Before Astorians turn on a tap for a morning shower, brew a cup of coffee, or start a load of laundry that water has already been at work as it flows down from the city watershed above Svenson turning a newly installed hydro electric turbine unit that was dedicated to service on Monday afternoon.
Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., lauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of rules that will protect the free and open Internet:
"Today is a win for everyone who uses the Internet. The interests of individual Americans triumphed over those of corporate monopolies. These strong new rules will preserve the Internet we know and love, where start-ups can thrive regardless of the size of their wallets, and where people are free to speak and share ideas. The drumbeat of four million individual voices helped save the Internet," Wyden said.
On February 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM, Astoria Police responded to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian at Marine Drive and 23rd. Officers found a vehicle driven by 91 year old Astoria resident Nels Rasmussen which had a damaged windshield and a pedestrian, 33 year old Astoria resident Tyson Ybarra who was complaining of pain and had a small laceration to his head. Ybarra was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital.
A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is establishing a Danger Zone in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, Oregon.
The danger zone will be in force only during weapons range training activities scheduled and managed by Oregon National Guard personnel at Camp Rilea. No person or vessel will be allowed in the danger zone when restrictions are in force. A schedule of proposed area closures will be furnished to the U.S. Coast Guard Astoria Command Center one week before training activities commence.
The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking public comment on its plan to accept funds from Clatsop Diking Improvement Company #9 on behalf of Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas. The Portland District will review Oregon LNG's proposed request to modify federally constructed flood risk reduction projects, to include horizontal directional drilling, auger boring, or over-crossing operations across such projects; and review potential effects to the Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel of horizontal directional drilling and dredging to create a ship turning basin.
In the days since the report of an assault on the Astoria Riverwalk, Astoria Police have developed information that casts doubt on the initial report. Chief Brad Johnston said, "Given the number of provably false statements that the reporting party has made, there is no reason to believe that an attack by a stranger occurred. This portion of her report has been clearly recanted."
Today, according to Oregon Republicans, the Oregon Department of Revenue released the latest revenue forecast, predicting enough additional tax revenue to trigger the "kicker" and return an expected $349 million to Oregon taxpayers. "Boosted by lower energy prices leading to more disposable income, Oregon's economy is on the rise, and the voter-enacted kicker will boost this prosperity," said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day).