In a development that Washington state must be watching, the federal government is attempting to seize two properties near Medford in Oregon that were used to grow medical marijuana.

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) to restructure salmon and sturgeon fisheries, including phasing out the use of gillnets by non-tribal fishers in the mainstem lower Columbia River by 2016.  In response to Gov. Kitzhaber's proposal, Washington state fishery managers have entered into a joint process with their Oregon counterparts to develop potential alternatives for managing salmon and sturgeon fisheries in the lower Columbia River.

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It's official – tobacco is prohibited at three Clatsop County properties in Astoria.  Signs to that effect have been installed at the 800/820 Exchange St. offices, the Judge Guy Boyington Building at 857 Commercial St., and the public works complex at 1100 Olney Ave.

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"This is a lot of people for one tiny bridge," Clatsop County Board of Commissioners Chair Peter Huhtala told the crowd of roughly three dozen who assembled for Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new span on Ziak-Gnat Creek Road in Knappa.

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The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency is embarking on a long-term project to identify and assess the sheltering capacity within Pacific County.

In the initial phase of the project, PCEMA has developed a ten question survey where respondents can indicate their interest in sheltering persons, animals, or both persons and animals.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has three projects locally that drivers should be aware of and plan some extra travel time. They include:

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The board approved the City of Astoria's Bear Creek Dam Emergency Action Plan. The plan, developed by the city with assistance from the county Emergency Management Division and Oregon Department of Water Resources, details the response measures and agency roles in the event of a breach or other failure at the city-owned dam

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The Clatsop county board approved a $728,092.50 contract with Henderson LLC of Lake Oswego for the flood control/wetland mitigation project on U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside.

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The next evening razor clam dig will get under way Tuesday (Nov. 13) at Twin Harbors beach, then expand to include openings at three other beaches later in the week.

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The Clatsop County Elections Division will likely conduct a recount of ballots in the race for Gearhart mayor cast in the Nov. 6 General Election.

Just two votes separate the two candidates. Dianne Widdop received 346 votes to Bob Shortman's 344 based on the current unofficial tally.

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Long-time Astoria ward 2 City Councillor Peter Roscoe lost his seat in Tuesday's election as voters prefered challenger Drew Herzig putting the folk dance instructor and gay rights activist on a council that has stressed a "teamwork" approach to decision making.  Herzig has said that teamwork comes second and "the people" come first

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