The monthly Oregon employment numbers show the state lost nearly 8,000 jobs in September, ending a half-year string of monthly job gains.

The state Employment Department said Tuesday the unemployment rate is 8.7 percent, essentially unchanged from the previous month. The rate has ranged between 8.4 percent and 8.9 percent since January.

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Clam diggers who miss the razor clam dig that ends Thursday night (Oct. 18) at Twin Harbors will have plenty of other chances to hit the beach in the months ahead.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has announced a tentative schedule for razor clam openings through the end of the year, including one later this month.

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Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for September was 8.7 percent, essentially unchanged from 8.9 percent in August. The September 2011 unemployment rate was 9.4 percent.

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President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will face-off once again in the second Presidential debate at New York's Hofstra University. The economy is expected to take center stage as was the case in the first debate which most observers said was a win for the Republican challenger saying Mr. Obama seemed ill-prepared.

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Next Wednesday local businesses interested in marketing services to the State of Oregon will get the opportunity to learn how directly from those agencies most involved in contracting for all manner of services.  The Governor's Market Place Roadshow is a single day event on Wednesday, October, 24th and will be held at Clatsop Community College.  The event is free to attend and on line registration is required. 

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State workers who inspect boats being towed into Oregon say they looked at more than 4,500 vessels this summer, and found 54 infected with invasive species. 17 boats had quagga and zebra mussels, which have caused millions in damage in other states.

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Astoria Community Development Director Brett Estes will be adding another hat as the city council approved adding the title 'Assistant City Manager" to his community development job Monday night.  City Manager Paul Benoit told KAST news that the suggestion to move Estes into that position was his as part of the overall restructuring of city government.

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More military housing will be appearing on Astoria's south slope in the coming years as the city council moves toward rezoning some of that land for multi-family dwellings.  In 1992 the Coast Guard purchased a large parcel of land for the construction of USCG housing.

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This week, a Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) work crew began cleaning up accumulated marine debris that washed ashore on Willapa Bay beaches this summer.

The 4-member crew focused its removal efforts on a stretch of beach west of Tokeland, an area between Bruceport County Park and the DNR-managed Bone River Natural Area Preserve on the east side of the bay.

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Astoria-Megler Bridge has reopened to full traffic after ODOT determined that segments of contractor work decks pose no threat to traffic on the bridge.  ODOT will continue to monitor the situation but does not anticipate any additional bridge closings at this time.

An Honorable Mention was presented to the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association for their "Downtown Streetscape Improvement" project at the Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards Ceremony in Corvallis.

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