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(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.

 

Friday morning just before 9:00 am Oregon State Police responded to a serious injury crash on Highway 101 near milepost 16, in Clatsop County where a Warrenton woman was seriously injured in a bus collision that closed the highway for several hours. 

   

A reward may be available for anyone with information for the Coast Guard regarding the destruction of the light and electronics of the Grays Harbor North Channel Range F Rear Light, south of the Bowerman Airport, near Hoquiam, Washington.

On behalf of the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners, the Clatsop County Human Services Advisory Council will distribute grants to local social and human services agencies that assist people in need. The purpose of this funding is to provide an investment in community programs that target those population groups that are most in need socially and economically.

 “Turkey” is the name that has been given to the female olive ridley sea turtle that arrived at the Oregon Coast Aquarium on Thanksgiving. It has been seven days since she stranded on Benson Beach in southern Washington, and although her condition continues to improve, Aquarium husbandry staff remain cautious toward her prognosis.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed bipartisan legislation to require all Members of Congress and Congressional staff participate in annual training to prevent all forms of workplace harassment and discrimination.

 “Congress should be a leading example of a safe and welcoming workplace. Today’s bill to require training for members and staff is the first step, but much more must be done to earn back the trust of our constituents. The House should immediately end the practice of taxpayer-funded secret settlements for sexual harassment claims, make training extensive and in-person, reform the process for reporting claims, increase transparency and support for victims, and commit to challenging the culture that has allowed this predatory behavior to go unchecked for far too long.”

United Way of Clatsop County presents Gifts That Make a Difference on Saturday, December 9th from Noon to 4:00 PM in the McTavish Room at The Liberty Theatre. 

Gifts That Make a Difference gathers thirty non-profits in one space for one afternoon and invites the public to join them.  Bring your knowledge, your personal experiences and your skills to this event to meet like-minded people and open new doors of volunteer opportunities for yourself and for your family.  Sometimes looking for the perfect match of those in need paired with what you have to offer may not be easy,  Gifts That Make a Difference is an opportunity to find that meaningful fit.

 Along with volunteer opportunities, many organizations will have items for sale that will help support their agencies mission along with an end of the year giving opportunity.

 Enjoy festive music and delicious refreshments provided by A.W.E. Group (Astoria Women Executive) and Thrivent Action Team.  

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has tagged the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) with the name "Agency of Wasteful Spending" Wednesday after the state audit division released a detailed report on OHA's failure to follow Federal rules on the proper evaluation of Medicaid recipients.

The cruise ships that stop in Astoria are an important part of the local economy bringing thousands of tourists to town for daylong stops with some taking advantage of visiting other places in the region on paid excursions.

There is a challenge coming that will require attention according to Port of Astoria Executive Director Jim Knight. More people are coming.

A lot more.

Astoria is looking at contracting out some of the planning functions of the Community Development Department in an agreement with the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST).  A draft agreement will be considered by the city council Monday evening.

The annual George Award and Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award are two of the most sought-after awards in Astoria and Warrenton. The recipients are often humble, yet strong, leaders – perhaps working behind the scenes to make our community better. Do you know someone like that? Nominations are only open until December 1st.

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