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.
Police say a gunman fatally shot a student at a high school near Portland. Authorities said Tuesday the suspect also was dead and the situation is stabilized. The Multnomah County sheriff's office said there were reports of shots fired about 8 a.m. at Reynolds High School in Troutdale. Authorities say they're now focusing on reuniting students with their parents. Members of the FBI and ATF are on scene along with local and state law enforcement. The Multnomah County Major Crimes Team is leading the investigation. The victim and the suspect have yet to be identifed. It has been reported that a coach identified as Todd Rispler, who was teaching a gym class at the time of the shooting, was also injured. The extent of that injury has not been confirmed but is described as not life threatening. In a noon news briefing today authorities say during the process of evacuating students this morning a gun was found but is not believed to be involved in the shooting. Police say the weapon that was used is a rifle but did not describe the type. Authorities say they think that have identified the shooter but are not confident enough to release that name. Next of kin are being notified for both the suspected shooter and the student that was killed.
Firefighters face a couple of days of gusty weather as they try to finish drawing lines around the first big wildfire of the season in Oregon. Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley today announced that the state's request for fire management assistance to help fight the Two Bulls fire in Deschutes County was approved by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on June 8th.
According to a posting on the Clatsop Democrats facebook page Larry Taylor submitted paperwork to run for the office of Mayor of Astoria. Larry's goals include: jobs based on Astoria's strengths; eliminate domestic violence and child abuse; fiscally responsible budgeting and management of municipal services: valuing scholastic achievement equal to athletic achievement; and stop squandering money on useless litigation and move DUI prosecutions to the county courts.
Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable. The designation opens up new markets for a fishery that spans California, Oregon and Washington, and accounted for more than 40 million pounds in landings in 2013.