Commissioner John P. Raichl

Commissioner John Raichl was born in Nahbollenbach, Germany and moved to Clatsop County as a young boy with his family in 1958. After graduation from Seaside High School he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in various capacities, including military policeman. After his discharge from the service Mr. Raichl returned to Clatsop County and in 1976 joined the Sheriff's Office as a patrol deputy. Ten years later he defeated three other candidates and was elected Clatsop County Sheriff, becoming the youngest sheriff in the United States at that time. Mr. Raichl was reelected several times and held the job for 18 years before his retirement in 2005. A licensed pilot, Mr. Raichl has remained active since his retirement ferrying and test-flying small aircraft for various clients, including piloting floatplanes in Alaska. He also serves on the Road District #1 Advisory Board and is a local representative of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.

MAY 16TH SPECIAL DISTRICT ELECTION - The Port of Astoria has three positions up for election on the May 16th ballot.

KNAPPA HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BUILD BARRIER TO KEEP SEA LIONS OFF DOCKS - Knappa High School students built colorful railings to deter the sea lions

SEA LIONS IN THE NEWS - Various news outlets reported on the issue of the sea lions down at the East Mooring Basin.