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Bring your beach towel and sunscreen -- but leave your smokes at home. Oregon is taking steps to ban smoking on all 362 miles of beaches along the Pacific coast. The state Parks and Recreation Department has all ready snuffed out smoking at most other state parks. The agency is taking comments on the proposed beach ban through next month. Lighting up on the beach could cost offenders 110 bucks, but officials say the fine would only be imposed on repeat offenders. Supporters say a beach smoking ban would reduce litter and make rules consistent throughout the parks.

Michael Summers has been selected as the new Public Works Director for Clatsop County.  Summers joined Clatsop County in June 2013 as County Engineer. He replaces Ed Wegner, who retired earlier this year after 10 years with the county. Summers worked as a civil engineer for a private firm from 2006 to 2013, and as an engineering designer from 2004 to 2006. He graduated from Oregon State University. Public Works handles the maintenance and repair of 250 miles of county roads, 68 bridges and associated infrastructure, as well as oversees the Engineer and Surveyor functions and administers the Parks Department and Building and Grounds office.

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at approximately 5:25 pm, Seaside Dispatch received a report that a man had gone under water off the Seaside beach closest to Third Avenue. Seaside Fire & Rescue responded to the scene and began search and rescue operations for 53-year-old Gerry Brett from Calgary, Alberta. Shortly after arriving on scene, a responding lifeguard and bystanders spotted the man approximately three blocks south of where he was seen going under. The man was brought to the waterline with CPR in progress at 5:32 pm.

Astoria Police have been notified that many local cell phones have received text messages to Contact Columbia Bank at a number that indicates it is a land line. The text messages are a scam. Now police say people are getting the same scam text message purporting to be from TLC Federal Credit Union. There many be other financial institutions targeted as well.

Astoria Police have contacted Columbia Bank who indicated they have been inundated with phone calls at the branch level and can confirm that this message did not come from their bank.

As a result of an appeal filed by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline, a hearing before the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on the project application set forSept. 10 has been cancelled.

On Friday, July 18, Oregon Pipeline Company LLC filed a petition for review with the Oregon Court of Appeals to review two recent rulings from the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA): a remand of the board of commissioners' October 2013 decision rejecting the company's consolidated land-use application, and the dismissal of an appeal filed by project opponent Columbia Riverkeeper against the board's original November 2010 ruling approving the application.

Oregon State Police is continuing the investigation into the cause of a fatal traffic crash found Sunday evening by a hitchhiker along Highway 101 about one mile north of Cannon Beach. The vehicle was spotted approximately 40 feet down a heavily wooded embankment where the passenger was deceased and the driver injured.  On July 20, 2014 at approximately 8:30 p.m., OSP and local emergency responders were notified that a male hitchhiker spotted a crashed vehicle after hearing cries for help from down an embankment along Highway 101 near milepost 28. Cannon Beach Police Department and Cannon Beach Fire & Rescue arrived first and confirmed one person was deceased and another with serious injuries.

Astoria Police say the place was in chaos when officers arrived at the Labor Temple Bar just after midnight Sunday.

 Authorities were responding to calls about a fight and had their hands full attending to the injuries of a man described only as a 21-year-old , and a number of witnesses who police say gave brief statements and then left the scene.  The young man suffered an eye injury that ultimately had to be treated at a Portland hospital.


Police now ask anyone with information about the fight to contact officer Chris McNeary at 503-325-4411, or via email : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Refer to case number A20142235

Gov. John Kitzhaber has ordered flags at all public institutions to be flown at half-staff in honor of former Gov. Vic Atiyeh. Atiyeh was governor from 1979 to 1987, leading Oregon out of the recession of the early 1980s. He died Sunday at Portland's Providence St. Vincent Medical Center of complications from renal failure. He was 91. Kitzhaber described the Republican as a mentor and a remarkable human being.  He and Congressman Greg Walden on Monday both credited Atiyeh with making international trade a cornerstone of the Oregon economy, allowing the state to flourish.

The City of Seaside will host a town hall meeting on Monday, August 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Bob Chisholm Community Center, as it moves closer to wrapping up the 20-year visioning project, "Seaside 2034: Building a Bridge to our Future." The meeting comes after several months of individual surveys, community meetings based on key topics the public was interested in, and interaction with the Seaside City Council. Facilitating the Town Hall will be Portland-based strategic planning and consulting firm, Corragio Group. Corragio was one of three agencies that submitted a proposal for the project.

The Seaside & Cannon Beach Police Departments invites its residents to join them and over 15,000 other communities for National Night Out on Tuesday August 5th. National Night Out promotes a police community partnership; crime, drug, and violence prevention; safety; and neighborhood unity. Over 37 million people throughout the country and our military bases are expected to participate this year. Seaside and Cannon Beach residents have the opportunity be a part of this national event and join their friends and neighbors in celebrating this "31st Annual National Night Out" crime prevention event.

Coast Guard crews, working with Washington County rescue personnel, rescued an injured 58-year-old man from a ravine near Gale Creek Campground, approximately 28 miles west of Portland, Thursday.

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