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State Representative Deborah Boone (D) Cannon Beach, will hold a coastal emergency preparedness legislative town hall meeting October 25th at the Pine Grove Community Hall in Manzanita beginning at 7pm. Boone serves on the Oregon Seismic Safety Policy Advisory Commission, and is bringing together emergency management experts and officials to talk about coastal emergency response strategies.

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The contractor chosen to build the new access road in the North Coast Business Park is eager to begin. So eager, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners scheduled a special meeting Friday, Oct. 5 to approve the contract in order to allow work to start as soon as possible.

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Will fishing for a living be a viable occupation for Astoria in the decades to come? Will the children and grandchildren of those in the industry today be able to carry on the traditions and see the economic benefits of hauling in the bounty of the sea in the next twenty or thirty years? Can wave energy co-exist with ocean fishing in an already highly regulated environment?

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The U.S. unemployment rate has fallen below 8 percent for the first time in nearly four years.

The Labor Department says the jobless rate fell to 7.8 percent last month as employers added 114,000 jobs.

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The Food and Drug Administration says it has found salmonella in a New Mexico plant that produces nut butters for national retailer Trader Joe's and several other grocery chains. The Trader Joe's peanut butter is now linked to 35 salmonella illnesses in 19 states.

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Fire Prevention Week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire which occurred on October 8, 1871. On the 40th anniversary (1911) of the Great Chicago Fire the first National Fire Prevention Day was celebrated as a way to keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention.

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A Coast Guard helicopter crew's training mission near Depoe Bay on Sept. 12 was disrupted when a green laser lit up the cockpit.  Green and red lasers pose a significant hazard to flight and boatcrews, especially when the helicopter crews are operating at low altitude at night or the boatcrews are battling treacherous conditions.

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A log truck driver was arrested for DUII and traffic-relation charges Thursday afternoon by Oregon State Police (OSP) after crashing his loaded log truck on Highway 47 north of Vernonia and damaging two utility poles and fencing.

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