The Sunset Empire Transportation District, Board of Commissioners, announced today their appointment of Jeff Hazen as the new Executive Director for the District. Mr. Hazen brings many years of experience in financial and operational management, marketing and customer service to the District. Mr. Hazen has served in local government as a Clatsop County Commissioner and Warrenton Mayor and is an active member of several community organizations. Mr. Hazen lives in the Hammond area and will start work at the District on September 29th.
Clatsop County is seeking applications for an upcoming vacancy on the county Planning Commission.The Planning Commission holds land-use hearings, implements the county's zoning ordinances and comprehensive land-use plan and advises the Board of Commissioners on land-use issues. The Planning Commission regularly meets the second Tuesday of each month in Astoria.
The Clatsop beaches will re-open to razor clamming Oct. 1 following the annual conservation closure.
During the razor clam conservation closure, ODFW conducted stock assessment surveys to determine the status and health of the population. From July 15 to Sept. 30ODFW staff collected information about the distribution, abundance, and sizes of razor clams. Similar surveys have been conducted annually since 2004.
Septic inspection program
The board heard a presentation from Environmental Health Supervisor Mike McNickle on the county's on-site sewer disposal inspection program. Since the county assumed responsibility for the program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in June, the Public Health and Community Development departments, which administer it, have worked to improve responsiveness for applications, McNickle said, including a one-week turn-around goal for applications.
On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will join federal, state, and local emergency planners as well as residents and visitors at the Cannon Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair. The fair, which will be held at one of the city's cache sites for emergency supplies, is an opportunity to learn about local tsunami education and planning activities and to highlight how important coordinated emergency planning is for Oregon's ability to respond to and recover from a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.
On Monday, September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:32 p.m. an apartment fire was reported at 150 S. Wahanna, apartment 7A. Automatic aid responded from Gearhart, Cannon Beach and Hamlet to assist Seaside Fire Department.
Shortly after arriving on scene, the call was expanded to a second alarm.
On September 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM Astoria Police Responded to a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash at 15th and Commercial. When they arrived they found the vehicle and pedestrian out of the intersection. The pedestrian was treated on scene by Astoria Fire and Medix but refused transfer to the hospital.
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.