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El DHS de Oregón proporcionará personal de refugio temporal durante el evento de clima frío de Astoria - 01/28/23

28 de enero de 2023 (Astoria, OR) - Con un frente de clima frío llegando al condado de Clatsop, el Departamento de Manejo de Emergencias se ha coordinado con el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregón para expandir temporalmente el personal en el Centro de Calentamiento de Astoria durante el día.

El Centro de Calentamiento Astoria estará abierto las 24 horas del día a partir del domingo 29 de enero y hasta el miércoles 1 de febrero por la mañana.  "Agradecemos al Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Oregón por proporcionarnos una vez más personal y comidas durante un evento de clima frío. Este tipo de apoyo puede salvar vidas", dijo Justin Gibbs, director de manejo de emergencias del condado de Clatsop. 

Se espera que las temperaturas alcancen el punto de congelación el domingo y el lunes por la noche en partes del condado de Clatsop con vientos fríos que se sentirán bajos los veinte el domingo por la mañana y en los 20 grados el lunes por la mañana. No se pronostican precipitaciones significativas.

Debido a las temperaturas bajo cero, las horas de refugio se están ajustando. Del jueves 26 de enero al miércoles 1 de febrero:

  1. Seaside Warming Center abrirá más temprano a las 4 p.m. y cerrará a la mañana siguiente a las 8:30 a.m. El centro está ubicado en 1530 S. Roosevelt Drive.
  2. Seaside Helping Hands Drop-In Center abrirá durante el día hasta las 4 p.m. 

El Centro de Calentamiento Astoria ampliará los servicios a las 24 horas del día desde el domingo 29 de enero hasta las 8 a.m. del miércoles 1 de febrero. El Centro de Calentamiento Astoria está ubicado en 1076 Franklin Avenue.

Los servicios de LiFEBoat estarán cerrados durante este evento de clima frío debido a las reparaciones planificadas. 

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con 2-1-1  o visite el sitio web del condado de Clatsop.

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Oregon DHS to Provide Temporary Shelter Staffing During Astoria Cold Weather Event - 01/28/23

January 28, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — With a cold weather front coming to Clatsop County, the Emergency Management Department has coordinated with the Oregon Dept. of Human Services to temporarily expand staffing at the Astoria Warming Center during the day.

The Astoria Warming Center will be open 24 hours a day starting Sunday, January 29 and ending Wednesday morning, February 1. “We thank the Oregon Dept. of Human Services for once again providing us with staffing and meals during a cold weather event. This kind of support can save lives,” said Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County emergency management director.

Temperatures are expected to reach below freezing on Sunday and Monday nights in parts of Clatsop County with wind chills in the upper teens on Sunday morning and lower 20’s on Monday morning. Significant precipitation is not forecasted.

Due to freezing temperatures, shelter hours are being adjusted. From Thursday, January 26 to Wednesday, February 1:
• Seaside Warming Center will open earlier at 4 p.m. and will close the following morning at 8:30 a.m. The center is located at 1530 S. Roosevelt Drive.
• Seaside Helping Hands Drop-In Center will open during the day until 4 p.m.

The Astoria Warming Center will expand services to 24 hours a day from Sunday, January 29 through 8 a.m. Wednesday, February 1. The Astoria Warming Center is located at 1076 Franklin Avenue.

LiFEBoat services will be closed during this cold weather event due to planned repairs.

For more information, contact 2-1-1 or visit the Clatsop County website.

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Debajo del clima helado que se dirige al condado de Clatsop - 01/27/23

El Servicio Meteorológico Nacional informa que un frente de clima frío llegará al condado de Clatsop el domingo por la mañana, 29 de enero, que durará hasta el jueves 2 de febrero. 

Se espera que las temperaturas alcancen el punto de congelación el domingo y el lunes por la noche en partes del condado de Clatsop con escalofríos en los adolescentes superiores el domingo por la mañana y en los 20 grados inferiores el lunes por la mañana. No se pronostican precipitaciones significativas.

"Con este clima muy frío, alentamos a las familias que chequeen a sus seres queridos", dijo Justin Gibbs, director de manejo de emergencias del condado de Clatsop. "Si usa un plan de usar un calentador de espacio para mantenerse caliente, asegúrese de que tenga un apagado automático por si se vuelca, se apague. Desenchufe los calentadores portátiles cuando no esté en uso, antes de acostarse o al salir de la habitación. Si viaja, mantenga un kit de supervivencia de invierno en su vehículo".

Debido a las temperaturas bajo cero, a partir del jueves 26 de enero hasta el miércoles 1 de febrero:

  1. El Seaside Warming Center abrirá más temprano a las 4 p.m. y cerrará a la mañana siguiente a las 8:30 a.m. 
  2. El Seaside Helping Hands Drop-In Center abrirá durante el día hasta las 4 p.m. El Seaside Warming Center está ubicado en 1530 S. Roosevelt Drive.
  3. El Centro de Calentamiento Astoria estará abierto para refugio durante la noche de 7 p.m. a 8 a.m. El Centro de Calentamiento Astoria está ubicado en 1076 Franklin Avenue.

