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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Jeffrey Green, the owner of a fishing boat called the Emerald Sea, $28,800 for spilling about 300 gallons of diesel fuel into the Skipanon River near Warrenton in August 2016.

While not making any final decisions Wednesday morning, the Astoria city council in a special session gave city manager Brett Estes further direction on the disposition of four city-owned properties preliminarily targeted for possible sale.

The four were identified by the council as Tidal Rock, First Post Office Park, U.S. Custom House Recreation and Birch BallField.

Of those four, the council reached consensus on gathering more information on Birch Ballfield in Alderbrook with the possibility of dropping its designation as a city park and offering the property for sale for homebuilders.

The Coast Guard’s cleanup efforts of an oil spill in the Columbia River adjacent to the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in Astoria are winding down but containment boom and absorbent boom will remain in place for months to come.

At the end of January 2018, Columbia Memorial Hospital announced the hire of Zach Schmitt its new chief financial officer.  Schmitt joined the hospital’s administrative team in January 2017.  This week the Astoria hospital announced the decision to complete its upper-level management team with Nicole Williams as the new chief operating officer (COO).

The Coast Guard assisted and transported an injured man aboard an anchored ship at the Astoria anchorage on the Columbia River, early Monday morning.

A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, from Station Cape Disappointment, transported 11 members of the Clatsop County high-angle rescue team to assist a man that had been injured aboard the motor vessel Ergina Luck and transport him to emergency medical services at the 17th Street Pier in Astoria.

Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden has come out swinging over the Trump administration plan to incorporate privatization schemes into the federal budget.

"This is another broken promise to rebuild America's aging infrastructure. It is a plan for wealthy investors who only care about wasting taxpayer dollars to fund their privatization schemes." Says Wyden.

The Senior Oregon Senator, who is the ranking member on Senate Finance, points out that Republicans passed up the opportunity to use taxes from earnings from overseas profits to fix and improve our roads, bridges, and highways. "Now they are looking under couch cushions and chairs for spare change while forcing communities and cities to hike taxes and charge Trump tolls", said Wyden in a Monday news release.

Senator Wyden warns that a Trump plan to sell the Bonneville Power Administration and cuts to the budget for the Hanford nuclear reservation cleanup are misguided and dangerous.

Astoria city staff have been drilling down on a city council directive to consider the sale of several city-own properties that are currently maintained by Parks and Recreation staff.

Even though the city owns that land, selling those parcels isn’t an easy chore.

 At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a call in the area of Avenue K and S. Jackson Street in Seaside after a report of a strong chemical smell coming from inside the residence.

Once on scene, Seaside Fire was aided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Hazmat Team based out of the Astoria Fire Department to begin an investigation into the reason for the smell.

As the March 6th deadline approaches a second candidate has announced the intention to run for the Clatsop county commission for District 3.

Pamela Wev is the vice-chair of the county Democratic Central Committee who says she knows what good government looks like.

Clatsop County is looking at converting the Oregon Youth Authority facility in Warrenton into a jail to replace the operation in Astoria.

The Oregon Youth Authority North Coast Correctional facility was closed on October 1, 2017. Next Wednesday (2/14) the Clatsop County Commission will hear a presentation prepared by planning consultant DLR group for a 148 to 152-bed facility priced at over $24 million.

The Clatsop County District Attorney's office is reviewing a weekend drug bust with the possibility of more charges being brought after local authorities arrested six people.  On Saturday, February 03, 2018, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and Seaside Police Department executed a search warrant in the county near Warrenton. 

Richard Leroy Baker (56) was found in possession of over 6 grams of Heroin prepacked for delivery, approximately 300.00 dollars in US currency, digital scales, packaging material, drug records and 13 firearms. Richard was lodged in Clatsop County Jail for Delivery of a Controlled Substance-Heroin.

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