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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.

Thursday morning at 9:21am officers from the Warrenton Police Department were called to the Warrenton Marina regarding a male subject who was breaking into boats. Officers arrived and were told that 36-year old Lonie Davis was
seen by a witness on and in three different boats. The witness called the Warrenton Marina Harbormaster who responded and saw Davis enter a fourth boat that did not belong to Davis.

On Wednesday evening the Clatsop County Sheriff, Sheriff's Deputies and an Oregon State Police Trooper responded to a report of a burglary in progress, resulting in the arrest of two Clatsop County residents 34-year-old JOSEPH LEE COZART and  29-year-old TAMARA DENISE PAINTER.  

A homeowner in the Miles Crossing area south of Astoria returned to his residence to find TAMARA PAINTER in an unknown vehicle in his rural driveway. PAINTER promptly left the residence when contacted by the homeowner. As the homeowner approached the door to his residence, he confronted JOSEPH COZART exiting the door with a box full of stolen items. The homeowner detained COZART at gunpoint, contacted the Sheriff's Office and held him there until deputies arrived approximately three minutes later.

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 44 other state attorneys general today announced a $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. resolving claims alleging that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. Sirius XM also will provide restitution to eligible consumers who have complaints about the problems addressed in the settlement, including complaints that consumers were wrongfully billed for SiriusXM services between July 28, 2008 and December 4, 2014.

Astoria Dispatch has been receiving numerous complaints from citizens regarding phone calls from the IRS claiming they owe tax monies. The IRS itself has issued numerous warning about this pervasive telephone scam. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification regarding any tax matters via U.S. mail. The people behind this scam are sophisticated enough that they may even have the IRS appear on peoples caller ID, they may tell people a badge number, and may even be able to tell someone a partial social security number. There have also been reports of people being threatened with jail time if they don't immediately pay supposed back taxes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comment on a permit application related to Astoria Ford's proposed move from it's longtime location to a new dealership to be built in Warrenton's North Coast Business Park.  The location is on the south side of Ensign Lane at it's intersection with S.E. 19th street just across from the Costco gas station.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a series of Community Forums regarding Tsunami Inundation for the Long Beach Peninsula. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recently completed updating research and mapping that more accurately reflects potential inundation associated with a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami.

Those deserted storefronts in downtown Astoria may not be derelict much longer.

The Astoria City Council Monday night signed off on a settlement agreement and release. The settlement is with Caroline Evans in her capacity as a court appointed conservator for Mary Louise Flavel. Flavel owns properties in Astoria including a house on 15th street and two buildings located on either side of Commercial street at 9th. Flavel's control of the properties was turned over to Evans by a Washington County Circuit Court in July of this year when the court found that Flavel is no longer able to handle her own affairs in her best interest. In 2011 the City passed updated derelict building ordinances that significantly increased fines on those properties deemed derelict and included an emergency clause to accelerate fines in extreme cases.  Flavel had accumulated over $1.4 million in fines and the city sought a judgment in municipal court.

Coast Guard crews assisted three people after their vessel began taking on water three miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Friday.  Following dewatering efforts, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew took the 46-foot fishing vessel Hornet into tow and safely delivered it and the crew to a marina in Ilwaco, Washington. Two of the Hornet's crewmembers sustained minor injuries during the incident but did not require medical attention.

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