Mailing your ballot

Given the political push and pull over the U.S. Post Office, I thought I’d check with Astoria Postmaster Phil Padfield on behalf of people who will need to mail in their ballots for the November 3 election. I asked him when they should be posted to be sure they arrive in time to be counted. […]

Air quality update: Advisory lifted for Oregon Coast, smoke to remain elsewhere next couple of days

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Lane Regional Air Protection Agency and the Southwest Washington Clean Air Agency updated an air quality advisory Wednesday for Oregon and Southwest Washington due to smoke from fires in Oregon, Washington and California. ** Información en español ** DEQ has lifted the air quality advisory for the Oregon Coast. […]

Small Business Grant Applications Due Friday

Clatsop County businesses impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for a State of Oregon Small Business Grant between $2,500 and $25,000. Grant applications are due by this Friday and are open to businesses with 25 or fewer employees, including Sole Proprietors. Businesses that did not receive EIDL or Paycheck Protection Program funds are eligible and businesses that received minimal […]

State of Oregon COVID-19 Emergency Grant Funds Now Available for Clatsop County Small Businesses

The Oregon Legislature, in partnership with Governor Kate Brown and Business Oregon, has allocated $230,000 in state funds for the purpose of providing financial assistance to small businesses and non-profit organizations in Clatsop County that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. Business Oregon has allocated the funds to the […]


Astoria School District (ASD), in partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), is working to find solutions for child care issues in our community as the COVID pandemic continues. Both organizations, along with many others, are concerned about their employees’ families and safe child care. As a result, ASD and CMH will assist in the relocation […]

Watch Out for Scam Calls

**The Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning the public about several emerging health care fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 test kits and unapproved treatments through telemarketing calls, social media platforms, and door-to-door visits. Many scammers are promising free care to patients in order to gain access to their […]

Independence Day

Heather Cox Richardson Jul 4 And on July 4, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” […]