U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) has been named co-chair of the Senate Bipartisan Small Brewers Caucus, which includes 20 members of the Senate from 14 states.
The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to create a new response protocol for finding vulnerable seniors who have gone missing. Senate Bill 1577, modeled after the successful "Amber Alert" program, will help families quickly locate loved ones who have wandered off.
The Port of Astoria has been testing out the capibilities of the new quick response vessel (QRV). Named the "Trident" by Port interim Executive Director Michael Weston the boat is fast and technologically advanced
The Clatsop County Commission Took the Following actions Wednesday:
The board approved the Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget policies and the Strategic Plan/Resource Reduction Strategies. The policies, which provide guiding principles and instructions for developing the upcoming year's budget, remain largely the same as in previous years, and include:
· "Status quo" department staffing levels with any proposed changes fitting within base budgets; any new staffing or program request accompanied by justification form
· A goal of no increase in materials and supplies expenditures for General Fund departments
· Pursuing revenue sources to the fullest extent possible
· Budget savings achieved during the fiscal year be saved and added to ending fund balance
· No "back-filling" use of General Fund dollars to make up shortfalls in state or federal funding.
The Resource Reduction Strategy prioritizes county functions for funding in the event that cuts are necessary during the budget year:
1. Public Safety and Justice
2. Public Health
3. Government Direct Services
4. Community Development, Land Use, Transportation and Housing
5. Culture and Recreation
Land sale approved
The board approved the sale of a former county Road District 1 stockpile site on Youngs River Road to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife for $34,716. The two-acre site, located on the Klaskanine River, will be developed into a public boat ramp by ODFW. A new stockpile site is being developed on a parcel purchased by the road district in 2013 from the Campbell Group.
In other business the board:
-Approved a $40,000 contract with MGT of America to conduct a study of county user fees. The study will evaluate the county's existing fees and identify areas where rate changes should be made to ensure that fees cover the true cost of providing those services.
-Re-appointed Marian Derlet, Linda Dugan, Debbie Morrow and Robert Mushen to the Human Services Advisory Committee, and removed member Jackie Dochow due to other commitments.
-Voted to re-open the recruitment for membership on five county budget committees.
-Approved a letter to Congress supporting the Homeowner Flood Insurance Affordability Act, a proposed bill designed to ease potential flood insurance rate hikes stemming from 2012 federal legislation.
The school board in Seaside has turned down a request for a charter school in Cannon Beach to replace an elementary school it closed last year.
A 65-year old Salem man is being treated for non-life threatening injuries after the commercial truck he was driving struck several trees in the darkness that had fallen onto Highway 26 (Coast Range) east of the Sunset Rest Area.
Members of the public will now have until March 10 to comment on a draft management plan for six coastal salmon and trout species. The comment period was scheduled to close Feb. 10.
Clatsop County is now accepting comments on the newly released final draft of the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan.
HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM TUESDAY EVENING THROUGH WEDNESDAY MORNING FOR THE SOUTH WASHINGTON AND THE NORTH AND CENTRAL OREGON COASTS...
According to event orgainzer Cindy Mudge, "Due to the unusual winter storm that has affected the Oregon coast and surrounding communities the Astoria Timber Festival scheduled for Saturday February 8, 2014 has been cancelled. The students who planned on participating in the competition live in areas hit especially hard by the recent snowfall making travel hazardous. Future plans for the Timber Festival will be announced as they develop. We wish to thank all our sponsors for supporting this event"
Another large event that has now been rescheduled is the Astoria Warrenton Chamber 'Unwined" event and Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival wine competition scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2014 has been postponed. Both have been moved toFriday, March 7.
The National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning due to the increased threat of snow showers overnight Friday. An inch or two is possible. Snow will notch back a bit Saturday with a continued chance of light flurries at times under mostly cloudy skies. Lows tonight drop into the 20s with gusty easterly wind 15-25 mph. Saturday the wind eases to around 10 mph. High will reach the mid 30s, then Sunday into the 40s as any lingering snow turns over to rain.
Clatsop County Historical Society's Heritage Museum and Flavel House Museum will be closed today. The Oregon Film Museum will remain open 11:00 am-4:00 pm, weather permitting.
The "Snow Ball", sponsored by Seaside High Key club at Broadway Middle School has been cancelled
The Astoria Conservatory of Music is Closed Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 due to snow.
The Warrenton High School bottle drive has been cancelled. The Senior Celebration fundrasier has been resceduled to March 1
Due to weather, the Chinookan Peoples of the Lower Columbia presentation and book signing scheduled for Saturday, February 8, 2014 has been cancelled. We look forward to rescheduling this event
Due to hazardous road conditions, the City of Warrenton sanitation services have been postponed until Monday, February 10, 2014. Customers with regularly scheduled pickup on Friday, February 7, 2014 will have their trash picked up on Monday.
Providence North Coast Clinic Cannon Beach is CLOSED today. All other clinics are open
The Cluster Event scheduled fror this Saturday, Feb 8 at First Lutheran Church is CANCELLED. The speaker will be rescheduled for March.
Classes at Maddox Dance Studio are cancelled today. Try-outs for Mary Poppins is resceduled to Feb 22
Bergerson Tile And Stone is canceling the cabinet symposium scheduled for 7 pm at 1033 marine dr.It will be reschedule at a later date.
In High School Sports:
Due to hazardous weather conditions and school closures the following changes have been made to the Astoria High & Cowapa League Championship schedules:
Double Dual vs. Banks & Yamhill-Carlton @ Yamhill-Carlton High School scheduled for Friday, 2/7 has been rescheduled for Thursday, 2/13. Weigh-ins are at 4:30 P.M. Wrestling begins at 5:30 P.M.
Cowapa League Wrestling Championships:
Championship Tournament @ Yamhill-Carlton High School scheduled for Saturday, 2/8 has been postponed. No make up date has been determined at this time.
Cowapa League Swim Championships:
Championship Meet @ Scappoose High School scheduled for Friday, 2/7 has been postponed. There will not be a make up date for this event. The teams that finish with the highest point total at the District Meet held on 2/14 and 2/15 at the Astoria Aquatic Center will be crowned Cowapa League Champions. Swimming begins at 1:00 P.M. on 2/14 and at 11:30 A.M. on 2/15. Cost is $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for school aged students.
Astoria @ Seaside scheduled for Friday, 2/7 has been rescheduled for Thursday, 2/13. All game times for the lower level teams as well as the VARSITY games will stay as originally scheduled.
United States Marshal Russel Burger, came to Astoria and swore in all qualified members of the Astoria Police Department as Special Deputy US Marshals. This action restores the ability for a local law enforcement agency to respond to the Astoria Post office. The Astoria Police Department's members had this status until it expired in 2011 as federal agencies tried to identify the correct sponsoring agency.