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The Clatsop County Assessment and Taxation Department will host a Business Personal Property training course Tuesday, Jan. 21.  The training will provide business owners information on what is considered personal property in business and how to file returns, and explain tax calculations and collection laws. The course is free of charge.  All businesses are required to file a Confidential Personal Property Return with the county assessor's office each year.

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The Washington mid-January 2014 recreational razor clam opener will proceed. Below are the opening dates and the time of the evening low tides and the beaches that are included:

  • Jan. 15, Wednesday, 6:19 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 16, Thursday, 6:51 p.m.; -0.1 feet; Twin Harbors
  • Jan. 17, Friday, 7:22 p.m.; 0.0 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks
  • Jan. 18, Saturday, 7:53 p.m.; 0.2 feet; Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Mocrocks

A large rock, described as being the size of a Volkwagen Beetle passenger car, fell onto Interstate 84 about one mile west of Hood RiverSunday afternoon blocking one traffic lane. No vehicles were involved and it took ODOT crews using heavy equipment about two hours to remove the obstruction.

On January 12, 2014 at approximately 12:34 p.m., an OSP trooper responded to a reported road hazard eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 61. Upon arrival, the trooper reported the hazard was a large boulder the size of a car that rolled off the bordering embankment, over a concrete barrier and landed in the right eastbound lane.

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Join the GrassRoots Garbage Gang for a beach clean up at 9:30am on Saturday January 18th.  

Information from the organization on their upcoming beach cleanup: 

Another Long Beach Peninsula beach cleanup will be happening Saturday, January 18. Many gloved hands will be needed to collect trash that winter storms have deposited - maybe some items from the Japanese tsunami. To help, just show up at any major beach approach at 9:30am, receive some bags to fill, and join others caring for the environment by removing the junk from the beach.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon state officials say liquor prices are not likely to change if the system is privatized.

The Statesman Journal reports Oregon consumers would likely pay the same prices for alcohol because the fees are not going to change.

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Wild weekend weather hit the coast beginning friday evening with warnings extending into Sunday and more wet conditions expected to persist according to KAST meteorologist Rick Van Cise.  He says most of the wet and windy conditions are behind us as the storm exits but there are still some chances of light showers.  We can expect more dry weather for most of the week ahead.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into the cause of a late Friday night single vehicle fatal traffic crash on the eastbound off ramp from Highway 30 to the Lewis and Clark Bridge in Rainier. The crash resulted in the death of a Longview, Washington man.  On January 10, 2014 at approximately 11:26 p.m., OSP was requested by Rainier Police Department to respond to the scene of a single vehicle fatal traffic crash that occurred on the eastbound off ramp from Highway 30 to the Lewis and Clark Bridge near milepost 49.

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Private pilots who use the local regional airport reacted negatively after the Port of Astoria decided to enforce it's policy of charging a $10 fee for general aviation pilots to land a plane there.  The policy has been on the books for years but generally was not enforced as long as pilots bought fuel when they made a stop here.

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