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The Ghadar Party plaque mysteriously disappeared on October 23rd, from its designated location at the Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria. The plaque recognized the founders of the Indian liberation movement who immigrated to Astoria from Eastern India, mostly as mill workers who worked at the Hammond Mill in Alderbrook. The Ghadar movement eventually led to the independence of India and Pakistan from British colonial rule. State Senator Betsy Johnson, Willis Van Dusen, former mayor and owner of Van Dusen Beverages, Inc., Lovekesh Kumar, owner of the Super Mart in Warrenton, and Bahadur Singh, brother of Kumar have all donated personal funds to replace the missing plaque.

Clatsop County announces the appointment of Gail Henrikson as the new director of the Community Development Department.  She replaces Heather Hansen, who served in the position from June 2014 to November 2017.  Henrikson will join the county Jan. 8.

Henrikson brings more than 13 years of experience in land-use planning to the position, most recently as the director of planning and zoning for the City of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She earned a B.A. degree in English Language and Linguistics and an M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday an opportunity for Clatsop Community College opened up.

The college has operated a maritime training center (MERTS) at Tongue Point for a number of years and the language in the NDAA includes authorizing maritime workforce "Centers of Excellence".

The Coast Guard towed a 58-foot fishing vessel after the crew lost the use of their main engine about 17 miles west of Willapa Bay, Sunday.

This story begins December 4th when Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of possible sexual offense that had occurred at a residence located in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road. Upon arriving at the residence, deputies spoke with the reporting party, an adult female. She explained to deputies that a man had knocked on the door to her residence and identified himself by name. She told the deputies that she recognized the man from previous contacts. The man asked if he could use an electrical outlet to charge his cellular phone and she allowed him into her residence.

For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store online, which is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change. 

Hike time: 10 a.m. 
Starting location: Sunset Beach parking lot 
Terrain and length of trail: Easy six-mile hike along the Fort to Sea trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers (trail is narrow and unimproved). 
Contact information:(503) 861-3170 
Additional details: Our trek will include areas of reforested shore dunes, dune lakes, open meadows, and areas of maturing pine/spruce forest. We may see elk, blacktail deer, winter bird species, and the occasional cow. 

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. 

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. 

Warrenton holds it's first public outreach tonight to gather input from citizens on transportation needs in the city.

The open house will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday evening at Warrenton City Hall and the public is invited to attend anytime during those hours to participate.

The Oregon Health Authority has today (Wednesday, December 6) lifted a health advisory issued July 28 for Coffenbury Lake located at Fort Stevens State Park. 

Water monitoring has confirmed levels of blue-green algae and toxins they produce are below guideline values for human exposure. However, the Oregon Health Authority recommends that people continue to be cautious with their pets in the lake because toxins are still above the very low exposure levels established for dogs.

The Astoria City Council voted three to two last night against a staff proposal to increase the premium paid by out of city limit water users to tap into the city water supply.  Staff had brought forward a water rate resolution to increase the premium from 10% to 12.5% pointing out that the industry standard for the service is much higher but could not convince the majority of councilmembers there is sufficient justification to support the increase.

In other action Monday night:

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read.)

A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 50-year-old man from a bulk carrier 200 miles off the Columbia River entrance, Friday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the ill crewman and transported him to the Warrenton Air Station, where he was transferred to Life Flight Network personnel for transportation to Oregon Health and Science University in Portland.

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