Los servicios de LiFEBoat estarán cerrados durante este evento de clima frío debido a las reparaciones planificadas. 

Para obtener más información, comuníquese con 2-1-1  o visite el sitio web del condado de Clatsop.

Below Freezing Weather Heading To Clatsop County - 01/27/23

January 27, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — The National Weather service is reporting a cold weather front coming to Clatsop County on early Sunday morning, January 29 that will last through Thursday, February 2. 

Temperatures are expected to reach below freezing on Sunday and Monday nights in parts of Clatsop County with wind chills in the upper teens on Sunday morning and lower 20’s on Monday morning. Significant precipitation is not forecasted.

“With this very cold weather, we encourage families to check on loved ones,” said Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County emergency management director. “If you plan on using a space heater to stay warm, make sure it has an automatic shut-off so if its tipped over, it will shut off. Unplug portable space heaters when not in use, before going to bed, or when leaving the room. If you are traveling, keep a winter survival kit in your vehicle.”

Due to freezing temperatures, beginning Thursday, January 26 to Wednesday, February 1:

  • The Seaside Warming Center will open earlier at 4 p.m. and will close the following morning at 8:30 a.m.
  • The Seaside Helping Hands Drop-In Center will open during the day until 4 p.m. The Seaside Warming Center is located at 1530 S. Roosevelt Drive.
  • The Astoria Warming Center will be open for overnight shelter at 7 p.m. through 8 a.m. The Astoria Warming Center is located at 1076 Franklin Avenue.

LiFEBoat services will be closed during this cold weather event due to planned repairs. 

For more information, contact 2-1-1 or visit the Clatsop County website.

Cascadia Earthquake Anniversary is this Thursday - 01/24/23

Clatsop County Emergency Management is reminding residents that the anniversary of the last Cascadia Earthquake is around the corner.

“This Thursday it will be 323 years since our area experienced the earthquake and tsunami,” said Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County emergency management director.

At around 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 26, 1700, a severe earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 8.7-9.2 occurred in Clatsop County. The severe shaking caused subsidence—that means the land dropped by about 6 feet—and a tsunami arrived ashore approximately 15-25 minutes later. 

“Today, living in Clatsop County means you probably are aware of a potential Cascadia earthquake. Cascadia Earthquake Awareness Day was created to encourage people to create a disaster plan and prepare for emergencies,” he said.

While experts cannot predict when the next “big one” will occur, they agree that the region is overdue for another catastrophic earthquake and tsunami. 

“As the County increases its ability to prepare for such an event, we encourage you to take a few moments this Thursday, January 26 to increase your level of preparedness,” Gibbs said. 

Some steps you can take are:

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Cullaby Lake County Park Docks Closure Extended - 01/24/23

Jan. 24, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — The closure of Cullaby Lake County Park boarding docks at the boat ramp has been extended through Friday, Feb. 10 for maintenance and repairs due to a delay in the shipping of the dock repair materials.

“We know what a valuable resource Cullaby Lake is to our community and we are doing our best to open the docks safely and as quickly as possible,” said Steve Meshke, Clatsop County Natural Resources Manager.

The Cullaby Lake ramp will remain open for public use.

Cullaby Lake County Park is located off U.S. Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside. The park has 165 acres, offering public access to Cullaby Lake boat launch and docks, four-stall flush restrooms, picnic shelters, barbecue pits, horseshoe pits, play areas, fishing, swimming, nature observation of beavers, bald eagles, deer, and waterfowl, and is home to the Lindgren Cabin, a Finnish-American heritage site.

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Applications Sought for Ambulance Service Committee - 01/18/23

Jan. 18, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County has one open seat on the Ambulance Service Area Advisory Committee and is accepting applications. The vacancy is for a citizen member with a term beginning in April 2023 and expiring in March 2026.  The applicant cannot have any agency affiliation.

The committee meets four times annually and monitors and reviews local emergency medical services in accordance with the county Ambulance Service Area Plan and Ambulance Franchise Agreement. 

The committee relies on information from service users, providers and the medical community, monitors coordination of service resources and dispatch procedures, and reviews service area boundaries.

Application forms are available at the Clatsop County website and at the County Manager’s Office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, Astoria. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Friday, February 10.

The appointment will be made by the Board of Commissioners.

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Free Household Hazardous Waste Collection for Residents Saturday, January 21 - 01/13/23

Jan 17, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County residents can drop off household hazardous waste for free from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan 21, at the Clatsop County Household Hazardous Waste collection facility. It is located at 1780 Williamsport Road in Astoria, next to the Recology of Western Oregon solid waste transfer station.

