Officials at Long Beach Elementary say the school received an anonymous call Thursday afternoon "using technology to hide both the voice and the phone number. The recorded call said only that the caller had an automatic weapon and to call 911. Police were immediately notified and the school was placed on lockdown. As a precautionary measure, all other buildings were also placed on modified lockdown while the situation was investigated".

 The Pacific County Sherriff's Office, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington State Parks, Washington State Patrol and the Long Beach Police department responded. Once it was determined there was no credible threat, students were dismissed using added precaution.

In statement on the district website officials write "Ours is not the only school district that has been sent this kind of call in our state. Two schools in Thurston County, two in Spokane, and several in the Chehalis School District have received similar recorded anonymous calls this month. We do not know yet if these calls are coming from the same source and all cases are under investigation at this time."

The statement continues,"The safety of all of our students is our first priority and we appreciate the patience and understanding that our parents and entire community showed today."

The Port of Longview may become a stop for trains carrying oil from North Dakota that would supply the first refinery on the Columbia River.  According to documents secured through a freedom of information act request by Columbia Riverkeeper, the Washington Port which is just 45 minutes drive from Astoria is entertaining a partnership proposal by Riverside Refining LLC to build the new refinery on Port property in Longview and accept delivery crude oil by rail and then use the Columbia to ship the refined gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel.

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The entire congressional delegation from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana is demanding that the Obama administration begin negotiations with Canada to update the landmark Columbia River Treaty.

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Oregon State police arrested a 28-year-old Astoria man Tuesday night for DUII and reckless driving after he missed a curve on highway 202 at mile post 12, lost control of his Chrysler 300, hit a power pole hard enough to break it off causing the transformer on the pole to explode as the vehicle continued down an embankment ending up in some trees and brush.

Police report that two local residents helped rescue the driver, identified as Jeffrey Raymond Culp and a 25- year old male passenger in the vehicle. The passenger was taken by Medix to Columbia Memorial Hospital where he was later released. Culp consented to impairment tested and officers say he showed significant signs of impairment. His blood alcohol level was tested two hour later at the county jail and measured 0.12%. He was cited and released.

The vehicle was left at the scene until Pacific Power crews were able to respond to repair the pole and downed lines.

The Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) quietly dissolved today. In a news release Lincoln County Sheriff Dennis Dotson says drug investigations will continue conducted by the same former LINT detectives but rather than working out of the Oregon State Police Office in Newport, the detectives will work out of their respective departments utilizing technology to communicate and work drug cases as needed.

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Defense lawyers for a mother accused of killing one daughter and injuring another at a Cannon Beach hotel last summer say they intend to present evidence she was in a "disordered mental state" at the time of the alleged crimes.

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Oregon's Unemployment Rate Falls to 5.4 Percent, Inching Below the National Rate

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This coming weekend the third rendition of the renewed Long Beach Washington Razor Clam Festival features contests, cooking challenges and live demonstrations and, luckily, a just announced clam season that will coincide nicely with the popular event.  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17.

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Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

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A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

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The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds local residents that Tuesday, April 28 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 special district election.
Ballots for the election will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, April 29.

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