The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help the public spot whales as part of its Whale Watching Spoken Here program. The program places trained volunteers at 24 whale-watching sites along the Oregon coast each year during winter and spring watch weeks, when Gray whales migrate to and from Alaska. This year, the dates for the whale watching weeks will be Dec. 27-31, 2014 and March 21-28, 2015.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew medevaced a man with reported heart attack symptoms from the 35-foot recreational vessel Fish Tale II, more than 35 miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Saturday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, was diverted from training, safely hoisted the 35-year-old man and transported him back to the air station where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.
Astoria Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce that the Astoria
Aquatic Center has signed a contract with Healthways Fitness and SilverSneakers to offer older
adults with Medicare to utilize the Astoria Aquatic Center facilities at no charge.
The Coast Guard detained the 600-foot motor vessel Ikan Sudip, Wednesday, requiring the vessel to remain in Longview until significant safety violations are corrected by the ship's crew.
The Coast Guard is working with the vessel's crew, owner and managing company to mitigate the safety violations and make repairs to the vessel prior to it departing port. Coast Guard vessel safety inspectors are also working with the the flag state of the Ikan Sudip and the classification society, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, responsible for certificating vessel construction and engineering.
The federal agency responsible for tracking such matters has researched the issue and has reported that, indeed, sea lions eat a great deal of the spring chinook salmon entering the Columbia River. This is a fact local fishermen have been well aware of for decades. Commercial gillnetters working their drifts began seeing the sea lions as a growing threat after a relatively small migratory population began longer stays each season until, at last, they stopped migrating altogether. The agreeable climate and ready availability of a steady food supply has attracted a growing number of sea lions that seem to be everywhere in the river system.
Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.
The fraud is occurring nationwide, but recent days have seen an upsurge in the Northwest.
Mark Kujala will become the first elected Mayor of the city of Warrenton with what can only be described as a landslide victory over Commissioner Mark Baldwin. Under the rules Kujala will retain his commissioner seat and will serve as Mayor. Baldwin will be off the commission come January 1st as his term as commissioner ends at that time.
College President Larry Galizio has 16 million reasons to smile today after Clatsop County voters had to consider a new bond measure twice and did so with gusto, if not some level of disgust with the county over another ballot error. The final unoffical tally shows 9,605 voters returned the supplimental ballot ordered by the Secretary Of State Kate Brown after the county discovered it had printed the amount of the bond incorrectly. The final tally shows the measure won voter approval with 57% .