Tom Freel writes on the Coast Watch Blog:
Well now they've done it. As long as the thousands of Sea Lions that have been pouring into Astoria were just destroying Port mooring docks it was okay. In fact a few have suggested the town should welcome the massive influx and turn the whole thing into a tourist attraction. But there is a new development in this story that makes the situation far more like an invasion and far less like something that could join the goonies house as a tourist destination. MORE HERE
Astoria's unintended Sea lion sanctuary is begining to expand to include the city River Walk Trail. Astoria city councilor Zetty Nemlowill posted a picture of a Stellar Sea Lion that had taken up residence right in the middle of the trail along with a warnng note that the animals can be aggressive and to stay clear.
Astoria Police are searching for Anthony Victor Lane, a 30 year old St. Helens man, in conjunction with the gunpoint robbery in the 300 block of Alameda on April 3rd. Lane was identified as a suspect as a result of many sources of information developed during the investigation.
Astoria Police received a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Alameda. Officers responded with Astoria Fire and Medix Ambulance. Responding officers arrived and found two male subjects with head injuries and another that was affected by a chemical spray that was discharged in the house at the time of the assaults. Officers learned that at least two suspects entered the house and assaulted the occupants of the house at gunpoint. They struck two victims with firearms and batons causing significant injuries and taking items from the home. The suspects left in gold GMC Jimmy with pink decals. Astoria Police transported three victims to CMH for treatment.
Sheriff Tom Bergin was honored March 26th 2015 by the Western States Sheriff's Association as Sheriff of the year. The association includes the Sheriffs from 15 western states which include Washington to the Dakota's and from California to Texas all who were present and represented last week for their annual conference in Nevada.
A Clatsop County judge took the first step Monday in deciding a permanent home for two Seaside boys who police said were abused and tortured at the hands of their mother and her live-in boyfriend.
The Astoria Police Department is hosting the 8th Citizen Police Academy to start this coming June. Classes will be held everyWednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning June 24, 2015 and ending July 15, 2015. The Citizen Police Academy is open to community members who are interested in how their Astoria Police Department works.
Gearhart voters have decided to keep Mayor Diane Widdop in office. Widdop was the subject of recall effort that didn't hit home for citizens who voted down the recall by over 60% in the final unofficial tally Thursday might. Turn-out was a litle over 54% with 503 ballots counted.
"Environmentally friendly" usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of law enforcement. The Washington State Patrol is changing that.
WSP's Electronic Services Division has replaced traditional lead-acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cells at 15 of the agency's network radio towers across the state. With initially the same startup cost as lead-acid batteries, fuel cells provide WSP with all the same benefits while helping to preserve the environment.