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Helping needy local families have a happier Chrismas has been a labor of love for Astorian Barb Roberts for 20 years. The Wishing Tree and Christmas Basket program has been around since 1982 and for most of that time Barb has organized volunteers, engaged local businesses and handled the public outreach to help tell the story.  The results are wonderful.

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The final plans for the long awaited Garden of Surging Waves have been completed and the site for the Chinese cultural centerpiece is ready after completion of the new vaulted sidewalks taking in the corner of 11th and Duane.  Monday night the Astoria City Council will consider next steps proposed by staff to bid out the construction contract that would see the beginnings of Heritage Square with the construction of the garden feature.

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The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that affects logging road construction and how water runoff is handled.

Currently the runoff is considered to be like water running off a farm field.

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The Washington State Patrol reports that a 54-year-old Seaview man was killed as he was standing in the road on SR103 eight miles north of Long Beach and was struck by a pick-up heading south.

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Pacific Financial Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $.20 a share to all shareholders of record as of December 14, 2012, payable on or before December 28, 2012.

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The Astor Street Opry Company has issued a statement regarding the recent arrest of one of their volunteers charged with peddling child porn and dealing drugs from his home.  Michael Loren Wangen was arrested on November 26 and police seized several computers in Wangen's home in Astoria after Wangen alledgedly sold hundreds of kiddy porn images and videos to undercover officers.

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A lawsuit filed against the Lincoln County School District and some Newport teachers accuses them of failing to prevent a 6-year-old boy from sexually assaulting other students and failing to report the abuse or inform parents.

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The Oregon Health Authority has appointed Dr. Donna Larson, Clatsop Community College Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, to its Non-Traditional Health Care Worker Steering Committee.

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