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United States Marshal Russel Burger, came to Astoria and swore in all qualified members of the Astoria Police Department as Special Deputy US Marshals. This action restores the ability for a local law enforcement agency to respond to the Astoria Post office. The Astoria Police Department's members had this status until it expired in 2011 as federal agencies tried to identify the correct sponsoring agency.

Astoria Downtown Historic District Association held their 2nd Annual Volunteer Appreciation Night and Awards Ceremony, Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Fort George Brewery and Public House Taproom.

Clatsop County is accepting applications for the board of commissioner's vacant District 5 seat.  At a special meeting Wednesday, the board officially declared the seat vacant as a result of the Jan. 31 resignation announcement by former commissioner Debra Birkby.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici  has announced that her office is participating in the first annual Congressional Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academic Competition, the "House App Contest."

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis has filed for re-election.  In a news release this morning Marquis says "This is the job I love and the job I intend to keep, so long as the voters honor me by re-hiring me in May," he said.  Marquis was first elected in 1994 and continues to do hands-on work in court, participating in everything from daily arraignments to felony trials,according to his campaign.


Clatsop County Commissioner Debra Birkby announced her resignation Friday, Jan. 31, effective immediately.

Anticipating a strong return of spring chinook salmon, fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today set the initial 2014 fishing season to run through April 7 on the lower Columbia River. Starting March 1, anglers fishing downriver from Bonneville Dam may retain one marked, hatchery-reared adult spring chinook per day. The sport fishery will close in that area on two Tuesdays - March 25 and April 1 - to accommodate potential commercial fisheries.

A well-known local fish processor has been named Admiral of the 2014 Astoria Regatta Festival and association President Peter Roscoe says he couldn't be happier as the planning process for the next Astoria Regatta steams ahead.

The Astoria Marine Construction Company in Astoria is usually associated in the news with environmental clean up concerns but today it's Oregon's latest entry in the National Register of Historic Places.


Monday Morning Update On Arch Cape Fires from ODF:

As the east wind event subsided on Saturday, the fire fighters were able to knock down the flames on each fire and prevent the fires from increasing in size.

As of 8:00 pm on Saturday, control of the Shingle fire was transferred from ODF to the landowner, Stimson Lumber Company. As of 8:00 am today, ODF will transfer control of the Falcon fire to the landowner, Weyerhaeuser Columbia Timberlands. Both companies will continue to have personnel and equipment working on extinguishing any last smokes within the fire perimeters and patrolling the area until significant rains commence.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments on its draft environmental assessment of Caspian tern habitat reduction on East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary near Chinook, Wash.  

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