Clatsop County Commissioner Debra Birkby announced her resignation Friday, Jan. 31, effective immediately.


Anticipating a strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2014 fishing season to run through April 7 on the lower Columbia River. Starting March 1, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook per day. The sport fishery will close in that area on two Tuesdays - March 25 and April 1 - to accommodate potential commercial fisheries.


A well-known local fish processor has been named Admiral of the 2014 Astoria Regatta Festival and association President Peter Roscoe says he couldn't be happier as the planning process for the next Astoria Regatta steams ahead.


The Astoria Marine Construction Company in Astoria is usually associated in the news with environmental clean up concerns but today it's Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.



Monday Morning Update On Arch Cape Fires from ODF:

As the east wind event subsided on Saturday, the fire fighters were able to knock down the flames on each fire and prevent the fires from increasing in size.

As of 8:00 pm on Saturday, control of the Shingle fire was transferred from ODF to the landowner, Stimson Lumber Company. As of 8:00 am today, ODF will transfer control of the Falcon fire to the landowner, Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands. Both companies will continue to have personnel and equipment working on extinguishing any last smokes within the fire perimeters and patrolling the area until significant rains commence.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on its draft environmental assessment of Caspian tern habitat reduction on East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary near Chinook, Wash.  


The transportation service district Board of Directors took Jay Flint's offer to stay on as an interim Executive Director as the transportation board begins the process of hiring his replacement.  Flint handed in his resignation for the permanent Executive job last month telling his board that he would be leaving to join a Seaside law firm.  At their Janaury meeting the board accepted Flint's offer to stay on in an interim basis while the search for his replacement is going on and possibly through the transition in leadership.  Details have yet to be worked out and the board is planning a public meeting for Wednesday, January 29th at 9:00am to consider approval of his new contract.  Sources in the district say the full time position will be posted either this week or next. 

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria helicopter crew rescued an injured surfer from the Grays Harbor, Wash., south jetty Saturday.  The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Command Center watchstanders received a request at 1:40 p.m. from Grays Harbor Police Department to assist in the safe evacuation of an injured surfer from the south jetty.


The board voted to receive two parcels of property in Cannon Beach from the Seaside School District and re-convey them to the City of Cannon Beach.


In an angry outburst Wednesday night Clatsop County Commissioner Debra Birkby blames the county for allowing more construction in Arch Cape while leaving the community to it's own devices to secure an adequate water supply to support those homes.


Nestled between the Northern California communities of Berkley and Alameda is the small , mostly residental town of Piedmont.  The Mayor of that community announced Tuesday night that the town is in negotiations with Astoria City Manager Paul Benoit to take their city administrator position.



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