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This spring, regionally-renowned urban strategist Michele Reeves of Civilis Consultants gave a fast-paced downtown revitalization presentation in Astoria's Bankers Ballroom to a packed audience comprised of downtown Astoria business and property owners and other interested citizens. Now the organization is taking the next steps.

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Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) officials are urging motorists to slow down and drive carefully on a short stretch of OR 202 between Astoria and Jewell (Milepost 18.8) where a landslide is impacting the roadway. ODOT has been monitoring the active landslide called the Buttercup Slide.

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A COASTAL FLOOD ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM THIS MORNINGTO 8 PM PDT WEDNESDAY.* TIDES: HIGH TIDE IS PREDICTED TO REACH 9.3 FT AROUND 2 PM TUESDAY AT ASTORIA. A SMALLER HIGH TIDE OF 8.1 FT IS EXPECTED AROUND 3 AM WEDNESDAY. ANOTHER LARGER HIGH TIDE WILL TOP OUT NEAR 9.2 FT AROUND 230 PM WEDNESDAY

GENERAL IMPACTS: OTHER LOW LYING AREAS NEAR BAYS AND SLOUGHS... INCLUDING HIGHWAY 101...MAY ALSO EXPERIENCE MINOR FLOODING.

Rates for customers of NW Natural will increase by 1.28 percent or $8.7 million a year effective Nov. 1, 2012, following a preliminary decision by the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The Commission will issue a final order later this week that will detail the rationale behind the decisions.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kicked off its public scoping process and scheduled public meetings to prepare a draft environmental impact statement to manage a large colony of double-crested cormorants nesting on East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital is a major employer for graduates from the Clatsop Community College nursing program and when that program was threatened by budget cuts the Hospital stepped up to make a significant donation to keep it alive.

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Now that it's official and Walmart is moving through the public permitting process the company public relations firm is kicking into high gear.  Friday KAST news received news release from Portland P.R. firm Quinn Thomas Public Affairs that outlines the benefits of siting the new super store in Warrenton.

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Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario."

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