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More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

Record-smashing numbers of Chinook salmon are heading up the Columbia River and may continue for several more days, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said today. Salmon have distinct spawning patterns, such as those adults that migrate upstream in the spring and those migrating in the fall. This record number of fish is part of the fall migration.

Razor clam diggers will receive some good news at a pre-season public meeting scheduled by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in Long Beach this month.

The Sunset Empire Transportation District Executive Evaluation Committee will hold a public meeting at the transit center in Astoria on September 13 to determine the evaluation process and criteria for Staff and SETD Board and to determine compensation for presentation to SETD Board.  The meeting will be held at 9:00am and is expected to last one hour.  The transit center is located at 900 Marine Drive.

Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation responded to the President's call on Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force in Syria as the administration continues to pursue diplomatic options.

The New Youngs Bay Bridge will be closed for annual maintenance for at least one night during September 25-27 while an Oregon Department of Transportation bridge crew performs the annual greasing of cables on the draw span.

The Clatsop County Commissioners Wednesday heard a presentation from Steven Blakesley, Health Promotion Specialist, Janet Evans, Juvenile Department Director and Jill Quackenbush, Prevention Supervisor on the Clatsop County Community Assessment, a comprehensive look at health and wellness indicators for the county.

The City Of Astoria has "a deal in concept" with several parties, according to City Manager Paul Benoit, that would see the city able to preserve parking for the Coast Guard on 17th street, enable the reuse of the old armory building and better access for facilities for the Columbia River Maritime Museum.

On Friday September 6th, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office began an investigation of Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine Adam Lopez, 58, of Astoria. A local 26 year old woman alleged during treatment procedures Lopez intentionally touched sexually intimate parts of her body and subjected her to touching his groin. It is also alleged Lopez attempted to establish a relationship with his patient outside the professional setting.

The woman went to Lopez for treatment twice and was unsure if the first instance was abuse. After the second instance she reported the incidents to authorities.

A public meeting to hear and discuss the suggested building program for renovating the Astoria Public Library will take place on Tuesday, September 10, at the Liberty Theater. Doors will open at 5:00 pm. The meeting will take place between 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. Presentation and group discussion will take place from 5:30 to 7:00 pm. Following the presentation and group discussion, all are invited to the McTavish Room for refreshments and an opportunity to speak in more depth to members of the consulting team, city staff, and library board members.

AUDIO:  Listen to this weeks Astoria Public Library events at this link.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will again take up the consolidated land-use application from Oregon Pipeline Company at a public hearing Oct. 9.

After a lengthy legal dispute over jurisdictional issues, the county has been given the go-ahead by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) to resume its reconsideration of the application, which seeks approval for construction of 41 miles of pipeline to serve a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal in Warrenton.

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