The number of Sea Lions expected in the lower Columbia this season is staggering.

Port of Astoria staff reports that some 300,000 of the protected marine mammals will be impacting the area this year. In a report prepared for Tuesday's commission meeting staffer Robert Evert acknowledges that while the port has engaged in various efforts to keep Sea Lions off the docks those attempts haven't been productive. But there's a new plan being proposed that has had some success elsewhere. This would involve fabricating 18 to 20 inch high metal deck railing that would wrap around the floats preventing the Sea Lions from pulling themselves out of the water to lie out on the docks. Done in the traditional way the solution is costly.

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The Astoria City Council is getting ready to ask voters what they think of adding 3% to the price of recreational marijuana.  If voters approve the new sin tax that would be levied by the city on local marijuana sales it would not affect medical marjuana pricing but would bring in an estimated $100,000 annually for the city general fund.

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Parents are required to provide Oregon schools and child care facilities with children's vaccine records, as the exclusion deadline draws near.  Starting Wednesday, children will not be allowed to attend school or child care if their records show missing immunizations.

All children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations or have an exemption according to state law.  The requirement is part of the Oregon Immunization Program, which expanded requirements for student immunization and tightened exemption requirements.

Oregonians said a resounding YES to culture in 2015, donating a record $4.56 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The total is a 5.4 percent increase over 2014 and the largest annual increase since the 2008 recession.

"This is a powerful vote of support for culture," said Executive Director Brian Rogers. "Every donation we receive is an Oregonian saying 'Culture is important.' The renovation of Astoria's Liberty Theater figures near the top of the list of projects supported by the Trust.

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A motorcade procession involving family and public safety/emergency response vehicles, in honor of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding, is scheduled to begin Friday, February 12, 2106, at 10:45 am. The public will not be allowed to ride in the procession, but is encouraged to show their support by lining the streets along the route.

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Due to the anticipation of a large response of police officers and firefighters from around the nation attending Sergeant Jason Goodding’s memorial, it is expected that the family of Sgt. Goodding and uniformed emergency personnel will fill the Seaside Convention Center to capacity. Two additional viewing locations in Seaside have been established for the public to attend. Seaside High School and North Coast Family Fellowship.

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The Oregon Governor's Office announced  that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

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The memorial service for Seaside Sgt. Jason Goodding will be held this Friday, February 12, at the Seaside Convention Center located at 415 First Avenue in the City of Seaside. The start time is 1:00 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. Additional venues will be be identified in case the convention center reaches capacity. In that case, the event will be simulcast for the public at those additional venues.

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Seaside Sergeant Jason M. Goodding and an additional Seaside police officer made contact with Phillip Ferry, age 55, from Seaside. Ferry was walking down Broadway and was known by the officers to have a warrant for his arrest. Sergeant Goodding and the other officer attempted to place Ferry under arrest for the felony assault warrant. Ferry resisted arrest and the other officer attempted to use less lethal force to stop Ferry with a taser. Ferry fired a shot and struck Sergeant Goodding. The other Seaside police officer returned fire and shot Ferry

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Oregon State Representative Deborah Boone is being flooded with automated emails and "robo-call" inspired voice mails as the short session of the Oregon Legislature got underway this week.

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The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners has hired a new county manager to replace Scott Somers, who resigned last year.  Cameron Moore, of Illinois, accepted the position this week after being selected by commissioners and other county officials out of four finalists. His employment contract is expected to be approved next week.

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