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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.

 

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.

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