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Award winners Jeanette Schacher and Mike Autio (center) with CMH CEO Erik Thorsen at the CMH Foundation’s first annual event to thank donors.

 

The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation thanked its donors Thursday evening through an event coined "Tribute to Giving". Foundation donors were front and center, thanked for their support of and investment in the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Center, which is being built and is expected to open in the fall of 2017. The collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will offer patients the latest in cancer treatment, as well as all critical support services including an on-site pharmacy, a laboratory, massage therapy, nutritional and dietary services, and educational resources.

Anglers will have through Sept. 30 to keep hatchery Chinook salmon from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island deadline, under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

On Thursday Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department and Pacific County Sheriff's Office executed multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 411 Bond Street in Astoria.

 

 In a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing Wednesday, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon that threaten to stifle economic growth and prevent development or redevelopment in over 230 Oregon communities. The following issues were raised in testimony at today’s hearing:

Fall clam digging brings hundreds of people to the Long Beach Peninsula helping shore up businesses during an ordinarily slow time for tourism but rising marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to delay upcoming razor clam digs at Long Beach and to review openings at other ocean beaches.

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill that would improve Medicare coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The bill, the “Medicare Affordability and Enrollment Act,” would establish an out-of-pocket spending cap, streamline the Medicare enrollment process by reducing penalties and roadblocks for those seeking coverage, and make the program more equitable for lower-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, among other steps to improve the program

The Suspicious Death investigation in Columbia County is now a homicide investigation. Investigators working on the case have identified Apache Rose Hightower, 24, Portland, as the victim of homicidal violence following the autopsy Wednesday in Portland.

A busy fall weekend is coming up with a popular brew event coming to Astoria, a coastwide beach clean up that attracts thousands, and an unusual opportunity to hear more from experts about a humpback whale that washed ashore this week.

Marine life scientists say a dead 38-foot-long humpback whale disappeared off an Oregon beach before they could figure out what killed it.  Scientists brought equipment to the beach on Monday hoping to examine the whale, but Sunday's high tide must have pulled it back out to sea.Today its back and washed up two miles south at Short Sand Beach inside Oswald West State Park.. State park staff will be on the beach at 1 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25, to present interpretive talks

Clatsop County's first death penalty trial in 15 years is set to begin Tuesday and could last for up to two months.  Jury selection for 28-year-old Randy Lee Roden's murder trial will begin this week. Roden is accused of killing 2-year-old Evangelina Wing, who died of blunt force trauma in December 2014.

One of the Astoria City Council goals this year is to promote positive economic development through strengthened partnerships. Community Development Director Kevin Cronin has been working to define exactly what that means and formulate a plan to achieve that goal since he first arrived last year.   Monday night Cronin presented a plan that would hire a consultancy to help formulate the plan and provide tools for the city to use in putting a plan into action.

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