Many household consumer products contain flammable, toxic, or corrosive chemicals that make them hazardous. Some examples of hazardous household products include oil based-paints and solvents, gasoline, pesticides, herbicides, household cleaners, batteries, oil, antifreeze, fluorescent lights, propane cylinders and mercury. 

“We continue to see increased community participation and larger volumes of household hazardous waste received during collection events. This is a valuable resource for our communities,” said Lucas Marshall, environmental health supervisor for Clatsop County.

Improper disposal of household hazardous waste can contaminate drinking water supplies and public waters, damage wastewater treatment systems and onsite septic systems, expose sanitation workers and firefighters to hazardous situations and negatively impact in the environment.

Clatsop County Environmental Health sponsors Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection events eight times per year at the Household Hazardous Waste collection facility. For more information, visit the Clatsop County website.

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Clatsop County Commission Chair Mark Kujala
Clatsop County Commission Chair Mark Kujala
Clatsop County Commissioners Elect Officers (Photo) - 01/12/23

Jan. 12, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County Commissioners elected the chair and vice chair at the Wednesday, Jan. 11 board meeting.

District 1 Commissioner Mark Kujala was elected chair and District 4 Commissioner Courtney Bangs was elected vice chair to a one-year term.

Cullaby Lake County Park Docks Temporarily Closed - 01/12/23

Jan. 12, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Cullaby Lake County Park boarding docks at the ramp are closed from Thursday, January 12 through Thursday, January 24 for maintenance and repairs.

The Cullaby Lake ramp will remain open for public use.

Cullaby Lake County Park is located off U.S. Highway 101 between Astoria and Seaside. The park has 165 acres, offering public access to Cullaby Lake boat launch and docks, four-stall flush restrooms, picnic shelters, barbecue pits, horseshoe pits, play areas, fishing, swimming, nature observation of beavers, bald eagles, deer, and waterfowl, and is home to the Lindgren Cabin, a Finnish-American heritage site.

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Clatsop County Hires New Fair Manager - 01/09/23

Jan. 9, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County is announcing the hiring of Kyle Sharpsteen as the new Clatsop County Fair Manager.

“We searched for that individual who brings the skills and experience to successfully manage events, maintain grounds, understand how government works and knows the importance of providing excellent customer service. Kyle Sharpsteen met those qualifications,” said Monica Steel, Clatsop County assistant county manager. 

Sharpsteen graduated from Timberline High School in Olympia Washington in 2001. He and his wife moved to Clatsop County in 2006 and have two school-age children. He graduated from Clatsop Community College with a business degree, and brings a strong background in municipal government, public administration, public works and facility maintenance. He has worked for the city of Warrenton for the last 10 years, most recently as interim public works director.

“The Fairgrounds is a treasured community resource,” Sharpsteen said. “It brings our community together for family friendly activities and provides space for individuals to host special events that celebrate personal milestones. I look forward to stewarding the next chapter of the County Fair Grounds.”

“Personally, I’ve been to many Clatsop County Fairs and have enjoyed exploring every inch of the fair and seeing all the exhibits, animals and vendors. I understand the fair succeeds because of the many dedicated and vital volunteers who put in a tremendous amount of time putting on a family-friendly event that creates wonderful memories for attendees. I want to honor and build on this work,” he said.

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Clatsop County 2023 Business Personal Property Returns in the Mail - 01/06/23

Jan. 6, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County Assessment and Taxation has mailed local businesses personal property returns that must be completed and postmarked, or returned to Clatsop County Assessment and Taxation office, by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, 2023.

Regardless of business size or nonprofit status, all Oregon businesses are required to file a Confidential Personal Property Return. The return must list all taxable personal property that is used or held for use in the business as of Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023.

If the completed form is returned after the March 15 deadline, a penalty fee will be assessed:

  • If received on or before June 1, a late penalty of 5 percent of the tax owed will be assessed.
  • If received after June 1, 2023, the penalty fee increases to 25 percent
  • If received after August 1, 2023, the penalty increases to 50 percent.
  • If a return is not received, a late penalty will be assessed and an estimated value of the equipment will be assigned.

If you do not receive your personal property returns form by Wednesday, Feb. 1, contact the Assessment and Taxation office at 503-325-8522.

For more information visit the Clatsop County website

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Los Altos Niveles de Virus Respiratorio y Las Bajas Tasas de Vacunación Aumentan Las Preocupaciones del Departamento de Salud Pública - 01/06/23

6 de enero de 2023 (Astoria, OR) - Oregón continúa experimentando altos niveles de actividad del virus respiratorio, y COVID-19 continúa circulando por todo Oregón. 

