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On December 12, 2014 Astoria Police arrested 35 year old Astoria resident Bruce Bemisdarfer on charges of Rape II. Bemisdarfer was arrested near 14th and Kensington where he was located by Astoria Police Officers.

Clam diggers will get another chance to dig some fresh razor clams for the holidays during an opening Dec. 19-23 at several Washington beaches.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

On December 3, 2014 Astoria Police were notified of a burglary and theft from Pier 39. Through video of the events at Pier 39, Astoria Police were able to identify the suspects in the case as 36 year old Astoria resident Keaton Huff and 34 year old Julie Brownfield. Astoria Police contacted Huff and were attempting to work to get the property returned in exchange for not taking him to jail immediately. Huff did not follow through on his promises to return the property.


The board of commissioners approved contributing up to $7,000 to fund an independent technical review of a new flood study released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency identifying flood areas in Clatsop County for the purpose of flood insurance coverage. County staff told the board that due to a data anomaly, the new maps give a higher base flood elevation and place many inland areas within the "velocity zone" flood designation, which would result in new, severe restrictions on development if the maps are adopted without change. The cities of Astoria and Warrenton and Port of Astoria will also contribute to the technical study, which is estimated to cost $15,000 to $20,000.

A proposed ConnectOregon V project for Astoria that didn't make the first cut gets another look by the State Transportation Commission.

After considering input from the public at a hearing in July, 2014 and reviewing a large volume of written comments, the Oregon Transportation Commission approved 36 multimodal projects from around the state for $40,369,189 in funding, provided by the ConnectOregon V program. The Port of Astoria won a grant for $480,000 to upgrade runways at the regional airport and The Columbia River Pilots won a $949,608 grant for their proposed Columbia River clearance project.  Because the commission disagreed with staff over selection of one of the proposed projects in St. Helens there is some extra money available.

The 2015 Clatsop County Cultural Coalition grant recipients have been selected. Each year, approximately $8,000 is made available by the Oregon Cultural Trust to Clatsop County Cultural Coalition to fund projects in art, music, humanities, and heritage in Clatsop County. An awards ceremony for the 2015 grant recipients was held Wednesday, December 10th at the Butterfield Cottage, Seaside Museum and Historical Society, Seaside. 2015 grant recipients gave brief presentations on their projects and received their award checks. Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Blanche also performed.

Following their repeated calls to ensure the safety of residents in coastal areas, Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Representatives Peter DeFazio, Kurt Schrader, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici today announced the Congress has passed legislation that will keep the U.S. Coast Guard's air facility at Newport open through the coming year.

It's the most wonderful time of the year—and potentially the most profitable for scammers. Better Business Bureau serving Alaska, Oregon and Western Washington has put together a list of 12 common Christmas schemes to help consumers stay safe this holiday season.

At their public meeting today, the State Land Board directed the Department of State Lands (DSL) to work towards implementing an ownership model for the Elliott State Forest involving another public entity or a public-private partnership. The goal is to "de-couple" timber harvesting from school funding, and remove the forest from the Common School Fund's land portfolio.

The Astoria Fire Department fire engines will be parading through neighborhoods in Astoria on Wednesday, December 10th, Thursday, December 11th, and Friday, December 12th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Firefighters, family, and friends will be picking up non-perishable food items and donations for needy families this holiday season. The fire engines will be decorated with lights and playing Christmas music. We've heard that Santa Claus will be making an appearance to help us hand out candy canes and spread the Christmas joy!

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen from the 78-foot fishing vessel Titan after it grounded and began to take on water off of the A-jetty on the north side of the Columbia River near Ilwaco, Washington, Friday.  A Coast Guard Cape Disappointment 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew responded to the situation, safely removed the fisherman after dewatering efforts failed and took them back to the station.

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