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State workers who inspect boats being towed into Oregon say they looked at more than 4,500 vessels this summer, and found 54 infected with invasive species. 17 boats had quagga and zebra mussels, which have caused millions in damage in other states.

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Astoria Community Development Director Brett Estes will be adding another hat as the city council approved adding the title 'Assistant City Manager" to his community development job Monday night.  City Manager Paul Benoit told KAST news that the suggestion to move Estes into that position was his as part of the overall restructuring of city government.

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More military housing will be appearing on Astoria's south slope in the coming years as the city council moves toward rezoning some of that land for multi-family dwellings.  In 1992 the Coast Guard purchased a large parcel of land for the construction of USCG housing.

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This week, a Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) work crew began cleaning up accumulated marine debris that washed ashore on Willapa Bay beaches this summer.

The 4-member crew focused its removal efforts on a stretch of beach west of Tokeland, an area between Bruceport County Park and the DNR-managed Bone River Natural Area Preserve on the east side of the bay.

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Astoria-Megler Bridge has reopened to full traffic after ODOT determined that segments of contractor work decks pose no threat to traffic on the bridge.  ODOT will continue to monitor the situation but does not anticipate any additional bridge closings at this time.

An Honorable Mention was presented to the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association for their "Downtown Streetscape Improvement" project at the Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards Ceremony in Corvallis.

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The governor's office says former state legislator Sid Snyder died Sunday at his home in Long Beach. He was 86.

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An armed robbery occurred at approximately 4:11pm Friday at the Willapa Harbor Golf Course at 2424 Fowler Road just outside of the City of Raymond. The suspect was described as a white male, 5-11, 200 lbs, dark complexion, wearing a black hat, black sweatshirt, and Khaki pants. The subject was armed with a handgun, and left with an undetermined amount of cash. No injuries were reported. The subject fled on foot.

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