Monday afternoon the Clatsop County Dive team and marine patrol were able to recover the body of 63 year-old Irene Mustain from the tangled wreckage of the 1941 North American AT-6 that crashed into the Columbia river on Wednesday the 23rd 2016. The body of the pilot, John McKibbin was recovered earlier when the wreckage of the plane was located and divers were able to make their way through the murky waters and get to him.  Divers reported that without more equipment they were unable to remove Mustain's body and marked the location.

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On Thursday March 24, 2016 a 21-year-old Moses Lake (WA) man was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail for crimes involving online sexual corruption and sexual abuse of a local teenage girl. Following a two month long investigation by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office and FBI-Portland, Brandon Wayne Albert Eide, also known as Brandon Bachtold, was taken into custody by the Moses Lake Police Department. Eide's initial arrest occurred February 22, 2016; he was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail Thursday night following a month long extradition process.

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Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin reports that after three days of searching the river patrol and dive team found the wreck of a private plane that crashed into the Columbia River Wednesday afternoon.The body of the pilot, John McKibbin, was recovered. The passenger has been identified as Irene Mustain of Woodland Washington.

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A Coast Guard air crew rescued three men who became stranded after walking about a mile out onto the Columbia River South Jetty, Thursday.

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Astoria and the surrounding area depends for transportation on a number of obvious bridges.  There are a few that are not quite so obvious.

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The Port of Ilwaco Commissioners will be holding a Public Workshop on Thursday March 24th focused the viability of establishing a Community Fishing Association (CFA) in the community. Representatives from the Cape Cod Fisheries Trust and Morro Bay Community Quota Fund will be attending. State Legislators and Congressional staff have been invited and Port Of Ilwaco Manager Guy Glenn says he expects a number of industry related people to attend.

The Port received a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation last year to support this project.

 Glenn says he encourages anyone to attend and invite any other people who may be interested. "Participation is important and we are looking for feedback from the community on this project." ,says Glenn.  The workshop is scheduled to begin at 1pm and will be held at the SALT Hotel (147 Howerton Way) just down the street from the Port office in Ilwaco. 

At least 25 night time closures of the Old Youngs Bay Bridge are planned starting on April 11 as part of an extensive bridge rehabilitation project that started in late 2014. The 25 night time closures will be scheduled between April 11 and July 1. The closures are necessary for the replacement of pile caps on 18 different bridge bents which support the beams and girders of the bridge

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A Unified Command consisting of the Coast Guard, operators of the motor vessel Sparna, Columbia River Pilots and the National Response Corporation Environmental Services oversaw the safe transit of the damaged motor vessel Sparna up the Columbia River to the North Kalama, Washington pier, Wednesday afternoon.

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Warrenton is working to update a ten-year-old master plan for the Hammond Mooring Basin and the city commission held a work session on the topic Tuesday night. Mayor Kujala said he would like to bring back members of the 2005 committee that formulated the original plan to get their perspective. Commissioner Balensifer stressed the importance of establishing design standards as part of the effort to define the future of the basin.

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Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 100 in February to 17,950. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A gain of 110 jobs is normal for the month, but the county added 210 jobs.

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Springtime sun and warmer March temperatures can bring visitors in droves to Oregon's inviting shoreline. For the western snowy plover, March means nesting. This tiny shorebird, protected under state law and under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA), usually begins nesting along west coast beaches in mid-March.

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