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A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.

The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash., where they were met by local emergency medical services for evaluation.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria celebrated 50 years of service on Saturday and Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen was among the dignitaries at the event which coinsided with the annual open house hosted by the coast guard.

Willis Van Dusen, mayor of Astoria, shows his appreciation to the Coast Guard during the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River open house Sept. 6, 2014, in Astoria, Ore. Astoria was officially recognized as an official Coast Guard city in 2011 during the city's bicentennial celebration.

Capt. Daniel Travers, commander, Sector Columbia River, delivers his remarks at the Sector Columbia River open house, Sept. 6, 2014, in Astoria, Ore.

This open house, which also marked Coast Guard Air Station Astoria's 50th anniversary, allowed the public to tour the sector and learn about the different missions of the Coast Guard.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum Education Program received $2,500 from the Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill. Funds from this grant will provide field trip opportunities to the museum for Columbia and Clatsop County schools, by helping pay for bus transportation costs. Bus transportation costs have been a barrier for public school groups in the local area, who want to visit the museum and learn more about the extensive maritime history of the Columbia River.

 The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici's Tsunami Warning, Education, and Research Act. Congresswoman Bonamici and Governor John Kitzhaber heralded the bill's passage as a victory for Oregon's coastal communities living under the constant threat of a tsunami.

The Astoria Rotary Club will be hosting a meeting open to students and families that are currently enrolled in 10th grade at Astoria High School and are interested in studying abroad during their Junior year in high school. The Club organizes both an in-bound exchange student as well as an out-bound exchange student annually.

Rehearsals have begun for the 35th season of the North Coast Symphonic Band. Dave Becker returns as conductor and musical director and the group will present six concerts to the community in 2014-15. The NCSB continues to rehearse at the Clatsop College Performing Arts Center but will present all its concerts at the Liberty Theater in downtown Astoria to accommodate its larger audiences.

A federal judge's ruling on Friday aligned with an earlier U.S. Supreme Court ruling that federal permits are not necessary in addition to the system Oregon uses to protect streams from storm runoff from roads in forests.
"We are pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court and now the U.S. District Court have ruled that additional federal regulation is not required on top of Oregon's existing forest protection regulations," State Forester Doug Decker said. "We intend to continue to apply the Forest Practices Act's science-based approaches, and we hope to re-dedicate the energy and resources spent on litigation to protecting and improving streams and other forest resources."

During its February 17, 2014 Goal Setting session for Fiscal Year 2014-2015, the City
Council adopted a goal to "Hold annual City of Astoria open house where citizens can
communicate directly with City Council as well as staff from all departments". Based on
this direction from Council, the City of Astoria will host a Service Fair to be held on
Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Astoria Aquatic
Center parking lot located at 1997 Marine Drive.

Oregon's upcoming vote on whether to legalize marijuana has generated a name-calling dispute between a congressman who wants to overhaul federal marijuana policy and a prominent district attorney who has been speaking out about the dangers of pot.

The spat between U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis

On September 9th from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., the City of Astoria Public Works Department, in conjunction with the PPI Group, will be imaging and scanning all streets in and around the City to collect data about the City's infrastructure. Images and data points collected will help accurately locate, measure, and map surface features such as fire hydrants, manholes, catch basins, light poles, and street trees.

The City is asking all residents and businesses try to avoid parking on the street on this day so that as much data as possible can be collected. For more information please contact Public Works.

Preliminary information reported to ODOT's Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) indicates 6 people died in five separate traffic crashes in Oregon during the 78-hour 2014 Labor Day holiday period between 6:00 p.m., August 29, and 11:59 p.m., September 1. This year's six recorded deaths is the deadliest Labor Day holiday period since 2008 when 12 people died in Oregon traffic crashes.

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