Salmon fishermen and other recreational boaters who anchor in the shipping channel of the Columbia River starting August 1 may face boating citations up to $5,000. A state-and-federally led campaign called, "Operation Make Way" is aimed at changing behavior that, if not corrected, can result in boating fatalities and catastrophic environmental disasters.
Wednesday afternoon the public is invited to meet the four finalists seeking to be Astori's next city manager. The event is set for the Barbey Maritime Center (old Astoria train station) and will run from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. As KAST reported earlier, interim City Manager Brett Estes is not among the finalists selected by the city council by his own wish to withdraw his name from consideration for personal reasons. Estes has said he would like to keep his job as Community Development Direcor and assistant City Manager.
A Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment, in Ilwaco, Washington, rescued a man after his boat ran aground and began taking on water in the Columbia River, Monday.
A member of the boatcrew, acting as a surface rescue swimmer, was able to reach the man and get him safely aboard a 29-foot Response Boat–Small and transfer him in good condition to emergency medical services.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Saturday afternoon's non-injury crash along Highway 101 north of Gearhart involving artist Royal Nebeker after his vehicle struck a power pole that led to a fire eventually extinguished by responding firefighters. The cause of the crash is driver fatigue and enforcement decision is pending.
Greg Engebretson has been chosen as the new Clatsop County Juvenile Director. Engebretson has served as a juvenile counselor with Clatsop County since 1988. He replaces Janet Evans, who departed the position earlier this year after six years with the county.
Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Friday morning's two-vehicle fatal traffic crash that resulted in the death of one person and injuries to two other people along Highway 30 about three miles east of Astoria. Preliminary information indicates on July 25, 2014 at approximately 6:49 a.m., a report was received of a serious injury crash involving two vehicles on Highway 30 just east of Tongue Point near milepost 94. A passenger vehicle driven by an adult female was westbound when it crossed the double solid centerline and sideswiped an eastbound vehicle with two occupants.
Bring your beach towel and sunscreen -- but leave your smokes at home. Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast. The state Parks and Recreation Department has all ready snuffed out smoking at most other state parks. The agency is taking comments on the proposed beach ban through next month. Lighting up on the beach could cost offenders 110 bucks, but officials say the fine would only be imposed on repeat offenders. Supporters say a beach smoking ban would reduce litter and make rules consistent throughout the parks.
Michael Summers has been selected as the new Public Works Director for Clatsop County. Summers joined Clatsop County in June 2013 as County Engineer. He replaces Ed Wegner, who retired earlier this year after 10 years with the county. Summers worked as a civil engineer for a private firm from 2006 to 2013, and as an engineering designer from 2004 to 2006. He graduated from Oregon State University. Public Works handles the maintenance and repair of 250 miles of county roads, 68 bridges and associated infrastructure, as well as oversees the Engineer and Surveyor functions and administers the Parks Department and Building and Grounds office.
On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at approximately 5:25 pm, Seaside Dispatch received a report that a man had gone under water off the Seaside beach closest to Third Avenue. Seaside Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and began search and rescue operations for 53-year-old Gerry Brett from Calgary, Alberta. Shortly after arriving on scene, a responding lifeguard and bystanders spotted the man approximately three blocks south of where he was seen going under. The man was brought to the waterline with CPR in progress at 5:32 pm.
Astoria Police have been notified that many local cell phones have received text messages to Contact Columbia Bank at a number that indicates it is a land line. The text messages are a scam. Now police say people are getting the same scam text message purporting to be from TLC Federal Credit Union. There many be other financial institutions targeted as well.
Astoria Police have contacted Columbia Bank who indicated they have been inundated with phone calls at the branch level and can confirm that this message did not come from their bank.