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SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Clatsop County Businesses Economically Impacted by the Winter Ice Storm - 02/16/24

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County is one of 18 Oregon counties being offered low-interest federal disaster loans to small businesses impacted by the winter ice storm that occurred Jan. 12-20, 2024.

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses economically impacted by the winter ice storm.

 “We want to make sure that any Clatsop County small business impacted by the January storm is aware that the U.S. Small Business Administration is ready to help,” said Justin Gibbs, Clatsop County Emergency Management Director.

The SBA is committed to providing federal disaster loans swiftly and efficiently, with a customer-centric approach to help these businesses, said Isabella 

“Beginning Friday, Feb. 9, SBA customer service representatives will be available at the following virtual Business Recovery Center to answer questions about SBA’s disaster loan program, explain the application process and help each business owner complete their application,” said Associate Administrator Francisco Sánchez of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Disaster Recovery & Resilience. The virtual center will be open on the days and times indicated below. No appointment is necessary.


Starting Feb. 8, 2024

Monday – Friday

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

(916) 735-1531

According to the SBA, Small nonfarm businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of any size may qualify for Economic Injury Disaster Loans of up to $2 million to help meet financial obligations and operating expenses which could have been met had the disaster not occurred.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

Eligibility is based on the financial impact of the disaster only and not on any actual property damage. These loans have an interest rate of 4 percent for small businesses and 3.25 percent for private nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years and are restricted to small businesses without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Interest does not begin to accrue until 12 months from the date of the first disaster loan disbursement. SBA disaster loan repayment begins 12 months from the date of the first disbursement.

The Oregon Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is offering free, personalized counseling to help affected businesses in their recovery. Businesses may contact the Oregon SBDC at to find the most convenient SBDC center and click on the “Request Advising” webpage link.

Applicants may apply online and receive additional disaster assistance information at Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659‑2955 or email for more information on SBA disaster assistance. For people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.

The deadline to apply for economic injury is Nov. 8, 2024.



Parents Must Provide Schools, Child Care Facilities with Kids' Vaccine Records Before Wednesday, February 21 - 02/13/24

Astoria, OR) - Clatsop County Department of Public Health reminds that Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, is School Immunization Exclusion Day. If a child does not have vaccine records showing proper immunizations, that child will not be able to attend school or child care.

Under Oregon state law, all children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start, and certified childcare facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations or have an exemption.

There are two age groups that need to increase vaccine levels:­­­­

  • Kindergarten age youth need to receive their second measles vaccine.
  • 12-year-old youth need to be vaccinated for TDap). Tdap is a combination of three vaccines that protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis.
    • TETANUS enters the body through cuts or wounds and causes painful stiffening of the muscles. It can lead to serious health problems, including being unable to open the mouth, having trouble swallowing and breathing, or death.
    • DIPHTHERIA can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, or death.
    • PERTUSSIS, also known as “whooping cough,” can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing that makes it hard to breathe, eat, or drink. Pertussis can be extremely serious especially in babies and young children, causing pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage, or death. In teens and adults, it can cause weight loss, loss of bladder control, passing out, and rib fractures from severe coughing.

“The purpose of the state school immunization law is to ensure all children get recommended vaccines to build strong immunity against many infectious diseases among children,” said Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), tens of thousands of people in the United States get sick with vaccine preventable diseases. 

The 2022-2023 school year showed the deep decline in the number of Oregon children who were not fully vaccinated compared to vaccine rates in 2000-2001. 

“Immunizations are the best way to protect children against vaccine-preventable diseases such measles, rubella, and varicella. They keep kids and school communities healthy and safe, Recent measles outbreaks among unvaccinated children and adults in the nation and the in other countries remind us the importance of vaccine and vaccination” he said.

The Department of Public Health will bill insurance but no child will be turned away if they cannot pay for immunizations. Parents wanting to have their children vaccinated at the Department should call 503-325-8500.

Many pharmacists can immunize children seven and older. Parents can contact their neighborhood pharmacy for details or their child’s pediatrician 

Additional information on school immunizations can be found at the Immunization Program website.

Statewide school vaccination data is available on the Oregon Health Authority website or at OHA’s School Law Immunization Dashboard.



Escape the Vape Youth Video Contest Launches - 02/08/24

Clatsop County today launched Escape the Vape, a youth vaping prevention video contest with cash prizes for youth and their school. 

Clatsop County middle and high school-age youth are invited to create and submit a 30-second public service announcement video to educate their peers on the dangers of e-cigarette use, also known as vaping. 

“It is extremely powerful and effective when youth share with their friends and peers the dangers of vaping, including the mental and physical health harms associated with the high nicotine content in e-cigarettes,” said Carolina Guerrero-Lara, health promotion specialist. 

Nationally more than 2.1 million youth use e-cigarettes and 9 out of 10 use flavored e-cigarettes. One quarter of teens who get addicted to nicotine are hooked within a month, according to the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey.

Submissions will be entered into a competition for cash prizes for youth and their schools. There categories are: 6th-8th grade and 9th-12th.

  • 1st place winner in each category- $500 for the individual and $500 for their school
  • 2nd place winner in each category- $450 for the individual and $450 for their school
  • 3rd place winner in each category- $400 for the individual and $400 for their school
  • Two runner ups in each category- $50 each for the individuals only

Video submissions will be accepted starting Thursday, Feb. 8 through 11:59 p.m. March 31, 2024 via the Escape the Vape website. Each video submission will be reviewed by a team of youth and adult judges and five finalists will be selected. 

Their videos will be posted on the Escape the Vape website on March 23 with online voting to determine the final rankings. Voting will be open to the public at Escape the Vape from Wednesday, April 17 through 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2024.

Escape the Vape is a collaboration between a broad group of Clatsop County youth serving organizations working reduce youth e-cigarette use. 

For more information about the contest, go to



County Fair Poster Contest Launched - 01/29/24

(Astoria, OR) — Clatsop County Fair Board is sponsoring a poster contest for the 2024 fair theme, Forest to the Farm. The contest is open to all ages and the deadline to submit an image is March 1, 2024.

“We are looking forward to seeing the designs our community comes up with,” said Fair Manager Kyle Sharpsteen.

The winning individual will receive two fair concert tickets, two fair season passes, meals for two at the 4-H Chicken Coop and their biography in the fair guide.

This year’s fair runs from July 30 through August 3. 

For more information email or call 503-325-4600.