The City of Astoria is pleased to announce that Nancy Ferber has joined the Community Development Department as the new City Planner/Project Manager.  This is the position that was held for many years by Rosemary Johnson until her retirement this year. Johnson has been filling the gap for month now a special projects planner as the city seached for a new hire.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation has received 78 applications requesting a total of $91,551,136 for the next round of ConnectOregon funding. The 2015 Oregon Legislature authorized $45 million in lottery-backed bonds for ConnectOregon VI, a program that invests in multimodal transportation projects around the state. A thorough application review and recommendations process will occur over the next few months, with a final decision on approved projects set for summer 2016.

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Miranda Abrahams recently joined the March of Dimes Greater Oregon staff as Community Director. Abrahams manages the non-profit's corporate sponsorship and coordinates volunteer involvement for the March for Babies in Astoria as well as the March for Babies in Clark County and the Nurse of the Year Awards in Portland, Oregon.

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Early Sunday evening Oregon State Police report 53 year-old Tracy Elaine Rambo of Seaside died when her car was rear-ended pushing her into oncoming traffic.  The crash occured as Rambo was driving westbound on Highway 26 as she approached the intersection of Highway 103 and slowed to make the turn.

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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) recently fined a Washington-based business $5,000 for working without a license while building a single-family tree house in a Sitka spruce in Neskowin.

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The Columbia Basin's 2015 salmon season ended with a remarkable 2.3 million adult salmon passing Bonneville Dam on their up-river migration. Overall, this makes 2015 the second-strongest year for Columbia River salmon since the federal government built dams on the river nearly 80 years ago.

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Apparently, the last time anyone in Astoria was asked their opinion on city parks, trails, facilities, recreation programs and so on, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States. The Seattle Supersonics were in the NBA Finals and “Hotel California" was album of the year.

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The city is engaged in a new project to replace the structures that connect the ends of six city streets to pier structures in the Columbia.  Those structures are technically considered bridges and are found at the ends of streets downtown from 6th to 11th where they extend access to the waterfront from the solid ground.  Because they are considered to be "bridges" and not just part of the piers the project qualified for bridge replacement funding which brought a hefty grant to Astoria from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The city only has to match 10.27%.

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A very busy Friday for Oregon State Police. Shortly after noon officers responded to an accident on highway 101 alternate when a 54-year old Astoria woman apparently pulled out of the parking lot at Brims Farm and Garden without checking to make sure traffic had cleared and ran into the middle of a semi trailer rig pulling into the garden center to make a delivery. Police report no injuries but the woman’s SUV was damaged. Little damage was reported for the semi truck.

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The Astoria Parks and Recreation Department was notified Wednesday of a large crack in the iconic Bigleaf Maple at Violet LaPlante Park in the Alderbrook neighborhood. Parks and Recreation staff and two local certified arborist companies, Bigby’s and Arbor Care, each evaluated the tree and determined that the crack at the center of the roughly 150 year old Maple’s codominant trunk presents a serious hazard for park users and nearby structures.

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Beginning in 1894 a college football game has been played annually in the great State of Oregon between the Ducks of the University of Oregon and the Beavers of Oregon State University. In 2015 this rivalry is marking its 121st year.

In that same grand tradition, the employees of the City of Astoria are waging their own battle known as the “Civil War Food Drive”. During the month of November employees will be donating food or cash/checks in the name of the Beavers or the Ducks. All proceeds will go to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. So whether you wear orange and black or green and yellow this event is set to be a big winner in honor of both football teams!!

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