Monday night the Astoria Council completed their process to approve a new ordiance that will ban tobacco and marijuana use in all city parks. The new rule becomes affective in 30 days and includes all forms of tobacco use with a special emphasis on smoking and vaping devices such as electronic cigarettes. Councilor Russ Warr cast the lone no vote in objecting to making something legal for adult’s, illegal with the ban.
A coastal hazards analysis of 48 Pacific Ocean beaches in three continents, using data from 1979 to 2012, found the biggest factor influencing communities and beaches in all regions was the impact of El Niño and La Niña events.
The study also found their influence had alternate impacts in different parts of the Pacific basin. When one side of the Pacific experienced extreme coastal erosion and flooding because of El Niño, the other side often experienced these hazards during La Niña. Some climate projections suggest that these events may occur more frequently in the 21st century, meaning that populated regions could experience more flooding or erosion.
Police say on September 19, 2015 at 1105 AM an Astoria Police officer stopped the operator of a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser. That stop was made for traveling 37 MPH in a 25 MPH zone down 7th Street. The officer, based on the information provided by the 16 year old driver, determined that a warning was appropriate. The traffic stop ended at 11:08 AM. At 11:15 AM Astoria Police were receiving calls of a crash on Hwy 202 that resulted in the death of the 16 year old driver.
On September 19, 2015 at about 11:20AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 202 near milepost 7 (east of Astoria).
Preliminary information indicates a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling eastbound on Highway 202 (Nehalem Highway) when it lost control on a corner and crossed the centerline. The Chrysler collided with a westbound 2003 Dodge Pickup registered to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. According to witnesses it appeared the Chrysler had lost control on a corner before crossing the centerline.
The Oregon State Police is continuing an investigation into criminal conduct involving a forensic analyst working at the OSP Bend Crime Laboratory. The employee has been placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation was launched into the allegations. District attorneys affected by this situation have been notified and are working through these issues within their jurisdiction.
This year, local law enforcement including the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office, Long Beach Police Department, and Washington State Patrol are pleased to report another successful event. Over the weekend, there were no major traffic incidents or collisions reported – which includes serious injury collisions, fatality collisions and/or hit and run investigations.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) will take public comment on the draft environmental impact (DEIS) statement regarding the proposed Oregon LNG project in Warrenton and associated pipeline project at a hearing in Clatsop County on Monday, September 21.
While not offering a position on the report, or the project, three members of the Oregon Congressional Delegation signed a letter to the FERC commissioners Thursday requesting that the comment period be expanded to 120 days to allow local people more time to review the 1000-plus page report.
On September 16, 2015 at 2:20pm a Hammond resident called the Dispatch Center and advised he was chased by a bull elk. The call was referred to Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division. The WPD later received a call from Sgt. Joe Warwick from the Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife Division reported that an aggressive bull elk attacked an adult male and a teenage female in Hammond.
The city of Astoria is taking a comprehensive approach to housing issues affecting both low income and market rate rentals and home sales. The city council this year established a goal to promote housing that Astorians can afford. The first step in the process comes in the form of a report compiled through the Community Development Department and issued this week. In a special meeting Monday Mayor Arline LaMear said that this effort is not related to a separate effort to address Astoria's homeless issues.