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News that the Astoria City Council may consider shoring up the Parks and Recreation Department budget by tacking a surcharge on power bills has been met with little enthusiasm by residents responding on social media.

A Coast Guard boat crew assisted local county personnel and pulled a distressed diver from the water near the entrance to Tillamook Bay, Sunday.

The Oregon Bureau of labor and Industries has levied a substantial fine against an Astoria seafood processor following an investigation of worker complaints.  The State labor watchdog found Da Yang Seafood failed to provide meal breaks for employees almost 1400 times between August and October of 2015.

Monday’s Astoria City Council session started with an update on the local housing crisis, the multiple avenues Community Development is pursuing and a focused discussion about how the city might take advantage of exacting a construction excise fee on the value of future commercial and industrial development.

Oregon State Police responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on US Highway 26 near milepost 18. This incident location occurred near the city limits of Seaside at about 7:00 am Tuesday morning.

Preliminary investigation revealed a 2011 Subaru Legacy was traveling eastbound on US 26 near milepost 18. While traveling eastbound, the driver identified as Kathy Barnes, age 43, of Seaside Oregon struck a male pedestrian, who was standing in the travel portion of the roadway.

The deceased male has been identified as a 44 year old male from Ketchikan Alaska. The name of the involved deceased male will be released pending notification of next of kin.

OSP was assisted by Clatsop County Sheriff's Office Elsie Fire Department, MEDIX and Oregon Department of Transportation .The highway was closed for approximately 4 hours

Mark Kujala has the singular distinction of being the first Mayor to be elected by popular vote in Warrenton and to have served a previous term as Mayor by appointment by his fellow commissioners.

In his 12 years serving the city he has played an important role in leading his city with an even temper and consideration for the people he works with and the people of the town.

Kujala saved his surprise announcement for the every end of the Tuesday regular meeting because he said he did not wish to take away attention from the matters on the agenda.

 
The Oregon School Boards Association has conducted a poll on how Oregon voters think schools should be paid for.  The telephone survey results released Monday afternoon says those who responded put education funding as their number one concern and say they would be willing to pay increased taxes to support K-12 education. The poll results indicated that those surveyed would support a measure to tax businesses more and calls for full funding for the next two years.
 
Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli, of John Day, released the following statement in response:
 
"It comes as no surprise to me that the Oregon School Boards Association has commissioned a poll that categorically demonstrates Oregonians would support higher taxes dedicated to funding K-12. The poll was constructed to create the view among voters that raising corporate taxes to 40 percent of the state's revenue would be fair and reasonable. I'm betting that no one told the participants that the tax increase would constitute a six-fold increase in corporate taxes, resulting in higher consumer costs. The real takeaway in this poll is that Oregonians need to see spending reform before trusting government with new taxes."
 
State Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, added:
 
"Seventy percent of Oregonians supported Measure 97 at the beginning... it failed. This is what happens when you use a push poll to try to make a preconceived case instead for blind tax hikes." 

On March 9th, 2017 at about 4 in the afternoon, Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Deputy Nick Vaille was involved in a brief pursuit in the City of Yachats.

Deputy Vaille located a 1997 Dodge van parked on W 2nd Street occupied by two subjects he identified as 26 year-old Joseph Cullison and 24 year-old Monica Sterken. Deputy Vaille was aware at that time that Cullison had an outstanding warrant for his arrest issued out of the Lincoln County Circuit Court in Newport.

In the course of attempting to get Mr. Cullison to exit the vehicle Deputy Vaille noticed Monica Sterken move from the back of the van to the driver's seat at which point she started the vehicle and accelerated West bound on W 2nd Street. Deputy Vaille pursued the van with flashing light and wailing siren, which must have been an interesting break in the normal quiet of the tiny village on the Coast Highway.

An off duty Coast Guardsmen rescued a kayaker beset by weather near Grays Harbor, Washington, Saturday. The kayaker was recovered from the Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor Petty Officer, who was underway on a nearby boat, and transferred to shore without further medical concerns.

Sometimes what starts as a simple traffic stop turns out less simple.  That was the case Monday, March 6th when South Bend Police Officer Eric Fuller stopped a car at 12:30 that morning. The female passenger was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from the Raymond Municipal Court. That's where the story begins.

Preschool study contract

The Clatsop commission board voted to table action on a contract to fund a feasibility study on bolstering preschool opportunities in Clatsop and Tillamook counties. The study would be funded by a $350,000 U.S. Department of Education grant awarded to the county in December. Under the project the county would contract with former Seaside Heights Elementary School principal Dan Gaffney of Success for Kids LLC for a study on the feasibility of providing investor-backed, subsidized preschool for families making up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level.

The board will revisit the contract at its March 22 meeting.

 

Other Business

In other business the board:

-Voted to rescind a recently adopted Geographical Information Systems (GIS) fee in response to information indicating the fee was not in compliance with a state constitutional amendment.

-Approved a letter supporting bills in Salem designed to limit liability exposure for employees of governments and private entities that offer recreational opportunities on their lands.

-Approved a letter to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission supporting the panel’s Jan. 20 vote to maintain a harvest allocation for commercial salmon fishing on the mainstem Columbia River.

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