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Some lucky bidders will get a front row seat to experience the August 21st total solar eclipse.  The Oregon State Parks Foundation has reserved 30 campsites at the Cove Palisades State Park on Lake Billy Chinook located a few miles from Madras in Central Oregon.  Meanwhile to State parks Department is opening up additional reservation campsites next week 

The Coast Guard rescued a man that was stranded on a rocky edge by the high tide at Hug Point near Cannon Beach, Monday afternoon.

 The alleged Riverwalk robbery victim contacted police Monday and told investigators that she wished to drop the case stating that things didn't occur as she'd reported them.  Investigators agreed not to pursue charges of false reporting if she was truthful about what actually occurred.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 55-year-old Warrenton area man on Friday April 7, 2017 following a 15-month investigation. Kirk Richard Cazee was arrested in his Surf Pines home by Sheriff's Deputies executing search warrants for the residence and several vehicles on the property. Since January 2016, Deputies have responded to at least 9 reports of a "peeping tom" operating within the gated community of Surf Pines.

Some new signs will be popping up in many store windows in downtown Astoria over the next few weeks informing the public about a new agreement between building owners and the Astoria Police Department.  In an effort to address issues with some people creating public safety concerns, police are asking building owners to sign an agreement that allows officers to enforce exclusion orders on private property.

 

 An Astoria man, who was already facing various charges accused of assaulting a woman, made matters worse Wednesday when he attempted to escape arrest.  He was finally captured but not before deciding to try to swim away from authorities when at one point he jumped in the Columbia River.

 

The sudden disappearance of an 18 year-old Raymond man in 2012 was resolved by authorities in Pacific County yesterday (Tuesday) when it was announced that remains found in a remote wooded area are those of Killian P. Tsogo.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley just left the Senate chamber this morning after concluding more than 15 hours spent speaking overnight to protest Trump’s nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.  Merkley took the floor at 6:46pm ET, vowing to go as long as he was able, and yielded at 10:13am ET. Merkley’s speech was among the top ten longest in U.S. Senate history.

New rules for accessory dwelling units (ADU) were back before the Astoria City Council Monday night.   In an attempt to address the town’s housing shortage, Community Development has suggested several different approaches and changing the rules to allow people to build more living space on a standard residential lot is one of those ideas.  In response to comments from the public and the city council at the previous public hearing this new ADU plan has some changes.

With housing a hot topic right now in our communities we offer another perspective from the Oregon State Employment Department regional economist who points out that, in the long run, vacation rentals may have an upside - TF

 

by Erik Knoder, Regional Economist Clatsop, Columbia, Lincoln, and Tillamook counties

A shortage of housing is once again a topic of conversation in Northwest Oregon. This was also a hot topic in 2007, just before housing became much more plentiful and affordable. One aspect of the conversation is the amount of vacant housing in the region, and Northwest Oregon does, in fact, have a lot of vacant housing.

Protection of a proposed natural area adjacent to Oswald West State Park by North Coast Land Conservancy got a boost  with the award of a $45,000 grant from The Conservation Alliance.

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