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A Gearhart ballot measure that would have repealed and replaced that town's short-term rental laws was defeated by voters in Tuesday's Special Election.  Warrenton voters approved a higher local option levy to operate the town library for five years.

In the second unofficial tally, Tuesday night the county reports the turn-out for the election was just a little over 39 percent.

77 percent of the voters who cast a ballot in Gearhart voted against an initiative that would have loosened the rules the city put in place for owners of vacation rentals keeping those requirements in place.

Warrenton voters cast 55 percent in favor of a new five-year tax levy to operate the city library. The new levy replaces a previous local option tax with one that will make it possible for the library to offer a few more services.

 

According to a 2016 estimate by the Department of Veterans Affairs, we are losing 362 American WWII veterans every day. The few remaining, approximately 558,000, WWII veterans will soon be gone, taking with them their stories of life during the war. 

Veterans' Legacies, a non-profit group based in Oregon, is working to capture personal accounts of WWII veterans in order to preserve and share them in a free, online database, available to the public. 

Gary Mortensen, co-founder of Veterans' Legacies, and Mark Browning, executive director of the organization, have recently expanded their efforts to collect the stories of Oregon's WWII veterans. In response to the growing urgency of the situation, Mortensen and Browning looked for ways to increase the ability to research and interview surviving veterans, and their families.

Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, who has served on the Clatsop Community College Board of Directors since 2000, has been named the 2017 Howard Cherry Awards Outstanding Board Member by the Oregon Community College Association.

 Baker-Monaghan, a native Northwesterner, was lauded by CCC President Chris Breitmeyer as an outstanding leader, campus diversity champion, and passionate advocate for classroom security and campus safety. In addition to CCC, she has served on Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR), the Lewis and Clark National Park Association, is Past-President of the Astoria Rotary Club and has been chair of the Lower Columbia Tourism Committee. She also served 12 years in public office from 1991 - 2003 with the City of Seaside, 4 1/2 years on the Planning Commission, 4 years on the City Council, and 4 years as Mayor. 

 

If you work in the hospitality industry you may already be aware of a scam where hotel guests get a call in their room from a person claiming to be the hotel front desk and asking for credit card information from the guest again because "something went wrong" with the computer when the guest checked in. The guest, unless they've heard of this scam, doesn't realize that call could be coming from anyone.  It's always a good idea to handle these situations by going down to the front desk and handling the transaction face to face to avoid giving out personal information over the phone.

Here's another twist, and it happened recently in Cannon Beach according to the police department. An unknown subject contacted the hotel dining room/ restaurant by phone, claiming to be from their accounting department. The subject reported there had been problems posting room service credit card billings. Using this as his justification, the subject was able to obtain information from staff, including guest names, guest rooms, and specific room service meals.

With that information, the scammer can then call each guest, claim their card didn't go through and ask for that information over the phone. The guest has no idea it's not the front desk calling. It sounds legitimate because the crook has such specific information.

Police suggest that hotel operators be alert to the possibility of this criminal activity and call police if a similar incident takes place.

  

Washington County Sheriff's Office detectives are asking for the public's assistance locating 15-year-old Annieka Vaughan, who ran away from her residence in Aloha on October 30, 2017. 

Detectives believe Annieka is likely with 23-year-old Zachary Petersen of Pasco, WA, who is the suspect in a sexual abuse investigation being conducted by the Benton County Sheriff's Office. Annieka is the alleged victim in that case.  Police say they may be traveling to Seaside.

By late next week, you'll start seeing messages popping up on social media platforms talking about something called "Shop Plaid" and "Plaid Friday". 

It's part of a campaign to be launched by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) aimed at encouraging shopping local independent merchants during the holidays.

Strong public support means Astoria will be getting a new and improved Co-op grocery store as the Astoria Co-op reports they have successfully raised $1.5 million by the goal deadline.

“We’re blown away by the Co-op support that we’ve seen. It’s a clear demonstration of the fact people want to see this new store happen—and as soon as possible—because we reached our goal on time,” General Manager Matt Stanley said.

Clatsop County encourages everyone to attend the screening of a film that is sparking community conversations about the challenges of teens growing up in front of screens and how that screen time affects the lives of educators and parents.

 

 Copalis and Mocrocks beaches will open later this week for razor clam digging along with Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

 Shellfish managers gave the OK today for digging at Copalis and Mocrocks after marine toxin test results indicated clams from those beaches are safe to eat. Last week, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved an opening at Long Beach and Twin Harbors.

 State health officials had asked for an additional test on clams at Copalis and Mocrocks after seeing an indication that toxin levels may be rising on those two northern beaches.

 Tests conducted this week found toxin levels at Copalis and Mocrocks meet state health standards, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for WDFW.

 The upcoming dig is approved on the following beaches, dates and evening low tides:

 

  • Nov. 2Thursday6:03 p.m.; 0.1 feet; Copalis
  • Nov. 3Friday6:47 p.m.; -0.7 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks
  • Nov. 4Saturday7:31 p.m.; -1.2 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis
  • Nov. 5Sunday7:16 p.m.; -1.4 feet; Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Mocrocks

After five years with the City of Astoria, Fire chief Ted Ames has announced his retirement.

 “The past five years with the City of Astoria have been the most challenging, yet rewarding years I’ve spent working as Fire Chief,” Ames said.  “I leave with the incredible satisfaction of knowing our work at the fire department has made a positive and at times dramatic impact on the lives of the people being served.

 

Community support for a new Astoria Co-op Grocery is strong as that local organization is in the home stretch of a capital fundraising campaign to build that expanded facility.

As of Thursday, the Co-op reports raising $1.2 million on the sale of dividend yielding stock to its Oregon-resident owners in little more than a month. The goal is to hit $1.5 million by the end of October to stay on track for building a new store.

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