On Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at approximately 3:15PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle head-on crash on Highway 101 just north of Cannon Beach that took two lives.
Clatsop Care District Executive Director Nicole Williams has been battling a serious shortage of trained nurses and certified nursing assistants for several years and today announced that the district is forced to cut the number of beds available for longterm care at Clatsop Care Center effective at the end of June 2016 because they can't meet state requirements for care at current levels. New placements for those clients leaving the old Astoria center shouldn't be an issue according to Williams.
Lincoln County Sheriff's Office extends its appreciation to the community members of the Depoe Bay area, surrounding communities, those who have called in on the Sheriffs Tip Line, (541) 265-0669, and those who are actively supporting the family of Katy Roe.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information regarding missing 22 year old, Katie Roe, 4’9”, 90lbs, long brown hair. Katie was last seen leaving the Wing Wa restaurant in Depoe Bay around 2:00am, Sunday, April 17th, 2016, while walking home to her residence in the Southpoint area. If you saw Katie walking home early Sunday morning or have information about her whereabouts, call the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Tip Line at 541-265-0669
The Sheriff's Office requests the immediate assistance of those who are assisting to spread the word about Ms. Roe's disappearance through social media contacts, news, print or other sources to, please refer individuals to the Sheriff's Tip Line number (541) 265-0669. Many references list a local 911 Dispatch Center number which should be utilized for emergency critical information notifications only; all other inquiries or helpful information should go directly to the Sheriff's Tip line, which is consistently monitored.
On May 31, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater, the City of Astoria will host an evening of discussion related to Community Emergency Preparedness. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be displays from a variety of community partners showing information about preparedness. Starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be presentations by experts in emergency management, coastal hazards, weather related emergencies, and forest fires.
The possibility of a devastating mega-earthquake in Pacific Northwest has been a topic of conversation lately, thanks in part to the riveting and informative article by Kathryn Shultz in The New Yorker called "The Really Big One." The article was published in July of last year, and brought widespread attention to the importance of planning for a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Shultz recently won a Pulitzer Prize for the story.
The Coast Guard is warning individuals who make false mayday reports to the Coast Guard, that there are consequences to those actions. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center personnel have received four potentially false mayday calls in the last two weeks.
The City of Astoria will go to court in an attempt to recover transient room taxes from the former operator of the Astoria Riverwalk Inn. Hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts and homestay operations in Astoria are required to to collect room taxes from those who stay in their faciltiies and pass those funds on to the city on a regular basis. Hospitality Partners, the company that the Port selected to bring the old Red LIon Inn back to life as the Riverwalk Inn owes the city an estimated $119,918.35 based on research by the city finance director. The city intends to name the company and it's principal, Brad Smithart, in the pending suit. While Hosptality Masters no longer has an agreement to operate the Riverwalk Inn, the company is still responsible for paying the back tax. It is not unusual for an operator to fall behind in reporting and paying the required room taxes and under normal circumstances the city is able to take corrective actions to recover the money and get the business back on track. In this case, while the city has met with Mr. Smithart on various occassions and reached agreements on repaying that money, Smithart simply failed to make good on those agreements.
In other action Monday night:
A Coast Guard helicopter crew and local emergency responders medevaced a hiker reportedly suffering from exhaustion on the northwest point of Tillamook Head near Seaside Sunday.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoisted the 71-year-old man and transferred him to emergency medical services personnel waiting with an ambulance at the air station.
On Saturday, April 16th, at approximately 1:00 p.m., a fisherman located a body floating in Youngs River, 1/2 a mile downstream of the confluence with the Klaskanine River. Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Marine Patrol deputies responded, recovering the body of Charles Kelly, 52 of Astoria.
The bottom line seems to be the big ocean salmon boom is over as biologists are predicting a very small return on most prized species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons late last week. Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.