Digging will remain closed on ocean beaches for the remainder of the razor clam season because of elevated toxin levels, state shellfish managers announced today. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has canceled two openings that were tentatively scheduled to start May 15 and May 22 due to high levels of domoic acid. WDFW canceled three days of a four-day dig earlier this month due to elevated toxin levels.
Astoria Police Department has received credible information of a sighting of Russell Wayne Deviney in Seaside Oregon during the evening of Tuesday, 05/12/2015. A person believed to be Deviney entered the U Street Pub. A still photo of the subject can be seen here. The subject reportedly had a balding head with short hair and appeared to have recently shaved his mustache. Astoria Police continued to search for the suspect, Russell Wayne Deviney of Evertt Washington. He remains at large. The 15 year old victim he is suspected of abducting has been reunited with her family. They will be returning home to Sanger California.
Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire at the mouth of the Columbia River, Wednesday. A rescue boatcrew from Station Cape Disappointment arrived after the fire was extinguished by onboard suppressant systems and reportedly secured any source of potential pollution while towing the disabled, 34-foot vessel to Ilwaco, Washington.
Astoria Police continued to search for the suspect, Russell Wayne Deviney of Evertt Washington. He remains at large. The 15 year old victim has been reunited with her family. They will be returning home to Sanger California.
Police did locate a candid photo of the suspect and provide that here in this update. Astoria Police will be working with authorities from Sanger and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on further follow up and releases of information.
On 05/11/2015 at 7:32 P.M. Astoria Police Department responded to McDonald's in Astoria to a report that a 15 year old female was reporting that she had been kidnapped. The teen was listed as missing from Sanger California and the FBI was assisting in the search for the missing teen. The child has been placed in protective custody while her parents respond from their home in Sanger California.
"Tonight CMH and the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute are pleased to announce that radiation therapy will soon be available on the north coast". The room explodes with applause, cheers and whistles as Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Eric Thorsen makes the long awaited announcement at Saturday's Denim and Diamonds Hospital Foundation fundraising event that makes official yet another expansion in local services provided through the hospital's close relationship with one of Oregon's leading medical facilities.
The Coast Guard is asking for the public's help to put a stop to the vandalism of aids to navigation throughout the Pacific Northwest. Several navigational lights in the region have been vandalized rendering them inoperable or limiting their visibility.
Anyone who took part in the recreational razor clam dig from coastal beaches from Long Beach north to Kalaloch on Thursday, May 7 should destroy all razor clams harvested due to high levels of the marine toxin, domoic acid.
On Tuesday May 5 the Clatsop Community College (CCC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) received the "SBDC Excellence and Innovation Award," presented each year by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)to an outstanding SBDC for providing exceptional value to small businesses, and advancing program delivery and management through innovation.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew and local responders medvaced a reportedly unconscious hiker suffering from heat exhaustion from Saddle Mountain near Seaside, Saturday.
An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, hoisted the 24-year-old female hiker and safely transferred her to medical personnel at Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria.
Beachgoers should watch for new numbered signs along the shore, part of a beach safety project coordinated by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) to help emergency personnel respond quickly.
Since 2008, OPRD has installed bright yellow signs with bold black letters at state, county and federal beach accesses from the Columbia River jetty to Crissey Field at the California border. Numbered 1 through 197, the signs are designed to be easily visible by beachgoers who can relay the number to a 911 dispatcher in an emergency. Dispatchers have GPS information needed to direct first responders quickly to the emergency.