It's official – tobacco is prohibited at three Clatsop County properties in Astoria.  Signs to that effect have been installed at the 800/820 Exchange St. offices, the Judge Guy Boyington Building at 857 Commercial St., and the public works complex at 1100 Olney Ave.

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"This is a lot of people for one tiny bridge," Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Chair Peter Huhtala told the crowd of roughly three dozen who assembled for Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new span on Ziak-Gnat Creek Road in Knappa.

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The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is embarking on a long-term project to identify and assess the sheltering capacity within Pacific County.

In the initial phase of the project, PCEMA has developed a ten question survey where respondents can indicate their interest in sheltering persons, animals, or both persons and animals.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has three projects locally that drivers should be aware of and plan some extra travel time. They include:

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The board approved the City of Astoria's Bear Creek Dam Emergency Action Plan. The plan, developed by the city with assistance from the county Emergency Management Division and Oregon Department of Water Resources, details the response measures and agency roles in the event of a breach or other failure at the city-owned dam

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The Clatsop county board approved a $728,092.50 contract with Henderson LLC of Lake Oswego for the flood control/wetland mitigation project on U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside.

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The next evening razor clam dig will get under way Tuesday (Nov. 13) at Twin Harbors beach, then expand to include openings at three other beaches later in the week.

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The Clatsop County Elections Division will likely conduct a recount of ballots in the race for Gearhart mayor cast in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Just two votes separate the two candidates. Dianne Widdop received 346 votes to Bob Shortman's 344 based on the current unofficial tally.

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Long-time Astoria ward 2 City Councillor Peter Roscoe lost his seat in Tuesday's election as voters prefered challenger Drew Herzig putting the folk dance instructor and gay rights activist on a council that has stressed a "teamwork" approach to decision making.  Herzig has said that teamwork comes second and "the people" come first

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Election officials estimate that hundreds of thousands of votes are left to count in the race for governor of Washington.  Democrat Jay Inslee held a promising lead after nearly 2 million votes were counted Tuesday, carrying 51 percent of ballots. Republican Rob McKenna was struggling in King County, which also held many of the votes still left to count.

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Washington voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, but people shouldn't expect to see marijuana legitimately for sale anytime soon.

Initiative 502 would create a system of state-licensed marijuana growers, processors and retail stores, where adults over 21 can buy up to an ounce. It also establishes a standard blood test limit for driving under the influence.  A related measure also passed in Colorado, while another marijuana legalization initiative in Oregon was defeated.

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