Wednesday, September 17, 2014


    The latest unofficial results from the Clatsop County Elections Department say Lianne Thompson will be the new Clatsop County commissioner for District 5, with 59 percent of the vote:  836 votes over candidate Dale Barrett’s 570 votes, or 40 percent of the total.

    Lianne Thompson will begin her term in January when the current District 5 commissioner Matt Samuelson’s term ends.
    District 5 represents the southern portion of Clatsop County including Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, Elsie, Jewell and Hamlet and portions of Seaside.  


Oregon Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian today announced that Oregon’s minimum wage will increase to $9.25 on January 1, 2015, providing a $.15 per hour raise for 141,822 workers.
The Bureau of Labor and Industries says the adjustment will mean that minimum wage earners working 30 hours a week will have $234 more to spend on goods in 2015. The increase is expected to generate more than $25 million in new consumer spending for Oregon’s economy next year.

Each year, the minimum wage is recalculated by measuring the increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a figure published by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics to track prices for a fixed “market basket” of goods.  Passed by a coalition of senior, hunger and labor advocates in 2002, Oregon’s minimum wage system ensures that workers don’t lose ground to inflation.

The 2015 minimum wage increase will affect roughly eight percent of Oregon’s workforce.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Apartment fire breaks out in Seaside

On Monday, September 15, 2014 at approximately 9:32 p.m. an apartment fire was reported at 150 S. Wahanna, apartment 7A. Automatic aid responded from Gearhart, Cannon Beach and Hamlet to assist Seaside Fire Department.

Shortly after arriving on scene, the call was expanded to a second alarm.

All occupants of the six-unit building were displaced with Red Cross providing assistance for some of the five families. The apartments are owned by Northwest Oregon Housing Authority, managed by Guardian Management. One of the residents was transported by Medix.

Damage to the property is estimated at $80,000, although total property value is unknown at this time. The scene will be turned over to the Clatsop County Fire Investigation team for further investigation.

Additional agencies involved because of the second alarm included Lewis & Clark Fire, Warrenton Fire and Astoria Fire. Seaside Police and Pacific Power also responded to the call. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Warmer Temperatures Prompt Forest Closures

The recent hot and dry weather is expected to return on Wednesday, September 10th to Oregon's  north coast.  As of 1:00 a.m. Monday, September 8,  fire officials increased the local fire danger level.  The Clatsop County Fire Fighters Association and the Oregon Department of Forestry want to caution the public to be on the lookout for wildfires.

Locally we have had human caused fires countywide that have local fire officials and forest landowners concerned.  Currently in Clatsop County some industrial forestlands are closed to the public; ODF state forests remain open. Hunters and recreationalists are reminder to have a shovel and an extinguisher or one gallon of water in their vehicles when traveling in the forest.

Campfires are only allowed in designated campgrounds or at homes that have an ODF waiver.  Permitted burn barrels may burn until 10:00 daily.
To report a wildfire, call 911 or ODF at 503-325-5451.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Highlights Wednesday, July 23, 2014 regular meeting

Clatsop Plains plan
The board approved the North Clatsop Plains Sub-Area Plan. The plan implements strategies developed by the 2012 Joint Land-Use Study, a cooperative project between Clatsop County, the Oregon Military Department and other partners aimed at reducing existing and potential conflicts between Camp Rilea Armed Forces Training Center and surrounding areas.
The sub-area plan and accompanying comprehensive plan and land-use ordinance amendments address development, open space, natural and ecological features, water quality, traffic access and trails and recreation. The amendments establish an overlay zone in the North Clatsop Plains Area that maintains existing density limits, encourages clustered development and applies noise-attenuation construction standards.

Oregon Pipeline appeal
The board voted to direct the county’s land-use legal counsel to file a cross-appeal with the Oregon Court of Appeals regarding a challenge filed recently by Oregon Pipeline Company LLC against two rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals. On June 27 LUBA remanded the Oregon Pipeline’s land-use application back to the county based on its finding that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was not impartial when he voted with the majority of the board to withdraw the county’s original approval of the application for reconsideration and to later reject it.

Other Business
In other business the board:
-Granted a 3.5-percent salary raise to County Manager Scott Somers following his annual performance review. The raise is in addition to a 2.13-percent cost-of-living increase and brings Somers’ salary to $127,416.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014


As a result of an appeal filed by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a hearing before the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on the project application set for Sept. 10 has been cancelled.
On Friday, July 18, Oregon Pipeline Company LLC filed a petition for review with the Oregon Court of Appeals to review two recent rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA): a remand of the board of commissioners’ October 2013 decision rejecting the company’s consolidated land-use application, and the dismissal of an appeal filed by project opponent Columbia Riverkeeper against the board’s original November 2010 ruling approving the application.

Thursday, July 17, 2014


In response to a ruling from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will hold a new hearing on the Oregon Pipeline land-use application on Sept. 10.
The hearing was set after a special executive session of the board Wednesday.
In a ruling released June 27, LUBA remanded the application back to the county based on its finding that Commissioner Peter Huhtala was not impartial when he voted with the majority of the board to withdraw the original approval and later to deny Oregon Pipeline LLC’s consolidated land-use application to build 41 miles of natural gas pipeline through the county. The remand means the board must reconsider the application without Huhtala taking part in the decision.