Lawsuit filed against county mental health agency
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.
Heat wave fells records in several Oregon cities
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.
New maps chart possible course for estuary restoration
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...
Hotel, estate to pay $1M over Columbia River oil spill
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...
Man with head injury rescued from boat that ran aground
SEATTLE (AP) — Coast Guard crews hoisted a man with a head injury from a sport fishing vessel that ran aground near Chinook Harbor, Washington.
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.
Couple sentenced to life in Newport man’s slaying
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Two people have been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a 71-year-old Newport man in 2016.
The Astorian reports Christian Wilkins and Adeena Copell were...
Port of Astoria director resigns amid criticism
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Astoria's executive director has resigned.
Jim Knight's resignation comes a week after a majority of the Port Commission publicly lost confidence in his...
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon wildlife managers are considering updates to the state's elk management strategy, officials said.
New guidance developed by the state will likely be folded into...
On the Astoria Bridge, a cormorant kingdom grows
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — It is near the peak of double-crested cormorant nesting season, but federal biologists have yet to see a single egg on a Columbia River island that once hosted the largest...
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Residents of Oregon's Clatsop County can remember when it was rare to see a bald eagle.
The raptors are now being blamed for killing lambs on northern ranches, The Daily...
Jury finds woman guilty in Newport man’s murder
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A jury has found a woman guilty of the 2016 murder of a 71-year-old Newport man by aiding and abetting her boyfriend with the crime.
Astoria police track aggressive homeless behavior
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria Police Department is beginning to track what it calls "aggressive activity" by people who are homeless.
Police Chief Geoff Spalding said for the most part,...
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The National Park Service is investigating the looting of an archaeological site at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say an Oregon man is accused of posing as a teenager online to solicit sexually explicit images from children.
Sturgeon fishing to open on lower Columbia River in May
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Fisherman looking to land a white sturgeon on the lower Columbia River will get several days to make the attempt starting in May.
Lawsuit: Hospital failed to perform MRI before stroke
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A Washington woman has filed a $4.6 million lawsuit against a hospital in Astoria, Oregon, contending the hospital failed to perform an MRI before she had a stroke that left...
Deputy director sues Northwest Oregon Housing Authority
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An administrator for the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority who was put on leave is suing the organization and its executive director.
Oregon man who calls for help gets arrested on sex charges
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A man who authorities say lured a 13-year-old girl from her Seattle-area home and drove with her into Oregon was arrested when the rental car the two were traveling in became...
Astoria waives water, sewer bills for federal workers
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The City of Astoria is temporarily waiving water and sewer bills for furloughed federal employees who live there.
The Daily Astorian reports Wednesday that anyone who receives a waiver will have to pay the outstanding balance of their water and sewer bill when the government shutdown ends.
Transportation district in Astoria struggles under shutdown
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Sunset Empire Transportation District that services Clatsop County is struggling under the government shutdown.
The Daily Astorian reports Friday that the service provides federally funded rural intercity bus service in the county in far northwest Oregon.
Duck hunter goes missing on Columbia River
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The search for a 19-year-old duck hunter who disappeared Saturday on the Columbia River has been suspended.
KOIN-TV reports Monday that Riley Salisbury was hunting with his father and younger brother when he took a small watercraft to hunt alone a few miles away from them.
Around noon, the Portland-area teen fell out of cell phone contact and his father called 911.
Oregon fisherman sentenced in sex abuse of woman
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon fisherman has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for sexually abusing a woman in 2015.
The Daily Astorian reports 66-year-old Dennis Lee Sturgell was sentenced Monday after a jury convicted him in November on counts of sodomy, unlawful sexual penetration and sexual abuse.
After delay, Dungeness crab season opens on Oregon coast
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After a month-long delay, the Dungeness crab season is set to open in Oregon, but industry experts say these appear to be a trend and they hurt coastal communities.
KVAL-TV reports that Oregon's Department of Fish and Wildlife will open the crabbing season for the central and northern coast.
Crab season set to open in Oregon, Washington state
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Commercial fishermen in parts of Oregon and Washington state will be able to set their Dungeness crab gear on Tuesday, according to fishery managers.
Fishermen can begin pulling their gear on Friday, the Daily Astorian reported .
Man accused of ramming church a no-show in court
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 35-year-old man who is accused of intentionally crashing his SUV into a Vietnamese church early Monday didn't show up to a Portland courtroom as ordered.
Port of Astoria moves toward charging a fee on passing ships
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The cash-strapped Port of Astoria is considering charging fees to passing ships to raise money to maintain its aging infrastructure despite objections from the shipping industry.
State looks to improve Oregon Coast Trail
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Dissuaded by snow and dangerous river crossings, some backpackers ditched the popular Pacific Crest Trail in early 2017 and turned to the shorter, less well-known Oregon Coast Trail.
But though the trail was declared "hikeable" in 1988, hikers looking to walk it from end to end struggled to navigate gaps between segments and faced unclear signs, few legal camping options and, in general, a trail that wasn't quite ready for them.
Crab season delayed again in Oregon
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Dungeness crab fishery will not open until at least Dec. 31 after testing by state fishery managers revealed crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast.
Port of Astoria log exports on hold because of trade war
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A bulk carrier at the Port of Astoria's Pier 1 loaded with 5.5 million board feet of timber from Astoria Forest Products is set to leave Friday for China.
