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After five years with the City of Astoria, Fire chief Ted Ames has announced his retirement.

 “The past five years with the City of Astoria have been the most challenging, yet rewarding years I’ve spent working as Fire Chief,” Ames said.  “I leave with the incredible satisfaction of knowing our work at the fire department has made a positive and at times dramatic impact on the lives of the people being served.


Community support for a new Astoria Co-op Grocery is strong as that local organization is in the home stretch of a capital fundraising campaign to build that expanded facility.

As of Thursday, the Co-op reports raising $1.2 million on the sale of dividend yielding stock to its Oregon-resident owners in little more than a month. The goal is to hit $1.5 million by the end of October to stay on track for building a new store.

Oregon and California are seeing an increase in the number of stranded sea lions along the coast due to leptospirosis, a bacteria that can also sicken dogs, livestock, people and other wildlife.

Clatsop Community College board member Patrick Wingard submitted his letter of resignation to the Board of Directors this week.  Wingard has accepted a new position with the State of Oregon in Eugene.

Warrenton adds two new officers at tonight's city commission meeting. Mayor Balensifer will swear in Christopher Beem and Sheridan Crutcher as full-time officers along with the traditional badge-pinning ceremony. That item tops tonight's commission meeting.

The Warrenton Community Center would like to see more people take advantage of the event space. The center's biggest user is Warrenton Seniors Inc accounting for the majority of hours of use over the last three years but at a special rate of $1 annually.

 With flash flood and flood watches in effect through Sunday, be alert for landslides in northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. 

"Heavy rain can trigger landslides," says Bill Burns, engineering geologist at the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI). "Be aware of the landslide hazard and avoid areas where landslides are possible." 



Astoria Public Works has now lifted the boil water order that was placed on Friday. Test results today showed the water now safe to use.

The affected areas include the fairgrounds, the Oregon Department of Forestry office, Willowdale, Riverpoint and Cavalier Court.  The break is causing low water pressure in those areas and the break may allow pollutants in the water supply.

A local event designed to make Halloween safer for children will not be happening this year for the first time in its long history.  The Great Astoria Monster Bash billed as a safe alternative to treat or treating in neighborhoods, was one of the events cut from the budget when it came time to right the ship at the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department which had taken over the event many years ago. Downtown Trick or Treating is still on the event schedule for the downtown merchants association.

Astoria emergency dispatch received a number of calls from alert residents who noticed smoke rising from the woods yesterday concerned a wildfire might be starting up but that wasn’t the case.

Neal Bond with the Astoria office of the Oregon Department of Forestry says that smoke is the result of controlled slash burns.


The Old Youngs Bay Bridge that connects highway 105 in Astoria with highway 101 business route and a smaller drawbridge spanning the Lewis and Clark River have been under major renovation since January 2015. The work is scheduled for completion next month.

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