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Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley visited Newport yesterday and met with local leaders to discuss next steps for saving the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter facility. This was a chance for Senator Merkley to hear directly from those impacted by this potential closure and talk about next steps that he can take in Washington to fight to reverse this decision.

aaaaa101fatalOregon State Police (OSP), with the assistance of Tillamook County Sheriff's Office and Tillamook County District Attorney's Office, are continuing the investigation intoThursday afternoon's two vehicle fatal crash that occurred on Highway 101 about three miles north of Cloverdale in Tillamook County. One driver died and the other driver was arrested. 

Forecasters say a tornado has ripped down power lines and damaged property in Washington state.

The National Weather Service says the tornado hit the southwest Washington city of Longview on Thursday afternoon.

Police asked residents to avoid a section of the city affected by the strong winds.

Video taken by a citizen appears to shows roof tiles being blown off a building.

Jennifer Rossetti saw debris flying past her window and says wind blew the door off a nearby office supply store.

The Longview Fire Department did not have injury reports or a damage estimate.

A further clarification this morning from Clatsop County on the supplemental ballot voters will receive as directed by the State after errors were discovered in the November 4th election ballots:

All county voters will receive one more ballot with the corrected Clatsop College Bond question. The first ballot will not count for that item. You are asked to vote again.

Voters in Cannon Beach will receive one supplemental ballot – it will contain both Measure 4-176-Clatsop Community College bond, and the Cannon Beach City Council At-Large contest.

Supplemental ballots will be mailed out beginning Friday, Oct. 24.

The public is invited to sit in and comment when on October 28, 2014, at 6:30 p.m., immediately following the Traffic Safety Committee and Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission will hold a work session to begin to
discuss potential changes to the City's Development Code, Land Use and Zoning Map, and Comprehensive Plan aimed at implementing recommendations in the Astoria Riverfront Vision

Clatsop Community College President Dr. Larry Galizio has been appointed as an academic member of Oregon's Engineering and Technology Industry Council (ETIC). He is one of only two community college representatives.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley joined today with Oregon Representatives Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici to call on the U.S. Coast Guard to hold off on its abrupt decision to shut down its Newport Air Facility and to keep open this important piece of the coastal safety net through the busy crabbing season.

On Friday, October 24, Sen. Jeff Merkley will stop in Astoria as part of his "Jobs & Opportunity Tour," where he'll stop in 50 towns throughout the state to encourage Oregonians to get out the vote.

The 7-day, 50-town tour will conclude with an Election-eve rally in Portland on November 3.


The Astoria stop is scheduled for Friday afternoon at 2:30 at Clatsop Community College, Columbia Hall in rom 219

Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers has requested that the Oregon Secretary of State's Office provide assistance to the county Clerk and Elections Office in processing ballots and other tasks for the Nov. 4 General Election.

The request, made Tuesday, comes as the county moves forward to comply with a directive from the state requiring that the county issue supplemental ballots to county voters due to two errors affecting the Clatsop Community College bond measure and Cannon Beach City Council race.

On October 21, 2014 at 10:30 AM Astoria Police Located Dylan Krizan, age 20 of Astoria. He was located near 32nd and Lief Erickson and taken into custody without incident. He was not armed at the time of arrest. Krizan was lodged at the Clatsop County Jail on charges of Robbery I, Theft II, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and Unlawful Use of a Firearm.

On Monday, Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers placed County Clerk Maeve Kennedy Grimes on administrative leave while the county conducts an internal investigation of a ballot error involving a mistake in the college bond measure and a mistake in instructions for voting in a municipal race.. Valerie Crafard, Clerk of the Board, has been appointed Interim County Clerk.

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