Listening to the Astoria City Council discussing the rules for the latest phase of the River Front Vision Plan is a little like watching someone carefully picking their way through a minefield. Obviously keeping in mind the possible unintended consequences of passing land use regulations and building codes that could end up preventing something good from happening, while attempting to keep the very vocal public packing meetings since this discussion began feeling their concerns are met, has been challenging.
A missing child has caught the attention of the U.S. Attorney's Office Western District of Washington State and the FBI. Authorities are asking the public to be on the look out for a white sailboat named "Draco" with a red stripe down the side . It is believed that the operator of the boat, 46-year-old Jeffrey Ford Hanson has abducted his nine year son Billy and may be making way for the San Juans, Mexico, or possibly Tahiti. Billy is described as 4 feet tall and 90 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes, and was last seen wearing black knee-length surf shorts with no shirt or shoes. His father, Jeffrey Ford Hanson is a 46 year old white male, 5 feet 5 inches, 160 pounds with blond hair and blue eyes. Jeffrey is a known drug abuser and extremely volatile and authorities are gravely concerned about the child's safety. Billy Hanson was due to return to his mother in Pennsylvania on September Fourth but never boarded the flight. If you have any information please CALL FBI at (206) 622-0460 or 911
On September 15, 2014 at 10:40am Warrenton Police Officers went to 248 SE Anchor Ave to accompany an electrical inspector while the residence was inspected. This is the same residence that was raided by the FBI and Clatsop CountySheriff's Office on September 4th.
On September 14, 2014, Loren C. Tarabochia age 41 of Warrenton, Oregon, was arrested on multiple charges that included burglary in the second degree, felon in possession of a weapon, attempted sodomy in the third degree and solicitation from a minor. Seaside Police Department Detectives and the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office joined together after obtaining information that Tarabochia was involved in committing multiple commercial burglaries in the Clatsop County area. Detectives were able to use the information obtained to link Tarabochia to burglaries in Seaside, Astoria and Warrenton. Detectives used that information to obtain multiple search warrants associated with the address of 1515 S. Main, in Warrenton, where detectives recovered stolen property and evidence of burglary. The Warrenton Police Department and Detectives from the Astoria Police Department also assisted in the investigation. Detectives are working with the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office as the case is still under investigation. Tarabochia was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail and additional charges are pending.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Detective Jason Goodding at the Seaside Police Department.
By Nicole Bales, KAST News
According to World Health Organization air pollution is now considered a class one carcinogen- the same category as cigarettes- leading to 3.3 million premature deaths every year.
ChemiSense, a startup based out of Berkeley, California, is taking a solution based approach to air pollution by giving everybody the ability to identify pollutants wherever they are.
They've created chemical sensors, called chemiresistors, that are smaller, cheaper and wider in scope than any others that currently exist.
Citizens Helping Improve Parks (CHIP-in) is hosting its last clean-up party of the year at14th and Grand Playground, across from the former Star of the Sea School. It will take place on Sunday,October 5th from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Along with the clean-up, CHIP-in is seeking "high-fives" from thecommunity in the form of $5.00 contributions to see the program through the 2015 season.
Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays open Sept. 15 and, judging from the number of ocean coho being caught off the Oregon coast, fishery managers are anticipating a great season.
Time is running out to return ballots for the Sept. 16 special election.
The election is for the District 5 seat on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. Only registered voters in District 5 are eligible to vote in this election.
Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.
Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.
Two Astoria men pled guilty last month and were sentenced in three different counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful purchasing and selling of fish and crab.
In January 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers began an investigation involving two men who operated Oceanic Logistics, LLC, identified as DANA MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 51, and SEAN MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 26. The company did not have a wholesale fish dealer license due to unpaid State landing fees.
The Chinook Indian Nation is disputing legislation proposed in Congress to federally recognize the Clatsop-Nehalems. KAST News received a letter from the Chinooks this morning detailing their objections and we publish it here unedited: