his neck that was consistent with being stabbed with a jagged object. It might have be a routine investigation except Peterson said he could not recall how he ended up in the hospital.
There have been some high profile acts of vandalism committed in Clatsop county over the last few months. Vandals climbed the construction fence and scafolding to toss paint over the newly refreshed work on the top of the Astoria Column. Some this past week someone decided to destroy the newly upgraded ball field at Warrenton's community park by recklessly driving all over it repeatedly tearing up the newly graded surface and the freshly reseeded turf. Police are stilll trying to track down those responsible.