A brief but important questionnaire is available on the Astoria Public Library's website from August 20 through September 9, 2013. The questionnaire asks residents to weigh in on a list of vision concepts and desired library services that have been garnered this summer through interviews and public meetings, including at the August 18th Sunday Market.
The City will host its third Community Meeting for the Astoria Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update on Wednesday, September 11 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Liberty Theater, McTavish Room (1203 Commercial Street). The City's updated TSP will guide improvements to roads, sidewalks, crossings, trails, and other transportation facilities over the next 20 years.
Astoria Police are looking for information related to Theft, Forgery, and Fraudulent Obtaining of Controlled Substances on the part of Sarah Smith, Age 27 of Gearhart. They have developed information that there may be several cases that are unreported.
Bob Chopping, or "Chop" to his friends, passed away yesterday leaving behind a legacy of community service and his devotion to the city of Astoria. Mr. Chopping was the owner of KAST AM and FM radio stations from the mid 1960's to the early 80's when he sold the stations to Youngs Bay Broadcasting. He served in city government and was the Mayor of Astoria in the late 70's
Astoria Event Center is back in business starting in September. The building, which includes the Shipyard Bar & Grill next door, is being purchased by local landlords and have entered into an agreement with Columbia Bar Productions, LLC, to manage bookings for the venue. Facility manager Cyndi Mudge is excited to pursue this new venture. "I love this space. It is incredibly versatile and can be used many different ways,"
"This is very exciting for ADHDA and Astoria," said ADHDA President Dulcye Taylor. "We've been fortunate to have assistance from the RARE (Resource Assistance for Rural Environments) program for the past three years, but it's not meant as a substitute for a long-term staffing solution," she explained. "We've been focused on the goal of permanent staffing for almost four years," she said, noting that the organization has not had permanent staff since the early 1990s. "This will help ensure continuity and momentum for the future," she added.
On September 6 Tongue Point Job Corp will pay honor to a remarkable vessel that has for many years served as a training ship for those seeking to be able-bodied Seamen through the Job Corps program. This year marks the 70th year of service for the Ironwood. Beginning it's service as a U.S. Coast Guard cutter, the Ironwood was decommissioned in 2000 in Kodiak, Alaska and the news release for that event explains the great significance of the ship that has served so many, so well.
In their Monday night meeting the Astoria City Council started early at 6:30pm with a presentation and discussion about the recent sister city trip to Waldorf, Germany which Mayor Willis Van Dusen told the audience was "very important" for the city.
Monday evening the Astoria City Council approved a liquor licence application for a new brewpub operation that the owners say will be built in the old Bornstein fish processing plant at the foot of 7th street. Port Commissioner Bill Hunsinger told KAST News that, in effect, the proposers of the brewpub skipped a step in not approaching the Port Commission. So what's the Port's involvement? Bornstein says none whatsoever.
Lincoln City's Chinook Winds Casino will play host this week to a coastal economic summit announced by U.S. Senator Ron Wyden's office today. Wyden will join with State Senator Betsy Johnson to discuss economic issues important to the coast of Oregon according to a news release. There will also be a public question and answer period. The event is set for Wednesday, August 31st at 12:30pm
Improving pedestrian safety in the city of Astoria has been a hot topic for some months now with City Public Works and the Oregon Department of Transportation working to improve traffic and pedestrian safety throughout the city with some of those improvements planned to be in place by next month.
A meeting of the Forest Trust Land Advisory Committee (FTLAC) originally scheduled for Aug. 23 in Salem has been canceled. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) said the difficult wildfire season necessitated the cancelation, since nearly all employees are directly or indirectly supporting fire suppression efforts.
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