Gearhart voters have decided to keep Mayor Diane Widdop in office. Widdop was the subject of recall effort that didn't hit home for citizens who voted down the recall by over 60% in the final unofficial tally Thursday might. Turn-out was a litle over 54% with 503 ballots counted.

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"Environmentally friendly" usually isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of law enforcement. The Washington State Patrol is changing that.

WSP's Electronic Services Division has replaced traditional lead-acid batteries with hydrogen fuel cells at 15 of the agency's network radio towers across the state. With initially the same startup cost as lead-acid batteries, fuel cells provide WSP with all the same benefits while helping to preserve the environment.

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On Monday, drug taskforce detectives served several search warrants and arrested a Seaside woman at 1111 Broadway in Seaside, directly across from the Broadway Middle School. The search warrants were obtained following a 3-month long investigation into the delivery of Methamphetamine within 1000-feet of a school.

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On March 23rd 2015, at 10:05 AM, Astoria Police received a phone call from a 32 year old female who reported she had been robbed at knife point on the Astoria River Walk. She reported she had been walking two dogs on the elevated area between Astoria Warehousing and the Holiday Inn Express Hotel. She said that she was approached by a male 6" tall, 40-50 years old, wearing a brown hat, blue jeans, and a red and blue plaid shirt.

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The Double Crested Cormorant has been the subject of a great deal of study over the last 30+ years and more than one approach has been taken over that time in an attempt to control the lower Columbia population of the birds blamed for gobbling up massive numbers of juvenile salmon. Cormorants have  certain levels of protection under U.S. law, specifically those laid out in the Migratory Bird Act. A decision was announced this week to take more drastic action.

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A lawsuit filed in the death of a man who drowned when a Newport crab fishing vessel capsized and sank nearly three years ago has been settled.

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The Astoria Column will take on a blue hue come April as a visual reminder that sexual assault remains one of our most troubling societal challenges.  Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear declared April to be Sexual Assault Awareness month and the council voted to allow the column lighting changed to a teal blue as symbol of that proclaimation.

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The Small Business Administration (SBA) selects Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award-winners at the state and national levels.  This year a panel of judges selected Clatsop SBDC and Director Kevin Leahy as Oregon's winner which makes the organization a candidate for the National SBA Excellence and Innovation Award of the Year.

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Now there is a local option for those who need short term rehabilitative care following acute care at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Rather than transfering to a nursing facility for skilled medical and rehabilitative services, with the advice of their doctor, people who meet specific criteria can stay in their acute care room at CMH and participate in a short stay program to ease that transition back into home care, or move to a lower level of care facility.

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It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know why boaters don't like to wear life jackets. They can be hot and bulky. Some are too expensive. Or, at least that's what some boaters say. So here's your big chance: design a better life jacket that more folks will wear, and you could be $10,000 richer. The deadline for design entries with the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition is April 15. The competition's sponsors, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association, are encouraging boaters, armchair inventors, design, engineering or high school students to submit their design soon to BoatUS.org/design.

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In November 2011, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office reported the discovery of human skeletal remains near Nicolai Mountain. These remains were turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office shortly after their discovery for testing and analysis in hopes of identifying the person. Sheriff Tom Bergin is pleased to announce, through continued investigation and scientific testing, the remains have been identified as that of Justin Anthony Eraci born May 25, 1980. Mr. Eraci is not known to have been a local resident; his last known address was in the state of California. Items found in proximity to Mr. Eraci's remains indicate he spent some time in Portland, Oregon prior to his death. At this time the circumstances of Mr. Eraci's death remain unknown. Photographs provided by Mr. Eraci's family have been included with this release. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Medical Examin er's Office, and the Oregon State Police.
Request for public assistance:
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with knowledge of Mr. Eraci and his activities in northwestern Oregon, specifically Clatsop County, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635.

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