Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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A local business leader has been named grand marshal of Warrenton's Old Fashioned Fourth of July Parade. The theme for 2014 is "Small Town, Big Heart." Don Patterson, who owns three mini-marts in Astoria and Warrenton, is an active member of the community, volunteering and contributing to various civic, youth and sports activities.


On Monday afternoon the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office sent units to the Spruce Run County Park for a water rescue. It was reported that a man was in the Nehalem River and was struggling to stay afloat and others on scene were attempting to rescue him.


So far the Primary election is on track to be as lackluster for many voters as past non-presidential primaries have been.  Unless you happen to live in one of the three districts electing a county commissioner, there's little reason to turn in a ballot and that's especially true if you are a democrat.  The Clatsop County Clerks' office reports as of Tuesday morning 26.69% of all eligible voters had returned ballots.


Deputies were dispatched to contact 87 year-old Wilma Hayne, of Svenson, at her son-in-law's residence Saturday. Wilma reported she left her residence in fear for her life. Wilma's son, 52 year-old Ole Marvin Hayne, moved into her residence against h er wishes. Wilma was able to flee the residence once Ole fell asleep. Ole used fear and intimidation to control Wilma's daily life whereas she wasn't free to act on her own.


Time is running out to return ballots for the May 20 primary election. Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted.


On May 10, 2014 the Seaside Police Department responded to a report of two juveniles, ages fourteen and fifteen in possession of illegal explosives. Officers were able to determine that the juveniles were in possession of two Railroad Torpedoes, a small explosive charge used as a signaling device by the railroad. These explosives are illegal to possess without proper permits and were seized for later disposal.


A large crowd of excited supporters gathered in the intersection of 11th and Duane in downtown Astoria on a drizzly Saturday morning to attend the dedication and grand opening of the long awaited Garden of Surging Waves.  "Today we are dedicating a beautiful park that tells a story" said Mayor Willis Van Dusen, "It's a story about American pioneers who came here from China to make Astoria, and the Northwest, a better place to live." In his opening remarks the Mayor said the story was never told properly,  "In fact, I think intentionaly, the story of the contribution of the Chinese-Americans was a mistake we are correcting now"


The Clatsop County Budget Committee on Wednesday approved a budget for the upcoming fiscal year that furthers the push for long-term financial stability.  The Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget totals $52,425,220, an increase of 0.5 percent over the current year.

A public hearing on the budget before the Board of Commissioners will be held June 11, with final adoption set for June 25.


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