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Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon officially announced today that Senator Jeff Merkley is the organization's "2014 Pro-Choice Champion." Senator Merkley makes history as the first male leader to receive the award, which will be presented at the 2014 Courageous Voice Breakfast on Friday, May 30th in Portland.

The board adopted an ordinance imposing a one-year moratorium on the operation of medical marijuana facilities in the unincorporated area of the county. The ordinance stems from a state law enacted by the Oregon Legislature in March that gave city and county governments the authority to enact temporary moratoriums on the facilities, which serve holders of Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cards.

 During the investigation of the crash they learned that Levi Smith, age 26 of Astoria, had been in both the Workers and the Triangle Tavern that evening. He had been cut off at the Workers because of his intoxication and had been asked to leave because he was getting angry at other patrons. Witnesses to the crash indicated that Smith ran into the street well before the intersection or crosswalk. He did not activate the crosswalk lights, did not appear to look for traffic before entering the roadway, and was crossing the street at a diagonal. He was struck by Benjamin Gonzalez, age 18 of Naselle, who was headed home from work. Gonzalez stopped at the scene, remained there and cooperated with investigators. There was no indication that Gonzalez was impaired or that he had any opportunity to miss the collision with Smith. He did brake prior to the collision.

Smith was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital by Medix Ambulance Service. At last report he was in stable condition. The case will be referred to the District Attorney's Office. 

Washington's remarkable razor clam season continues as state shellfish managers plan to add digs in late-April and early May.

Another lawsuit has been filed against the Catholic Archdiocese of Portland by a man who says he was one of dozens of boys sexually abused by a priest in the 1960s and 1970s

Astoria Fire chief Ted Ames gave a factual, if somewhat understated, presentation Monday to the city council on the condition of the city fire trucks.  The small fleet of vehicles the town depends on for fire protection are getting "a little tired", said Ames.

Astoria Public Library is holding an art contest to find 5 new library card designs that illustrate the theme "Astoria Reads in the 21st Century". 

Clatsop County residents interested in applying for health insurance coverage under the Cover Oregon insurance marketplace can get personal assistance at one of two Application Fairs April 23 and 24.

Susan Huntington believes it benefits a chamber to be a player in local politics and she follows through with a directors report in a recent Seaside Chamber newsletter that reads more like a conservative call to action.

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit that a Seaside detective brought against the Clatsop County district attorney.

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