Astoria eyes downtown land for new affordable housing project

Astoria is looking to acquire a downtown property that could be used as affordable housing. Over the past few months, Clatsop County has set up 31 properties across the county for expressions of interest from cities, nonprofits, and others seeking to develop housing, child care, or social services. One of the lots is the site of the old Darigold building at Ninth and Duane streets. The property is used for parking, but the city has indicated that with its strategic downtown location, it could be a good location for a housing project. (Nicole Bales / The Astorian)

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Lane County transfer station in Glenwood could move, will be rebuilt anyway

People using the Glenwood transfer station could be taking trash and recyclables elsewhere within a few years. And if the current transfer station remains where it currently is on 17th Avenue near Glenwood Boulevard, just off Interstate 5, it could look very different. The transfer station — one of 15 operated by Lane County and open to the public for self-transportation — needs to be rebuilt, whether it’s on the current site or elsewhere, said Jeff Orlandini, director of the county’s waste management division. Springfield seeks to make Glenwood a vibrant neighborhood, starting with the riverfront. (Megan Banta/Register-Guard)

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Multnomah County Library construction to ramp up soon

Multnomah County Library expansion plans are ramping up as two libraries slated for major construction prepare to close this winter and the central library is set to reopen. The central library in downtown Portland, closed since August, will reopen on Tuesday, November 1. Other projects planned for 2023 include the rebuilding of Holgate Library and the expansion of Midland Library, both located in the southeast. Portland. Holgate Library will close on December 5 and not reopen until 2024. Midland Library will close on December 23 and is also expected to reopen in 2024. (Max Egener/Business Tribune)

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PETA sends cease and desist letter to OHSU regarding misrepresentation to children

Oregon Health & Science University has been issued a cease-and-desist order for allegedly lying to sixth-graders about an animal rights group doctoring test lab videos. OHSU primates. OHSU declined to say whether the organization believed PETA had manipulated videos, but pointed to a lengthy explanation published in 2020 outlining its research methods and the living conditions of the primates. This isn’t the first time PETA has clashed with OHSU. PETA has repeatedly denounced experiments on primates and other animals at OHSU’s animal research facilities. (Courtney Vaughn/Portland Tribune)

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Oregon’s Highway 38 gets a little brighter with lights on the new Scottsburg Bridge

Lined with steep hills and tall trees, Oregon Highway 38 can be a dark and difficult road for some travelers. But ODOT has lit the way for those passing through the small town of Scottsburg. Earlier this week, ODOT turned on the lights of the pylons at either end of the new Scottsburg Bridge, which spans the Umpqua River about 15 miles east of Reedsport. Bob Grubbs, the ODOT engineer who led the design of the new bridge, said the pylons are a tribute to Conde B. McCullough, who created many of Oregon’s most famous bridges along the coast in the 1920s and 1930s. (World Link staff)

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Cannon Beach, Tolovana State Park health advisory lifted

The Oregon Health Authority has lifted a public health advisory for contact with seawater at Cannon Beach and Tolovana State Park in Clatsop County. The health authority issued the advisory on October 27 after water samples showed higher than normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters. Follow-up test results from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality showed lower levels of bacteria. (Cannon Beach Gazette staff)

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