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Elected people in Clatsop County tend to go to numerous meetings during their course of office but there has never been a meeting like the one held Thursday night at McMenamins Sandtrap in Gearhart.

Seated around the table were Mayors, Councilors and Commissioners from every incorporated city in the county called together by County Commission Chairman Scott Lee for a work session. That work session dealt with some of the biggest issues faced by the region along with a few that the cities brought to the table that failed to gain any traction.

A comprehensive master plan for Astoria Parks and Recreation has been underway since the Fall of 2015 when the department gave it a top priority to meet a city council goal. Each step of the process has included opportunity for public participation. Now a first draft is up for public discussion at three different presentations in April.

If you took a deep sea fishing trip out of Depoe Bay and did business with Tradewinds Charters chances are good that one day fishing license they sold you was illegal. You may be compensated according to a just released court order. On February 18th, 2016, owners and employees of Tradewinds of Depoe Bay, Inc. plead guilty to Felony Racketeering charges stemming from an Oregon State Police investigation that began in 2012 and resulted in the execution of search warrants at the Depoe Bay fishing charter business in March 2015.  The investigation determined Tradewinds of Depoe Bay charged customers for daily angling licenses and instead of issuing a handwritten 1-day angling license, would provide the customer with a register receipt. This enabled Tradewinds of Depoe Bay retain the angling license revenue for the licenses that weren't issued.

On Monday March 28, 2016 a 21-year-old Ilwaco man was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail for crimes involving online sexual corruption and sexual abuse of a local teenage girl. Following a month long investigation by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Jesse Lee Jetland was arrested in Astoria. Jetland was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail Monday afternoon on two counts of Sodomy II, and one count each of Online Sexual Corruption I, Rape I and Burglary I.

Monday afternoon the Clatsop County Dive team and marine patrol were able to recover the body of 63 year-old Irene Mustain from the tangled wreckage of the 1941 North American AT-6 that crashed into the Columbia river on Wednesday the 23rd 2016. The body of the pilot, John McKibbin was recovered earlier when the wreckage of the plane was located and divers were able to make their way through the murky waters and get to him.  Divers reported that without more equipment they were unable to remove Mustain's body and marked the location.

On Thursday March 24, 2016 a 21-year-old Moses Lake (WA) man was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail for crimes involving online sexual corruption and sexual abuse of a local teenage girl. Following a two month long investigation by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and FBI-Portland, Brandon Wayne Albert Eide, also known as Brandon Bachtold, was taken into custody by the Moses Lake Police Department. Eide's initial arrest occurred February 22, 2016; he was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail Thursday night following a month long extradition process.

Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin reports that after three days of searching the river patrol and dive team found the wreck of a private plane that crashed into the Columbia River Wednesday afternoon.The body of the pilot, John McKibbin, was recovered. The passenger has been identified as Irene Mustain of Woodland Washington.

A Coast Guard air crew rescued three men who became stranded after walking about a mile out onto the Columbia River South Jetty, Thursday.

Astoria and the surrounding area depends for transportation on a number of obvious bridges.  There are a few that are not quite so obvious.

The Port of Ilwaco Commissioners will be holding a Public Workshop on Thursday March 24th focused the viability of establishing a Community Fishing Association (CFA) in the community. Representatives from the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust and Morro Bay Community Quota Fund will be attending. State Legislators and Congressional staff have been invited and Port Of Ilwaco Manager Guy Glenn says he expects a number of industry related people to attend.

The Port received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation last year to support this project.

 Glenn says he encourages anyone to attend and invite any other people who may be interested. "Participation is important and we are looking for feedback from the community on this project." ,says Glenn.  The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1pm and will be held at the SALT Hotel (147 Howerton Way) just down the street from the Port office in Ilwaco. 

At least 25 night time closures of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge are planned starting on April 11 as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation project that started in late 2014. The 25 night time closures will be scheduled between April 11 and July 1. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge

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