Friday, February 10, 2012

Astoria Police Seek Information On Stolen Sequentially Numbered Two Dollar Bills

Astoria Police Seek Information About Two Dollar Bills
Sequential Bills Missing
On February 7, 2012 Astoria Police Investigated a residential Burglary. In that burglary it was reported that several sequential two dollar bills were taken.

The Astoria Police Department is requesting that any business or person who may have received sequential two dollar bills contact Officer Scott DeLapp at 503-325-4411.

If someone attempts to utter sequential two dollar bills the Astoria Police Department would like to know as soon as possible about the circumnstances and any suspect information available.

Oregon Coast Alliance Plans Land Use Workshop February 29, 2012(Leap Day)

Striking A Balance: Planning for Healthy Communities
A Free Clatsop County Land Use Workshop
Oregon Coast Alliance and Patrick Wingard, AICP

Invite you to a workshop about Oregon’s unique land use laws.
Learn how to improve both rural and urban communities in Clatsop County.
February 29, 2012 (Leap Day)
4:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Warrenton Community Center
170 SW Third Street, Warrenton
Please join us for a discussion about ways
to best plan for healthy North Coast communities.
Refreshments will be provided.
For further information, please call 503.338.1899
ORCA: Oregon Coast Alliance

Thursday, February 09, 2012

A Message From Oregon Attorney General John Kroger On Fraudulent And Flawed Foreclosure Practices


February 9, 2012

Earlier today it was announced that the nation's five largest banks will provide roughly $25 billion in relief to resolve a multistate investigation of fraudulent and flawed foreclosure practices. Oregon is one of 49 states, including New York and California, that signed on to this agreement which penalizes banks that engaged in wrongful conduct, brings badly needed assistance to distressed homeowners and will help reverse the housing market's downward slide.

For more information about the settlement and homeowner eligibility please visit the official website:

As Attorney General I am deeply committed to protecting consumers and I am confident that signing this agreement is in the best interest of Oregon consumers. Highlights of the agreement include:

An estimated $30 million to the State of Oregon

An estimated $200 million in relief to distressed Oregon homeowners including "underwater" borrowers and homeowners facing foreclosure

Tough new servicing standards that protect all homeowners from unfair and unscrupulous servicing practices

Simply put, I do not believe we could get a better agreement on this limited set of issues if we litigated for several more years and delaying a resolution of this investigation would unnecessarily delay bringing relief to Oregon homeowners who need help now. Because the release in this agreement is narrowly drafted, it will allow Oregon to pursue additional multistate and independent investigations of illegal mortgage securitization and other industry practices that led to the housing crisis.

For more information about Oregon's involvement in the agreement, and what it does and doesn't do, please visit the frequently asked questions on the Oregon DOJ website.


John R. Kroger

Attorney General

Important information - please share:

If you are a distressed homeowner, or if you have gone through the foreclosure process, you may be entitled to additional assistance if your mortgage servicer is participating in the settlement.
The five servicers participating in the settlement are Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citibank, Ally Financial, and Wells Fargo. Each servicer has a dedicated website and toll-free number with specialists ready to answer consumer questions:

Bank of America

JP Morgan Chase


Ally Financial

Wells Fargo

DeFazio's Bill Targets NG Pipeline From Malin To Coos Bay

DeFazio's bill targets LNG pipeline project. It would clarify the reasons a government can use exceptions to build on private land.

February 09, 2012
By Paul Fattig - Mail Tribune

Legislation aimed at protecting private property from the use of eminent domain in building a pipeline designed to export liquefied natural gas has been introduced in Congress.

In introducing the bill on Tuesday, U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., noted the U.S. Constitution limits the use of eminent domain to actions necessary for "public use" but said that pipelines such as the one proposed from Malin to a proposed LNG terminal in Coos Bay fails that test. Instead, it would boost corporate profits while increasing domestic energy costs, he said.....Read Full Mail Tribune Article

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Highlights And Audio Transcripts Of Clatsop County Board Of Commissioners February 8, 2012 Work Session And Regular Meeting

Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Highlights
Wednesday, Feb. 8,
2012 regular meeting
Audio Transcript Of CCBofC February 8, 2012 Work Session
Audio Transcript Of CCBofC February 8, 2012 Regular Meeting

