Thursday, August 28, 2014

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Disaster Action Team volunteers of the American Red Cross this morning responded to a disaster in the 92600 block of Ivy Station Rd. in Astoria, OR. This mobile-home fire displaced 2-adults and 3-children.  Red Cross provided assistance with food, lodging clothing, comfort kits, and information about Health and Mental Health services.

Wednesday afternoon a pedestrian was struck in downtown Astoria.  Police receiving the report at about 5:30pm of the accident near McDonalds at the crosswalk.  Nikolas McMackin, 15, of Astoria was crossing the street in the crosswalk when struck.  

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Ward two Astoria city council candidate Drew Herzig told the audience attending a candidate forum Wednesday that the city can't win it's fight with D.A. Josh Marquis, has spent too much money doing so, and should throw in the towel.

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Oregon has the 13th least expensive workers' compensation rates in the nation, according to data released today by the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS).

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Taxpayers who received an extension earlier this year for filing their 2011 State of Oregon income taxes need to submit their return by Monday, or they could face financial penalties.

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A commercial truck driver was injured Tuesday night after losing control and crashing on Highway 26 about twelve miles east of Seaside. The crash blocked the highway for about nine hours.

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Wednesday the Department of Commerce upheld tariffs on Chinese solar imports, but failed to expand the scope of its final determination to address circumvention of those tariffs by Chinese manufacturers. In October 2011 a group of solar manufacturers (led by SolarWorld USA) filed a petition against Chinese producers, alleging that government support of the solar industry in China was allowing Chinese solar products to be sold at unfair prices in the U.S. market. Solarworld USA has its U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro and employs more than 900 people in that facility.

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Property tax bills for the 2012-13 fiscal year will arrive in mailboxes in the next few days.  The tax bill that you will be receiving will show market values in most areas have decreased, but this may not translate into lower taxes. The primary reason can be found in the provisions of Ballot Measure 50, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1997.

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