"High crude oil costs and a number of refinery issues are fueling price jumps at the pumps. For the week, the national average for regular unleaded rises eight cents to $2.63 while Oregon's average shoots up 14 cents to $2.97. Both averages are at their highest prices of the year so far," says AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds. "Despite the increases, gas prices are still much lower than a year ago. The current national average is $1.05 less than it was a year ago, while Oregon's average is 91 cents less."
The Oregon House today approved two bills designed to improve trust and credibility between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve. The bills update and clarify rules that govern recordings by and of police officers. A third bill will improve accountability in local courts.
It might have been the best feel-good moment of the week in Astoria when nearly 100 residents joined together in support of babies by participating in the 2015 March for Babies to benefit March of Dimes. Maritime Memorial Park was packed with strollers, families and corporate teams who raised $25,000 to help babies be born healthy. Throughout Oregon and SW Washington, 10 walks raised a total of $900,000.
Pacific Power is making a new mobile app available to its customers via smartphone or tablet that lets them do more while on the go.
On May 19th, the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force(CREST) will hold a scoping open house at the Chinook Evangelical Church, 769 State Route 101 in Chinook, Washington to kick-off public planning for the proposed Columbia Pacific Passage Habitat Restoration Project-Megler Creek.
More than 250 groups from across the country joined Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to express support for passing the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act to ensure vital resources in the fight against catastrophic wildfires in the West ahead of this year's fire season.
Clatsop Community College is proud to announce that Daniel Kennedy and José Sosa have been selected as Clatsop Community College's 2014/2015 Student Scholars and as its representatives on the Oregon Community College Association All-Oregon Academic Team.
Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington today approved another extension of the recreational fishing season for Chinook salmon on the Columbia River.
Chinook season will reopen for one day on Saturday, May 9 and again from May 16 through June 15 on the lower Columbia, from Tongue Point upstream to Bonneville Dam. Fishing from both boats and the bank is allowed upstream to Beacon Rock, while only bank angling is permitted from Beacon Rock upstream to the fishing deadline at Bonneville Dam.
Astoria City Council Meeting Summary
Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear changed the agenda Monday night to put public comments ahead of almost everything else the city council considers during the course of a typical meeting. Moving up that opportunity for the public to comment on any item not on the meeting agenda was something the council had considered doing as they continue what has become a lengthy process of establishing written rules of conduct. Councilor Herzig expressed surprise that the Mayor had made that change without further input or consensus from the full council. The Mayor has the power to set the agenda according to the city charter. She said she moved forward to better accommodate people who may travel some distance to address the council.
Resident Ted Osborne was the first to make use of the comment time saying he was disappointed in the handling of the city library project. He said he had attended both work sessions on the Library and after the first meeting he had expected the staff to come back with several potential locations for a new facility. Osborne said he had also expected that more specific criteria would be presented by staff. That didn't happen either. He said it was a surprise that the media reported that building the library on Heritage Square was essentially a "done deal". Mayor LaMear responded that the motion passed by council directed staff to explore the Heritage Square option more fully and report back.
Beginning today, Oregon consumers can see proposed rates for 2016 individual and small employer health insurance plans.
Health insurance companies submitted rate requests to the Department of Consumer and Business Services, Insurance Division on April 30. The division must approve any rates before they can be charged to policyholders.
The Oregon Supreme Court says some of the 2013 cuts to public-employee retirement benefits are unconstitutional. According to the Oregon School Boards Association Thursday's state Supreme Court ruling on a Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) lawsuit could cost Oregon's K-12 schools as much as $358 million in the 2017-19 biennium, according to official government estimates.
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