Category Archives: Daily Astorian

Oregon, Washington debate Columbia River salmon policies

Oregon and Washington state are still figuring out what to do with gillnets on the Columbia River. A committee that includes fish and wildlife commissioners from both states met for the first time Thursday with staff in Salem to go over areas where the states maintain different policies for the river. Source: Oregon, Washington debate […]
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Local transit funding hit hard by government shutdown

The Sunset Empire Transportation District is missing more than half of its operational funding because of the government shutdown and could soon have to look at cutbacks. Jeff Hazen, the transportation district’s director, said the agency receives about 56 percent of operational money through reimbursements from Federal Transit Administration grants, amounting to about $143,000 per […]
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Boone behind bill to tighten public records requests

Bill was introduced by Johnson. In one of her last legislative actions before retiring, state Rep. Deborah Boone recommended a bill that would tighten requirements for public records requests. State Sen. Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, introduced Senate Bill 609 on Monday on Boone’s behalf. Under state law, public records requests can be broad, covering an entire […]
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Our View: Banning plastic bags makes great sense

Plastic bags are lightweight, handy and easily thrown away after use. Just about everyone will have used those disposable bags from the grocery store to carry their foodstuffs home, and occasionally a second or third use to temporarily store or transport some reasonably light item — then tossed them away when they split. Source: Our […]
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On coastal highways, a rocky road

State often deals with rockfalls and slides. Storms have yet to cause a major landslide on U.S. Highway 101 this winter, but it is the time of year when road crews expect to see some damage. If you’re new to the state Department of Transportation’s district office in Astoria and low on the totem pole, […]
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Clatsop Community College fundraising hopes fall well short

Consultant says $4M of $14M target is realistic. Clatsop Community College can realistically only raise $4 million of the $14 million it had hoped to gather to help pay for a new maritime sciences center. The announcement by a fundraising consultant puts into jeopardy the college’s hope for $22 million to build a new, modernized […]
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Port of Astoria sees big economic impact at airport

A $75.5 million benefit. The Port of Astoria hopes the Astoria Regional Airport’s connection to the military and Columbia River commerce will help the aging airfield get a higher priority with the state. The state is updating the Oregon Aviation Plan for the first time in more than a decade. Gary Kobes, the Port’s airport […]
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Ports in Astoria, Ilwaco settle dredging dispute

Private mediation over work at West Mooring Basin. A little over a year ago, the ports of Astoria and Ilwaco signed the first-ever intergovernmental agreement across the Columbia River to dredge the Port’s West Mooring Basin and open 35 slips at a marina with a waiting list of more than 100 boats. But the partnership […]
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Jellyfish show up by the hundreds on the North Coast

A strange glaze on the beach. An incomplete list of things that have recently washed up on North Coast beaches: a giant octopus, dead whales, pyrosomes, Japanese fishing boats, hundreds of Humboldt squid, so much bull kelp, so much plastic. And now, earlier this week, moon jellyfish as far as the eye could see around […]
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Crab fleet brings in catch

First crabs of the season. Though rough seas kept some boats at the dock, many commercial Dungeness crab fishermen began pulling gear and delivering crab to processors over the weekend. Oregon and Washington state fishermen set gear over the New Year’s holiday under blue skies, but then faced stormy weather leading up to the official […]
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