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The Astoria Public Works Department remains an effective team of professionals with the announcement of two moves to promote from within the department responsible for a boatload of projects in the city.

 

Opening day for the Dungeness Crab season is next Monday, January 15th. At long last, the boats will be going out preparing to drop crab pots on Friday during a pre-soak period through the weekend.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley today called on their colleagues to include funding for coastal communities damaged by fisheries disasters as part of any disaster relief package that moves through Congress.  

In the letter, the senators noted that as of this month, Congress has yet to address nine fisheries disasters, with several other disasters pending official declaration. The senators urged swift action to provide emergency funding to communities that depend on resilient, sustainable, and healthy fisheries, highlighting how important the industry is to local economies and native communities.

The Dennis Company isn't going anywhere and the name will stay the same but the family that started the business in 1905 with continuous ownership through four generations won't be a part of it going forward.

Company President Brent Dennis has announced that he and his brother Randy have closed a deal to sell the company and it's five locations to Westlake Ace Hardware.

 

Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department with the help of Cannon Beach Police Department executed a search warrant at an apartment complex in the city of Seaside. Richard Paul Vogelsang (42) was found in possession of approximately 22 grams of Methamphetamine, approximately 1000.00 dollars in US currency, digital scales, packaging material and a firearm. Vogelsang was detained on a Probation Violation and transported to the Clatsop County Jail.  Five more people were arrested on various charges.

Astoria Dispatcher Melanie Kinney received a Notice of Recognition from Police Chief Geoff Spalding at yesterdays command staff meeting. Dispatcher Kinney was cited for superior performance of duties for her work involving a multi-agency pursuit and arrest of a suspect. 

Astoria is apparently out of compliance with a state traffic law that prohibits on-street parking spots within 20 feet of a crosswalk. But then, many other cities are also ignoring this law rather than give up the parking businesses demand.

Columbia County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a reported burglary on Laurelwood Rd in Rainier, OR, in which, the victim reported that his home had been burglarized. Weeks later, a pawn shop query developed leads that led investigators to suspects in the burglary and a sting operation in which deputies arrested the suspects and recovered many stolen items. 

Deputies are investigating a phone scam responsible for defrauding individuals in Columbia County of thousands of dollars. 

A preliminary investigation is showing that phone scammers appear to be blanketing Columbia County and surrounding areas demanding money to pay for a phony warrant that was put out for their targeted victim. The scammers claim to be local Law Enforcement, then ask their victims to purchase the Trans Union, Green Dot or some other pre-paid multi-sourced card. The scammer then asks the victim to give them the card codes over the telephone. 

Law Enforcement will NEVER ask for money over the telephone or say that you have a warrant for your arrest over the telephone. You will not have a warrant for your arrest for "missing jury duty" either. Please just hang up if these scammers call you.

Westport Winery is looking to open another Oregon location by the end of January in Seaside.

The award-winning winery is based in Westport, Washington where Blain and Kim Roberts operate their flagship Westport Winery Garden Resort with acres of vineyards and gardens along with a scale reproduction of the nearby Grays Harbor Lighthouse, a restaurant, gift shop, plant nursery, and a pitch and putt course.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews will be performing maintenance activities on U.S. 30 around milepost 95.6 at the east end of Astoria during the next two weeks.

The work is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on January 11 and 12, and January 16-20. The westbound lane of U.S. 30 will be closed during the maintenance work with flaggers controlling two-way traffic in the eastbound lane.

Local access will be maintained through the construction area but travelers should expect delays.

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