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The Astoria City Council mulled over the proposal to impose a three dollar per meter per month parks fee on residential water users last night once again and came away with a different directive to city staff.  City Councilor Bruce Jones says there has been a lot of community discussion about that fee proposal and the idea of imposing it on water bills for homeowners and not commercial businesses.  In the case of apartments and condos, there may only be one water meter serving the complex missing those apartment dwellers

 

(Note: This story is not about something that happened here or about one of our local Coast Guard neighbors, but we offer it as testimony to the character of Coast Guard personnel in general as it demonstrates why they are a welcome part of our community and why Astoria is proud to be designated a Coast Guard City.  tf)

Kicking a plume of dust into the morning air, a Chevy Tahoe veered off Route 17 South, hit a ditch, rolled and ejected its driver. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Nancy Wilson witnessed the accident as she was headed north on the same highway June 7. Like most mornings, she was on her way to drop her 20-month old daughter Ayla at daycare, then to her job as a storekeeper at Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City in North Carolina.

 

Clatsop Community College student Alex Lyon has been named a Ford Scholar for 2017.  The Ford Family Foundation selected Alex from among 5883 applicants.  The prestigious Ford Scholars Program is open to high school seniors and community college students who are ready to transfer to a four-year institution.

Clatsop Community Action Team (CAT) picks up a property in Alderbrook, thanks to the county commission, to possibly use for low-income housing.  The property was acquired by the county through tax foreclosure and had been on its way to auction before the board directed staff to withdraw the property from bidding in March and look for other alternatives.

The commissioners also upped the amount they will spend for dispersal to local non-profits when the new fiscal year kicks in next month. The proposed budget was $7500.00. The board voted to bump that figure up to $15,000.

 

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony, Friday, at 10 a.m., at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria.

 

"There's a lot going on in our town", says newly appointed Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer as he sat down with KAST's Tom Freel to talk about the city this week in a broadcast interview.

Balensifer follows in the footsteps of his grandmother Barbara “Barb” Balensifer who served as the town Mayor during its recent history.  Henry Balensifer was selected by his commissioners to fill out the term of Mark Kujala who stepped down from the position recently. Balensifer has already announced his intention to run for a full term as he takes on the final year and a half of this appointed term.

For the past decade, a local volunteer organization that began quite small and little known here has become a leader in providing something fundamental to bolstering self-esteem and a sense of worth in hundreds of school children.

Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after a shooting occurred at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. 

 “This morning several innocent people, including some of my Congressional colleagues, were attacked as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game. I thank the brave Capitol Police Officers and Alexandria Police for their response to this horrific shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with Whip Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police officers, Congressional aides, and others who were wounded this morning, and I wish them each a full and speedy recovery.

 “The annual Congressional Baseball Game is a tradition and an opportunity for members of Congress, their staff, and families to come together and raise money for charity. I’m confident in the collective strength of my colleagues as we stand together against this cowardly, criminal act.”

It wasn’t the nicest day as far as the weather in Seaside Saturday but, a very good day for Seaside Kids Inc. as the team from Ohana Media Group (OMG) orchestrated the 10th annual Ducky Derby which raised over $3200.00 and since 2009 has raised over $35,000 for the local nonprofit athletic program.

Saturday afternoon (6/10/17) around 2:30 PM a Seaside woman lost her life in a head-on crash on Highway 101. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded near milepost 14.  Officials say alcohol may have been a factor in that fatal crash.

On Monday a deputy from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Carnahan Park, in the Cullaby Lake area of rural Warrenton. The caller reported finding a damaged headstone, which was discarded near the boat launch. Sheriff Tom Bergin asks for the public's help to catch the person(s) who perpetrated the crime and to identify the broken stone so it can be restored.

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