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.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has resumed killing double-crested cormorants so the birds eat fewer juvenile salmon migrating down the Columbia River despite an ongoing legal battle with conservation groups.
The Astoria Landfill Redevelopment Project was honored at an awards ceremony during Brownfields 2015 Conference in Chicago. Former Mayor Willis L. Van Dusen, on behalf of Mayor Arline LaMear, representatives from the four partner organizations, Erik Thorsen, CEO Columbia Memorial Hospital; Craig Hoppes, Superintendent Astoria School District; Fred Stemmler, Recology Western Oregon Waste, and Brett Estes, Manager City of Astoria attended the ceremony to receive the award.