After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information. Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers.


On Monday August 18, 2014, around 5:12 PM, Dylan Douglas Snook, age 32 of Astoria was arrested in connection with a reported stabbing on the previous Sunday morning around 1:58 AM in Seaside. Snook was developed as the lone suspect during the initial investigation.


On Sunday morning, August 17th, around 0158 AM, Seaside Police Officers responded to the area of 311 Broadway in Seaside for a report of a stabbing. Officers arrived and located one conscious male who was laying on the ground bleeding. The victim male had two punctures on his back and reported to officers that he was stabbed. The victim male was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital before being transported to Emmanuel Hospital in Portland and is in stable condition.


Coast Guard air and cutter forces continue to assist the 22-person crew of a 485-foot, Bahamian-flagged chemical tanker after a fire in the main engineroom disabled the vessel, leaving it without propulsion, about 700 miles west of Cape Blanco, Oregon, Wednesday.

The fire was extinguished using installed firefighting systems, however, the ship sustained damage to its generators, leaving the crew with minimal battery power.


The Road to Wellville is a 1994 American comedy-drama film adaptation of T. Coraghessan Boyle's novel of the same name, which tells the story of the doctor and clean-living advocate John Harvey Kellogg and his methods employed at the Battle Creek Sanitarium at the beginning of the 20th Century.  Now, Clatsop County is on the "Way to Wellville."


The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted Wednesday to challenge a state panel's ruling regarding the Oregon Pipeline land-use application.

The county will file a cross-appeal of the June 27 ruling from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals that found that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was biased when he voted with the rest of the board to reject the application, which seeks approval to build 41 miles of pipeline through the county to serve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.


Tuesday the Astoria Port Commission took the entire day to interview and then deliberate on the finalist candidates for Port Executive Director. The candidates are interim executive director Mike Weston, Port of Olympia business manager Jim Knight, and Joe Webber, retired executive.


Jessica Smith, the mother accused of murdering her two year-old daughter and attempting to murder her 13 year-old daughter at a Canon Beach resort faced a grand jury indictment Tuesday afternoon in Clatsop County Circuit Court. Smith is charged with aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.


Following an executive session discussion Monday afternoon the Astoria City Council agreed to authorize Mayor Willis Van Dusen to go into contract negotigations with Brett Estes to take the City Manager job permanently. Este has been serving as interim manager since February with the departure of Paul Benoit.  Previously Estes had served as the assistant City manager and Community Development Director, a hat he still wears.

Estes was not considered for the permanent city manager position in the last round of interviews because he had withdrawn his name from consideration as a finalist.  With none of the four finalists selected by the council, or getting a recommendation from the separate committees that also interviewed them the council met behind closed doors Monday to determine what the next steps might be.  It was revealed that Estes had approached the council members separately to say his personal issues are resolved and he would like to to considered as a candidate in the next round the hiring.  After the meeting Mayor Van Dusen told KAST news that he feels Estes is the best fit for the city and he got the consensus of most of the city council to approach Estes and work on a hiring agreement.

Estes had already been authorized to start the hiring process for other open positions on the city staff including Finance Director, and someone to replace retiring planner Rosemary Johnson.

A wildfire trapped 19 hikers for a time Sunday at Saddle Mountain State Park near Seaside.  The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to assess the situation and plans were being made for an airlift. But rescuers on the ground were able to escort the hikers safely out of the area.  Meanwhile, firefighters from several agencies are trying to contain the fire, and an Oregon Department of Forestry helicopter is dropping water.


Cindy Price, a self-described community activist, has qualified for the November election for Astoria City Council, Ward 3. The ward comprises central Astoria and the seat is currently held by Karen Mellin. Mellin has withdrawn her name for another term telling KAST news Tuesday afternoon that she has pressing family matters that she must attend to which precludes another term on city council.  That means the race is down to Chef Marco Davis and Cindy Price.

"I want to help lay out policies that give transparency and accountability to the work of the Council," Price states in a news release announcing her candidacy, "from basic job descriptions and expectations for employees and commissions, to balancing development that respects Astoria's heritage, authenticity, and natural beauty. I want to advocate for protecting the vulnerable, and that means people and our environment. I'd like to see a member of the Astoria Police Department returned to the county's drug team. I will advocate for residents struggling with mental health issues and for victims of sexual abuse. I want DUIIs prosecuted by the county. And I want to help ensure that the city's continued growth respects our lands and waters."



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