The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. The public can comment through March 27, 2016, on the listing recommendations and recently updated status reports for killer whales and streaked horned larks.
WDFW staff members are tentatively scheduled to discuss the reviews and recommendations with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its April 2016 meeting.
A teen is recovering from his injuries after he got stuck on a rock ledge in the ocean near Tillamook and was rescued by the Coast Guard. He says he owes his life to the Coast guard.
On Saturday ( December 19, 2015), Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 34-year-old Warrenton man for crimes involving the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old male. With assistance from Warrenton Police Department, Sidney Sean Mecham was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 100 block of NW First Street. Mecham was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on one count each of Sexual Abuse III, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Failure to Report as a Sex Offender and Probation Violation.
In response to requests to extend the public comment period on rulemaking regarding state-owned historically filled lands, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will be accepting comments until Jan. 31, 2016. The previous deadline was Dec. 31, 2015.
Visitors to the Oregon coast are inv ited to watch for migrating whales with trained volunteers during the annual winter Whale Watching Week from Dec. 27-31 hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help people spot gray whales that are heading south to Mexico.
The Oregon Department of State Lands held a rather important public hearing in Astoria last night. Few knew it was taking place. The division is embarking on a plan to identify and map more of the land it owns. But not all the potential land. There are notable exclusions.
On December 11, 2015 at about 7PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle versus pedestrian on Highway 101 near milepost 6 (in Astoria).
Preliminary information indicates a 1987 Jeep Wrangler was traveling southbound on Highway 101 when it struck a pedestrian who was walking in the southbound lane of travel. The pedestrian, Michael M DENMAN, age 61, of Springfield was pronounced deceased on scene.
Monday morning the Warrenton Police Department was dispatched to a motor vehicle vs. pedestrian crash at S. Main Ave. and SW 9th Street. Dispatch advised that a 12-year old boy had been struck and injured by a vehicle. As Chief Mathew Workman arrived he found witnesses and off-duty Medix Ambulance personnel providing medical aid to the 12-year old boy until fire and the Medix ambulance arrived.
Missing person, Willard Shinabery, was located near the Astoria Roundabout in a drainage ditch. He was hypothermic and had superficial scratches, but was otherwise unharmed. Mr. Shinabery suffers from dementia and became the subject of a large scale search when he was reported missing Monday morning. He was last seen leaving the Astoria Cleaners on W Marine Dr around 6:30 am on foot