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Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has tagged the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) with the name "Agency of Wasteful Spending" Wednesday after the state audit division released a detailed report on OHA's failure to follow Federal rules on the proper evaluation of Medicaid recipients.

The cruise ships that stop in Astoria are an important part of the local economy bringing thousands of tourists to town for daylong stops with some taking advantage of visiting other places in the region on paid excursions.

There is a challenge coming that will require attention according to Port of Astoria Executive Director Jim Knight. More people are coming.

A lot more.

Astoria is looking at contracting out some of the planning functions of the Community Development Department in an agreement with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST).  A draft agreement will be considered by the city council Monday evening.

The annual George Award and Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award are two of the most sought-after awards in Astoria and Warrenton. The recipients are often humble, yet strong, leaders – perhaps working behind the scenes to make our community better. Do you know someone like that? Nominations are only open until December 1st.


On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, at approximately 2:07 p.m., the Oregon State Police responded to a head-on two vehicle fatal crash on US Highway 101 near Gearhart. 

The preliminary investigation revealed a black Honda Civic, operated by Broderick Danielson, age 18, Astoria, was traveling northbound and lost control rotating sideways into the southbound lane. A southbound silver Toyota 4-Runner, operated by Melany Bloom, age 38, Rosburg, WA was unable to stop, hitting the passenger side of the Honda. Danielson suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

Hwy 101 was closed to one lane of travel for 1 hour and completely closed for an additional hour. Speed is being considered as a contributing factor in the crash. OSP was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, and ODOT.


The traditional Dec. 1 opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 16 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are too low in meat yield. 

 The ocean commercial Dungeness crab season in Oregon is targeted to open Dec. 1 but can be delayed to ensure a high-quality product to consumers and avoid wastage of the resource. Crab quality testing in early November showed that none of the test areas met the criteria for a Dec. 1 opening. The delayed opening will allow for crabs to fill with more meat.

Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen was named a “2017 Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.

His story is among those highlighted by the organization during National Rural Health Day, which takes place on the third Thursday in November. This is an annual recognition of the medical professionals who serve the vital health needs of over 60 million people living in America’s rural communities, estimated to be 1 in 5 Americans.

Skip Hauke will retire from his position as executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber announced today.  Hauke plans to phase himself out of the role in late spring 2018 so he can help put on one more Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival in April and retire around his 75th birthday in May.

Two pieces of Oregon’s judicial history were delivered to Salem when Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear presented Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Balmer with two volumes of the original journal from the Territorial Court of Clatsop County from 1849-1853.

“These are a remarkable piece of history, and we will hold them in a special collection in the State of Oregon Law Library,” Balmer said. “We are grateful to Mayor LaMear, the Astoria Public Library, and the citizens of Astoria for this wonderful gift.” “We are delighted to give these journals to the Oregon Supreme Court for its legal collection, where we know they will be treasured and preserved as part of Oregon’s legal history,” LaMear said.

Just before 2 pm Saturday the Astoria Police Department, Astoria Fire Department, and Medix Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash on Leif Erickson Drive in the 5300 Block, near the Crest Motel. 

Upon, arrival Officers were directed to the North side of the roadway where a 1989 Ford Bronco vehicle had traveled over the embankment striking a tree.

Seaside Police and detectives from the Clatsop County Major Crime Teams continue their search for suspects in the early Sunday morning robbery and shooting at a Seaside Hotel. The 36-year-old victim's condition has been upgraded and he continues to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting at a Portland-area hospital. 

While police are still evaluating information, they continue to work leads associated with the case. And while the incident transpired at a local motel, the focus of the investigation is on a single motel room where the incident is believed to have taken place. 

Police believe the victim and suspects had made contact prior to the robbery and shooting and this was not a random act. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, names of those believed to be involved are not being released at this time. Authorities continue to believe there is no threat to the local community. 

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