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Property tax bills for the 2012-13 fiscal year will arrive in mailboxes in the next few days.  The tax bill that you will be receiving will show market values in most areas have decreased, but this may not translate into lower taxes. The primary reason can be found in the provisions of Ballot Measure 50, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1997.

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A scientist who studies the ancient skeleton known as Kennewick Man says he wasn't from the Columbia River valley where his bones were buried.

Smithsonian anthropologist Doug Owsley told tribal representatives that isotopes in the bones indicate Kennewick Man was a hunter of marine mammals, such as seals. He lived most of his life on the coast.

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Oregon's forest sector remains a resilient and vital contributor to Oregon's economy, according to a comprehensive economic study published today by the Oregon Forest Resources Institute. The sector could create thousands of new rural jobs, given the right market conditions and a dependable supply of raw material.

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A group of county commissioners representing Oregon counties that in the past deeded forestland to the state for management will meet on Friday, Oct. 19, in Salem. Highlight items on the agenda include:

- State Forest implementation plans - phasing in of timber harvest levels on the Astoria and Forest Grove districts
- WALT (Woods Accounting and Log Tracking) project update
- Legal update - marbled murrelet lawsuit, NEDC vs. Decker

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 Tuesday afternoon around 4:30pm the Warrenton Fire Department crews responded to an address with reports of an owl struggling in a tree.  Rescue crews finding a Barn Owl helplessly tangled in fishing line up about 20 feet in a spruce tree.  Crews were able to safely remove the owl from the tree.  The owl's wing suffered minor injuries from its struggling in the finishing line.  The animal was transported to a wildlife sanctuary for release.  The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife website states that the Barn owl is a fairly common permanent resident in open country west of the Cascades.

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Tuesday, Oct. 16 is the last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 general election for anyone not currently registered in the state of Oregon. If you are registered in Oregon, but have changed your name or address, you must update your registration. People have until 8 p.m. on Election Day to update their registration and receive a ballot.

 

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It took some phone calls and some lobbying to get on the schedule and now Kevin Leahy hopes local business people will take advantage of the opportunity to talk directly with representatives of key state government agencies coming to Astoria for what is billed as the 'Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" October 24th.

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Sometime next year Tillamook county will be dropping sirens from their strategy when warning the public that a tsunami wave could be on the way to cities like Rockaway Beach.  

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