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The city of Astoria unveiled a monument commemorating its designation as a Coast Guard City during a ceremony on the 17th St. Pier, Thursday.

The ceremony, attended by Senator Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Oregon State Representative Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, began with remarks from Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen and Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Commander, Capt. Bruce Jones. Students from the Tongue Point Job Corps then helped to unveil the monument, a black marble sign bearing the Coast Guard shield and naming Astoria an official Coast Guard City.

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Thursday evening at 6:29 PM Astoria Police Responded to a report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash. They arrived and found Danial Diehm, age 54 an Astoria transient had been struck by a regal coach cab. The cab was driven by Brian Jeppersen, age 35 of Astoria.

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The county board held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the county comprehensive land-use plan allowing for the construction of a 3.3-mile sewer line connecting the Shoreline Sanitary District to the City of Warrenton's wastewater treatment plant.

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The county board heard a report from Public Works Director Ed Wegner and Natural Resources Manager Steve Meshke Wednesday on proposed repairs to the pier at the Astoria Yacht Club, which was damaged in a storm in December. The damage hinders access to the county's Fisheries Project net-pen fish-rearing facilities on Youngs Bay, but Meshke said the county may be able to secure $65,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to fund repairs, coupled with a $10,000 county match.

The county and City of Astoria are also discussing a proposed transfer of the pier, currently owned by the city, to the county,

The following is a summary of actions taken at last night's meeting of the Astoria City Council

Joint Meeting

The city council and the city planning commission met jointly at 5:30 Tuesday night to see a presentation on pedestrian safety and discuss some of the data revealed at that meeting heading toward making Astoria streets safer to cross.

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A 5-year-old boy is reported safe a few hours after he was kidnapped from a home in The Dalles. The State Police said Wednesday his abductor was in custody a little more than an hour after an Amber Alert was issued for Skylar Meldin Coulcer-Jarding.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced that she has been selected to serve on two subcommittees of the U.S. House Education and the Workforce Committee. Bonamici is now a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training and the Subcommittee on Workforce Protections.

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Tuesday night the Astoria City Council voted in favor of extending a noise permit to Columbia House Condominiums to allow the manager there to continue hazing starlings that have invaded the facility.

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