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Friday, July 28, 2023


Coast Guard Birthday and Achievements Recognized by Commissioners

The Coast Guard was recognized by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners at its June 26 regular board meeting.

August 4 marks the 233rd birthday of the US Coast Guard which is one of the oldest federal government organizations and was established in 1790.

Clatsop County is part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s 13th District and Sector Columbia River, which conducts life-saving operations across the entire Pacific Northwest. Since 1915, Clatsop County has provided a home for the Coast Guard, and the City of Astoria holds the title of a designated Coast Guard City.

The Board of Commissioners proclamation states that Clatsop County is “stronger because of the dedication and support we receive from the United States Coast Guard and… the people of the Coast Guard contribute many intangible benefits to the local community in addition to the services they provide. They are our neighbors, our friends, as well as role models and mentors for our young people.”

Capt. Scott Jackson, the commanding officer of Air Station Astoria, attended the proclamation signing.

 "It is such a joy to serve in communities like this, that are so welcoming, loving, and treat us like family,” Jackson said. “Family is the key cornerstone - it’s the reason why we do what we do."

 The Coast Guard units within Clatsop County are:

  • Base Astoria
  • Air Station Astoria
  • USCGC Elm
  • USCGC Alert
  • USCGC Steadfast
  • Aids to Navigation Team Astoria

 "I want to thank you so much on behalf of... the Coast Guard members and all their families that have the privilege and opportunity to live here,” Jackson said. “Because it shows how much we’re appreciated and part of the family in the local community."

 “Thank you Clatsop County for honoring us with this incredible proclamation! We're so proud to be part of this amazing community!”

From left to right: Clatsop County Sheriff Matt Phillips, Commissioner Pamela Wev, U.S.C.G. Captain Scott Jackson, Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Vice Chair Courtney Bangs, Commissioner Lianne Thompson, and County Manager Don Bohn.

Clatsop County Fair Starts August 1. Plan Ahead to Beat Traffic

With the Clatsop County Fair right around the corner, Fair Manager Kyle Sharpsteen is encouraging people to plan ahead before heading out to the fairgrounds.

“Especially for our headline performers, Sawyer Brown and Britnee Kellogg, we urge people to arrive at least three hours before the performers are scheduled to go on. The last thing we want is to have people waiting in their car when the concert starts,” said Clatsop County Manager Kyle Sharpsteen.

“A people mover will be available to drop people off at the bridge from the parking lot and there will be lots of good food vendors and live music on the main stage before the concert while you wait for the big show,” he said.

The 2023 Clatsop County Fair runs Tuesday, Aug 1 through Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds & Expo. Although there will not be a carnival this year, musical performances, comedy acts, rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, petting zoos, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, classic car show and more are scheduled every day.

Daily admission prices range from $10 per day for individuals aged 7-54, $5 per day for people age 55 and older and free admission for children ages 6 and younger. “We have a $40 cap per family because we want to make sure this is an affordable event for families,” Sharpsteen said.

Tickets for the Sawyer Brown concert with Britnee Kellogg are not included with general admission and may be purchased online.

The Clatsop County Fair & Expo is located at 92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria.

Calling All Volunteers! Two Opportunities to Give Back

Volunteer and Attend County Fair Concert For Free

Our upcoming fun, festive Clatsop County Fair only comes together thanks to the help of our fantastic community volunteers. 

Sign up today for a volunteer shift and you'll get one free ticket to the concert on Friday, August 4 to see Sawyer Brown and Britnee Kellogg. 

You can choose from lots of options to help. Volunteer positions include event monitors, ticket takers, gate keepers, parking attendants and more. A background check is required.

Help Children and Families

Help some of the most vulnerable children and families in our community by volunteering to serve on the Citizen Review Board. 

Citizen volunteers bring transparency and public oversight to foster care cases and can help shape public policy affecting Oregon’s most vulnerable children and families.

Email the CRB volunteer resource coordinator for more information.

