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A 29-year-old Astoria man died in a single vehicle crash at 43rd and Lief Erickson Dr Sunday. The man is identified as Brandon Allen Getten of Astoria.  Getten was traveling east bound on Lief Erickson Dr. in a 2016 Cadillac CTS, when the vehicle left the north side of the roadway striking trees and going over an embankment.  Getten's Cause of Death was determined to be from blunt force trauma.

A Coast Guard aircrew and local agency partners rescued a stranded hiker from an isolated beach cove at God's Thumb, 5 miles north of Lincoln City, Saturday.

Astoria City Councilors Zetty Nemlowill and Tom Brownson had a thoughtful exchange on short term vacation rentals Wednesday during a morning work session.

The lack of available housing in Clatsop County in every category has been described as a crisis by several officials.  The Astoria council has had several discussions regarding the issue over months. The city community development department is tasked with seeking solutions.

Nemlowill has been consistent in her objection to allowing any form of short term rentals in the city residential neighborhoods.

The City of Astoria has received a grant from the State Historic Preservation Office to assist property owners with historic renovations.

The Astoria Historic Landmarks Commission’s renovation grant program will make these funds available to homeowners desiring to make exterior rehabilitation or renovation improvements. For 2017, projects in the Uniontown neighborhood will take priority.

The Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.

The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.

Oregon Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, the Vice Ranking Member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, issued a statement after the Senate confirmation vote this morning expressing her deep concerns.

 

Following the sizable demonstrations at PDX, which created significant safety concerns for passengers and employees, Port management is changing its approach to groups of more than 10 people who wish to exercise free speech activities at PDX.  Effective immediately, the Port will not allow roving protests at the airport. The Port cannot allow activity that interferes with airport operations, compromises airport safety and security, or disrupts airport businesses, employees and travelers.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that Oregon has signed on with 15 other states to an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in support of Washington in their federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s executive order on immigration.

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is continuing the investigation into the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman from the Jewell area. Brianna Renee Judge was last seen on January 10, 2017 in the Elsie area. Here's what we know so far.

Wednesday morning at 9 the Astoria City Council holds a public work session with three items on the agenda. A report on the financial standing of the city and it's two urban renewal districts at the end of the 2016 fiscal year presented by the CPA firm Merina and Company, A detailed update on housing issues from Community Development, and further discussion of 2017-18 council goals. 

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read

The Coast Guard rescued three commercial fishermen after their vessel began taking on water at the mouth of the Columbia River early Sunday morning.  Coast Guard boat crews aboard 47-foot motor life boats, from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, assisted in dewatering the vessel and safely towing it into Skipanon Marina.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley responded strongly to President Trump’s directive Friday to take another look a Wall Street oversight that may roll back key pieces of the reforms that were put in place following the 2008 financial crisis. Merkley says,"I will fight it tooth and nail"

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