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Washington's razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.  Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

 Clatsop County Extension hosts a talk by Junichi Matsuo from the Japan Fire Headquarters Prevention Division in Sanda City who will speak about his experiences as an emergency manager responding to the subduction zone earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

A detective in Seaside alleges in a $1 million federal lawsuit that the Clatsop County district attorney damaged his ability to work as an investigator in retaliation for his political activities.

Workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 7.6 percent in 2014, thanks to lower medical costs and fewer and smaller claims for lost wages, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

Record-smashing numbers of Chinook salmon are heading up the Columbia River and may continue for several more days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said today. Salmon have distinct spawning patterns, such as those adults that migrate upstream in the spring and those migrating in the fall. This record number of fish is part of the fall migration.

Razor clam diggers will receive some good news at a pre-season public meeting scheduled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Long Beach this month.

The Sunset Empire Transportation District Executive Evaluation Committee will hold a public meeting at the transit center in Astoria on September 13 to determine the evaluation process and criteria for Staff and SETD Board and to determine compensation for presentation to SETD Board.  The meeting will be held at 9:00am and is expected to last one hour.  The transit center is located at 900 Marine Drive.

Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation responded to the President's call on Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force in Syria as the administration continues to pursue diplomatic options.

The New Youngs Bay Bridge will be closed for annual maintenance for at least one night during September 25-27 while an Oregon Department of Transportation bridge crew performs the annual greasing of cables on the draw span.

The Clatsop County Commissioners Wednesday heard a presentation from Steven Blakesley, Health Promotion Specialist, Janet Evans, Juvenile Department Director and Jill Quackenbush, Prevention Supervisor on the Clatsop County Community Assessment, a comprehensive look at health and wellness indicators for the county.

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