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Update - Photos / Highway 30 landslide

Update posted Dec. 2 The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has released the following new details. U.S. Highway 30 will remain closed into this weekend, about 20 miles east of Astoria, until landslide repairs can make the highway safe enough to reopen at least one lane of travel with flaggers. We still have no estimated...
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‘The Goonies’ house in Astoria has sold

After less than a week on the market, the famed house from the Oregon Coast set movie is sale pending. Jordan Miller, of John L. Scott Real Estate, who listed the private home in Uppertown at $1.65 million, said the buyers want to remain anonymous until the deal is closed.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

Astoria man arrested after allegedly burglarizing gas station twice

Nov. 30—An Astoria man was arrested twice within a week for allegedly burglarizing the Chevron gas station on Marine Drive. Nicholas Libby, 63, was first arrested in the late hours of Nov. 23 after police officers responded to reports that someone had broken into the gas station. When police...

Sheriff's Report, December 1, 2022

Wahkiakum County law enforcement officers and emergency response personnel handled a variety of reports during the past week, including:. November 20 — 10:55 p.m. Longview Police had probable cause for an order violation for someone in an Indian Village home. The person yelled profanities at deputies when they arrived. Using verbal de-escalation and the assistance of a neighbor, they were able to gain access to the home, and eventually the woman, who appeared extremely intoxicated, was transported to the hospital by the Cathlamet ambulance for possible alcohol poisoning.

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...

Photos with Santa to benefit senior dog sanctuary

Photos with Santa will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Riverdog Astoria, 1389 Duane St. Photos are for pets, children, families or individuals. One hundred percent of each $10 donation will go to the senior dogs at the nonprofit Angels for Sara Sanctuary, whose mission is “to provide a lifelong, loving and safe environment for senior dogs, and to keep them comfortable until the end of their journey here on earth.”

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...

Bicyclist killed on Marine Drive in Astoria

A bicyclist was struck and killed Tuesday night by a vehicle in a hit-and-run crash on Marine Drive. Police responded to a call at around 5:30 p.m. near Subway. Luis Miguel Jimenez, 35, who was homeless, endured significant head trauma and was dead when officers arrived.

Snow Advisories for Oregon / Washington Coast Range, Some Wave Drama

(Astoria, Oregon) – This week looks like an active one for snowy conditions around the Oregon Coast Range, Washington Coast passes and some high seas for a few areas. Astoria may even get some snow in its higher elevations. (Above: Highway 26, photo Oregon Coast Beach Connection) The National...

The Harbor holds toy drive

The Harbor Toy Drive is accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys for local children and new adult self-care items this holiday season through Dec. 12. There are several drop off locations in the North Coast Area. Astoria: 801 Commercial St.; Lower Columbia Q Center, 171 W. Bond St.; Mo's Seafood...