Winter storm watch
issued for North Coast
A winter storm watch is in effect for the North Coast from Thursday afternoon through Friday morning.
A heavy mix of rain and snow is expected.
The conditions may make travel challenging.
— The Astorian
Ilwaco enacts moratorium on vacation rentals in residential zone
ILWACO, Wash. — The Ilwaco City Council voted Monday to enact a 60-day moratorium on new vacation rental applications within the city’s Restricted Residential (R-1) zoning district.
The unanimous vote is a precursor to a likely permanent ban on vacation rentals in the city’s single-family residential zoning district. The council will hold a public hearing on the issue within the moratorium’s 60-day time frame, and conduct additional research into the matter.
The city’s municipal code allows for vacation rentals in R-1 zones as a conditional use, requiring those interested in operating a vacation rental to apply for a permit that must ultimately be approved by the council.
Vacation rentals are also allowed as a conditional use in R-2 zones, and are allowed as a permitted use in the rest of the city’s nonindustrial zones.
With the adoption of the moratorium, Ilwaco is following in the footsteps of Pacific County, which enacted a ban on new vacation rentals in R-1 zones last September after a lengthy moratorium and monthslong process.
— Chinook Observer
Feds uphold state's ruling
on Jordan Cove LNG project
In another setback to the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas export terminal proposed in Coos Bay and its Pacific Connector Pipeline, federal authorities on Monday upheld Oregon’s finding that the project is not consistent with its coastal zone management plans.
Jordan Cove’s backers, Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Corp., had appealed the state’s finding to the U.S. Department of Commerce, hoping to get a sympathetic hearing before the Trump administration ended and override the state’s federally delegated authority to determine if projects are consistent with the Coastal Zone Management Act.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, part of the Commerce Department, declined to do so, saying the company had failed to show that the project is consistent with the law.
It’s the latest of several roadblocks the controversial $10 billion terminal and pipeline project have encountered. On Jan. 19, federal regulators upheld the state’s earlier decision against granting the project a clean water certification. The state has also denied a necessary dredging permit for the project. Without those approvals, the project, which has been on the drawing board for more than 15 years, cannot move forward.
— The Oregonian
Bill would make Oregon
appliances more energy efficient
State lawmakers are considering a bill that would save Oregonians money on their utility bills by requiring home appliances to be more energy efficient.
House Bill 2062 would increase energy efficiency standards for things like dishwashers, water heaters, refrigerators, televisions and lamps in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change.
The Oregon Department of Energy created the bill in response to Gov. Kate Brown’s executive order on climate change, which calls for raising Oregon’s appliance standards to match Washington state and California.
“So basically, the governor wanted to make sure that we’re keeping up with our neighbors,” Oregon Department of Energy Director Janine Benner said. “Appliance standards are increasingly important as buildings get more efficient, but an increasing share of energy consumption goes to the products and appliances that are plugged in. And those aren’t included in building codes.”
— Oregon Public Broadcasting
Quake felt in Portland
A Monday night earthquake was felt in the Portland area.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.0 quake occurred about 9:34 p.m. just southeast of Parkdale.
KOIN reported the epicenter was about 21 miles west-southwest of The Dalles.
The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network reported the quake was felt in both Portland and Vancouver, Washington.
There were no reports of damage.
— Associated Press