Thursday, April 17, 2014


Clatsop County residents interested in applying for health insurance coverage under the Cover Oregon insurance marketplace can get personal assistance at one of two Application Fairs April 23 and 24.
The events are:
Cannon Beach – April 23, 1-5:30 p.m. – City Hall, 163 E. Gower
Warrenton – April 24, 3-6 p.m. – Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, 147 S. Main

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Volunteer Weather Watchers Wanted For The Skywarn Severe Weather Spotters Program

The National Weather Service Portland office is offering training for volunteer weather spotters along Oregon's north coast.

Volunteer spotters will learn to make accurate and timely weather reports to aid the National Weather Service in saving lives and property during severe weather events. After training, volunteers will be on a roster to be called, or to call in for reports about severe weather in their area.

A training will be held Thursday, April 24th, 7 to 8:30pm, at Nehalem Bay Fire and Rescue, 36375, US Highway 101 North. 

Next month at training will be held Thursday, May 15th, 7pm, at Cannon Beach Fire and Rescue, 188 Sunset Boulevard.

An abbreviated training will be offered online for those who cannot attend the in-person sessions.  The virtual training will be held Tuesday, April 29th, at 7pm.

All training sessions are free of charge.

More information on the SkyWarn Severe Weather Spotter program on the National Weather Service site:

Clatsop Community College Offers Training for Literacy Tutors

Clatsop Community College continues its training series for practicing tutors, and others who are interested in becoming volunteer literacy tutors, on Saturday, April 26, 11am – 2pm, in Columbia Hall, room 117, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria.
Volunteers tutors will explain what works best for students who face many barriers to improved literacy.  Get practical advice on simple lesson planning and assessments.  Sample materials that the literacy program provides will be available for review.  Call 503-338-2557 or email Eileen Purcell ( to sign up or for additional information.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

911 Lines Back Up Most Places After Outage In Washington.

Service appears to be restored to 911 systems in Washington's Pacific and Wahkiakum counties according to officials. Clark and Cowliz Counties say service may be sporadic.  Officials remind people NOT to call 911 "just to see if its working".  911 is for emergency calls only. 

Alternate numbers you can call if you have an emergency.

Pacific County:  360-875-9397 or 369-642-9397

Wahkiakum County: 360-795-3242

Cowlitz County: 360-577-3098

For more alternate numbers in Washington, Click here

Wednesday, April 9, 2014


The Board of Clatsop County Commissioners recognized local volunteers during their morning meeting today (Wed).  The board proclaimed April 6th through 12th as Volunteer Week in Clatsop County.

Sue Farmer, County Volunteer Coordinator, said over the past year, 520 volunteers provided 19,626 hours of service with a value of $434,520.00 to the county. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014


Clatsop County residents and the rest of Oregon have until April 30 to apply for health insurance coverage through Cover Oregon.
Gov. John Kitzhaber announced the deadline extension March 26.
People who apply for coverage through Cover Oregon during the extended application period and enroll later will not be subject the potential federal tax penalty.
In addition, an agreement between Cover Oregon and participating insurance providers offers small businesses access to federal tax credits for 2014.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Clatsop County Commisssion Meeting Highlights, Wednesday, March 26th

Marijuana facility moratorium
The board conducted the first reading of an ordinance imposing a moratorium on medical marijuana facilities in the unincorporated county. The moratorium bans the operation of dispensaries and other facilities that provide marijuana products to medical marijuana card holders until May 1, 2015.
Earlier in March the Oregon Legislature passed a bill granting cities and counties the ability to impose moratoriums on medical marijuana facilities effective until May 1, 2015. Currently no medical marijuana facilities operate in the unincorporated county.
The board will resume a public hearing on the ordinance and take a final vote at its April 23 meeting.

Diking district transfer
The board approved a letter of intent re-assigning easements of Diking District #13 from Clatsop County to the Bonneville Power Administration. The district, which came under the county’s administration after it was dissolved in the 1970s, covers property along the Youngs River and Walluski River that is the location of a project aimed at restoring the land to natural conditions by the modification and removal of some of the surrounding dikes.
The project is a cooperative effort of the BPA, Astoria Wetlands LLC and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe.

Commissioner liaison duties
The board re-assigned some of its liaison appointments to outside agency boards in light of the appointment of Matt Samuelson as new commissioner for District 5. Those assignments are: