A reward of up to $6,000 is now offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County. OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.
Fresh Dungeness crab is on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. Quality testing showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters. Fishery managers from the three states met today and agreed to open commercial crabbing from the Klipsan Beach, Wash., to Point Arena, Calif. on Dec. 1.
The Coast Guard 13th District will use social media for all future river bar closure information announcements along the Pacific Northwest coast beginning Thursday.
Bar closure announcements have historically been sent out using press releases and posted to the Coast Guard Newsroom at www.uscgnews.com. The transition to the use of social media is designed to get the information to potentially affected users of the waterway quickly and more efficiently.
Astoria Police arrested Jesse Allan Pitts, age 32, of Astoria Wednesday on two counts of Burglary I. The arrest was based on follow up initiated by Officer Matt Clausen. The Astoria Police Department has received reports, since the beginning of November, of a male subject being found either in houses or on porches. In some cases the reports were made by part time residents who found evidence that someone had been living inside their residence. In one case the subject had actually broken through an interior wall.
Oregon State Police troopers were dispatched Tuesday evening to a single vehicle rollover crash on highway 103 at milepost 6.5 with a single confirmed fatality. Investigation at the scene suggests icy conditions were a factor as the involved vehicle, a 2000 Ford F-250 pickup, was negotiating a curve, lost control, rolled over and struck a tree. The vehicles driver, identified as DAVID WEISS, 68, of Forest Grove, and another passenger were not injured. The right rear occupant, identified as EDWARD VAUGHN, 59, of Portland, died as a result of injuries sustained during the crash. Investigators indicated Vaughn was not wearing his safety belt at the time of the crash.
OSP Lieutenant Andrew Merila said OSP was assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, The Oregon Department of Transportation, MEDIX Ambulance service and the Elsie Area Fire Department.
It's not often that the Oregon LNG project surfaces for public scrutiny. This is one of those times. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued a notice seeking public comment on environmental permits for the project planned for Warrenton's Skipanon Peninsula and an associated 87 mile long pipeline that would stretch from the proposed plant to a connection with the Northwest pipeline near Woodland, Washington.
Oregon State Employment reports local labor statistics monthly and indicates Clatsop County's rate of unemployment is 6.0%. That's lower than the Statewide rate of 7.1% after adjustments were made for September's figures. The State reports that the number of unemployed people still on the roles is the fourth lowest in Oregon.
After months of collaborating with local and regional transportation planning organizations, the Washington State Department of Transportation is ready to present its annual list of future statewide transportation-improvement projects to the public for review and comment.
Members of Congress from South Carolina joined Oregon lawmakers in calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to keep facilities in Oregon and South Carolina from closing next month.
The city of Astoria has won it's case in appellate court over the district attorney's demand that all dui cases be sited directly to circuit court. Mayor Van Dusen said that the city was congratulated by the League of Oregon Cities for that win and city attorney Blair Henningsgaard said the ruling is a win for municipal independence from state control.
The city parks and rec department has a win of it's own with the volunteer program started this year to clean up parks. In a presentation last night volunteer coordinator Janice Galizio told the city council that giant dumpsters of debris was removed, fresh cedar chips in the thousands of pounds were added to playgrounds and the city cemetery got a sprucing up as well. The CHIP-IN program raised nearly $7000.00 in donations.