Finance Committee Ranking Member Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., criticized the Commerce Department’s announcement of a two-month delay in levying final tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber that is subsidized and dumped in the United States.
“The administration’s decision forces American companies to pay the price for continued talks with Canada. This delay creates a window for Canadian companies to ship subsidized lumber to the U.S. without paying tariffs, inviting major harm to U.S. producers and workers,” Wyden said. “I support continued negotiations to reach a lasting solution on softwood lumber, but more talks need not and should not come at the cost of not enforcing the law.”
According to a news release from the 13th Coast Guard District, Air Station Astoria is sending one of its rescue helicopters down to San Diego to help cover for responders working with victims of the tropical storm and flooding wreaking havoc along the Texas coast. Air Station Port Angeles, Sector Puget Sound, and the 13th District have deployed in response to the hurricane.
"This is an all-hands response that involves personnel and support from across the country," said Capt. Sean Cross, incident management chief, 13th District. "Our crews train using standardized procedures on identical assets regardless of their home unit. This facilitates response flexibility by allowing us to mix and match crews and assets from different locations in time of crisis such as this."
The Coast Guard has rescued more than 1,450 people as a result of the hurricane impact. The Coast Guard has 20 helicopters in the region conducting rescue operations along with crews on land and water working with state and local response personnel.
On Friday, August 25, 2017, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 68-year-old Warrenton man on sex abuse charges. Carl Axel Hagnas was arrested in Warrenton on a Clatsop County Circuit Court warrant alleging 12 counts of Sex Abuse I and 1 count of Sodomy I. The charges are based on multiple investigations conducted by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office in recent years. Hagnas was taken into custody peacefully by Patrol Deputy Chris Andersson. Hagnas was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on the 13 charges, all Measure 11 felonies.
Ron Wyden is a very good listener.
Oregon's senior United States Senator has had plenty of practice. On Friday morning Wyden and his team conducted the Senator's 844th community town hall meeting. Wyden has upheld a pledge to hold town halls in every county in the state since he won an upset election over incumbent Bob Duncan to the House of Representatives in 1981 and continued when he won the Senate seat vacated by Bob Packwood in 1996.
This town hall was for Clatsop County and was held in Seaside City Hall. Even though it was Friday at eleven o'clock in the morning on a busy Hood To Coast weekend, people stopped whatever they were doing and filled the council chamber eager to have the chance to talk to Wyden and hear his perspective on the issues of the day.
On Saturday morning (8/26/2017) just before 4 am Astoria Police and Fire Department were dispatched to Astoria Warehousing for a report of a large fire located in pallets stored on the pier behind a locked gate. Due to the size of the fire, mutual aid was requested from Warrenton Fire Department. The US Coast Guard also responded from Station Cape Disappointment due to piles of burning pallets falling into the river.
A 36-year-old Hood to Coast runner was taken into custody Saturday morning following the theft of a vehicle that led to several charges.
On 8/26/17, at about 2 am, a suspect that race participants identified as HTC Runner David Jon Blackmon, of Bend, Oregon, was involved in the theft of a pickup belonging to a portable restroom company that was servicing its portable units at Exchange 24 in the Birkenfeld area.
The vehicle didn't go far, however.
Astoria Public Works Department never lacks for projects and many are huge. The Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project that rebuilds the city stormwater and sewer system to prevent overwhelming the sewage treatment facility sending raw sewage into the Columbia, has been taken in stages now for several years with the east end of town the next challenge.
While that project is in various stages, the city engineering department has been laying the complex groundwork for another critical multi-phase renovation project on Astoria's waterfront.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has released findings from the 2017 Point-in-Time Homeless Count which took place in January. Every two years, communities across Oregon come together to identify the number of homeless individuals living in sheltered and unsheltered locations, demographic trends surrounding homelessness, and the unmet needs of homeless households. Little has changed in Clatsop County.