Astoria Police arrested Jesse Allan Pitts, age 32, of Astoria Wednesday on two counts of Burglary I. The arrest was based on follow up initiated by Officer Matt Clausen. The Astoria Police Department has received reports, since the beginning of November, of a male subject being found either in houses or on porches. In some cases the reports were made by part time residents who found evidence that someone had been living inside their residence. In one case the subject had actually broken through an interior wall.
Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched Tuesday evening to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as DAVID WEISS, 68, of Forest Grove, and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant, identified as EDWARD VAUGHN, 59, of Portland, died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Investigators indicated Vaughn was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.
OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.
It's not often that the Oregon LNG project surfaces for public scrutiny. This is one of those times. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a notice seeking public comment on environmental permits for the project planned for Warrenton's Skipanon Peninsula and an associated 87 mile long pipeline that would stretch from the proposed plant to a connection with the Northwest pipeline near Woodland, Washington.
Oregon State Employment reports local labor statistics monthly and indicates Clatsop County's rate of unemployment is 6.0%. That's lower than the Statewide rate of 7.1% after adjustments were made for September's figures. The State reports that the number of unemployed people still on the roles is the fourth lowest in Oregon.
After months of collaborating with local and regional transportation planning organizations, the Washington State Department of Transportation is ready to present its annual list of future statewide transportation-improvement projects to the public for review and comment.
Members of Congress from South Carolina joined Oregon lawmakers in calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to keep facilities in Oregon and South Carolina from closing next month.
The city of Astoria has won it's case in appellate court over the district attorney's demand that all dui cases be sited directly to circuit court. Mayor Van Dusen said that the city was congratulated by the League of Oregon Cities for that win and city attorney Blair Henningsgaard said the ruling is a win for municipal independence from state control.
The city parks and rec department has a win of it's own with the volunteer program started this year to clean up parks. In a presentation last night volunteer coordinator Janice Galizio told the city council that giant dumpsters of debris was removed, fresh cedar chips in the thousands of pounds were added to playgrounds and the city cemetery got a sprucing up as well. The CHIP-IN program raised nearly $7000.00 in donations.
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the City of Gearhart want your vote -- on the name of a trail, that is. The newly-designed trail is adjacent to Gearhart Ocean State Recreation Area at Little Beach. Over the past two years, park officials have worked with City of Gearhart to create a new, single trail that accesses the beach to the north of the shorebird conservation area. It was designed to encourage shorebird nesting near the Necanicum Estuary.
The list of possible names comes from entries dreamed up by children in grades 2-5 at Gearhart Elementary School. OPRD and Gearhart city officials thought that local schoolchildren would be the perfect trail "owners," so they reached out to the principal and teachers at Gearhart Elementary School, and turned the whole thing into a contest. The kids came up with more than 30 names, which were narrowed down to 10.
Diggers will have plenty of opportunity to put razor clams on the Thanksgiving table during a week-long dig that begins Nov. 20. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening, which runs throughNov. 26, after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.
Astoria City Manager Brett Estes Friday announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Brad Johnston as Chief of Police / Assistant City Manager. Johnston has been serving as Interim Chief since October 20, 2014. According to Department records dating to 1876, he will become the 33rd Police Chief. Johnston takes over from Chief Peter Curzon who retired effective October 31, 2014 after 6 years leading the department.