Official minutes available once approved by board

Jail project discussed
During a work session the board received a report from DLR Group consultants regarding the proposed
expansion of the Clatsop County Jail in downtown Astoria. The county is
considering seeking voter approval in May or November for a bond to fund the
Project Manager Bill Valdez of DLR displayed plans showing how the existing structure would be extended eastward, expanding the capacity of the jail unit on the second level
from 60 to 164 beds, and providing for larger and more efficient booking and
intake space and more secure vehicle entry on the ground floor. The design would
also expand the medical facilities and add more units for holding inmates with
mental health and other issues.
The project also
includes the renovation of the Parole and Probation Division office in Warrenton
to accommodate the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Division staff, who are currently
headquartered in the jail facility.
Valdez said cost
estimates for the project are still being finalized and will be available for
the board’s Feb. 22 meeting when a further work session on the jail project is

Highway project contract approved
The Board of
Commissioners approved a $145,382 contract with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants
for design and permitting for a proposed project to alleviate flooding on a
stretch of U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside. The project, tentatively proposed
to go out for bid in July, would remove a berm along the Necanicum River to
reduce or eliminate high water on the highway and restore wetlands on adjacent
property owned by the North Coast Land Conservancy.
The board also
approved an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of
Transportation committing the agency to fund the design contract from its
mitigation banking program.

EOC grant approved
The board accepted a
Federal Emergency Management Agency grant, provided through the Oregon Emergency
Management office, to fund the new communications wing at the county’s Emergency
Operations Center at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. The grant will fund 50 percent of
the project cost, up to $183,913.
The communications
wing will consist of a 1,050-square-foot addition on Camp Rilea’s Warrior Hall,
site of the county EOC. The wing will provide a secure space for the EOC’s
radio, microwave and other communications equipment.

Wetland project endorsed
The board approved a
letter endorsing a project of the Columbia River Estuary Study Task Force to
enhance salmon habitat at Carlson Island, in the Lewis and Clark National
Wildlife Reserve.

Tom Bennett Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 325-1000 ext. 1312

Coalition Group Appeals Against DSL Dredging Permit Approval For Proposed Coos Bay LNG/Coal Export Facitity

February 8, 2012
Dredging News Online

A coalition of local residents, grassroots environmental and clean-energy groups has filed an appeal of the Oregon Department of State Lands’ decision to issue a dredging permit for the Port of Coos Bay that would allow the Port to export dirty coal and liquefied natural gas (LNG).While the “multi-purpose” dredging permit was initially sought to develop an LNG import terminal, the Port of Coos Bay recently entered into a confidential agreement with an undisclosed coal export company seeking to export coal overseas annually, and LNG backers have changed their plans to export domestic gas instead.

Read Full Dredging News Online Article

Monday, February 06, 2012

Oregon Department Of Fish And Wildlife Sets Rules For 2012 Sturgeon Season

Oregon Public Health Department Reminds Parents Of Child Immunization Requirements

Clatsop County Community Relations

The following is from the Oregon Public Health Department:

The Oregon Immunization Program wants to remind parents that just two weeks remain until the deadline to make sure kids’ vaccination records are complete. State law requires that all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities have up-to-date immunizations, or have a religious or medical exemption.

Parents and guardians will receive a letter in late January or early February if their child’s immunization record shows that he or she has not received the required vaccinations. Children will not be able to attend school or child care starting Feb. 15, 2012, if their records on file show missing immunizations.

“We want to make sure children can go to school in a safe, healthy environment free from vaccine-preventable diseases,” said Stacy de Assis Matthews, immunization school law coordinator in the Oregon Health Authority’s Public Health Division.

This year, parents should take note of some important information:

Tdap vaccine requirement: Tdap vaccine is required for seventh- through 10th-graders. Tdap is tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) booster. Whooping cough is a serious health concern in Oregon with about 300 cases recorded in 2011.

Hepatitis A vaccine requirement: The hepatitis A vaccine, which protects against a communicable viral infection, is a two-dose series now required for children 18 months through third grade.

Parents seeking immunizations for their children should contact their health care provider, call the Clatsop County Public Health Department at (503) 325-8500, or call Oregon SafeNet at 1-800-SAFENET or 1-800-723-3638. No one can be turned away from a local health department because of the inability to pay for required vaccines. Additional information on school immunizations can be found on the Oregon Public Health website at

Released by: Tom Bennett
Community Relations Coordinator
(503) 338-3622