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Friday, August 11, 2023


Hot Weather Heading Our Way; Tips for Staying Healthy and Safe

Excessive heat is projected to return in Clatsop County this weekend and extend into next week for inland communities. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Monday, August 14 through Thursday, August 17.

The heat risk for Clatsop County has increased for Sunday, August 13, and Monday, August 14, with major heat risk predicted for a significant portion of the county. This level of heat affects anyone without effective cooling and/or adequate hydration.

“We encourage people to drink lots of water before the weekend so our bodies are hydrated and can better handle hotter temperatures. This is also a good time to check on friends, neighbors and loved ones to make sure they have ways to stay cool,” said Justin Gibbs, emergency management director.

Although extreme heat is not expected, Clatsop County Departments of Public Health and Emergency Management encourage individuals to make it a habit to use the HeatRisk Prototype tool created by the National Weather Service. The HeatRisk Prototype is a color-numeric-based index that provides a forecast risk of heat-related impacts to occur over a 24-hour period.

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PACT Act Backdated Benefits Deadline Extended!

You now have until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, August 14, 2023 to file your PACT Act claim—or submit your intent to file—and be eligible for benefits backdated to August 10, 2022. 

Take advantage of this extension and file now!

Due to the high volume of filers, some Veterans have received error messages when submitting their intent to file PACT Act claims. If you received one of these messages, don’t worry! Your  intent to file has been logged and your effective date for benefits is saved.

File a disability claim online

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Storm Watchers Scoop Up Cats and Dogs During Purrfect Storm at Clatsop Animal Shelter

Eleven Clatsop County animals have been adopted during the first week of the Raining Cats and Dogs Pet Adoption Campaign.

“The community response to this campaign has warmed our hearts,” said Justin Dersham, Clatsop County Animal Control Supervisor. Local storm watchers have come in and scooped up four cats and seven dogs.

“Looking out from Meowgler Bridge we can see that this unique weather pattern of raining cats and dogs weather is still with us. That means we need more people to adopt animals,” he said.

Right now, 60 animals are looking for a new home. Fifty-five are in the Clatsop County Animal Shelter and the rest are waiting in foster homes for their new owners.

Clatsop County Animal Shelter and Clatsop Animal Assistance created The Raining Cats and Dogs Pet Adoption Campaign to raise public awareness about the urgent need for pet adoptions and to help these cats and dogs find good homes over the next few weeks.

A Barkometer has been created to keep the community informed about the pressures the shelter is weathering. It will be regularly updated on social media and the Clatsop County website. Individuals adopting pets during this campaign will receive a Stormer t-shirt as a thank you.

Adoption fees for dogs and cats include spay/neuter fees, vaccinations and other costs. For more information on how to adopt a shelter animal, visit

Community Comes Together to Address Overdoses

An overdose awareness event to shed the spotlight on lives lost to overdoses is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 31, at the Barbey Maritime Center in Astoria. 

“We invite the community to come together to remember and celebrate loved ones we lost to an overdose. Together we can prevent future losses of life,” said Jenna King, Clatsop County Public Health Department harm reduction coordinator.

“Clatsop County Public Health and our community partners are committed to showing people how they can help save the lives of loved ones and to provide those resources. Help us end the stigma of addiction,” she said.

Clatsop County Senior Sheriff Deputy Chance Moore and Sergeant Nate Baldwin will share their experiences saving lives by reversing an overdose with naloxone.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a photo of someone they loved who died by overdose. Photos will be displayed on a memorial wall so their story can be shared at the Overdose Awareness Day event.

Event activities include:

  • Music
  • Narcan supplies and training
  • Art projects and activities
  • Keynote address by Alison Noise, CODA inc. executive director
  • Free food and beverages provided
  • Community resources available
  • Giveaways
  • Candlelight Vigil

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Get Ready for Hood To Coast Relay

Runners participating in The Providence Hood to Coast Relay will come through Clatsop County Friday, August 25 and Saturday, August 26.

A hotline has been established by race organizers for the public to get information or register a complaint. The hotline is active Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 4. The phone number is 844-428-8327.

Clatsop County Environmental Health licenses and inspects the temporary food booths in Seaside and on Hwy 202 for the race event.  

Clatsop County will provide traffic updates on social media and in our Weekly Bulletin enewsletter.


Fire Danger is High in Clatop County

The Oregon Department of Forestry has increased Clatsop County’s fire danger level to High (yellow) due to warmer weather temperatures. Open debris burn has been prohibited since fire season began June 14.

