27 seconds: that’s how long potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist after a driver dials, changes music or sends a text using voice commands on a voice-activated system, according to surprising new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The results raise new and unexpected concerns regarding the use of phones and vehicle information systems while driving.
On Wednesday the Astoria Community Development Department showed some very preliminary design plans for Heritage square in an effort to collect public input. Develpment Director Kevin Cronin told KAST news that approximately 150 people dropped in to take a look and offer comment. The exhibit, held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, illustrated some ideas for building a new 18,000 square foot city library with an off-set second and third floor that would contain apartments.
The Astoria City Council packed three meetings into one night Monday with an early start for a workshop on how to plan strategically. One of the council goals for this fiscal year is to develop a visioning/strategic plan for the town and staff wanted to know which kind of plan the council wants. Consultant Erik Jensen gave the council members a presentation discussing the differences in vision planning as opposed to strategic planning.
Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is officially rolling out "Tsunami Safe: Hospitality Begins with Safety," a free program that focuses on tsunami awareness in the hospitality industry along the Oregon Coast.
The New Youngs Bay Bridge was closed overnight for repairs this past weekend but that did stop one man from trying to cross the bridge according to police. At about 12:28 a.m. Monday morning Astoria Police responded to a report that a driver had driven through barricades set up to block southbound Highway 101 at the New Young’s Bay Bridge for bridge repairs.
The Clatsop County board, at the recommendation of Community Development Department staff, voted unanimously to table indefinitely an ordinance adopting the proposed Tsunami Hazard Overlay, a new land-use designation designed to reduce the local threat to life and property from an offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Covering the unincorporated areas of the county identified as being at risk of tsunami inundation, the overlay would have restricted the development of certain specified uses including hospitals, schools and public safety facilities while allowing most other uses, including residential. READ TOM FREEL'S Commentary
At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, Oregonians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" for the world's largest earthquake drill, "The Great ShakeOut!" The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and partners throughout the state have been encouraging individuals and families, schools, businesses, tribal, local, state and federal governments, health care organizations, and more to participate in the nationwide earthquake drill.
A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment medically assisted a 28-year-old male who was reportedly experiencing symptoms of a seizure aboard a 70-foot fishing vessel approximately 12 miles northwest of the Columbia River entrance, Tuesday night.
WSP troopers assigned to District 8 Bremerton, which encompasses Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, are taking active enforcement on motorists who violate the recently active Marijuana in Vehicles law. The law, which went into effect September 26, 2015, makes it officially illegal to consume or carry open containers of marijuana or marijuana infused products in vehicles upon a highway. “Open” means the original package, container or receptacle that has been opened and the seal broken or contents partially removed.
Skipanon Brand Seafoods LLC of Warrenton, Oregon is voluntarily recalling all lots and sizes of its canned seafood products, due to a possible contamination.
According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the seafood "has the potential to be contaminated with Clostridium botulinum, a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death."
the FDA warned consumers not to use the product even if it does not look or smell spoiled.
The Coast Guard would like to caution beach-goers and mariners to remain vigilant of significant weather conditions that will pass along the Pacific Northwest coast this weekend.
Remnants of Hurricane Oho are predicted to cause unusually high ocean swells giving potential to cause breaking waves over jetties along south facing beaches and heads. The waves may also result in beach erosion across areas that don’t commonly see impacts from wave action.
“Surfers, swimmers and recreational boaters must pay close attention to these dangerous surf conditions,” said Capt. David Berliner, deputy commander, Sector Columbia River. “People should also stay off the rocks near the shoreline until surf conditions normalize.”
Marine Information Broadcasts on VHF-FM radio channel 16 are conducted by the Coast Guard when hazardous bar conditions and restrictions are put into place or lifted. Mariners are strongly encouraged to monitor VHF-FM radio channel 16 for all notices and weather updates.
Radio station 1610 AM provides continual broadcast of bar conditions, bar restrictions and local weather in port areas of Columbia River, Tillamook Bay, Depoe Bay, Yaquina Bay, Siuslaw River, Umpua River, Coos Bay and Chetco River.
Additionally, information about bar conditions and closures can be found on Twitter @USCGPacificNW.