Monday, April 21, 2014

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Clatsop County Government depends greatly on the selfless dedication of volunteer citizens who devoted over 20,000 hours of time to numerous committees and programs last year alone which the county values at over $463,000.  Each year the County Commissioners devote time to recognizing those volunteers and emphasizing their importance during a regular commission meeting.  Commission Chair Peter Huhtala said that Wednesday's event has become his favorite meeting of the year.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Clatsop County, local police, fire, rescue, hospitals and other agencies conducted a Mass Rescue and Maritime Security exercise on the Astoria waterfront Wednesday.The exercise focused on initial response actions and interagency cooperation during a significant on-water event and provided the response community an opportunity to improve preparedness and practice command and control in the field within an incident command/unified command framework.

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A planned reorganization of some administrative offices proposed by Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers will save money while increasing efficiency, he said.  On Wednesday the county Board of Commissioners held the first reading of an ordinance enacting the plan. A final vote is scheduled for April 24.The plan was prompted by the move in December of former Assistant County Manager Nicole Williams to the County Clerk position, and the departure of former Central Services Department Director Mike Robison in March.

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Work in Downtown Astoria on the latest phase of the multi-year, multi-million dollar sewer separation CSO project is on schedule according to the city.  Street work to place new storm water pipes  and rebuild streets and sidewalks continues with additional areas under construction next week.

Crews will continue work within the 8th St and Commercial intersection. That intersection is expected to be open to traffic on Monday, April 22nd. The city says pavement removal and utility installation will begin on 8th Street between Commercial and Duane this coming Monday. The intersection of 8th and Duane will be open to traffic during this work. Storm pipe installation on 10th Street between Duane and Exchange, and on Exchange between 9th and 10th Streets will be taking place with storm pipe installation may begin on 10th Street between Irving and Jerome towards the end of the week.

The City will host its second Community Meeting for the Astoria Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at theLiberty Theater, McTavish Room (1203 Commercial Street). The City's updated Transportation System Plan will guide improvements to roads, trails, and other transportation facilities over the next 20 years.

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Fourteen public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the future of the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada. The Portland meeting will be held April 16th and another in Seattle on May 2nd. The Columbia River Treaty has served as a model of international cooperation since 1964, bringing significant flood control and power generation benefits to both countries.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 26 in the Coast Range west of Manning in Columbia County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and serious injury to her husband who was driving the vehicle. 

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What appears to be another part of a torii (sacred arch) was removed from the ocean shore near Florence about mid-day on April 9, 2013. Leisure Excavating from Florence transported it from the Siuslaw River South Jetty to a nearby state park maintenance compound for safekeeping.

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