Businesses, residents probe for solutions to homelessness in Seaside – June 7, 2021 Businesses, residents probe for solutions to homelessness in Seaside – June 7, 2021 Sandy Palmer, who owns Five Star Henna in Seaside, described her experience with the homeless as “men under my windows, in my doorways, with grocery carts, smoking, eating, defecating,…

Nonprofit plans drop-in center for homeless in Astoria – July 8, 2021 Nonprofit plans drop-in center for homeless in Astoria – July 8, 2021 A daytime drop-in center to serve the homeless will open in downtown Astoria next month. Filling Empty Bellies, a nonprofit that provides meals and other services to people in need, has…

Trash encampments defy city, pile up at Mill Ponds – December 8, 2020 Trash encampments defy city, pile up at Mill Ponds – December 8, 2020 The entrance to Mill Ponds is only a few feet from U.S. Highway 101 in south Seaside, but a few steps in, the sidewalk ends and low reeds bristle…

Behind the News: 'It's wasting a whole lot of potential' (interview with Arline LaMear) – December 26, 2020 Behind the News: ‘It’s wasting a whole lot of potential’ – December 26, 2020 Arline LaMear has learned the gears of government often turn slowly. The former librarian ran for mayor in 2014 on the promise of…

A life on the streets in Astoria ends in death: A familiar face downtown – December 20, 2019“The death of a 72-year-old homeless woman on the streets of Astoria this week rattled city officials and advocates, leading them to question what more could have been done to help her. Gail Griffey died of natural causes…

Police say homeless cleanup a success – December 5, 2018“The Astoria Police Department has called a sweep of homeless camps in the woods on the east end of town a success, but some have criticized how the city went about cleaning up the sites.” “Before the sweep, Police Chief Geoff Spalding said any personal possessions…