Latest Astoria News

Editorials from around Oregon

Sep. 18, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Medford Mail Tribune, Sept. 18, on federal financial support: Rural counties in Western states have fought for years to receive reasonable compensation for the vast swaths of federal land within their borders. Members of Congress spend considerable time...

Lawsuit filed against county mental health agency

Sep. 4, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A former adult foster home licenser at Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare has filed a $550,000 lawsuit against the agency alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. The Astorian reports Carole Purtle claims she was subjected to sexual harassment from a co-worker and that her complaints...

Dry farming plants seeds along Oregon Coast

Aug. 31, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — In mid-May, as soon as the sun came out and the soil warmed, Teresa Retzlaff dug into the earth at 46 North Farm. She filled holes with seeds and starts of zucchini, dry beans, summer squash and more. She covered the holes with soil and made sure the beds were free of weeds. And then,...

Heat wave fells records in several Oregon cities

Aug. 28, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several Oregon cities broke records for high temperatures as the state endures a late-summer heat wave, including one record from 1894. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that the coastal city of Astoria broke a 125-year-old record Tuesday, hitting 91 degrees (32 Celsius)....

New maps chart possible course for estuary restoration

Aug. 25, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Oregon (AP) — A new survey reveals the West Coast has lost about 85% of its historical estuary habitat, but the mapping could also help identify restoration opportunities and provide a baseline for predicting future changes. Though large estuaries like the Columbia River have been mapped and...

Hotel, estate to pay $1M over Columbia River oil spill

Aug. 7, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A proposed consent decree filed in court says a historic luxury hotel in Astoria, Oregon, and a private estate would pay nearly $1 million in damages to the government for cleanup of oil that spilled into the Columbia River from a fuel tank beneath a partially collapsed pier. The...

Man with head injury rescued from boat that ran aground

Aug. 6, 2019 9:10 AM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Coast Guard crews hoisted a man with a head injury from a sport fishing vessel that ran aground near Chinook Harbor, Washington. The Coast Guard says the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center in Astoria, Oregon, was notified at 10:40 a.m. Monday that a person aboard a 20-foot...

Oregon fishing regulations aim to avoid whale entanglement

Jul. 23, 2019 2:50 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife officials have proposed new regulations to avoid entangling whales in commercial fishing gear used by the state's Dungeness crab industry. The Daily Astorian reports state fishery officials presented recommendations to avoid unwanted whale interactions to the Oregon...