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Wait times at the Employment Department Unemployment Insurance call centers have been extremely long. "We recognize that many Oregonians calling our unemployment insurance center are experiencing long wait times," David Gerstenfeld, assistant director for unemployment insurance programs said.  "This is totally unacceptable to us.  So, we took a long look at why this was occurring and what could be done to improve."

Public health advisories have been issued due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Cannon Beach, Tolovana Beach and Short Sand Beach. 

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office will be holding a public auction on Saturday, September 14th, 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00pm.  The Auction will be held at 1100 Olney, Clatsop County Road Department Shops.

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today announced her fall town hall meeting schedule. The public events will occur throughout September around the 1st Congressional District. The schedule includes meetings in Clatskanie, Astoria, Tualatin, Hillsboro, Banks, Yamhill, Beaverton, and Sauvie Island.

The pool of family and friends to care for Baby Boomers as they age into their 80s will be less than half as deep as it is today, according to a new report from AARP.  The report predicts the ratio of potential family caregivers to elders needing care will plummet from today's seven caregivers for each person over age 80 to fewer than three caregivers per elderly person in 2050.

The 2013 football season kicks off this weekend for both University of Oregon (UO) and Oregon State University (OSU), so the Oregon State Police (OSP) and Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) urge football fans to start planning now for the upcoming season.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers cautions Columbia River users that water levels from downstream of Bonneville Dam to Longview, Wash., will decrease starting Labor Day weekend and could remain low for several weeks.

The Coast Guard says a 75-foot fishing boat that sank Tuesday in the Columbia River west of Longview, Wash., has as much as 600 gallons of diesel on board and some of that fuel has spilled into the river.

Two people were seriously injured Monday morning in a three-vehicle traffic crash on Highway 101 north of Gearhart in Clatsop County. Oregon State Police (OSP) is conducting the investigation.

The Clatsop Forestry & Wood Products Economic Development Committee (CFEDC) invites the public to join them for their 23rd annual fall forestry tour, Thursday September 5th, from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm, starting at the Clatsop County Fair & Expo Center at 92937 Walluski Loop in Astoria.

Beach goers this summer should pack not only their sunscreen and favorite novel, but also a tsunami evacuation map. For the first time, Oregon's entire coast has maps showing where to evacuate in the event of a tsunami. This information could save your life and those you love.

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