Road construction on U.S. 30 is moving westward now with crews wrapping up work East of Clatskanie and heading toward Astoria which will mean some traffic delays. The work consists of repaving the roadway along U.S. 30 between Clatskanie and Astoria and identifies the area as Wonderly – Swedetown & Gnat Creek – Burnside Lp affecting the areas from mile post 50.34 to 60.91 and 79.52 to 87.66.
The Clatsop County District Attorney's Office has announced that Murder charges have been filed against Christian Wilkins, age 37 and Adeena Copell, age 40 in Clatsop County Circuit Court Wednesday for the homicide of Howard Vinge, age 71, whose body was found wrapped in material by the side of US Highway 30 about 3 miles east of Astoria on September 30, 2016. Both Wilkins and Copell were Clatsop County residents.
In an effort to recapture more unused prescription medications sitting in medicine cabinets in Clatsop county Columbia Memorial Hospital, in cooperation with the Clatsop Pacific Coordinated Care Agency, are making a new collection site available in the Park Medical Building.
Unused prescription drug drop off sites have been available locally for several years but only at police stations. In a news release CMH spokesman Paul Mitchell states, “Prior to a regulation change by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in late 2014, police departments were the only drop-off locations for unused medications. As a result, most people resorted to throwing medication in the trash, flushing them down the toilet or storing them at home.”
A pilot project to install a new feature for downtown Astoria gained council approval Monday night. The “Parklet” project on 11th street is being undertaken by the property owners and will be located adjacent to the sidewalk fronting Cargo and the Imogen Gallery. The parklet is no wider than a parking space and in this case will extend to cover one parking space and what is normally a designated loading zone which will make this parklet about 40 feet long. Under normal circumstances a parklet would only take up one on-street parking space. The completed design offers ADA access and a perimeter fence on the street side. It will feature seating and it is intended for public use. The construction is composed of recycled wood and the flooring is made from recycled plastic bottles. This is a temporary installation that can be removed at anytime either by the owners or at city direction. This is a two year pilot project to test the concept.
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the death of an adult male whose body was found near US Highway 30 approximately 4 miles east of Astoria on Friday afternoon, September 30. The deceased has been identified as 71-year-old HOWARD DANIEL VINGE of Newport, Oregon. Mr. Vinge was known by family and friends as "Dan."
On September 30, 2016, at about 4:42 p.m., OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single-vehicle rollover crash on Highway 53, near milepost 1 (ten miles southeast of Seaside). Preliminary investigation revealed, a silver Oldsmobile coupe, operated by Connie Kay Henry, age 59, of Seaside, was traveling southbound on Highway 53 near milepost 1, when for an unknown reason drifted off the southbound shoulder, overcorrected and lost control.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has agreed to a five year moratorium on a clean up that would lead to the closure of Astoria Marine Construction Company.
DEQ Project Manager Robert Williams writes in a letter to owner Tim Fastabend:
"While DEQ would prefer to see cleanup move forward expeditiously, we are sensitive to the concerns of the community and are prepared to act on CEDRs proposal and consider delaying the cleanup for up to five years. This delay would afford the community of Astoria and affected stakeholders more time to plan for the eventual closure of AMCCO’s shipways and explore opportunities to develop a new shipyard".
This delay is an important victory for several local groups that testified to the importance of allowing enough time to find a workable alternative to the old shipyard that faces closure over longstanding pollution issues.
The radio stations of Ohana Media group participate in sponsoring food drives each year to help restock food banks just ahead of the holiday season. This year we are supporting two drives and encourage our listeners to pitch in to help those who may find the holidays a little tougher because of seasonal changes in local employment.
The North end of 11th street between Commercial and Marine Drive is already quite festive with creatively painted buildings and lights strung across the street providing a connection between the businesses on both sides. There may be more to come as the owner of those buildings has now proposed the city's first "parklet" project. The idea was inspired by the work of urban planner Michele Reeves who suggested that the successful downtown must be walkable and encourage people to stop, leave the car behind, and explore the downtown core. That increases foot traffic which would ultimately benefit business.