Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted against a bill that would remove 4 million Americans from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She opposed the $39 billion cut, citing the devastating impact it would have on families still struggling to earn a living wage following the recent recession. Bonamici also opposed a $20 billion cut to the program that was considered in June as part of the 2013 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947). That bill was defeated by a significant bipartisan majority.
The U.S. Coast Guard detained motor vessel Stargold Trader to its berth in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, until the safety deficiencies found onboard are corrected by the vessel's crew. Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, discovered the discrepancies during a routine inspection of the 618-foot Panamanian flagged vessel.
Friday night, the Astoria High School Athletic Department is honoring current and former Astoria District Staff Members as part of Faculty & Staff Night sponsored by Van Dusen Beverages. All current and former staff members (teachers, custodians, mechanics, bus drivers, instructional aides, librarians, and all district employees) are invited to attend Friday's home football game vs. W.F. West (Chehalis, WA). Kickoff is set for 7:00 P.M. Doors open to the general public at 6:00 P.M. but the west gate (by the locker rooms) will be open at 5:30 P.M. for a pre-game celebration for all current and former staff members.
Fall officially arrives this weekend and mother nature intends to let us all know about it. A series of early fall storms will plow through the Pacific Northwest this weekend and into next week. Forecast models are in agreement that the first system will arrive Friday evening, with an even stronger system on tap for Sunday. Daytime high temperatures Saturdaythrough Tuesday may drop 15-20 degrees below where they are today (Thursday).
It's anything but certain given the changing demands on Congress at the moment, but Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's office reports they have scheduled her to come to the North Coast next week to continue her latest intiative.
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley held a Senate hearing this week in the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the Banking Committee to raise awareness about families across Oregon whose flood insurance rates are skyrocketing or who are being forced to buy flood insurance even though they weren't required to in the past. Congress passed flood insurance reforms last year to modernize the program, but since the legislation passed, many middle class families have been burdened by steep rate increases that make it difficult to stay in their homes or sell their homes.
What do baby strollers, tractor tires and Santa Claus have in common? These unique items were all found discarded alongside Oregon waterways by SOLVE volunteers at last year's Beach and Riverside Cleanup. On September 28, 2013 thousands of Oregonians are needed to once again scour beaches, rivers and parks before fall rains wash debris into storm drains and out to sea.
This Friday, September 20, the Astoria High School Athletic Department is honoring current and former Astoria District Staff Members as part of Faculty & Staff Night sponsored by Van Dusen Beverages. All current and former staff members (teachers, custodians, mechanics, bus drivers, instructional aides, librarians, and all district employees) are invited to attend Friday's home football game vs. W.F. West (Chehalis, WA).
On September 16, 2013 Astoria Police responded to the foot of 9th Street to a report of two men fighting. When Officer Duryea arrived he found two men fighting. As one man struck the other Officer Duryea challenged them. The man, Daniel B Jones, a 19 year old transient, who was striking the other fled when challenged. He ran on the elevated trestle behind Pier 11 and jumped over the railing on the south side of the trestle. There is a substantial drop on the south side that at the time had exposed rocks below it. Jones then entered the water under Pier 11. Other officers responded to the scene. Jones was located as he came out of the water about fifteen minutes later.
Coast Guard pollution response crews are responding to a partially submerged and grounded 26-foot pleasure boat with an unknown amount of fuel an board north of Kelley Point on the Columbia River, Monday.
Coast Guard Sector Columbia River incident management division personnel are coordinating the response to the vessel, including contracting responders to address and remove any pollution threat to the maritime environment.
Pacific and Clatsop Counties are known throughout the region for their tourist attractions, but have you visited these sites? If it has been awhile since you've taken the time to "be a local tourist," the Hometown Tourism Day on Saturday, September 28 might be just the ticket for you. Several local sites are working together to offer free or reduced admissions or special programs on this day to encourage their neighbors to come and see what they have to offer. Here is a list of the special activities available this third annual Hometown Tourism Day.
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