The board approved a franchise agreement with Charter Communications covering the company’s delivery of cable television service to customers in the unincorporated county. Under the agreement Charter, in payment for the use of county rights-of-way for its infrastructure, will pay the county a franchise fee equal to 5 percent of its gross revenues in Clatsop County. The company will also provide a Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access channel for the broadcasting of non-commercial video programming, as well as $39,000 to the county to cover the cost of PEG equipment.
By all accounts the idea worked.
The city of Astoria helped fund and assisted with finding a temporary place for homeless people to get out of the cold last winter. The most immediate effect was to take some pressure off the hospital emergency room which had been a place of last resort on a cold night. The warming center came about last year after a citizen approached the city council on more than one occassion to first suggest and then demand that the city step up and provide help. Arrangements were made to utilize the empty Astoria Senior Center as it's major remodeling job was delayed and the organization had already moved operations temporarily into the Astoria Yacht Club building on Youngs Bay.
It's an old fashioned community barbecue Saturday for local republican conservatives who will gather at the Lighthouse Christian Church in Warrenton to eat ribs, raffle off guns and, listen to gubernatorial hopefuls.
With the next big earthquake on the minds of those in the Pacific Northwest, the American Red Cross and NW Natural have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to host a series of Get Ready events throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
Saturday, September 19 ,11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lum's Auto Center will host the North Coast event. The dealership is located at 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton.
The Astoria city council Tuesday night rejected a proposal from Clatsop Community College to rezone property at 16th and Franklin where the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the adjacent Josie Pepper House are currently sited in a zone for residential use with some institutional uses such as the Masonic Temple and the Clatsop Care Center Facility. The College plans to sell the Josie Peper House to a private individual who would like to use the property as a vacation rental
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has hired former Cannon Beach City Manager Rich Mays to serve as interim county manager.
At a special meeting Wednesday the board voted unanimously to select Mays. He is expected to join the county Sept. 15.
On Tuesday Astoria Police Department assisted the Oregon Department of Justice Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in the execution of search warrants related to a child pornography investigation, at 101 Madison Ave. Astoria. During a search of the residence, investigators also located firearms and ballistic body armor, that the subject of the investigation was prohibited from possessing. Astoria Police investigators, obtained an additional search warrant to seize other items including the firearms and body armor. 76 year old William James Dixon Jr. of Astoria was arrested for 6 Counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse I, 6 Counts of Encouraging Child Sexual Abuse II, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, and Felon in Possession of Body Armor.
The Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned Monday following a three month that stretched from the waters of Mexico to Canada.
During their deployment the cutter’s crew conducted counter narcotic and living marine resources patrols offshore of Southern California. Following these patrols, the crew participated in an international engagement event in Ensenada, Mexico, with the Mexican Armada, which included joint damage control training, law enforcement demonstration, and an evening dinner onboard Alert.