Oregon's private employers had approximately 22,900 job vacancies during winter 2013, according to a Job Vacancy Survey recently completed by the Oregon Employment Department. During the same month there were 181,100 unemployed Oregonians, or roughly 8 unemployed people for each vacancy. The high ratio of unemployed to vacancies reflects the still-sluggish labor market, and the usual seasonal slowdown in hiring that occurs each winter.
The days are long past when you could pitch that old can of paint in the garbage can, or just toss out unused pesticides, or other household chemicals. Safely disposing of that kind of waste requires special handling to ensure those toxic chemicals don't end up back in the environment.
Astoria 911 is celebrating the second full week of April (April 14-20) as National Public Safety Telecommunications Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the citizens of Clatsop County.
Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday afternoon's two-vehicle head-on crash along Highway 30 at Bradley Hill about thirteen miles west of Clatskanie in Clatsop County. A total of 7 people, including four juveniles, were transported to several hospitals. One person died Sunday evening after arrival at a Portland-area hospital.
The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) will be hosting the annual Pacific County Preparedness Fair at the Ilwaco High School Gym – Hilltop Campus on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
Preparedness Fair exhibitors will range from a wide variety of industries and organizations that relate to personal, home, and business preparedness and safety.
Oregon State Police attempting to stop a speeding motorcycle on highway 30 near Claremont Road last night around 10:50pm. He was driving 65mp3 in a 45mph zone. The driver of the motorcycle attempting to flee from the officer at speeds in excess of 100mph. The driver weaving through traffic at a high rate of speed passing several vehicles in no passing zones.
In a live interview Friday morning on KAST 1370 Clatsop Community College President Larry Galizio talked in some detail about a proposal under study to create a new Health and Wellness Center in cooperation with Columbia Memorial Hospital and the city of Astoria. He said the center would be of benefit to the College in providing a replacement for the "seismically problematic" Patriot Hall
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) this week introduced two bills that would assist coastal states with tsunami debris cleanup. The Tsunami Debris Cleanup Reimbursement Act, H.R. 1491, would allow the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to refund Oregon and other states for tsunami debris cleanup expenses using $5 million in funding donated by the government of Japan.
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