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Updated 12:14AM:  A tsunami warning for southern Alaska and northern British Columbia has been downgraded to an advisory, while a warning has been issued for Hawaii. In addition, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says parts of coastal Oregon and Northern California have been placed under a tsunami advisory.  The alerts came after the U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area Saturday night.  A tsunami warning means an area is likely to be hit by a wave, while an advisory means an area could be hit. (AP) Click to read more...

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The Coast Guard rescued four boaters after their 27-foot recreational vessel Cathy Gail washed up against the A Jetty at Cape Disappointment, Wash., Friday. The Coast Guard received the report at 12:41 p.m., from a good Samaritan who was unable to assist the Cathy Gail due to its location.

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November 15th the Warrenton Planning Commission intends to make a decision regarding the land use application for a proposed Walmart Superstore for the North Coast Business Park.  Thursday night was the first time the developer publicly acknowledged that the application is for Walmart.  CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS AUDIO

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The project site across from Costco on Highway 101 was confirmed Thursday evening at the Warrenton City Planning Commission Meeting as a Walmart. KAST News reported earlier Thrusday about the plans.  The commission ultimately delayed the Walmart decision until November 15th.

KAST News will have updates on this developing story...For more visuals of the proposed Walmart visit KAST on twitter or facebook.

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The Oregon Court of Appeals says Clatsop County can change its mind and block a pipeline that would carry natural gas to an LNG terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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Another big box store is coming to the North Coast Business park and while the application stops short of  using the  "W" word most people recognize that long talked about location of Ameria's largest discounter to the north coast is looming a big step closer with a public hearing scheduled for Thursday evening at the Community center.

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Wednesday evening four of the six Warrenton City Commission candidates took part in a Candidate Forum hosted at Warrenton city hall by North Coast Republican Women.  Included in the forum were  Mark Kujala, Tom Dyer, Henry Balensifer, Ken Yuill.  Absent were Merianne Myers and Roble Anderson.  The candidates addressed many topics including the vision of Warrenton's future, taxes, development, youth in Warrenton & utility rates.

Included in this post are the full answers from each of the candidates to all questions asked by community members in attendance.  Click here to listen to the full forum audio.

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Drivers on the West Coast and nationwide are enjoying double-digit declines in pump prices.  The national average for regular unleaded falls 13 cents this week to $3.65 while Oregon's statewide average drops 11 cents to $3.96. These are the largest week-over-week declines in four years. 

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