Monday, July 28, 2014

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The Oregon average for regular unleaded is slightly lower than the national average.  The Oregon average adds three cents this week to $3.35 a gallon, while the national average gains a nickel to $3.36.  It's the first time in 21 months that the Oregon average has been lower than the national average.

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A federal grand jury in Portland has returned an indictment against Shamont Sapp, 49, charging him with mail fraud in a five-year scheme involving false claims of
child sex abuse by Catholic priests in four dioceses.

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Beginning February 1, the manner in which firewood permits are issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) Astoria District Office will change. The new program will allow for permits to be issued geographically by management basin instead of timber sale area as was done in the past.

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Rumors that an NBA team may soon return to Seattle are good news for an Olympia company that prints T-Shirts.

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Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the next In Their Footsteps free speaker series event.  This program is Wildlife Center of the North Coast presented by some of the wildlife center's staff on Sunday, February 17, at 1:00 p.m.  This is part the weekend's nationwide Great Backyard Bird Count activities led by the National Audubon Society and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is closed a mile-long section of the beach on the northwest end of the Long Beach Peninsula to keep razor clam diggers away from a beached crab boat, which is reportedly spilled diesel.  The vessel was the Genesis-A out of Warrenton.  WDFW is working with the Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies to free the 50-foot vessel, and hoped to remove it from the beach Saturday but did not.  The WDFW says they expect to have it removed within 3 to 4 days.

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High school seniors will want to mark their calendars for Senior Preview Day at Clatsop Community College (CCC). Each year, many graduating seniors begin their college experience at CCC.

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A large crowd gathered Friday afternoon to see the remodeled Astoria Railroad Depot rededicated as the Barbey Maritime Center for Research and Industry, the newest addition to the Columbia River Maritime Museum.  The brick building was originally constructed in 1925 by the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad after the first wooden depot was destroyed in the great Astoria fire of 1922.

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