AAA projects 93.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holidays, an increase of 1.6 percent over the 91.8 million people who traveled last year. This increase brings holiday travel figures to within half a million of the decade high mark seen during the 2006/2007 season. The year-end holiday travel period is defined as Saturday, Dec. 22 to Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013.
A donation from a Tokeland business will keep two police dogs working another year for the Pacific County sheriff's office.
The Department of Energy has awarded $4 million to a Seattle company for a wind power demonstration project off Coos Bay.
The number of homes seized by banks reached a nine-month high in November.
The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) voted 4-1 in favor of dis-banding the Clatsop County Housing Auhtority Board (CCHA) and taking those powers to themselves Wednesday evening. A county news release states:
Costco Wholesale Corporation ("Costco" or the "Company") ( NASDAQ : COST ) announced today its operating results for the first quarter (twelve weeks) of fiscal 2013, ended November 25, 2012.
Net sales for the quarter increased ten percent, to $23.20 billion from $21.18 billion during the first quarter last year. Comparable sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were as follows:
The Oregon average for regular unleaded falls to its lowest point of 2012, dropping below the year's previous low price which was $3.385 on Jan.2, 2012. The Oregon average falls six cents this week to $3.37, while the national average loses a nickel to $3.33. It is at its lowest point since early July." AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says
Clatsop County is seeking applicants for representatives on the Columbia-Pacific Economic Development District Board of Directors. Col-Pac provides its government members and small businesses access to various development services and resources from federal, state and local agencies and private sources. The district covers Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties.
A suburban Portland mall remains closed while crime scene experts detail the shooting that left three people dead and one wounded and sent Santa and thousands of shoppers running. Clackamas County sheriff's Sgt. Adam Phillips says the shooter was a man in his 20s who apparently fired at random before taking his own life at the Clackamas Town Center. Police say there's no known connection between the gunman and the man and woman who were killed and the young woman who was wounded in a Portland-area mall. The victims are identified as Cindy Ann Yuille, age 54, a resident of northeast Portland and Steven Mathew Forsyth, age 45, of West Linn. The third victim -- Kristina Shevchenko, a juvenile -- survived the attack and is now being treated for her injuries at OHSU's trauma center.
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a cup of tea and traditional holiday plum pudding in the festively decorated Flavel House Museum. This year's "Tea and Plum Pudding" will be held daily from 1-4 PM, December 15th to the 23rd, and December 26th to the 30th, 2012.
The Oregon Department of Human Services latest report on elder abuse carries few surprises but does list the top two forms of abuse and financial abuse is number one. The report is a compliation of data taken from cases reported last year and indicates for those elderly who choose to stay in their own home instead of a licenced care center that they should guard against their own friends and family or suffer from financial abuse seeing years of savings and pension benefits ending up in someone else's pockets.
For the next three nights members of the Astoria Fire Department will be driving through neigborhoods in town in decorated fire trucks looking for canned food donations. The annual food drive is literally a drive with trucked decorated with Christmas lights and playing holiday tunes as members of the department gather non-perishable food items from the public. Read more to see the parade schedule.
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