Category Archives: Daily Astorian

No easy solution for Cannon Beach bunnies

City has few options for infestation. Curbing a growing bunny population may be more complicated than city officials anticipated. Last month, residents in Tolovana asked the city to address a bunny infestation they claim is destroying gardens and blanketing yards with thick layers of rabbit pellets. Source: No easy solution for Cannon Beach bunnies – […]
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Astoria not alone in struggle to find development director

Position unfilled for a year. Astoria has been without a community development director for a year —a time when major projects and discussions about the city’s future loom large. Since Kevin Cronin, the former director, left last October, City Manager Brett Estes has posted the job several times without success. Astoria isn’t alone. A number […]
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State compensation for gillnetters trickles down

Commercial salmon fishermen adjust to life off Columbia River. Money local commercial salmon fishermen will soon receive as compensation after reform policies pushed them off the Columbia River is “not nothing.” But it’s not quite something, either. “It means a little bit of a paycheck,” said David Quashnick, a gillnetter who has been fishing since […]
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Guest column: Please vote ‘no’ on Measure 105

Unity and inclusiveness are part of our values. I am voting “no” on Measure 105 for three main reasons. One, because I am opposed to racial profiling and discrimination. Two, because our local law enforcement should not spend money from their limited budgets to do the job of federal immigration agents. And three, because I […]
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Roundtable in Ilwaco fishes for salmon solutions

Fishermen, scientists, researchers convene to address reeling coastal communities. Commercial fishing fleets, once known for abundant natural resources and food production, are suffering from increased poverty and food insecurity. In response, about 50 state and local officials, scientists, researchers, business owners and fishermen convened Friday for a “Fisheries Roundtable” discussion at the Columbia Pacific Heritage […]
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Astoria Marine Construction Co. to close in 2019

Company negotiated with the state on cleanup. Astoria Marine Construction Co. will likely close sometime next year as the state Department of Environmental Quality finalizes a proposed $3 million cleanup scheduled to begin next summer. The Lewis and Clark River shipyard, which repairs and refits much of the region’s fishing fleet, has been negotiating with […]
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After new law, felony drug convictions in Clatsop County plummet

Possession a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. Felony drug convictions in Clatsop County dropped by more than 40 percent in the year since a new state law reduced the penalty for drug possession to a misdemeanor for first-time offenders. The stark decline was part of a trend across Oregon, as prosecutors adjusted to a law meant […]
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New state law likely to change how local prosecutors seek indictments

Law will require grand juries to be recorded. A new state law that requires grand jury proceedings to be recorded will likely alter how the Clatsop County District Attorney’s Office seeks many felony indictments. The law will take effect in Clatsop County in July after it was signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown last […]
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Communication dead spots frustrate Cannon Beach police and fire 

Emergency responders look to fix spotty radio communications. For emergency responders in Cannon Beach, being able to communicate with dispatch over the radio while on a call in certain parts of South County is always a gamble. For years, some areas south of Tillamook Head have earned reputations as perpetual dead zones: Haystack Heights. Sections […]
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Pot prices plummet 

Oregon marijuana market still saturated with fall harvest looming. It’s a buyer’s market for recreational marijuana across Oregon. Wholesale pot prices have plummeted to record lows in recent months, concerning growers across the Pacific Northwest as customers continue to find more value at the counter. Source: Pot prices plummet – Coast River Business Journal – […]
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