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The FBI is hunting for a man who they believe has robbed five Oregon banks since October of last year.

The latest robbery happened Tuesday, January 30th at a U.S. Bank branch in Scappoose and investigators think it's the same man they identify as the "Froggy Robber" who has followed the same pattern as the four previous robberies.

The Astoria Aquatic Center was recently awarded the "2017 Silver International Aquatic Safety Award" by Jeff Ellis & Associates. The "Silver" distinction is awarded to facilities who consistently 'exceed' aquatic safety criteria for certification for a given year.

 

A boiler oil tank has been removed from a dilapidated pier adjacent to the Cannery Pier Hotel & Spa, Tuesday, as responders work to remove the source of the oil spill that was first reported, January 18.

The 16-foot in length by 6-foot diameter cylindrical tank was removed by a Bergerson Construction barge via crane and will be moved to a nearby pier for proper disposal.

“Today was was an important milestone as we work toward the completion of the oil spill response efforts,” said Lt. Cmdr. Andrew Madjeska, chief Incident Management Division, Sector Columbia River. “We will continue to work with our partners to monitor the scene for other sources of pollution until cleanup efforts conclude.”

Oil spill responders from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Oregon Fish and Wildlife, National Response Corporation Environmental Services and Global Diving and Salvage contractors have been on scene and responding since the oil spill was reported.

Future response plans include searching the pier for any additional tanks as well as the continuation of pollutant removal from the surrounding area.

This year's flu season is impacting a local school as officials at Hilda Lahti Elementary School in Knappa will keep kindergartners through sixth-graders at home Tuesday and Wednesday in an effort to stem a flu outbreak that has affected students, along with several teachers and staff.

Some classes at the school Monday had only four healthy students. The school district met with county and state health officials Monday and decided to close.

No other school districts in the county reporting abnormally high rates of flu infection.

Authorities say the incidence of influenza this winter has been higher than in the last couple of years and largely affecting younger populations.

With an unemployment rate at about 4% in Clatsop County, finding and retaining good employees is a continuing challenge for local businesses.

In an effort to bring those local businesses together with those potential workers Clatsop Economic Development Resources and Workforce Northwest Oregon organize an annual job fair.  This year the event will be held at Clatsop Community College on Wednesday, February 21st, from 10:00 am to 3:15 pm.

About 200 people attended the 142nd annual meeting and banquet of the Astoria Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce Saturday night and the highlight was the announcement of community service awards.

Those that have demonstrated outstanding volunteerism are nominated by members of the community as candidates to be considered for the annual George Award and the Ford Award. This year there was something more.

State Senator Betsy Johnson announced the winner of the Astoria-Warrenton Lifetime Legacy Award to the memory of Hal Snow, a truly remarkable man and pillar of the community who contributed so much to the area through his lifetime.

Columbia Memorial Hospital named Zach Schmitt its new chief financial officer.  Schmitt joined the hospital’s administrative team in January 2017. He will work closely with Chief Executive Officer Erik Thorsen and a yet-to-be-named chief operations officer.

The City of Astoria is pleased to announce that Geoff Spalding has accepted the position of Astoria Chief of Police. Chief Spalding has been the Interim Chief of Police since August 2017.

Since joining the Astoria Police Department, Chief Spalding has been involved in the creation of the Mayor’s Homelessness Solutions Task Force (HOST), amended city ordinances, and revamped multiple processes in the Department. He says that he is looking forward to finding solutions to the challenges the community is facing.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin rehabilitating the Mouth of the Columbia River's North Jetty in February, impacting public access to parts of Cape Disappointment State Park over a two year period.

Clatsop County is the first county in Oregon, and only the second nationally, to be named a Green Power Community by the Environmental Protection Administration. The recognition comes after a phenomenally successful outreach campaign during 2017 to increase residential and business support for renewable energy through Pacific Power's Blue Sky program.

Recognizing the growing use of residential homes as vacation rentals, the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday voted to adopt an ordinance designed to ensure the safety and well-being of renters and limit conflict with neighbors.

The ordinance regulates dwelling units, including accessory dwelling units, rented out for up to 30 consecutive nights. The rules apply only to properties in the unincorporated county with the exception of the Arch Cape community, which is already covered by a vacation rental permitting program enacted by the county in 2004.

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