Washington lawmakers are preparing to vote on a state budget, just hours after making it available to the public.
In a news release Clatsop County says A familiar face is returning to the Clerk and Elections Office.County Manager Scott Somers announced that Maeve Kennedy Grimes will become County Clerk on Aug. 1.
The County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year Clatsop County budget, after amending the budget to add $7,500 in contributions to local social service agencies. The contributions, which totaled $30,000 in the 2012-13 budget year, were recommended for elimination in the upcoming budget as a cost-saving measure to improve the county's financial health.
The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Sturgell Fisheries of Warrenton, Ore., $11,500 for spilling nearly 675 gallons of oil when a crabbing vessel ran aground in Jan. 25 on the Long Beach Peninsula.
A National Weather Service spokeswoman says a modest tornado did indeed touch down near the tiny Oregon town of Birkenfeld in the North Oregon Coast Range.
"The hottest weather of the season is likely on the way for the Pacific Northwest this coming weekend, and it could get even hotter next week." So says Steve Pierce President, Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. in a news release pierce says "In fact, the entire western half of the country is about to bake under what could be a near record setting heatwave for some locations in the southwest.
Sunset Empire Transportation District Directors meet Thursday morning to hold a hearing on the proposed fiscal year budget that their Executive Director says focuses on stability for the organization. Jay Flint has had his hands full since replacing disgraced former Executive Director Cindy Howe in 2011.
Two rulings today from the Supreme Court will be celebrated by supporters of gay marriage. First, the court struck down a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, and ruled that legally-married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California. The justices ruled that opponents of gay marriage didn't have the right to appeal lower court rulings that struck down a ban on same-sex unions.
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