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Officials from the United States Coast Guard along with the contractors, and city officials were on hand Monday afternoon to perform the ground-breaking for an expansion project to add more Coast Guard housing units adjacent to the existing housing on Astoria's south slope.

(From left to right) Capt. Daniel Travers, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Capt. John Healy, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Design and Construction Center in Norfolk, Va., Arline LeMear, the mayor of the City of Astoria, Lt. Cmdr. Christiane Weber, Coast Guard project manager, Robert Wilkins and Gabe Duus of Integrity Structures out of Vancouver, Wash., Tony Ewing of Columbia River Excavations as well as Mike Gabe, also from Integrity Structures, prepare to break ground on a housing expansion project at Coast Guard housing in Astoria, Ore., April 6, 2015

Tom Freel writes on the Coast Watch Blog:

 Well now they've done it. As long as the thousands of Sea Lions that have been pouring into Astoria were just destroying Port mooring docks it was okay. In fact a few have suggested the town should welcome the massive influx and turn the whole thing into a tourist attraction. But there is a new development in this story that makes the situation far more like an invasion and far less like something that could join the goonies house as a tourist destination.  MORE HERE

Astoria's unintended Sea lion sanctuary is begining to expand to include the city River Walk Trail.  Astoria city councilor Zetty Nemlowill posted a picture of a Stellar Sea Lion that had taken up residence right in the middle of the trail along with a warnng note that the animals can be aggressive and to stay clear.

Astoria Police are searching for Anthony Victor Lane, a 30 year old St. Helens man, in conjunction with the gunpoint robbery in the 300 block of Alameda on April 3rd. Lane was identified as a suspect as a result of many sources of information developed during the investigation.

When Warrenton schools were locked down by authorities this morning the rumors started flying immediately causing Astoria police to issue the following statement:

Astoria Police received a report of a shooting in the 300 block of Alameda. Officers responded with Astoria Fire and Medix Ambulance. Responding officers arrived and found two male subjects with head injuries and another that was affected by a chemical spray that was discharged in the house at the time of the assaults. Officers learned that at least two suspects entered the house and assaulted the occupants of the house at gunpoint. They struck two victims with firearms and batons causing significant injuries and taking items from the home. The suspects left in gold GMC Jimmy with pink decals. Astoria Police transported three victims to CMH for treatment.

Sheriff Tom Bergin was honored March 26th 2015 by the Western States Sheriff's Association as Sheriff of the year. The association includes the Sheriffs from 15 western states which include Washington to the Dakota's and from California to Texas all who were present and represented last week for their annual conference in Nevada.

A Clatsop County judge took the first step Monday in deciding a permanent home for two Seaside boys who police said were abused and tortured at the hands of their mother and her live-in boyfriend.

The Astoria Police Department is hosting the 8th Citizen Police Academy to start this coming June. Classes will be held everyWednesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, beginning June 24, 2015 and ending July 15, 2015. The Citizen Police Academy is open to community members who are interested in how their Astoria Police Department works.

Oregon beaches are ready for summer after shedding close to 63,000 pounds on Saturday. Over 5,000 volunteers helped clear the entire Oregon coast of trash at the annual SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup.

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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