Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Clatsop County was among several local entities recognized Thursday at a reception hosted at Baked Alaska restaurant in Astoria by the Energy Trust of Oregon.

The event celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the trust, an independent non-profit created by the Oregon Legislature and funded by Pacific Power, Portland General Electric, Northwest Natural and Cascade Natural Gas. The organization funds energy-saving inspections and improvements for homes, businesses and public agencies served by the four utilities, and since its launch has funded projects that have saved a total of $1 billion in energy costs.

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The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to vote Wednesday, Nov. 7 on a contract for the planned flood-reduction and wetlands restoration project near U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside.

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Updated 4pm:  Cary Woodard, the 61-year-old shooting suspect is in custody. Oregon State Police SWAT team members took him into custody around 12:10 a.m. after a short struggle. Medics transported him to an area hospital with unknown injuries that were not life-threatening. CCSO deputies then brought the suspect to the Columbia County Jail, where he was lodged on charges of menacing and felon in possession of a firearm. The scene was also processed for evidence under a search warrant on the property.  

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Time is running out to return ballots for the Nov. 6 General Election.

Ballots for the election must be returned by 8 p.m. Tuesday in order to be counted. To ensure their ballots arrive on time, voters are advised to bring completed ballots to one of the approved drop sites. Ballots placed in the mail before the deadline but not delivered until after will not be counted.

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The Select Area Fisheries project has helped supplement commercial fishing on the lower Columbia since the late 80's and early 90's when the late Jim Hill developed the net pen rearing technique for salmon smolts in Young's Bay.  That successful effort was the culmination of years of experimentation stretching back into the early 1960's when the State of Oregon began setting commercial fishing seasons on the Bay.

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The State of Oregon has classed the Bear Creek Dam as a "High Hazard" dam.  That is not because the dam might fail under ordinary circumstances.  Bear Creek is just one of 122 dams in the state that are given this classification and in the case of Bear Creek it's because of the homes downstream

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Washington County Sheriff's Office worked together this week with five other Sheriff's Offices to build a trail at the Jewell School in Clatsop County. The Jewell school district allows the Sheriff's Office to use their buildings and surrounding area every summer to hold a Search and Rescue Training Academy (SARTA)

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On October 30th, deputies with the Pacific County Drug Task Force served a narcotics related search warrant upon a residence located near 250th and Z Street in Ocean Park. Also assisting with the service of the warrant were members of the Grays Harbor County Drug Task Force and the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Task Force. A male subject, identified as Sebastian Garcia-Castro, age 53, was arrested in conjunction with the investigation that led to the request for the search warrant.

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