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Astoria’s new rules aimed at streamlining the process and encouraging more residents to consider adding accessory dwelling units to existing homes was passed the city council Monday night. Councilor Price was the lone no vote as she was for the first reading.  Price objects to the provision in city code that permits accessory dwelling units as an outright use in some residential zones without further review.

The Astoria City Council Monday evening voted to name the pond in Mill Pond Village after the man responsible for the redevelopment of the property.  Art DeMuro was just 57 when he lost his battle with cancer and died on September 8, 2012 but he left his mark as a respected and successful historic preservationist and a leader in community revitalization in Oregon.  Amongst his many achievement’s Astoria’s Mill Pond Village was an important one for the town.

                            Construction and new program development is moving right along for Astoria's latest offering in high tech cancer care.

The CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Center is taking shape on the former Astoria High School football field and Columbia Memorial reports in an update that while that building is under construction the programs and workflow for those staffers is taking shape as well.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday honored Volunteer of the Year recipients for 2016 and recognized the more than 500 citizens who donate their time to the county. The board approved a proclamation declaring April 23-29 to be Volunteer Week in Clatsop County and presented certificates of appreciation to this year’s recipients.

In 2016, 518 volunteers provided a total of 17,940 hours of service to the county, representing a value of $422,655.

The recent forcible removal of a United Airlines ticketed passenger on a flight from Chicago to Louisville Kentucky has prompted serious questions from a group of Democrat U.S Senators including Oregon’s Ron Wyden regarding airline policies and procedures.

Who will Warrenton’s next Mayor be? That decision will be made by the city commission in the next few weeks and likely will be one of two commissioners who have expressed an interest. 

Henry Balensifer was selected acting Mayor in a unanimous vote by the commission and as Mayor Pro Tem he runs the meetings until a decision is made about filling the unexpired term of Mark Kujala who stepped down for personal reasons at the end of March.

Former Warrenton Mayor Barbara Balensifer, who is Henry’s Grandmother, asked if the commission would hold a forum on the appointment so that the public could ask the contenders some questions about their desire to serve as Mayor. She suggested a moderated event so that each candidate would have the opportunity to respond to the same questions. 

The commission opted to hold an informal public hearing at the next scheduled commission meeting to gather comments before making a decision.  The city charter grants the commission some latitude in deciding how the process will work and there was no further discussion about how the four members would make a choice between two of their number.

Some lucky bidders will get a front row seat to experience the August 21st total solar eclipse.  The Oregon State Parks Foundation has reserved 30 campsites at the Cove Palisades State Park on Lake Billy Chinook located a few miles from Madras in Central Oregon.  Meanwhile to State parks Department is opening up additional reservation campsites next week 

The Coast Guard rescued a man that was stranded on a rocky edge by the high tide at Hug Point near Cannon Beach, Monday afternoon.

 The alleged Riverwalk robbery victim contacted police Monday and told investigators that she wished to drop the case stating that things didn't occur as she'd reported them.  Investigators agreed not to pursue charges of false reporting if she was truthful about what actually occurred.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 55-year-old Warrenton area man on Friday April 7, 2017 following a 15-month investigation. Kirk Richard Cazee was arrested in his Surf Pines home by Sheriff's Deputies executing search warrants for the residence and several vehicles on the property. Since January 2016, Deputies have responded to at least 9 reports of a "peeping tom" operating within the gated community of Surf Pines.

Some new signs will be popping up in many store windows in downtown Astoria over the next few weeks informing the public about a new agreement between building owners and the Astoria Police Department.  In an effort to address issues with some people creating public safety concerns, police are asking building owners to sign an agreement that allows officers to enforce exclusion orders on private property.

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