Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of Sunday morning's injury commercial truck crash that closed Highway 26 for several hours closed in both directions near milepost 35 in the Coast Range. Several thousand pounds of compressed seafood waste needed to be cleaned up and the vehicles removed from the scene. ODOT had a detour set up in both directions.
An Oregon Department of Transportation project is currently underway that will add centerline rumble strips to sections of U.S. 26 and U.S. 30. The project is part of a larger safety initiative to reduce roadway departure crashes such as head-on, crossover and fixed object crashes
This is the fifth year that Oregon has set aside grant funds for non-highway related transportation projects called "Connect Oregon V". The competition for a chunk of just a little over $42,000,000.00 for various projects around the state is down to the top 37 proposals. A Port of Astoria runway rehab is ranked # 8 and a project proposed by the Columbia River Pilots comes in at #12.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comment on a draft Environmental Impact Statement to reduce predation on juvenile salmon and steelhead listed under the Endangered Species Act by a large population of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River estuary.
The Clatsop County Commissioners have approved the last item necessary for the county to take over a DEQ program deemed critical for local homeowners, real estate agencts, and contractors, the transient room tax will go up January 1, 2015 to 9.5% and commissioners approved support for an industrial designation for the North Coast Business Park in Warrenton.
The Astoria High Athletic Department has recently hired AHS alum, Kevin Goin, to serve as Head Boys Basketball Coach. Mr. Goin is a 1992 graduate of Astoria High School and a 1997 graduate of Eastern Oregon University where he earned his degree in Liberal Studies - General Science. His education also includes a Masters of Science in Curriculum and Instruction, which was earned in 2004 from Portland State University.
Born out of tragedy in 1964, Cannon Beach's Sandcastle Contest has been designated an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission. The Sandcastle Contest is one of 10 events that have been designated. The others include the Oregon State Fair, the Pendleton Round-Up, the Astoria Regatta and the Linn County Pioneer Picnic.