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The federal agency responsible for tracking such matters has researched the issue and has reported that, indeed, sea lions eat a great deal of the spring chinook salmon entering the Columbia River.  This is a fact local fishermen have been well aware of for decades.  Commercial gillnetters working their drifts began seeing the sea lions as a growing threat after a relatively small migratory population began longer stays each season until, at last, they stopped migrating altogether.  The agreeable climate and ready availability of a steady food supply has attracted a growing number of sea lions that seem to be everywhere in the river system.

Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers in the Northwest where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.
The fraud is occurring nationwide, but recent days have seen an upsurge in the Northwest.

Mark Kujala will become the first elected Mayor of the city of Warrenton with what can only be described as a landslide victory over Commissioner Mark Baldwin.  Under the rules Kujala will retain his commissioner seat and will serve as Mayor. Baldwin will be off the commission come January 1st as his term as commissioner ends at that time.

 College President Larry Galizio has 16 million reasons to smile today after Clatsop County voters had to consider a new bond measure twice and did so with gusto, if not some level of disgust with the county over another ballot error.  The final unoffical tally shows 9,605 voters returned the supplimental ballot ordered by the Secretary Of State Kate Brown after the county discovered it had printed the amount of the bond incorrectly.  The final tally shows the measure won voter approval with 57% .

City Councilor Arline LaMear is now Mayor-Elect after taking Tuesday's general election.  LaMear will be the second woman to serve as mayor of the historic town.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici released the following statement after winning reelection to Oregon's First Congressional District, which encompasses Northwest Multnomah County and all of Washington, Clatsop, Columbia, and Yamhill Counties.

The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to Astoria Sunday following a counter-drug patrol in the eastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of South and Central America.  Alert's crew members successfully conducted a 70-day patrol traveling more than 12,600 miles scouring the eastern Pacific Ocean for illicit traffickers using their two small boats and armed helicopter from Coast Guard Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron from Jacksonville, Florida. These efforts resulted in the successful interdiction of more than 3,180 pounds of cocaine.

Oregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Lincoln County Sheriff's Office Search & Rescue and Lincoln County area emergency responders, are asking for the public's help to locate a missing 33-year old woman last seen Tuesday night in Lincoln Beach, a small community north of Depoe Bay.

Clam diggers can return to Washington coastal beaches starting Tuesday, Nov. 4, to dig razor clams during the first of two planned openings in November.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife approved the latest round of evening digs after marine toxin test results showed the clams are safe to eat. Digging is not allowed on any beach before noon.

Time is running out to return ballots for the Nov. 4 General Election.

Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted.

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes hectic for parents and guardians. In addition to worrying about costumes and cavities, parents must be conscious of where their children are and who they are with.

Astoria 9-1-1 and NCMEC urges parents, guardians and children to remember that even though Halloween is a fun time, it is also a time when we cannot forget about safety. This Halloween, consider the following basic safety precautions to help make it a safe and fun night for our children.

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