A small army of law enforcement officers when knocking on doors in rural south Clatsop County early Friday and arrested eight people in a coordinated drug bust at two separate addresses.
Ron Wyden is a very good listener.
Oregon's senior United States Senator has had plenty of practice. On Friday morning Wyden and his team conducted the Senator's 844th community town hall meeting. Wyden has upheld a pledge to hold town halls in every county in the state since he won an upset election over incumbent Bob Duncan to the House of Representatives in 1981 and continued when he won the Senate seat vacated by Bob Packwood in 1996.
This town hall was for Clatsop County and was held in Seaside City Hall. Even though it was Friday at eleven o'clock in the morning on a busy Hood To Coast weekend, people stopped whatever they were doing and filled the council chamber eager to have the chance to talk to Wyden and hear his perspective on the issues of the day.
On Saturday morning (8/26/2017) just before 4 am Astoria Police and Fire Department were dispatched to Astoria Warehousing for a report of a large fire located in pallets stored on the pier behind a locked gate. Due to the size of the fire, mutual aid was requested from Warrenton Fire Department. The US Coast Guard also responded from Station Cape Disappointment due to piles of burning pallets falling into the river.
A 36-year-old Hood to Coast runner was taken into custody Saturday morning following the theft of a vehicle that led to several charges.
On 8/26/17, at about 2 am, a suspect that race participants identified as HTC Runner David Jon Blackmon, of Bend, Oregon, was involved in the theft of a pickup belonging to a portable restroom company that was servicing its portable units at Exchange 24 in the Birkenfeld area.
The vehicle didn't go far, however.
Astoria Public Works Department never lacks for projects and many are huge. The Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) project that rebuilds the city stormwater and sewer system to prevent overwhelming the sewage treatment facility sending raw sewage into the Columbia, has been taken in stages now for several years with the east end of town the next challenge.
While that project is in various stages, the city engineering department has been laying the complex groundwork for another critical multi-phase renovation project on Astoria's waterfront.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) has released findings from the 2017 Point-in-Time Homeless Count which took place in January. Every two years, communities across Oregon come together to identify the number of homeless individuals living in sheltered and unsheltered locations, demographic trends surrounding homelessness, and the unmet needs of homeless households. Little has changed in Clatsop County.
In a relatively brief meeting Monday, the Astoria Council approved two agreements for use of the Astoria Aquatic Center by outside parties and the council approved an engineering contract, without competitive bidding, for work on the city water headworks. The council learned how a new inventory of all Parks and Rec managed trees in the city will improve parks.
Astoria police arrested a man accused of multiple car prowls a few days ago. Police caught the suspect with the goods and are still working to get those items back to the rightful owners. Astoria officer Gerig still has cell phones, a GPS, two large flat-screen TVs, and sunglasses along with several other minor items that have not been claimed.
The Oregon Department of Forestry, in conjunction with several other majority landowners in this area (Hampton Tree Farms, Clatsop County and the City of Astoria), is going to be closing the gate on the East end of pipeline road in an effort to mitigate the risk of fire during the 2017 fire season. This is also in regards to the anticipated influx of the people visiting Oregon for the Solar Eclipse. These measures are being taken in an effort to try and keep the forest safe. These restrictions will go into effect beginning Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at 8:00 a.m.