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Debra Kay Burnett was delivering Oregonian newspapers to customers of her motor route Thursday morning when her vehicle couldn't make it up an icy street and began to slide backward.  the 51-year-old Burnett was able to stop the vehicle and police say she then got out to spread some deicer when the vehicle, apparently left in gear, rolled on top of her.

At 9:36 a.m. The Astoria Fire Department, Medix Ambulance, and Astoria Police were dispatched to 12th and Kensington for a report of a vehicle versus pedestrian crash and found Burnett pinned under the vehicle and unresponsive.

Astoria Fire and Medix attended to the victim while also working to lift the vehicle off.  Despite these efforts, the victim died at the scene. 


"The Heroine" by Justyna Kisielewicz in this year’s Au Naturel


Wintry weather closed Clatsop Community College for classes Thursday but the show will go on for Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century including a planned reception tonight at 6 pm. This the 12th year for the international juried exhibit and it is set up in the College’s Royal Nebeker Art Gallery located at 1799 Lexington Avenue.

The Doughboy Monument, located in Astoria's Uniontown-Alameda Nationally Registered Historic District, is still on track to complete restoration and repair work by the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War I on November 11, 2018. Astoria Parks and Recreation, along with Senator Betsy Johnson and Astoria City Councilor, Cindy Price, have secured a combination of grant funding and donations to refurbish the monument. The City of Astoria will be engaging in a formal bidding process to find contractors for various parts of the project in February.

Fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set spring Chinook salmon seasons for the Columbia River during a joint state hearing.

 The lower Columbia River recreational spring Chinook season will take place from Thursday, March 1 through Saturday, April 7 from Buoy 10 upstream to Beacon Rock, plus bank angling from Beacon Rock upstream to the Bonneville Dam deadline.

The Clatsop County Job Fair was rescheduled for the end of this month after our first taste of wintry weather left icy roads over Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. The national weather service is forecasting some additional snow, or snow mixed with rain overnight Wednesday and cold temperatures persist.

The Job fair is set for February 28th at Clatsop Community College and will help both high school students and adults connect with local businesses that have signed up with Workforce Oregon to have a booth at the fair.


A little taste of the great Southwest comes to Clatsop County this Thursday with two free talks featuring Ravis Henry who will share his experiences and the history and songs of the Navajo.


The Henry family lives in Canyon de Chelly, a protected area of the Navajo reservation where ancient tribes carved out cliffside strongholds 4000 years ago.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Jeffrey Green, the owner of a fishing boat called the Emerald Sea, $28,800 for spilling about 300 gallons of diesel fuel into the Skipanon River near Warrenton in August 2016.

While not making any final decisions Wednesday morning, the Astoria city council in a special session gave city manager Brett Estes further direction on the disposition of four city-owned properties preliminarily targeted for possible sale.

The four were identified by the council as Tidal Rock, First Post Office Park, U.S. Custom House Recreation and Birch BallField.

Of those four, the council reached consensus on gathering more information on Birch Ballfield in Alderbrook with the possibility of dropping its designation as a city park and offering the property for sale for homebuilders.

The Coast Guard’s cleanup efforts of an oil spill in the Columbia River adjacent to the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa in Astoria are winding down but containment boom and absorbent boom will remain in place for months to come.

At the end of January 2018, Columbia Memorial Hospital announced the hire of Zach Schmitt its new chief financial officer.  Schmitt joined the hospital’s administrative team in January 2017.  This week the Astoria hospital announced the decision to complete its upper-level management team with Nicole Williams as the new chief operating officer (COO).

The Coast Guard assisted and transported an injured man aboard an anchored ship at the Astoria anchorage on the Columbia River, early Monday morning.

A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat, from Station Cape Disappointment, transported 11 members of the Clatsop County high-angle rescue team to assist a man that had been injured aboard the motor vessel Ergina Luck and transport him to emergency medical services at the 17th Street Pier in Astoria.

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