“We want to make sure people know that our forests and communities are at high risk for wildfires so we will be sending out a ClatsopAlerts! notification later today,” said Clatsop County Emergency Management Director Justin Gibbs. Visit to sign up for ClatsopAlerts!

This alert and wildfire awareness campaign is a collaborative effort of Clatsop County, the Fire Defense Board and the Oregon Department of Forestry.

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Community Happenings

Check out the Clatsop County website calendar for upcoming county meetings.

Aug. 3-20 | Shanghaied in Astoria | Astoria

Aug. 9-12 | The Astoria Regatta | Astoria

Aug. 10-13 | Seaside Beach Volleyball | Seaside

Aug. 20-Sept. 3 | Inaugural Cascadia Chamber Opera Festival | Astoria 

Aug. 25-26 | Hood to Coast Relay 

Sept. 6-10 | Seaside SandFest | Seaside

Sept. 8-10 | Cannon Beach Cottage Tour | Cannon Beach

Oct. 8 | Great Columbia Crossing Race 10k run/walk

Oct. 20-22 | Astoria International Film Festival | Astoria

Regional Transportation Reminders


Eastbound traffic is detouring on Colvin Road.

  • U.S. 30 is for westbound traffic only between the two Colvin Road intersections. The speed limit on U.S. 30 is 55 m.p.h. There is no local eastbound access on U.S. 30

  • Colvin Road is for eastbound traffic only, including for local residents. The speed limit on Colvin Road during the detour is 35 mph

Right now, ODOT is paving Colvin Road to prepare for the detour to start. They’re also trimming some trees, putting up new signs and cleaning the ditches. Expect construction noise while these improvements to Colvin Road are made.

Culvert and Road Construction Impact Seaside Area Traffic

A critical culvert and road construction project will continue to close north/south access on South Wahanna Road at Coho Creek near the Wahanna Ballfields and affect traffic patterns into August. The road is now estimated to reopen by Monday, August 14.

The project began the last week of June, closing South Wahanna Road to northbound traffic just past Spruce Drive and to southbound traffic just past the Wahanna Ballfields.

  • Access to Seaside Providence Hospital will be via Broadway, 12th Avenue, or Lewis and Clark Road to Wahanna

  • Access to Pacific Ridge, and the Seaside Middle/High schools will be via Avenue S. Signs will be posted along US Highway 101 (Roosevelt Drive) and South Wahanna to alert and remind motorists throughout the project

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Public Works

Clatsop County Public Works Schedule for Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18

Youngs River Road is now open to all traffic at the Klaskanine River Bridge (MP 10.55).


Beginning August 7, Hillcrest Loop will be closed to all through traffic between Old HWY 30 and Akerstedt Road for culvert replacement projects at MP 0.5 and MP 1.1. 

  • The closure at MP 1.1 will begin on the morning of August 7 and last approximately one week, directly followed by the closure at MP 0.5

  • The MP 0.5 replacement is anticipated to last approximately three weeks. Utilize Conroy Road and Old HWY 30 as a detour

  • Detour signage will be in place during the closures

The railroad is conducting their intersection rebuilds at the following locations and dates:

Starting Tuesday, August 8 – Old Mill Town Road will be closed at the rail crossing. Use Westport Ferry Road as the alternate to reach areas North of the tracks. Households south of the tracks will remain accessible. 

Starting Wednesday, August 9 – Westport Ferry Road will be closed at the rail crossing. Use Old Mill Town Road as the alternate to reach areas North of the tracks. Households and the fire department south of the tracks will remain accessible.

Crews will perform:

  • Mowing countywide, weather permitting

  • Chip sealing Maki Road, South Wahanna Road and Walluski Loop. Expect intermittent delays and watch for loose gravel

  • Road Striping county-wide over the next month. Expect up to 20-minute delays OR until the painting crew can safely pull over to allow through traffic. Signage and cones stating wet paint will be in place, as well as flaggers to direct traffic around the wet paint. 

DO NOT DRIVE THROUGH WET PAINT. If you drive through wet paint where signage, cones and flaggers are visible, the County WILL NOT be responsible for the cost of cleaning paint off your vehicle. The County currently uses a water-based paint for its striping needs. Should you get any of this paint on your vehicle please wash it off IMMEDIATELY with water.

Clerk & Elections


An appointment is recommended before coming in to request and process a passport. It typically takes 10-13 weeks to receive a passport. Expedited service can take 7-9 weeks.

Please go to our webpage and schedule an appointment for passports, park passes, marriage licenses, dog licenses, and recordings with us. If you do not have an appointment, you may be asked to wait if we are with someone that has scheduled an appointment. 

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