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Residents of Vernonia, and the surrounding area report having felt the earth rumble Sunday night. Geologists estimate that earthquake was a 3.4 centered about 14 miles west of Vernonia and was about 14 miles deep.

A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year. 

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.  Here's how to estimate what you get.

(Photo Courtesy Nichole Whittle)

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted two women off of a rock after they became stranded by the rising tide at the Hug Point State Recreation Site north of Cannon Beach, Thursday evening. Photo shows the Coast Guard helo making a landing on Highway 101.


The new CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, now open in Astoria, is an incredibly well thought-out facility that is a combination of the most advanced thinking in treatment along with care for both body and soul.  Locally produced works of art figure prominently throughout the facility with a theme that echoes Columbia Memorial’s commitment to patient care through the nationally recognized Plain Tree program.

Next Tuesday morning the Astoria City Council meets in a work session to discuss strategic planning and visioning. The meeting starts at 9:00 am at city hall and the public may observe the conversation.

Each year the city council establishes goals for the upcoming year and those goals in recent years have resembled laundry lists of wished for projects driven by whatever happened to be top of mind at the moment.

This work session deals with a different approach that could help inform those goals in future years.

On Friday morning at about 7:12 am Astoria Police, Astoria Fire Department and Medix Ambulance Service responded to an assault in the 1400 Block of Irving Avenue.  On arrival, responders found the victim, 57-year-old Anthony Stoinich, with stab wounds to his upper body. He was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The first distributions of state marijuana tax revenues--totaling nearly $85 million--are on their way to the State School Fund; the Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services Account; the Oregon State Police (OSP); the Oregon Health Authority (OHA); and Oregon's cities and counties. All distributions will be complete by October 11, 2017.

A 35-year-old military veteran went berzerk Thursday afternoon leading patrol officers from several agencies on a long distance chase on I-5 that started at Joint Base Lewis McCord and ending near Kelso.

Police have identified the man as Christopher James Blevins who is said to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. The man is alleged to have made a threat to commit a "Las Vegas Style" shooting and when approached by base police he reportedly fled in a red Mazda 6 almost hitting an MP who escaped injury.

Oregon Main Street announced its 2017 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners last night at the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Oregon City, Oregon. Two Astoria projects were recognized at the event. 

New research finds touch screens and voice commands take drivers’ attention away from the road

If you’ve driven a newer car, chances are it has an infotainment system with a touchscreen and voice commands. These infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies such as voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company's hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to an existing net-pen facility in Puget Sound.

Eric Kinne, the manager of WDFW's hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company's Cypress Island net-pen facility near the San Juan Islands, where one of Cooke's pens collapsed on Aug. 19 and released tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound and nearby waters.

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