Category Archives: Daily Astorian

Amtrak gives Oregon, Washington state timetable for activating positive train control 

Amtrak’s CEO has given Oregon and Washington state officials a timeline for when the company will activate automatic safety braking systems in the Pacific Northwest. This is the technology many experts believe could have prevented last month’s deadly train derailment south of Tacoma. Source: Amtrak gives Oregon, Washington state timetable for activating positive train control […]
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Our View: Drill here but not there? Heck, no

The ink had barely dried on our editorial this week expressing concerns about the Trump administration’s green light to more private offshore drilling leases when an odd thing happened. Ryan Zinke, the president’s interior secretary, traveled to Florida to meet urgently with the governor, Rick Scott. And at the end of an extremely cordial meeting, […]
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Guest column: Housing for all, not the lucky few

Astoria, rightly so, has had a housing goal for the past three years in response to one of the worst housing crises the city has seen since World War II. The lack of housing options across all income levels — not just workforce housing — is abysmal and has been well-chronicled by The Daily Astorian. […]
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Guest column: Vacation rentals exacerbate affordable housing and homeless crisis in Clatsop County

On Jan. 24, our county commissioners will vote on a vacation rental ordinance that will allow for unlimited vacation rentals with inadequate regulations throughout Clatsop County. This, at a time when other communities in our region are tightening restrictions on the number of vacation rentals and expanding their regulations to mitigate and protect their communities […]
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Clatsop County led northwest Oregon in population growth

The county added nearly 600 residents last year for a 1.5 percent growth rate. Clatsop County was the fastest growing northwest Oregon county outside the Portland metro area last year, according to statistics from Portland State University’s Population Research Center. Source: Clatsop County led northwest Oregon in population growth – Local News – The Daily […]
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Recycling going strong in Astoria

Most Astorians have embraced expanded curbside recycling. Since a program for the pickup of glass, yard debris and compost rolled out in September, Astoria has been diverting around 30 tons of material a month. Recology, which collects trash and recycling in the city, reports there are 2,300 compost and glass customers, putting participation in the […]
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State bridges in Clatsop County battle age, wood rot

Structural deficiencies cited on three local crossings. Several aging highway bridges in Clatsop County require significant work to remain viable. The state Department of Transportation rated crossings of U.S. Highway 101 over Ecola Creek, U.S. Highway 26 over Little Humbug Creek and Oregon Highway 104 over the Skipanon River as structurally deficient in the 2017 […]
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Pacific perch stocks declared ‘rebuilt’

Species that limited groundfish catch recovered 34 years ahead of schedule. In welcome news for commercial fishermen, an important West Coast groundfish stock that was formerly overfished has now been rebuilt. Pacific ocean perch, which is managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS or NOAA Fisheries), has constrained […]
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Downtown Astoria: Success built upon renewal

In the late 1980s, gutsy downtown property owners began renovating their buildings. There was no reason to do so, other than eternal optimism. Hundreds of Astorians lost their jobs earlier that decade when the Bumble Bee Cannery shuttered its doors. The Astoria Plywood Mill was teetering. The nation was in a recession. Source: Downtown Astoria: […]
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Price talks delay crab season

The commercial Dungeness crab season was set to open Monday in most of Oregon and Washington state. Crab boats loaded with pots sat at the docks all weekend while fishermen and processors remained in a gridlock over prices. The commercial Dungeness crab season was set to open Monday in most of Oregon and Washington state, […]
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