Tuesday, September 02, 2014

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At a recent joint meeting between the city council and the city planning commission it was mentioned that one way to attack pedestrian safety issues in Astoria would be to launch a public awareness campaign.  Today the Oregon department of Transportation began that effort by sending out a news release to local media. It reads:

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It was announced today that Sterling Savings Bank branches in Astoria and Seaside will become branches of the Bank of The Pacific by the second quarter of this year along with an additional branch to be built on Marlin Avenue in Warrenton.

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Astoria Police, along with officers from Seaside Police Department, Cannon Beach Police Department and many other agencies attended the graduation of Basic Police Class 333. This graduation was significant to local agencies because it included officer Arthur (AJ) Duryea of the Astoria Police Department, Officer David Davidson of the Seaside Police Department and Sean Johnson of the Cannon Beach Police Department.

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Senator Jeff Merkley introduced the Stopping Abuse and Fraud in Electronic (SAFE) Lending Act, the second bill introduction in a weeklong effort to highlight the need to protect consumers. The SAFE Lending Act would crack down on the worst practices of the online payday lending industry and give states more power to protect consumers from predatory loans.

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A new biography on former state Senate icon Sid Snyder will be unveiled at launch events in Ilwaco and Olympia in February.  The book is entitled "Across the Aisles: Sid Snyder's Remarkable Life in Groceries & Government," written by Jeff Burlingame.

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Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that its annual "Ridership Appreciation Day" will be held on January 31, 2013. SETD sets aside one day every year and offers free bus service on all regular routes in Clatsop County as a gesture of appreciation to regular bus riders and the local community for their support throughout the past year. SETD encourages everyone to take advantage of this free service and Ride the Bus!

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January 25th  just after 5pm an off duty Lincoln City police officer observed the driver of a PT Cruiser in the Price N Pride parking lot who appeared intoxicated as the driver was observed erratically driving through the parking lot.

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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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