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Coast Guard oil spill responders oversaw the removal of 1,000 gallons of an oily water mixture from the commercial fishing vessel Western Skies after it sank in the Warrenton Marina Sunday.

Coast Guard incident management division personnel, from Sector Columbia River, opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund for $40,000 and hired Global Diving and Salvage to conduct cleanup and pollution recovery efforts.

The oil removal was completed at 9:45 p.m. Sunday. Responders conducted a site visit to assess the vessel, Monday morning and observed residual sheening. Global Diving and Salvage replaced the absorbent boom and pads that continue to absorb any remaining product on the water. Coast Guard responders will return to assess the vessel Tuesday.

Coast Guard crews and marina personnel have attempted to contact the vessel owner, but have so far been unable to reach the registered owner.

 

 

With the growing use of heroin across the United States – a trend mirrored in Oregon and Clatsop County – public health agencies are seeing rising rates of infectious diseases that are often associated with injection drug use, including HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and syphilis. The rising drug use rates also pose a hazard to the rest of a community in the threat from improperly disposed of needles.

You can't always get what you want. But, if you try, sometimes you get what you need. The words to the old Rolling Stones song would seem to apply to Astoria's problem with it's Parks and Recreation Department. It's also something for the Astoria City Council and the City Manager to consider. Ask yourself, Do we really NEED all this?

First, let us take a moment to define the problem.

 

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined Connecticut Congresswomen Rosa DeLauro and Florida Congresswoman Lois Frankel in leading more than 100 Members of the House of Representatives in calling on President Trump to replace his flawed paid leave proposal with a policy that will help families who are struggling to make ends meet.

CORRECTION: According to City Planner Nancy Ferber there was an error in the public meeting notice that included Astoria East End Mini Mart's tax lots in the design review for Dollar General's proposed new store. Owner Don Patterson has confirmed his business is not involved. Ferber says it's possible the hearing will need to be noticed afresh as a result of the error.

 

  

Dollar General is in the early stages of establishing a new store in Astoria. It would be built on land adjacent to Mill Pond Village where Astoria Automotive Supply and TP Freight are currently located.

The Coast Guard rescued two fishermen from the fishing vessel, New Faith that was sinking 52 miles off the coast of Coos Bay, Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel aground in the vicinity of Skamokawa, Washington after the vessel Argent Cosmos lost the use of a fuel pump and ran aground at 6:28 a.m.Thursday.

Replacing the bridge joints means up to two nights of detour using U.S. 101

 

An ODOT contractor will close the Old Youngs Bay Bridge overnight from 8 p.m. Tuesday July 11 until 6 a.m. the following morning to replace bridge joints. The contractor expects to finish in one night, but if more time is needed, the bridge will close overnight again Wednesday July 12, from 8 p.m. until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Appraisers from the Clatsop County Assessment and Taxation Department(A&T) will be inspecting residential and business properties in Astoria over the next two years as part of the department’s ongoing comprehensive reappraisal in the entire county.

On Tuesday, July 4, at approximately 3:13 a.m. a motor vehicle versus pedestrian crash occurred on Highway 101 near Airport Rd. in Seaside. The pedestrian was identified as Jimmy Lee Mehrer, 32, of Astoria who died at the scene.

On July 1, 2017, at approximately 4:5PM, OSP assisted Tillamook County SO and emergency personnel with fatal paragliding accident at Cape Lookout State Park.

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