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Schools throughout Northwest Oregon will not be open today as we brace for a big winter storm forecast to hit the area through the day with the threat of snow, sleet and freezing rain.

Due to the threat of severe winter weather including snow and freezing rain, all Clatsop County offices will be closed Thursday, Dec. 8.

The closure will affect the following offices:

  • Assessment and Taxation

  • Budget and Finance

  • Community Development

  • County Manager

  • Juvenile Department

  • Public Health

  • Public Works (business office)

  • Sheriff’s Office (business office)

The closure does not affect designated essential county staff and functions. Sheriff’s Office deputies will remain on shift to respond to calls, but citizens are asked for patience as response times could be impacted by poor driving conditions.

All State offices will be closed today as well.

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR SNOW AND FREEZING RAIN REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM PST THIS EVENING. * TIMING...A MIXTURE OF SNOW...SLEET AND FREEZING RAIN WILL BEGIN LATE THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE INTO EARLY EVENING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...SNOW AND SLEET ACCUMULATIONS ARE EXPECTED TO BE RELATIVELY LIGHT. THE BEST CHANCE FOR AN INCH OF SNOW WILL BE NORTH TOWARD ASTORIA AND LONG BEACH. * ICE ACCUMULATIONS...UP TO A QUARTER INCH OF ICE IS POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY WELL INLAND. * IMPACTS...AREAS INLAND MORE THAN A COUPLE MILES WILL BE AFFECTED THE MOST. TRAVEL WILL BE DIFFICULT AS ROADS BECOME ICY. SOME POWER DISRUPTIONS ARE POSSIBLE.

 

 

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen off an aground commercial fishing vessel in the vicinity of Grenville Bay, north of  Moclips Beach early Wednesday morning.

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The lower Columbia region has had a small taste of winter weather making for some slippery conditions early Wednesday but the National Weather service is predicting something more intense for Thursday.

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Pay for a year at the Astoria Aquatic center, or the Astoria Recreation Center and get one month free. The offer was approved by the city council Monday night and is aimed at new members who either haven’t had a monthly pass for the past six months, or who have never had one to use the city facilities.

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 On Saturday December 3, 2016 at about 7:30 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a double fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 14 (east of Seaside).

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  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released her budget proposal for the next biennium and, as expected, contains significant cuts to many state programs while looking to increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and charge assessments on hospitals and insurance companies to raise money for healthcare coverage.

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Early last week, the Pacific County 911 received a report of a burglary in progress at a home located in Ocean Park. The caller reporting the burglary said that he lived in Oregon and was being alerted by the surveillance cameras located around the property of his Ocean Park house. He said that he was able to view, in real time, the suspect moving about the property. The caller said that the suspect was trying door knobs to the house and had entered a shed. The property was also completely fenced in. The caller provided a physical description of the suspect as well.

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Responding to criticism over a perceived lack of public outreach over the final design of a project impacting portions of the city river walk trail, City of Astoria will host a public open house for the Waterfront Bridges Project to share proposed bridge surface feature designs. The public is encouraged to attend the open house to provide input on the appearance of the new bridges.   Wednesday, December 14th,  6 pm to 8 pm City Hall Council Chambers.

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 Former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Meyers died Tuesday from complications with pneumonia according to family. Meyers was 77 and had suffered from lung cancer.Meyers career in state politics was lengthy. He served in the Oregon House for five terms and was later elected State Attorney General in 1996.

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In two weeks time Seaside may have a new leader to take the seat vacated by long-time Mayor Don Larson who stepped down in November. Failing health was cited as the reason for Larson's departure from the post and now it's up to the council members to decide who will serve the remaining term until the January following the next general city election in 2018.

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     Now that the Halloween pumpkin and Thanksgiving turkey have had their turn in the seasonal spotlight, the public turns its attention to another Oregon agricultural product: the Christmas tree. How about cutting your own this year?  Many people do and find it a fun family experience.  Here are some resources we've collected to help you find just the right tree this year.

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Astoria Weather

37°
°F | °C
Breezy
Humidity: 47%
Thu
Scattered Thunderstorms
34 | 39
1 | 3
Fri
Showers
40 | 48
4 | 8

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