Category Archives: Daily Astorian

For timber, a steady decline in jobs

Downward trend sparked political backlash. Even amid the economic recovery from the Great Recession, Clatsop County’s timber industry has declined. Jobs in forestry and logging are off by nearly 40% from 2008 — 280 to 169 in 2018 — while wood and paper manufacturing fell by more than a quarter, or 1,294 to 948. Source: […]
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Guest Column: Make affordable housing a priority

For years, folks in Clatsop County have talked about how to get more affordable housing. This term usually means private housing available to anybody on the open market and costs no more than 30% of monthly gross income. In 2015, Astoria issued a report specifically about affordable housing. The report has a good description of […]
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Instant hatchery the first of its kind

Built inside a shipping container. From the outside, the shipping container might not look like anything special. But inside, more than 5 million chum salmon eggs will incubate and hatch next year. This is the vision of Tod Jones and Roger Warren, owners of Redd Zone LLC and creators of the first instant hatchery of […]
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McIntosh is the county’s new presiding judge

Moves into role after Brownhill’s retirement. Judge Dawn McIntosh is the new presiding judge at Clatsop County Circuit Court. McIntosh moved up to Courtroom 300 over the weekend, which was previously held by Paula Brownhill, who retired at the end of October after 25 years on the bench. Source: McIntosh is the county’s new presiding […]
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For timber, a steady decline in jobs

Even amid the economic recovery from the Great Recession, Clatsop County’s timber industry has declined. Source: For timber, a steady decline in jobs

Documentary highlights child care dilemma

Screening held at the college. Community leaders and educators convened Wednesday night at Clatsop Community College for a panel discussion to address the lack of child care and preschool options in Clatsop County. The discussion followed a screening of the documentary, “No Small Matter,” which investigates the importance of early childhood education. Source: Documentary highlights […]
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Our View: Save oyster growing on Willapa Bay

Nearly 13 years ago, when imidacloprid was first being considered to combat the burrowing shrimp population explosion in Willapa Bay, it appeared possible it might be licensed by 2012. It was by 2012 that Northwest oyster growers had agreed to quit using a much harsher pesticide. Earlier this month, after enormous expenditures of time, money […]
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Guest Column: Bill could harm air ambulance service

In Clatsop County, we are home to beautiful landscapes like beaches, state forests and mountains. We’re also home to one of the world’s deadliest bars — the Graveyard of the Pacific — the Columbia River Bar. Unfortunately, we’re over 100 miles away from the nearest high-level trauma center. This leaves us in a challenging situation. […]
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Local law enforcement leaders urge more investment in prekindergarten

Local law enforcement leaders gathered Thursday in Astoria to urge the state to invest more in prekindergarten. Astoria Police Chief Geoff Spalding, Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman and District Attorney Ron Brown attended a press conference at Gray School joined by Martha Brooks, the state director for Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, Northwest Early Learning […]
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Democrats highlight complaints in Mitchell recall

The Democratic Party of Oregon is calling attention to a trio of complaints filed against the two political action committees involved in the effort to recall state Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell. In a press release Thursday, the party outlined allegations made in three separate complaints filed by voters against the leaders of two political action committees […]
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