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By Nicole Bales KAST News


Vessel waste disposal systems have been increasing in quantity since the 1990's. Every year they keep 750,000 gallons of untreated sewage out of Oregon waterways. However, according to surveys conducted by the Oregon Sea Grant, many boaters report being unaware of the disposal systems.

The Coast Guard reminds all Pacific Northwest boaters to be prepared and operate safely over the Labor Day weekend.

Labor Day weekend should be a fun time for families and friends on the waterways of the region. Boating safely ensures everyone enjoys their time on the water and returns home. Here are some tips to make that happen:

The turnaround expert hired to fix Cover Oregon has stayed longer than expected, did more than planned and has left behind a big bill.  Clyde Hamstreet has completed his job stabilizing Oregon's health care exchange. But the cost of his work and two associates has added up nearly $600,000 and he hasn't submitted his August invoice.

Over the weekend a series of injury and serious crashes snarled already heavy traffic. With the system overloaded from heavy weekend traffic these incidents created long waits and slow moving traffic. It also forced heavy volumes of traffic into neighborhoods that are not designed for this traffic. Many of the crashes were preventable and could have been avoided. Astoria Police would like to remind drivers that to exercise defensive driving techniques, increase space between vehicles, and ensure you are signaling your intent in advance. Periods just after sunrise and before sunset can have intense sunshine impairing a drivers ability to clearly see, keep your windows clean, sunglasses at hand and use your visors. Most importantly, in times of decreased visibility, slow down.

Another episode in the lengthy Cover Oregon saga unfolded today when it was announced that Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today sued Oracle America, Inc., and a number of its high-level executives, for defrauding Oregonians in connection with Oracle's failure to provide a timely and functional health exchange website.

The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds the public that Tuesday, Aug. 26 is the deadline to register to vote in the Sept. 16 Board of County Commissioners District 5 special election.

Aug. 26 at 5 p.m. is the deadline to hand in or post-mark a registration form if you are registering to vote for the first time. To be eligible to vote, you must be an Oregon resident, a U.S. citizen, and be at least 18 years old by Election Day.

Oregon Food Bank is alerting recipients of food through the Oregon Food Bank Network and associated partner agencies, pantries and community kitchens of a voluntary recall of almond butter and peanut butter due to a potential Salmonella contamination.
The product being recalled is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating "distributed by Oregon Food Bank." All products with a BEST BY date of July 21, 2015 or earlier should not be used. The BEST BY date is located on the lid of product.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici emphasized the value of resilience planning at the Oregon Coast Economic Summit and explained how hazard preparedness will help coastal communities respond to and recover from natural disasters.

"Planning for and understanding the risks associated with earthquakes, severe storms, or other damaging natural phenomenon will help ensure that our coastal communities aren't irreparably damaged if and when disaster strikes," Congresswoman Bonamici said. "The ability to respond quickly saves lives, and it allows families, businesses, and the local economy to recover faster."

Proposed rules that would restrict smoking of tobacco products on the ocean shore recreation area will be open for public comment through August 29, 2014. Comments will be taken by email, and through a series of four public hearings in August.

On August 18, 2014 at 2310 Officer Duryea was flagged down near Portway and W. Marine Drive by Denis Reynolds, age 29 of Astoria. He reported that a male, later identified as Louis Gardino, age 40 of Bothell WA, had pulled a gun on him then fled the area.

After recent reports of callers fraudulently identifying themselves as collection agents, the Oregon Department of Revenue is reminding taxpayers to take measures to protect their personal identifying information. Taxpayers have reported receiving phone calls from individuals identifying themselves as Revenue representatives or IRS agents. The caller says the victim has a tax debt and demands payment by wire transfer or credit card. The caller may threaten legal action in an effort to coerce taxpayers to disclose personal identifying information such as Social Security or credit card numbers.

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