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Holding it's first meeting since returning from a sister city trip to Waldorf, Germany, the Astoria City Council gets back to business with a review of a major public works project, some changes in the city's liquor licence approval process due to changes in personnel, and will consider approval of a $94,000 grant to provide library access to all children in Clatsiop County not already covered by a tax-supported public library system.

Clatsop County is accepting applications for the County Forestland Classification Committee. The Forestland Classification Committee is charged with reviewing all lands within Clatsop County to determine if they meet the definition of Forestland under the Oregon Department of Forestry's fire protection program.

Shortly after 8:40 Monday morning Coast Guard group Astoria broadcast a message to mariners to be on the look-out for a vessel reportedly taking on water off shore.  The message gave coordinates of the area where the vessel, was said to be located and asked mariners to watch for the vessel in distress and report that information to sector Columbia River.  Within ten minutes of the first broadcast it was reported that the vessel Carmelita had located four people in the water near the location and have pulled them all on board to safety.  Coast Guard dispatched a motor lifeboat crew to assist.

The Coast Guard detained the motor vessel Great Success, requiring the vessel remain in Longview, Wash., until numerous safety violations are corrected by the ship's crew.

Its day Four of the Clatsop County Fair - Military appreciation day!  Manager of the fairgrounds, Gary Friedman, fills us in on all the happenings at the fair today.  Listen to the audio below:

With more than 35,000 acres burning on lands under its protection, primarily in southwestern Oregon, and fire danger persistently high or extreme across most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is in the midst of its largest wildfire response in more than a decade.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River crews responded to three suspected hoax distress calls near Clatskanie, Ore., and Portland, Ore.,Sunday.  Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Portland in response to the calls, searching for more than four hours and costing taxpayers an estimated $8,000.

A small beach bonfire is fun, but people who burn pallets or construction lumber instead of natural wood leave dangerous litter hidden in the sand. Pallets are held together with nails or staples, and even people who drown the remains of their fire leave sharp, rusty debris behind that can injure the next visitor for months or years afterward.

The City of Astoria got a snapshot on pedestrian safety Wednesday when the police conducted what they call a 'Focused Enforcement" action stopping drivers who failed to follow the rules at three different intersections through town.  Officers watched intersections where they have gotten complaints from the public in the past as vehicles failed to yield to pedestrians and made 34 traffic stops in a three hour period as a result.

Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers announces the hiring of Brian Mahoney as the county's Public Health Director. He joins the county Sept. 3.

"I'm excited for the opportunity," Mahoney said. "The challenges of the position were what I was looking for."

Mahoney currently works as public health emergency preparedness liaison in the Oregon Health Authority's Public Health Division, where he has served since 2002. His positions have included Strategic National Stockpile coordinator, health systems preparedness unit manager and public health preparedness planner. He has worked at the agency's Astoria office since 2010.

Youth Football Camp Scheduled for August 5th - 8th

The Astoria High School Football Coaching Staff will be conducting a four-day football camp for any students entering the Kindergarten through 8th Grades for this upcoming 2013 – 2014 school year.  Camp times are 5:30-7:00 P.M. each night with registration beginning at 5:00 P.M.  The camp location is JOHN WARREN STADIUM / GYRO FIELD.

Cost is $30.00 per individual or $50.00 per family.  Camp fee includes a t-shirt and free admission to the AHS Football Conditioning Camp the following week.

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