Rates for customers of NW Natural will increase by 1.28 percent or $8.7 million a year effective Nov. 1, 2012, following a preliminary decision by the Oregon Public Utility Commission. The Commission will issue a final order later this week that will detail the rationale behind the decisions.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has kicked off its public scoping process and scheduled public meetings to prepare a draft environmental impact statement to manage a large colony of double-crested cormorants nesting on East Sand Island in the Columbia River estuary.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital is a major employer for graduates from the Clatsop Community College nursing program and when that program was threatened by budget cuts the Hospital stepped up to make a significant donation to keep it alive.

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Now that it's official and Walmart is moving through the public permitting process the company public relations firm is kicking into high gear.  Friday KAST news received news release from Portland P.R. firm Quinn Thomas Public Affairs that outlines the benefits of siting the new super store in Warrenton.

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Hurricane Sandy is gaining strength and has taken a left turn toward the East Coast and its date with two other weather systems. An official with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling it "the worst-case scenario."

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Astoria Sunday Market donated $2,000 to Clatsop Community College Foundation in support of the Performing Arts Center.  The Market is committed to donating money to projects that support its mission to revitalize downtown Astoria.

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Emergency sirens sounded around Hawaii late Saturday warning about an oncoming tsunami, after a powerful earthquake struck off the coast of Canada.  Even as emergency officials urged people along Hawaii's coasts to move to higher ground, officials in North America downgraded a tsunami warning to an advisory for southern Alaska and British Columbia.  (AP)  Click here to read more... 

 

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Updated 12:14AM:  A tsunami warning for southern Alaska and northern British Columbia has been downgraded to an advisory, while a warning has been issued for Hawaii. In addition, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says parts of coastal Oregon and Northern California have been placed under a tsunami advisory.  The alerts came after the U.S. Geological Survey said a 7.7-magnitude earthquake hit in the Queen Charlotte Islands area Saturday night.  A tsunami warning means an area is likely to be hit by a wave, while an advisory means an area could be hit. (AP) Click to read more...

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The Coast Guard rescued four boaters after their 27-foot recreational vessel Cathy Gail washed up against the A Jetty at Cape Disappointment, Wash., Friday. The Coast Guard received the report at 12:41 p.m., from a good Samaritan who was unable to assist the Cathy Gail due to its location.

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November 15th the Warrenton Planning Commission intends to make a decision regarding the land use application for a proposed Walmart Superstore for the North Coast Business Park.  Thursday night was the first time the developer publicly acknowledged that the application is for Walmart.  CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS AUDIO

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The project site across from Costco on Highway 101 was confirmed Thursday evening at the Warrenton City Planning Commission Meeting as a Walmart. KAST News reported earlier Thrusday about the plans.  The commission ultimately delayed the Walmart decision until November 15th.

KAST News will have updates on this developing story...For more visuals of the proposed Walmart visit KAST on twitter or facebook.

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