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Erick Bengel

Enterprise, Quality of Life, Astoria and Warrenton Reporter
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Bengel, Erick

Kujala takes bow as Warrenton mayor

- Commissioners Balensifer and Newton plan to nominate themselves to take over the mayorship

Warrenton library turns a new page

- A lease has not been signed, but plans are underway to relocate from the ramshackle Hammond building.

Warrenton looks to dust off emergency plan

- Staff wants to resume incident command system training

Parks director makes pitch for utility fee to raise funds

- The option to sell underused parks would still be on the table.

Astoria City Council hopes to stop J.C. Penney’s closure

- The letter to the company highlights Astoria as an important commercial hub

Trump’s proposed budget would hit Coast Community Radio hard

- President proposes eliminating federal funding for KMUN and other public stations

Housing options closer to approval

- Accessory dwelling units, tiny homes under review

Find A Grave pictures the past at Ocean View Cemetery

- Warrenton trio find, capture tombstones

Clatsop Care Health District has two contested races

- The district recently contracted with a private management firm to perform CEO duties

Control over dam still divides Warrenton, water district

- Water district board member wants more talks

Kujala to step down as Warrenton mayor

- Businessman was city’s first elected mayor

ICE criticizes county on immigration holds

- Sheriff wants to cooperate but wary of lawsuits

Columbia Forum: How the press can keep those in power honest

- Pulitzer Prize-winner Jaquiss, an investigative reporter at Willamette Week, talked Goldschmidt, Adams and Kitzhaber’s hubris

Astoria adopts inclusivity resolution

- The document cannot prevent ICE from enforcing federal immigration policy

Clatsop Care hires private management firm

- Aidan Health Services, Inc., plans to prevent Clatsop Care Health and Rehabilitation Center from closing

Warrenton’s sewer system project nearing completion

- It took more than 10 years to begin construction

Astoria Music Festival back in the black

- The 15th season will open with a tribute to Foster, a longtime festival board member

Astoria planners give an OK to homestay

- Commissioners question whether homestay lodging operations have an impact on Astoria’s housing shortage

Faith and forgiveness after Sandy Hook

- Parents of a murdered 6-year-old girl share their emotional journey

Astoria loses two city stalwarts

- Yuill, executive assistant to the city manager, and Williams, administrative assistant to the community development department, retire

Astoria considers adopting ‘city of inclusivity’ resolution

- Sanctuary city status still off the table

Astoria debates homestay lodging

- Airbnb hosts object to prohibition

Bringing Clatsop Care Center back from the brink

- Changes in area’s health district management

Bringing Clatsop Care Center back from the brink

- The center is expected to end this fiscal year with an operational deficit of $606,000.

Councilor urges action to rein in homestays

- Councilor advocates for limiting rentals to 30 days or longer.

Warrenton Police gain officer, sergeant

- Veteran officers improve force

Astoria Police fully staffed but overstretched

- The newest recruit took two years to find, train

Astoria’s new ladder truck a step up for firefighters


The city of Astoria purchased a new ladder truck for the Astoria Fire Department last month for $904,777 — in cash. The vehicle — a 2016-model chassis from Pierce Manufacturing — replaces the nearly ...

Flooding, landslides on North Coast

- Highway flooded in Seaside, crews scrambling to cover slides

Astoria may impose construction tax to increase housing

- Money could spur reuse of derelict buildings

Astoriana: Library basement a treasure trove

- Inventory of items soon to get underway

City to apply for loan for bridge replacement project

- If the city can’t provide matching funds, ‘hard decisions’ would have to be made

Snow blankets the North Coast

- Some residents braved the elements

‘We are all still girls’

- Churches make feminine hygiene kits for young women in developing nations