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Members of Congress from South Carolina joined Oregon lawmakers in calling on the U.S. Coast Guard to keep facilities in Oregon and South Carolina from closing next month.

The city of Astoria has won it's case in appellate court over the district attorney's demand that all dui cases be sited directly to circuit court. Mayor Van Dusen said that the city was congratulated by the League of Oregon Cities for that win and city attorney Blair Henningsgaard said the ruling is a win for municipal independence from state control.

The city parks and rec department has a win of it's own with the volunteer program started this year to clean up parks. In a presentation last night volunteer coordinator Janice Galizio told the city council that giant dumpsters of debris was removed, fresh cedar chips in the thousands of pounds were added to playgrounds and the city cemetery got a sprucing up as well. The CHIP-IN program raised nearly $7000.00 in donations.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and the City of Gearhart want your vote -- on the name of a trail, that is. The newly-designed trail is adjacent to Gearhart Ocean State Recreation Area at Little Beach. Over the past two years, park officials have worked with City of Gearhart to create a new, single trail that accesses the beach to the north of the shorebird conservation area. It was designed to encourage shorebird nesting near the Necanicum Estuary.

The list of possible names comes from entries dreamed up by children in grades 2-5 at Gearhart Elementary School. OPRD and Gearhart city officials thought that local schoolchildren would be the perfect trail "owners," so they reached out to the principal and teachers at Gearhart Elementary School, and turned the whole thing into a contest. The kids came up with more than 30 names, which were narrowed down to 10.

Diggers will have plenty of opportunity to put razor clams on the Thanksgiving table during a week-long dig that begins Nov. 20.  The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the opening, which runs throughNov. 26, after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. No digging will be allowed before noon.

brad johnstonAstoria City Manager Brett Estes Friday announced the appointment of Deputy Chief Brad Johnston as Chief of Police / Assistant City Manager. Johnston has been serving as Interim Chief since October 20, 2014. According to Department records dating to 1876, he will become the 33rd Police Chief. Johnston takes over from Chief Peter Curzon who retired effective October 31, 2014 after 6 years leading the department.

CCC Board Chair Rosemary Baker-Monaghan announced the resignations of two board members at the November 12, 2014 meeting of the Board of Directors, and the Board voted to declare two vacancies.

Frank Satterwhite, elected from Zone 2, submitted his resignation from the Board to take effect on November 12, 2014. Satterwhite is withdrawing from the Board after 16 years of service.

Larry McKinley, recently appointed to represent Zone 3, also submitted his resignation to take effect immediately. McKinley has moved to take up a new position outside of the CCC District.

Highlights from the Clatsop County Commission meeting this week:

County Manager Scott Somers briefed the board on the cause of the ballot error that affected the Nov. 4 General Election. Somers said the Clerk and Elections Department did not follow its procedures

Easing east winds and some welcome rain helped fire crews fighting the 100 acre Hug Point fire this morning.  The cause of the fire is under investigation but early reports indicated gusty winds fanned slash burns being conducted by Stmpson Timber Company in the forest land south and east of Arch Cape causing the fires to spread.

A winter storm is moving into the Portland-Vancouver area as moist Pacific air from the southwest hits entrenched frigid air.  Locally there are few issues weatherwise this morning but there are just a couple of schools delaying Thursday morning. The Jewell, Vernonia and Ocean Beach districts have two hour delays. For Ocean Beach that delay only applies to Ocean Park Elementary. Other peninsula schools are on time today. KAST News is posting closures and/or delays on Facebook and on Twitter. While the coast hasn't been badly impacted by this blast of arctic air,  It's a different story in the metro area this morning with a mix of conditions.  ODOT reports  snow flurries on Highway 26  heading into the valley this morning and temps below freezing.  Bradley Hill on higway 30 appears clear with temps well above the freezing mark.  There are icy places on the road and colder temps appraoching Clatskanie.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) released the following statement in commemoration of Veterans Day.

"Veterans Day is a time to reflect on and appreciate the millions of men and women who served all over the world and fought in battles to secure the freedom we continue to enjoy. Our veterans served this country bravely, and America is stronger because of their courage and sacrifice. We honor and thank them for their service, and we recommit to the enduring promise that the United States makes to all veterans: that they have the support they need to succeed after their service ends.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is seeking volunteers to help the public spot whales as part of its Whale Watching Spoken Here program.  The program places trained volunteers at 24 whale-watching sites along the Oregon coast each year during winter and spring watch weeks, when Gray whales migrate to and from Alaska. This year, the dates for the whale watching weeks will be Dec. 27-31, 2014 and March 21-28, 2015.

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