The Daily Astorian reports it could be the last log export for the Port until the deepening trade war between the U.S. and China is resolved.
Some Oregon pot stores consolidating to weather weak market
ASTORIA, Oregon (AP) — Signs for Mr. Nice Guy, an ode to the 1998 stoner comedy "Half Baked," recently began popping up in Astoria, Oregon.
The Daily Astorian reports that the marijuana retailer has merged with a sister company, Hi Cascade, absorbing its location at the foot of the South Slope. Mr. Nice Guy will open another store next month on Bond Street downtown.
Astoria clears homeless camps on city forestland
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After delays Astoria work crews have cleared several camps located in city forestland where some people without shelter had lived for years.
The Daily Astorian reports crews on Friday moved nearly two dumpsters filled with trash, mattresses, bicycles, and other belongings from the camps.
Park eyed to honor Astoria’s Scandinavian ties
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Plans are being made for a park to honor Astoria's Scandinavian ties.
Blueprints will be vetted an advisory board and historic landmarks commission before reaching the city council.
The group behind the project, the Astoria Scandinavian Heritage Association, says construction could go to bid as early as March, if the plan stays on track. Plans also depend on funding. Construction is expected to cost about $1 million.
Town OKs steep fines for parking near ‘The Goonies’ house
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria City Council has taken a step toward cracking down on motorists who illegally park near "The Goonies" house.
The Daily Astorian reports the City Council held a first reading of an ordinance Monday to modify city code and enhance the fees people will have to pay if they violate parking rules in the neighborhood.
Investigation: Police shooting of Seaside man justified
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An investigation has concluded that a Seaside police corporal was justified when he fatally shot an armed man seconds into an encounter at an RV park.
The Clatsop County District Attorney's office says Cpl. David Davidson used reasonable deadly force in the death of 44-year-old Cashus Case.
Volunteers slowly restore 93-year-old locomotive in Astoria
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Pulled by a winch from a Caterpillar, the hulking frame of the No. 21 Baldwin steam locomotive engine inched its way under a boiler weighing more than 20 tons, perched on four Jenga towers of cribbing inside the quonset hut of the Astoria Railroad Preservation Association.
"This will be the first time since 1982 that the frame has been underneath the boiler," said John Niemann, president of the association and a driving force behind the restoration.
New law likely to change how prosecutors seek indictments
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A new Oregon state law that requires grand jury proceedings to be recorded will likely alter how some local prosecutors seek many felony indictments.
Small clam size delays Oregon razor clam harvest
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Fishery managers in Oregon have delayed the start of the razor clam harvest in Clatsop County because the clams are too small.
Shellfish biologist Matt Hunter tells the Daily Astorian that the situation is far from normal and though there are plenty of clams most have shell lengths between 2 and 3 inches.
Port of Chinook files $250,000 lawsuit over dredge sinking
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Port of Chinook has filed a $250,000 lawsuit against a marine towing company over a dredge that sank in rough waters on the way to Astoria in 2016.
Dispute emerges over special lighting for Astoria Column
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The Astoria City Council has rejected a request from a local hospital to bathe the Astoria Column in pink lighting during Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
The Daily Astorian reports that's because city officials want a new policy on how and when colored lighting can be used on the landmark.
Newest US citizens have ceremony at historic Fort Clatsop
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — After taking the oath of citizenship at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Lis Campos immediately turned her head right and smiled at her father, Jardiel Campos.
The father had already earned his citizenship after fleeing from Cuba in 2000. Now, the daughter was following suit.
Clatsop County sheriff won’t seek re-election
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin will not seek re-election in 2020.
The Daily Astorian reports that Bergin, 60, has spent 33 years in law enforcement. He was first elected sheriff in 2004 and is serving his fourth four-year term.
Famous tall ships to visit Coos Bay and Astoria
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The famous tall ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will be dropping anchor in two different Oregon coastal communities next month for naval buffs to visit.
Visitor volume down slightly on Oregon Coast, spending up
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The number of visitors staying in a hotel or rental home on the Oregon Coast dipped slightly last year, but overall spending grew to nearly $2 billion.
Oregon boy, 2, injured when red wagon hit by car
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon toddler suffered serious injuries when his Radio Flyer red wagon was struck by a car backing out of a driveway.
Police tell The Daily Astorian that the 2-year-old boy from Warrenton was flown to Randall Children's Hospital in Portland.
Women surfers carve out space on the North Coast
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — When Lexie Hallahan started bodyboarding in Seaside in 1989, she remembers being one of four other women regulars in the water. It seemed to her like nearly all the surfers on the Oregon Coast were men.
These days, there are many women in the lineup at local surf spots like the Cove in Seaside and Short Sand Beach at Oswald West State Park.
Oregon silverspot back on Saddle Mountain
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Rare butterfly caterpillars have returned to the slopes of Saddle Mountain in the Oregon Coast Range.
The Daily Astorian reports 500 Oregon silverspot caterpillars have been released there as part of an effort to rebuild the threatened butterfly's population at key sites.
ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — An administrator of the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority has been place on paid leave while an investigation is conducted.
The Daily Astorian reports deputy director Teresa Sims was placed on leave in May after the agency hired an outside firm to conduct the probe.