Washington voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning on Thursday December 6, 2012, it is not a violation of Washington state law for adults over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. The initiative establishes a one-year period for the State of Washington to develop rules and a licensing system for the production and sale of marijuana. While legal in the State of Washington beginning on December 6, Oregon law has not changed with regards to marijuana possession, distribution or manufacturing.
The government is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner after five infant deaths.
Oregon Travel Experience (governed by the Oregon Travel Information Council) is pleased to announce that Kyle K. Walker has accepted the position as agency Chief Executive Officer. Following a national recruitment process, the council and its stakeholders selected Ms. Walker as the ideal candidate to lead OTE.
food barrows are placed in all local banks, credit unions, Fred Meyer, Wauna Credit Union in Safeway, McDonalds, Rogue Ales, Aquatic Center, Charter Communications, Court House, Links, Video Horizons in Astoria and Warrenton for this year's Wishing Tree/Christmas Food Basket Program. Easom Property Management, Inc. and Windermere Pacific Land Company are teaming up with the Wishing Tree and Food Basket Program to provide warmth and holiday cheer to Clatsop County families in need this holiday season with a coat drive effort. With the increasing numbers of people going without, the need for donations is greater than ever. Sunset Empire Transportation District is running a special promotion this month to help fill those food baskets as well.
Astoria Police (http://www.facebook.com/AstoriaPolice) is looking for a few more good friends. The department FaceBook page boasts over 1700 "likes" which means those facebook users see messages from the department that show up on their facebook page.
Hundreds of people attended a Tuesday evening hearing at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to comment on a proposed coal export terminal near Ferndale.
The Forest Service says a mining company can prospect for gold, copper and other minerals near Mount St. Helens. The agency said Tuesday that drilling planned by Ascot Resources 12 miles north of the volcano would not have a major impact on the environment of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
Another storm is clobbering the southern and central Oregon coast, with high winds knocking down trees and highway crews clearing them off the roads. The North Oregon Coast was spared the full impact of the winds but expect plenty of rain over the next few days.
A religious retreat on the Oregon coast is on the auction block. The Jesuits plan to sell their 93-acre Nestucca Sanctuary. It's on a spit near Pacific City.
To show support for the local commercial salmon fishing industry, the Clatsop County commissioners are organizing a rally on the steps of the state capital in Salem, Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Port Of Astoria Commissioners have decided to send representatives as well
"The national average drops to its lowest level since July, while Oregon's average is at its lowest point since January. The national average for regular unleaded drops three cents to $3.38 while Oregon's average falls four-and-a-half cents to $3.43." AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says, "For the second week in a row, Oregon's average for regular unleaded is just a few cents more than the national average. Earlier this fall, the Oregon average was as much as 30 cents a gallon more than the national average. The gap continues to shrink. The difference was 5.6 cents last week and is now just under a nickel.
The Astoria Senior Center and the Loaves and Fishes program have joined to ask the City of Astoria to sponsor an application for a substantial community block grant that would see the center refurbished and upgraded and convert the basement of the building into a new home for the Loaves and Fishes program.
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