The City of Astoria has launched a new look and functionality on it's website that proves to be a big improvement over the old site supplied through the league of Oregon Cities. The Address is the same: http://www.astoria.or.us/ but the look is decidedly different. City Manager Paul Benoit told KAST news "While the service was very affordable (on the old site), it was not easy to use and not very functional or flexible. We made the leap into 2013 and will be working to constantly improve and to use the site's communication and social media apps to better reach the public."
April 22, 2013 marks the fifth year since Clatsop Community Bank opened its doors in Seaside, Oregon. It remains the most recent Oregon-based bank to be chartered in the state. Founders of Clatsop Community Bank began raising capital for the proposed bank in 2007, just before the start of the recession. The bank opened in 2008 and has grown every year since, consistently logging the highest rate of growth among all banks in the Clatsop County market
Around 1993 an anonymous donor placed a life size pink concrete pig in a gravel area on the northwest corner of the public safety building. It was dropped off in the dead of night and no one ever claimed responsibility. While some believe that there was a backhanded message in the pig, the department embraced it and left it where it was. After twenty years of being in the weather the pig had deteriorated significantly. It's ears had separated from the body and it had severe pitting. It was a sad sight.
Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 8.2 percent in March and 8.3 percent in February. The February rate was originally reported as 8.4 percent. On a seasonally adjusted basis, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon rose by 1,900 jobs in March.
Oregon Sheriffs and Police Chiefs oppose it. District Attorneys throughout the state have said it's a bad idea. Crime Victims United stands against it and in a recent poll 72% of Oregonians's think it's a bad idea. Willamette Week published an article recently that points out the many fallacies involved in the proposal, yet Governor John Kitzhaber has hired an "army" of lobbyists to push hard for House Bill 3194 which would remove substantial provisions of Oregon's Mandatory Minimum Sentence law.
Clatsop Community College and the Fort George Brewery are pleased to announce the next public event in the Ales & Ideas lecture series held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, and featuring free multimedia presentations by members of the CCC faculty and staff. Thursday, April 25th, 2013 the series presents Historic Preservation: The Original Sustainable Building Technique with CCC Historic Preservation faculty Lucien Swerdloff (M.Arch.) and John Goodenberger (B.Arch.).
Earlier this month the U.S. Navy cancelled appearences scheduled for it's world famous precision flying team the Blue Angels which impacts both the annual Hillsboro Airshow and Seattle's Seafair. The Navy said it was forced to make that decision because of cuts to the military budget. Today the United States Coast Guard announced a similar move saying they will not be providing ships for the Portland Rose Festival Fleet or the Seattle Seafair.
According to a news release from the Speaker's office this morning, the Oregon House took a step toward stable funding for public schools and other vital services on Wednesday as the House Revenue Committee passed an amended version of HB 2456 reducing tax breaks for wealthy households and corporations.
Oregonians strongly favor investing in higher education for their children and grandchildren, revealed a new College Confidence Survey. In fact, 79 percent of Oregonians surveyed in Clatsop, Columbia, Coos, Curry, Lincoln and Tillamook Counties believe saving for college is important, ranking it among four priorities, along with retirement, basic living expenses and long-term health care.
The Oregon Legislature is looking for ways to keep jail populations flat and curb projected growth in the number of State inmates but observers say getting enough votes to pass reforms in sentencing for measure 11 and measure 57 crimes faces an uphill battle due to it's political unpopularity. That lack of public support was further reinforced Wednesday with the release of a new opinion survey by Crime Victims United.
Pump prices continue to tumble. The national average for regular unleaded drops six cents this week to $3.52, while the Oregon average loses two cents to $3.67.
The Rotary Club of Seaside will present the third annual High Ethical Standards Award to a local business or organization and to an individual who demonstrates a strong commitment to practicing "High Ethical Standards and Public Values". This is a community-wide award, and all nominees are welcome.
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