Antes de noviembre de 2022, se proporcionaron aproximadamente 400-700 dosis de vacunas a los residentes semanalmente en el condado de Clatsop. Desde noviembre, sólo se han administrado entre 100 y 200 dosis cada semana.

Las personas vacunadas con el refuerzo bivalente tienen un riesgo más de 18 veces menor de morir por COVID 19 que las personas no vacunadas. El riesgo de infectarse con COVID también es tres veces menor, según los CDC.

"Nos preocupa que las tasas de refuerzo en nuestra población de adultos mayores no hayan alcanzado un nivel óptimo. Menos de un tercio de las personas de 60 años o más han recibido el refuerzo. Para las personas de 80 años o más, menos de la mitad de ellos han recibido el refuerzo. Las personas latinas todavía están rezagadas con respecto a otras razas en obtener el refuerzo", dijo Jiancheng Huang, director del departamento de salud pública.

Algunas personas tienen un mayor riesgo de infección grave por COVID-19 y hay tratamientos disponibles para ayudar a reducir este riesgo, incluido Paxlovid. Los factores de riesgo para la enfermedad grave incluyen la edad: el riesgo aumenta con la edad, las afecciones médicas subyacentes y la falta de vacunación o no vacunación. Las personas de comunidades de color y comunidades tribales tienen más probabilidades de enfermarse gravemente. 

Es importante que las personas con mayor riesgo de infección grave por COVID-19 se hagan la prueba de COVID-19 o se hagan la prueba de COVID-19 para acceder al tratamiento con Paxlovid. Paxlovid está disponible sin costo para las personas elegibles a través del programa federal Test to Treat (T2T).

Las pruebas COVID gratuitas para el hogar se pueden solicitar llamando al 1-800-232-0233 o visitando el sitio web de los Centros para el Control y la Prevención de Enfermedades.

Para consultar sobre las pruebas de COVID, las dosis de refuerzo bivalente de la vacuna, la serie primaria para aquellos que aún no están vacunados y la vacuna contra la influenza, llame al Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Clatsop al 503-325-8500. 

High Levels of Respiratory Virus and Low Vaccine Rates Raises Public Health Dept. Concerns - 01/06/23

Jan. 6, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Oregon continues to experience high levels of respiratory virus activity, and COVID-19 continues to circulate throughout Oregon. 

Before November 2022, approximately 400-700 vaccine doses were provided to residents each week in Clatsop County. Since November, only 100-200 doses have been administered every week. 

Individuals vaccinated with the bivalent booster have a more than 18 times lower risk of dying from COVID 19 than unvaccinated people. The risk of becoming infected with COVID is also three times lower, according to CDC.

“We are concerned that booster rates in our senior population have not reached an optimal level. Less than one-third of individuals aged 60 and above have received the booster. For individuals age 80 and older, less than half of them have received the booster. Latinx individuals are still lag behind other races in getting the booster,” said Jiancheng Huang, public health department director. 

Some people are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 infection and treatments are available to help reduce this risk including Paxlovid. Risk factors for severe disease include age— the risk increasing with age, underlying medical conditions and being under- or unvaccinated. Individuals from communities of color and tribal communities are more likely to become severely ill. 

It is important for people at increased risk for severe COVID-19 infection to test themselves or get tested for COVID-19 in order to access treatment with Paxlovid. Paxlovid is available at no cost to eligible individuals through the federal Test to Treat (T2T) program

Free at home COVID tests can be ordered by calling 1-800-232-0233 or visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

To inquire about COVID tests, vaccine bivalent booster doses, the primary series for those who are not yet vaccinated and the influenza vaccine, call Clatsop County Department of Public Health at 503-325-8500.  

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Henry Idica, Camp Rilea training site manager, receives a plaque from Clatsop County Commission Chair Mark Kujala at the Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 Board of Commissioners work session.
Henry Idica, Camp Rilea training site manager, receives a plaque from Clatsop County Commission Chair Mark Kujala at the Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023 Board of Commissioners work session.
Commissioners Express Appreciation for Continued Support from Camp Rilea (Photo) - 01/04/23

Jan. 4, 2023 (Astoria, OR) — Camp Rilea was recognized today by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners for their long record of support of county residents, businesses and visitors.

Commission Chair Mark Kujala presented a plaque to Henry Idica, Camp Rilea Training Site Manager.

“During the pandemic, the County’s relationship with Camp Rilea was crucial to facilitating a number of important activities pertaining to the Covid-19 outbreak. Their assistance during the pandemic is just one of the many times in the history of Camp Rilea that they have stepped up and provided help,” Kujala said. 

Camp Rilea is in Warrenton and it is where Clatsop County’s Emergency Management Program and Emergency Operations Center are located. The EOC serves as the regional communications hub for disasters and emergencies.

Several training and outreach events have taken place at Camp Rilea that have helped people in the community learn about preparing for a natural disaster. 

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