New Travel Impact Calculator Tool for Visitors

The Oregon Coast Visitors Association (OCVA) has launched a new Travel Impact Calculator to help Oregon Coast visitors determine and mitigate the carbon impact of their travel through a donation to a coastal stewardship nonprofit. 

Carbon dioxide emissions are linked to changing climate, a key concern for Oregon Coast communities. OCVA’s calculator and voluntary donation system are part of its Mitigation, Adaptation and Resiliency Plan, adopted in 2022. 

OCVA’s travel impact calculator estimates carbon emissions resulting from visitor transportation, including air travel, vehicle travel, and public transit. Visitors who use the calculator input their travel distance and miles per gallon or vehicle type to calculate their approximate emissions.

The tool then offers visitors the opportunity to mitigate their calculated impact by making a donation to the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP), an environmental nonprofit doing work to capture carbon and care for the environment.

Read more.


Rascal Rodeo is Coming To Town- And It Is FREE

Rascal Rodeo is coming to the Clatsop County Fair Grounds 10 - 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 1. This adaptive rodeo is for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages. Events are safe, modified and FREE.

Find out more at or calling 509-528-5947.

Let's Talk Trash

How Many Non-working Vehicles Can You Have on Your Property?

As part of Clatsop County Code Compliance’s Let’s Talk Trash Campaign, non-working vehicles on personal property are being highlighted.

If there are two or more non-working vehicles being stored on a property in Unincorporated Clatsop County, the property owner may be in violation of Clatsop County Land and Water Use Development Code (LAWDUC).  


That is because an auto wrecking yard is defined as any property where two or more motor vehicles are not in running condition, or the parts are stored in the open and the vehicles are not being restored to operation. It also applies to any land, building or structure used for the wrecking or storing of such motor vehicles or parts.

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Veterans and Family Members: Deadline to File for PACT Act is Coming Soon

The PACT Act is a new law that expands VA health care and benefits for Veterans exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other toxic substances.

The PACT Act adds to the list of health conditions that are presumed to be caused by exposure to these substances. This law helps provide generations of Veterans—and their survivors—with the care and benefits they’ve earned and deserve.

There is no deadline to apply for PACT Act benefits. If you file your PACT Act claim—or quickly submit your intent to file—by Sunday, August 9, 2023, you may receive benefits backdated to August 10, 2022

If you think you may be eligible for VA health care or benefits, apply now or call 800-698-2411 (TTY: 711).

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Community Happenings

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

July 29 | KMUN Block Party 2023 | Downtown Astoria | Noon - 6 p.m.

July 30 | Astoria Sunday Market | Downtown Astoria | 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Aug. 1-5 | Clatsop County Fair & Expo | Clatsop County Fairgrounds

Aug. 9 - 12 | The Astoria Regatta | Astoria

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

Aug. 25-26 | Hood to Coast Relay 

Sept. 6-10 | Seaside SandFest | Seaside

Sept. 9-10 | Cannon Beach Cottage Tour | Cannon Beach

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

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 is affecting traffic patterns in Seaside and close north/south access on S. Wahanna Road at Coho Creek near the Wahanna Ballfields. 

The closure is estimated to last five weeks, and estimated to open by Tuesday, August 1.

During construction, South Wahanna Road will close to northbound traffic just past Spruce Drive and close 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.

Read more.

Public Works

Clatsop County Public Works Schedule for Monday, July 31 - Friday, August 4

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. Use Conroy Road and Old HWY 30 as a detour. Detour signage will be in place during the closure.

Crews will pave portions of Lewis & Clark Road, Youngs River Road and Logan Road through July 28. Expect up to 20 minute delays and partial closures. Please use an alternate route whenever possible.   


Crews will perform:

  • Mowing countywide, weather permitting
  • Preventative road maintenance in the Jewell area
  • Chip sealing Aldrich Point Road, Knappa Dock Road, Maki Road, Maggie Johnson Road and Carl Johnson Road. Expect intermittent delays and watch for loose gravel
  • Paving/overlay Monday, August 7 and Tuesday, August 8, on Young River Road between MP 8 and 9

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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