At 9:46 AM, on February 1, 2015, Astoria Police were notified by the caretaker for the Astoria Column of an item that was suspicious. Officers responded and located a large diameter pipe that was at least partially filled with concrete. As a precaution, Astoria Police asked the few people at the column to leave and closed the park to the public.
The board adopted the Clatsop Vision 2030Together. The Vision, crafted with assistance from consultants Zenn Associates and developed through a long public outreach effort that included interviews, community workshops and surveys, provides a roadmap for where citizens hope to see the county in 15-20 years. It includes an overarching vision and core community values, as well as visions for each of six focus areas: Economy and Jobs; Arts, Culture and History; Health, Safety and Resilience; Education and Learning; Environmental, Natural Resources and Recreation; and Community Development and Planning.
Is the Port of Astoria broken? A group of local citizens, including former Port Commissioners think so.
They have formed a committee "To Restore, Rebuild, and Revitalize the Port of Astoria" with the goal of changing the way Port Commissioners are selected. Currently, the commissioners all serve at large and all county voters make that decision. The citizens committee dubbed "CRRPA" wants those commissioners appointed by the State Governor's office out of a pool of candidates selected by the elected city councils and the county commission.
Mayor Arline LaMear announced her appointments to various city committees and commissions expressing her thanks to all those who filed applications. She made fourteen new appointments and reappointed eleven members. She said out of the 35 applications there were many strong candidates. She says this makes for a very strong pool to select from when future vacancies occur.
As the Seattle Seahawks return to the Super Bowl for the second year in a row, the 12th Man's quest to attend the big game will prove to be expensive and difficult.
DUII discussions are back on the agenda at tonight's Astoria City Council meeting, as we have previously reported, Mayor LaMear requested that the topic be placed on tonight's agenda. Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis wants all driving under the influence cases to be cited by Astoria Police into Circuit Court instead of the city court and the council's refusal resulted in a court case that found that the DA does have the authority to take those cases but the city is within it's right to have those cases heard in municipal court.
Astoria Police have published their Annual Report. the report summarizes statistical information and reviews projects and programs over the last several years. The report was submitted first to the Astoria City Council and is included in the Council packet for the Council meeting scheduled for January 20th.
The Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 George and Ford Awards. The George Award is given to two qualified candidates: David Reid, outgoing Chamber board president and proprietor of Aflac of Astoria, and Willis Van Dusen, former Astoria Mayor. The Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award recipients for 2014 are Carl and Dianne Burkhart, employees of NW Natural and TLCFederal Credit Union, respectively.
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici joined Education Secretary Arne Duncan at a Washington, D.C. elementary school today to emphasize the need to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). The law, which was last reauthorized in 2001 with the passage of the No Child Left Behind Act, outlines federal education policy and provides funding for certain programs in the nation's public schools.
The ConnectOregon V Final Review Committee met on Tuesday in Portland to review the list of qualified applications for the approximate $4 million in remaining ConnectOregon funds. Topping the list is the Port of St. Helens Berth 2, Beaver Dock Reconstruction for $2 million, followed by the City of Eugene Bike Share program for $909,066 and the Teevin Bros. Rail Intermodal Consolidation project in Rainier for $2.3 million.
On January 4, 2015, troopers in Lewis County were called to a two vehicle collision on State Route 12 involving a passenger car and semi-truck. The driver of the passenger car, Mr. Jay Sume of Randle, WA, was fatality injured when the vehicle he was driving crossed the center line, impacting the front of the semi-truck. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
This fatality collision presented another obstacle for troopers. The wife of Mr. Sume arrived on scene after reading a message of the incident on the social media site FaceBook. Troopers were not prepared to notify Mrs. Sume of the death of her husband, or answer questions on how the death occurred when she arrived on scene. Investigators were still collecting evidence and determing a preliminary cause of the incident. Troopers were extremely concerned the final images Mrs. Sume would remember of her husband would have an emotionally lasting impact. Troopers were faced with the difficult task of telling Mrs. Sume her husband had died while she looked at the wreckage of the scene.