Sunday, August 28, 2016

Window falls account for approximately 8 deaths and 3,300 injuries among children ages 5 and under annually, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, unintentional falls are the number one cause of non-fatal injury for children, and 38 percent of fall-related injuries in children are among kids 4 and under.

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The 11th Oregon Brownfield Conference will be held May 16-17 in Sunriver bringing together state and local officials along with private sector leaders to discuss how to expand redevelopment opportunities across the state.  Astoria's new athletic field project will be recognized as one of just four successful Brownfield redevelopment projects in the state joining the city Mill Pond Village adding another environmental achievement for the city.

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Astoria Police Detectives arrested 31 year old Maximo Cruz Figueroa of Seaside Tuesday on charges of Sexual Abuse III and Harassment with a sexual component following a week-long investigation into a new employee's claim the man had abused her while she was in training for her new job.

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The Cowlitz County Cemetery District #6 filed a challenge to a proposed methanol pipeline cutting through a pioneer cemetery known as The Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The Cemetery District asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to withdraw its previous approval because FERC failed to consider the impact on the pioneer cemetery, the surrounding environment, and the 3,628 cemetery districts tax payers.

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The crew of the local Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast arrived home Wednesday, after successfully completing a 59-day counter-narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific

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Tuesday night the Warrenton City Commission reviewed system development charges and discussed future needs. Those are the fees paid by builders over and above normal permit fees to cover infrastructure improvements that will be necessary to hook that new home up to water, sewer and contribute to transportation and parks. The average charge runs around $3500.00 per single family home today.

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The dedication of a new bridge interpretive display that pays homage to famous bridge designer/engineer Conde B. McCullough and local bridge history is scheduled for11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 24 at the west end of the Lewis and Clark River Bridge on U.S. 101 Business.

Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett will be on hand to help dedicate the new display. The event is open to the public

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The Astoria Development Commission is moving forward with a plan that, in the end, will see Bond Street repaired, improved, and reopened to two way traffic in the area where years ago a massive land movement caused the road to be narrowed to a one-lane, one-way. If successful this new plan for the Astoria West Urban Renewal District would expand the district to include Bond Street and update the entire district planning process.

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Clatsop County’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year includes a modest increase in staffing while maintaining a healthy financial position according to a county news release. The proposed budget totals $57,116,390, roughly 9 percent higher than the current year’s budget. The increase is largely due to budgeting contingency funds within the General Roads Fund instead of leaving the reserves unappropriated.

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The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined Norden Shipping PTE, LTD. $2,100 for allowing oil to enter the Columbia River.  On Feb. 18, 2016, the company's bulk carrier vessel Nord Auckland, anchored in the Columbia River near the Port of Kalama in Kalama, Washington, spilled approximately 13 gallons of waste oil into the Columbia River. A waste oil incinerator tank on Nord Auckland overflowed causing waste oil to flow onto the deck of the vessel and into the Columbia River. On Feb. 18 through Feb. 19, 2016, there was an oil sheen on the Columbia River downstream of Nord Auckland up to three quarters of a mile long.

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State Representative Brad Witt is named along with two other legislators in an ethics complaint brought by environmentalists who say the lawmakers broke state law by deliberately misrepresenting the purpose behind House Bill 4040, the so-called wolf delisting bill, during the legislative session earlier this year.

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