A judge on Monday accepted Clatsop County Clerk Maeve Grimes' request to set aside the results of the May 20 election for the board of commissioners District 5 seat and set a new vote for Sept. 16.
Grimes formally contested the results of the contest between candidates Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson after the discovery of a balloting error involving almost 500 county voters.
The Oregon Office of the State Fire Marshal, acting in its role as the State Emergency Response Commission, announced today that reports received from railroad companies on the movement of Bakken crude oil through Oregon are now available to the public. The agency announced last week that it would provide the reports through the OSFM website.
Oregon State Police (OSP), ODOT and local emergency responded to the scene of a minor injury crash involving three vehicles on Highway 26 near Rippet Lane between the Highway 26 junction and Seaside Tuesday afternoon. The crash tempor arily blocked the highway.
At the previous meeting city councilor Drew Herzig asked if the real estate agency marketing city excess properties was getting more that the 6% commission on sales they had agreed to in an exclusive contract with the city. Monday night public works director Ken Cook told the council that there was a change that senior management was not aware of that gives Area Properties a minimum guarantee of $1000.00 on every sale. The city has been accepting some low offers on those properties.
Astoria Mayor Willis van Dusen has just released the names of the four finalists to fill the city manager position. Interim City Manager Brett Estes is not on that list.
With the 4th of July just around the corner, the Seaside Police and Fire Department are reminding residents and visitors celebrating with fireworks to use only legal "Safe and Sane" fireworks. In 2012, there were 197 fireworks related fires in Oregon that caused an estimated 4.4 million dollars in damage. Last year 38 people were injured by fireworks across the state. More than half of those injured by fireworks are children and 40% injure bystanders.
AAA projects 41 million Americans (12.9 percent of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a 1.9 percent increase from 2013 and a nearly 14 percent increase compared to the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Monday afternoon Astoria Wells Fargo Bank employees were reported the police that there was a man, later identified as Darren Curtis, age 33 of Renton WA, trying to cash a $4,000 check using a forged drivers license. When officer Robinson arrived and confronted the man, he identified himself as Christopher Broome. While Officer Robinson was gathering information from the bank staff Curtis ran from the bank. Officer Robinson pursued him west on Commercial to 9th where a citizen intervened pinning Curtis momentarily allowing Robinson to catch up.
The Astoria City Council met Monday afternoon in a closed door session to continue discussions about those who have applied for the city manager job and agreed on a preliminary list of seven possible finalists.
The following is a summary supplied by Clatsop County highlighting the County Commission meeting of June 25.
The board opened a public hearing on the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The plan implements proposed strategies developed by the 2012 Joint Land-Use Study, a cooperative project between Clatsop County, the Oregon Military Department and other partners aimed at reducing existing and potential conflicts between Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and surrounding areas.
The council met in closed door executive session at noon Tuesday to begin the process of going over the applications the city has from city manager hopefuls and to define the hiring process going forward.