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Annual payroll information is in for 2016 for Northwest Oregon businesses and you may be wondering, how does your industry measure up in the grand scheme of things? Here’s the snapshot:

According to numbers compiled by the state employment department, Clatsop County’s private-sector employment leader was leisure and hospitality which includes accommodations, food services, arts, entertainment and recreation businesses and employed more than 4,300. The industry with the largest total payroll was education and health services with over $110 million in total payroll. Manufacturing led the average wages within the county with an average wage of $56,027. The largest number of businesses was in the trade, transportation, and utility industry which includes retail and wholesale trade businesses.

Members of the city library board meet with Warrenton city commissioners in a work session this evening at 5 pm the topic of discussion is the tax levy for the library that ends June 30, 2018

At the regular commission meeting starting at 6 pm the commission will hold a public hearing on the city budget for the fiscal year that starts in July and consider a resolution to adopt that 30 million dollar budget and establish property tax rates based on a 3% increase in the base rate to $1.67 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation.  Voter-approved option levies are added to that amount for police and the library bringing the rate up to a little over $2 per thousand.

Local first responders had their hands full over the past weekend as hot weather in the valley caused thousands to seek relief at the beach.  There were three rear end crashes within a tight time frame on Highway 26, another incident involving an argument between a tow truck driver and another man that ended up with both pulling handguns, luckily nobody fired. Then there was a fight on 26 between the occupants of three different vehicles that are still under investigation. Add to that a serious injury accident that saw a driver claim to have fallen asleep that caused him to cross the center line, sideswiped one car and continued into a head-on collision with a second vehicle.

 

Columbia Memorial Hospital has been recertified by the State of Oregon as a Level IV Trauma Center and the only hospital in the immediate area to carry that designation. That makes Astoria's medical facility the first destination for emergency transports when people are severely injured.

Astoria, Warrenton, and Seaside each host a community celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is seeking public comment on a request to exempt from fish passage requirements a proposed culvert at an unnamed tributary to Young’s Bay, which is connected to the Columbia River in Clatsop County. Comments are due by July 14, 2017. This in spite of the fact ODFW has already determined the proposed project really won't impact fish at all.

Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill on Wednesday (6/21) contributed $20,000 to the Clatsop County Parks Department for use towards the creation of a playground at the new Westport County Park.  In 2015, Georgia-Pacific donated 27 acres of property to Clatsop County to be used towards the creation of a park to benefit Westport residents.

Support for the arts and cultural community in Clatsop County shows significant economic return according to a just-released study by the Americans for the Arts organization.
The study estimates the economic impact of arts and culture in communities that agreed to organize data under strict guidelines according to the Oregon Arts Commission. Statewide the study reveals arts and culture jobs in Oregon generated $469.5 million in household income. In Clatsop County, the figure for household income tops $6.7 million to local residents.

As school was winding down for the year this month there were several instances where local schools came under threats from various means that led to several to enact lockdowns. Astoria city councilor Zetty Nemlowill says as a mother of three school-aged children she understands how this impacts parents and suggested that schools need additional protection.

Astoria Police and the Clatsop County Major Crime team are sorting through a complex case involving an assault Monday evening involving several people with a Port Townsend, Washington man stabbed in an area near the Doughboy Monument.

The Astoria City Council mulled over the proposal to impose a three dollar per meter per month parks fee on residential water users last night once again and came away with a different directive to city staff.  City Councilor Bruce Jones says there has been a lot of community discussion about that fee proposal and the idea of imposing it on water bills for homeowners and not commercial businesses.  In the case of apartments and condos, there may only be one water meter serving the complex missing those apartment dwellers

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