Northwest Natural Gas Company, dba NW Natural (NYSE:NWN), closes out 2012 by making donations from its shareholders to the following local nonprofit organizations:* United Way of Columbia County - $5,000* All Hands Raised (Portland Schools Foundation) - $2,500* The Urban League - $2,500
Alcohol ignition interlocks in Washington will soon have a feature designed to prevent others from performing breath tests for the driver. Starting January 1, 2013, a camera will snap a picture every time the machine is used, verifying that the driver is the person who took the test. Interlocks are required on the vehicles of those who've been accused or convicted of impaired driving. The machine requires a legal breath sample from the driver before allowing a car to start.
If you have a residence in the City limits of Astoria and would like to recycle your Christmas tree, Western Oregon Waste will have a one-day pickup on Tuesday, January 8th, at no extra charge.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners (CCBOC) recently decided to take-over the responsibility of the board of the county Housing Authority and set to work reorganizing the agency at their last meeting. The County had reportedly taken the action of dismissing the Housing Authority Board (CCHA) after finding that the organization had been doing public business without providing adequate notice as required by law. The board has called a special meeting for January 3 that features an executive session.
Astoria Visual Arts (AVA), a local artist non-profit, approached the Astoria City Council with a proposal to sign on to a request to the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA) that would have provided up to $200,000 in a one-for-one matching grant the Astoria organization said they would apply to multiple programs designed to support and enhance the local arts community. The Council declined on a three to two vote to become the primary governmental body participating in the grant request which, according to City Manager Paul Benoit, means AVA can't apply.
On December 25, 2012, at 6:00 PM Astoria Police responded to a reported assault at 1245 W. Marine Drive. When police arrived they found a seriously injured Gary Nestor, age 64 of Astoria. Nestor had a head injury.
Lawmakers are engaged in a playground game of "who goes first," daring each other to let the year end without avoiding a Jan. 1 confluence of higher taxes and deep spending cuts.
Former President George H.W. Bush remained in guarded condition overnight in the intensive care unit at a Houston hospital after a day marked by what his spokesman called "a series of setbacks including persistent fever."
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