Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife troopers cited an Astoria man on several commercial fish-related charges after seizing 748 pounds of illegally caught Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near the Willamette River. Troopers also seized an illegal 1,200 foot gillnet used to catch the fish.

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Warrenton Police Chief Mathew Workman tells KAST News that on September 1, 2014 at 8:56am a citizen reported a suspicious item underneath a vehicle belonging to the Northwest Oregon Housing Authority located at 147 S. Main Ave. WPD Reserve Officer Jeff Rusiecki responded and found a small tool or tackle boxed had been placed under the vehicle and was definitely out of place. Reserve Officer Rusiecki called for assistance. The decision was made to secure the area and call for assistance from the OSP Explosives
Unit out of Salem. Warrenton Fire Department and Medix ambulance personnel were activated and staged at City Hall.

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By Nicole Bales KAST News

 

Vessel waste disposal systems have been increasing in quantity since the 1990's. Every year they keep 750,000 gallons of untreated sewage out of Oregon waterways. However, according to surveys conducted by the Oregon Sea Grant, many boaters report being unaware of the disposal systems.

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The Coast Guard reminds all Pacific Northwest boaters to be prepared and operate safely over the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day weekend should be a fun time for families and friends on the waterways of the region. Boating safely ensures everyone enjoys their time on the water and returns home. Here are some tips to make that happen:

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The turnaround expert hired to fix Cover Oregon has stayed longer than expected, did more than planned and has left behind a big bill.  Clyde Hamstreet has completed his job stabilizing Oregon's health care exchange. But the cost of his work and two associates has added up nearly $600,000 and he hasn't submitted his August invoice.

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Over the weekend a series of injury and serious crashes snarled already heavy traffic. With the system overloaded from heavy weekend traffic these incidents created long waits and slow moving traffic. It also forced heavy volumes of traffic into neighborhoods that are not designed for this traffic. Many of the crashes were preventable and could have been avoided. Astoria Police would like to remind drivers that to exercise defensive driving techniques, increase space between vehicles, and ensure you are signaling your intent in advance. Periods just after sunrise and before sunset can have intense sunshine impairing a drivers ability to clearly see, keep your windows clean, sunglasses at hand and use your visors. Most importantly, in times of decreased visibility, slow down.

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Another episode in the lengthy Cover Oregon saga unfolded today when it was announced that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today sued Oracle America, Inc., and a number of its high-level executives, for defrauding Oregonians in connection with Oracle's failure to provide a timely and functional health exchange website.

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