Thursday, April 24, 2014

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After announcing earlier this year that the Warrenton office for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality would be closed and records held by that office might find a home with Clatsop County, or end up a in a file drawer in Portland, or Pendelton, the agency contacted KAST News this morning to say that the Warrenton office will remain open after all.  The agency says the hours of operation will be cut.  

KAST News first reported the planned closure in April when contacted by local real estate agents who were very concerned over the closure.  The Warrenton office deals with local septic systems exclusively and all plans and approved permits are kept on file in that office. KAST learned that having regular access to those records is critical for the 18 local septic system installers, for the owners of homes on septic systems and for those building new systems, or planning additions.

A Clatsop County Narcotics Team investigation has led to the arrest of two subjects Monday afternoon on methamphetamine related charges. Drug Task Force detectives witnessed an ongoing high volume of drug related activity at the residence located at 940 3rd Avenue in Seaside, which is within 1,000 feet of the Broadway Middle School and appeared to be related to a significant amount of methamphetamine delivery in the area.

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The Astoria DMV field office will be closed the entire week of May 20 for repairs and updates to the interior. Also, all DMV offices, including headquarters, will be closed that Friday, May 24, for the statewide furlough and Monday, May 27, for Memorial Day.

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Due to street closures associated with the City of Astoria's Combined Sewer Outflow project, motorists will not be able to directly access the ballot drop-box in front of the Clatsop County Elections Division office

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Clatsop Community College's Maritime Science Program has received approval from the United States Coast Guard (USCG) as an approved Training Ship Program that allows those successfully completing the course of study to be credited with 360 days of sea service, training and testing towards an endorsement as Able Seaman Special (AB-Special) or Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels (OUPV) upon Near Coastal or Inland Waters.

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Two men have been cited on accusations of reckless burning after a fire in a slash pile got out of control in Clatsop County.

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Another weekend since ballots went out made little difference in voter participation. As of Tuesday voters in the May 21st Special Election had only returned 2057 ballots amounting to a 9.7% return.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Finding of No Significant Impact for its Environmental Assessment for adaptively managing predation on Caspian terns in the Lower Columbia River Estuary.  Based on the FONSI, no action will be taken to manage predation.

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