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Update - Photos / Highway 30 landslide

News Details posted at 5:00 a.m. Dec. 5 U.S. Highway 30 opened 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. U.S. 30 will be open to one lane with flaggers from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. nightly while crews continue removing hazardous rock, according to a release from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). This work requires daylight,...
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Why are thousands of movie fans flocking to this county lock-up?

ASTORIA, Ore. — "It's a small museum because this is a historic jail that was built in 1914 and it was our real jail until 1976." McAndrew Burns is giving us a tour of the most famous jailhouse in Oregon, the Clatsop County jail in Astoria, Oregon. If it looks familiar that's because it was the site of a dramatic break-out involving the dastardly Fratelli clan in the 1985 movie "The Goonies."

Scratchpad: Astoria remembers Great Fire of 1922: 'Let's Go'

In the early morning hours of Dec. 8, 1922, flames swept over Astoria’s streets, traveling through the wind by city block and spreading under the surface through wooden platforms and pilings. Some 30 to 40 acres were consumed by sunrise. An editorial in the following day’s Morning Astorian lamented...

$800,000: Oregon Coast to receive a share of federal funding

Florence, Brookings and Astoria are along the Oregon Coast will share in $800,000 federal funding to improve rural health care funding and food assistance. Oregon will receive $801,300 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Emergency Rural Health Care Grant program to support organizations and facilities across Oregon provide vital emergency rural health care and food assistance to rural communities. The USDA Emergency Rural Health Care program provides up to...

Grant to expand hospital's ventilation and cold storage

A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will assist Columbia Memorial Hospital in making vital upgrades to electrical infrastructure. The funds — totaling $113,000 — will go toward improving the hospital’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, which will help minimize airborne contaminants.

Housing authority shores up staff

The Northwest Oregon Housing Authority has added three key staffing positions to help move the agency forward. During a board meeting Thursday, Elissa Gertler, the housing authority’s executive director, introduced a new property and resident services manager and operational consultant. A new deputy executive director is expected to start in January.

Ashes to artworks: Exhibit commemorates Great Astoria Fire

A century after the Great Astoria Fire decimated the city on Dec. 8, 1922, a look back reveals the region’s rebirth. One artist, using ash from an Oregon forest fire, is bringing the metaphor home. Now on view at Cambium Gallery in Astoria, “Rising from the Ash,” is a...

Naselle, December 06 High School 🏀 Game Notice

There are 2 high school 🏀 games in Naselle. The Knappa High School basketball team will have a game with Naselle High School on December 05, 2022, 19:30:00. The Raymond High School basketball team will have a game with Naselle High School on December 05, 2022, 18:00:00.

Boys basketball: Knappa rallies past Warrenton, 38-35

In a Clatsop Clash boys basketball season opener Friday night at Knappa, the Loggers rallied in the fourth quarter for a 38-35 win over Warrenton. The points were hard to come by for both teams. The Loggers made their first free throw, but missed their next nine and finished 8-for-22. The two teams missed a combined 26 free throws.

ODOT: Valley, No. Coast, Dec. 2

U.S. 30 will remain closed about 20 miles east of Astoria until landslide repairs can make the highway safe to open at least one lane with flaggers. We have no estimated time for reopening a lane, but it may be over the weekend. Work will continue through the weekend if necessary to reopen the highway as soon as it is safe. If you plan to travel between the Portland Metro Area and the Northern Oregon Coast in the next few days, including this weekend, U.S. 26 is the best alternative. Please do not use your GPS to detour on less developed roads. This can be dangerous for you, especially in these severe weather conditions. More info available on TripCheck.

New Details / Fatal Hit and Run: Bicycle rider dies in traffic crash

New details post Dec. 1 The victim of a fatal crash that occurred Nov. 29 has been identified as Luis Miguel Jimenez, 35, of Astoria. Jimenez's death was the result of blunt force trauma to the head, according to a release from Astoria Police. The scene investigation and post mortem examination indicates that Jimenez had...

In One Ear: 'As others see us'

The Daily Morning Astorian, Dec. 1, 1885, included "As others see us," a description of Astoria by M.D. Egbert, editor of the Walla Walla Journal:. "The streets are broad enough, seem at light angles, with excellent sidewalks, and on every side the sound of the saw and hammer is heard.

Warrenton logging company named operator of the year

Nov. 30—A Warrenton-based logging company has been chosen as Operator of the Year for Northwest Oregon by one of three regional advisory committees to the Oregon Board of Forestry. Mike Falleur, of F and B Logging, who logs in the North Coast, was one of three firms recognized in...

GORDON’S UPDATE: Weather 12/1/22

So, welcome to the official first day of winter! Well, even the beaches got a dusting of snow this morning and the Coast Range saw between 8-12” of the snow overnight and today causing some driving issues across the passes. We saw more showers in the afternoon today that brought a dusting of snow from Astoria south into Newport along the beaches as a low pressure area west of Astoria moved southward. Tonight, we will see more rainshowers, and low level snow, but as warmer air gets pushed in, freezing rain is possible in some areas as the low temperature at the surface is forecasted to be around 31 degrees. Winds this evening westerly 4-8, and the snow level, which had climbed to around 1000’ this afternoon, will be around 800’ again tonight. There is still a Winter Weather Advisory in effect until 10PM for more accumulating snow in the Coast Range, maybe another 1-3”. The good news is the activity should start to ease in the early morning hours.

In One Ear: Chicken on a bike

Fowl rerun: Astorian Dave Nelson came into the newspaper office this week. "I saw a little girl carrying a chicken on her bike the other day," he told the Ear. He was still laughing. His photo is on the right. Eleven-year-old Carly Schurman, who attends Astoria Middle School, is the...

Obelisk Beer Co. is the newest addition to the Astoria beer scene

A new brewery opened a couple weeks ago on the western edge of Astoria, Oregon’s downtown business district: Obelisk Beer Company. The plan is to focus on artisanal beers with intriguing ingredients and flavors. Beers that cannot be rushed. The company’s motto is “Slow Beer, Good Times.” The faces behind the brewery are two Fort George Brewery alums, Nathan Lampson and Dave Coyne (pictured above, from Instagram).