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Clatsop Economic Development Resources wants to shine the spotlight on local businesses that are outstanding in key areas. On March 20th the organization plans to recognize those who meet the criteria for the Business Awards with the special emphasis on one or more of the following:

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With fluctuating prices of natural gas, fuel oil and electricity, many people consider heating
their homes by burning firewood or wood pellets as a less-costly alternative.

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The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered the state to hold up on enforcing new gillnet fishing rules in response to a challenge from commercial fishermen.

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Saturday Astoria Safeway reported a female tried to pass a  fraudulent check for $310.27 written by a "Julia Lewis." When the
store tried to verify the information through Bank of America, the female just left everything and left the store.

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Motorists caught talking on their cell phones or texting while driving would face stiffer fines — up to $1,000 — under a bill that is being considered in the Oregon Legislature.

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A combination of higher crude prices, refinery shut downs and speculation have sent gas prices soaring earlier than usual this winter, but the rate of increase has slowed down a bit this week.  The national average for regular unleaded jumps seven cents this week, compared to a 17-cent spike last week, to $3.60.  For the third week in a row, Oregon's average remains below the national average, adding six cents this week, compared to a 16.5-cent jump last week, to $3.57.

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On February 12, 2013 the Merrytime Tavern reported sometime during the night they had received two counterfeit fifty dollar bills.  Because of the realistic appearance the bills were accepted.  It was not discovered that they were counterfeit until the next morning.  No suspects were identified.

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State boat inspectors trying to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of Oregon have gone to work earlier this year. The station along Interstate 5 at Ashland has begun checking boat hulls and bilges for non-native species hitchhiking into the state.

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