"The national average drops to its lowest level since July, while Oregon's average is at its lowest point since January. The national average for regular unleaded drops three cents to $3.38 while Oregon's average falls four-and-a-half cents to $3.43." AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director Marie Dodds says, "For the second week in a row, Oregon's average for regular unleaded is just a few cents more than the national average. Earlier this fall, the Oregon average was as much as 30 cents a gallon more than the national average. The gap continues to shrink. The difference was 5.6 cents last week and is now just under a nickel.
To show support for the local commercial salmon fishing industry, the Clatsop County commissioners are organizing a rally on the steps of the state capital in Salem, Thursday at 11:30 a.m. Port Of Astoria Commissioners have decided to send representatives as well
The Astoria Senior Center and the Loaves and Fishes program have joined to ask the City of Astoria to sponsor an application for a substantial community block grant that would see the center refurbished and upgraded and convert the basement of the building into a new home for the Loaves and Fishes program.
Under a state mandate, the city of Astoria continues work to separate storm-water run off from the sewer system. Called the "CSO Separation" project, it has been handled in construction phases over a number of years. The next big phase runs through some of the towns busiest streets and looks to be a substantial piece of work. Dubbed the "11th Street" CSO project it will actually involve a number of streets in the downtown area.
Bob Gross, President of the Seaside Rotary Foundation, presented a check for $2,000 to Maureen Casterline, co-chair of the "Food4Kids" Seaside program, and Al Peinhardt, treasurer, to introduce the Food4Kids effort in Gearhart. Maureen and Al are also members of the Seaside Rotary Club.
Helping needy local families have a happier Chrismas has been a labor of love for Astorian Barb Roberts for 20 years. The Wishing Tree and Christmas Basket program has been around since 1982 and for most of that time Barb has organized volunteers, engaged local businesses and handled the public outreach to help tell the story. The results are wonderful.
The final plans for the long awaited Garden of Surging Waves have been completed and the site for the Chinese cultural centerpiece is ready after completion of the new vaulted sidewalks taking in the corner of 11th and Duane. Monday night the Astoria City Council will consider next steps proposed by staff to bid out the construction contract that would see the beginnings of Heritage Square with the construction of the garden feature.
The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Monday in a case that affects logging road construction and how water runoff is handled.
Currently the runoff is considered to be like water running off a farm field.
The Washington State Patrol reports that a 54-year-old Seaview man was killed as he was standing in the road on SR103 eight miles north of Long Beach and was struck by a pick-up heading south.
Pacific Financial Corporation announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $.20 a share to all shareholders of record as of December 14, 2012, payable on or before December 28, 2012.
The Astor Street Opry Company has issued a statement regarding the recent arrest of one of their volunteers charged with peddling child porn and dealing drugs from his home. Michael Loren Wangen was arrested on November 26 and police seized several computers in Wangen's home in Astoria after Wangen alledgedly sold hundreds of kiddy porn images and videos to undercover officers.
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