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AUDIO: Fast acting first-responders save the life of long time Astoria City worker Carl "Ole" Gifford.

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The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency (PCEMA) is offering a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course in Surfside. Training is scheduled as follows:

Friday, September 27, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 5, 2013 · 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

On September 4, 2013 at 3:55 AM Astoria Police received a report from Robert Olsen, age 56 of Astoria, that a male subject had broken into his home and assaulted him with a baseball bat. The report of the incident was about 15 minutes old at the time Olsen called dispatch. Olsen had walked from his Irving Ave home to Columbia Memorial Hospital. While at Columbia Memorial Hospital he was triaged for injuries to his head and ribs but left the hospital prior to being treated.

(AP) Scientists are just back from a monthlong research cruise in the Pacific Ocean off Washington state, where they were trying to find the stickiest point on a section of the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the huge undersea fault that breaks loose every few hundred years, generating a massive tsunami and earthquake.

As summer draws to a close Astoria 911's Emergency Communication Manager, Jeff Rusiecki, evaluates the emergency communications site's preparedness for another winter storm season. In the picture below, a skilled worker from Arbor Care (inside red box) climbs high in the tree adjacent to the Coxcomb communications tower to remove limbs that threaten the antennas. This is a site we monitor closely as the trees grow in close proximity to the tower. "At the end of each summer we evaluate whether or not some judicious trimming needs to occur prior to the first winter storm", said Rusiecki. Several of the trees at surrounding the tower were damaged in the 2007 wind storm so this site is especially vulnerable. Given the historic and sensitive nature of this site at the Column we are currently evaluating our options to re-locate this critical infrastructure to a location more suitable to support communications without being in conflict with such a historic landmark.

Patty Skinner from the Astoria Public Library has all the details of events to catch this week and in the weeks to come at the Library:

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Provider Steve Bellinger, PA-C. and Deanna Duret, Dietician will discuss pre-diabetes and a nutritional approach to correction at this year's health fair at Ocean Beach Hospital Health Fair in Ilwaco on Saturday, September 14th from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Duret and Bellinger will share the latest protocols for treating diabetes during a question and answer presentations at the annual health forum. The fair will also feature free lab screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and prostate cancer and many community participants.


The search, now in day three, is intensifying to locate Ryan Ross Horn, a 28 year old Hillsboro man, who is considered to be anendangered person. Hillsboro police are leading the multi-county investigation and an air search is being launched to cover additional territory.  Ryan Horn left Hillsboro on Thursday, August 28, 2013 around 10 am and is believed to have headed west on Highway 26. His last cell phone "ping" occurred at the Lodge Road T-Mobile Tower near Banks, Oregon.

A Clatsop County Grand Jury has returned an endictment against Astoria High School coach Bradford Dalton on two charges.  Dalton is accused of one count of felony assault in the fourth degree and a charge of strangulation.  The endictment states that on or about July 30, 2013 the 50 year old Dalton injured one of his daughters by strangulation as his other daughter looked on.  Reportedly Dalton's wife documented the attack.  The endictment is secret preventing comment from District Attorney Josh Marquis until Dalton is arraigned. Dalton works as the head girls basketball coach and also serves as a math teacher at Astoria High School

Public health advisories for contact with marine water at Cannon Beach and Tolovana Beach in Clatsop County and Short Sand Beach in Tillamook County were lifted today by the Oregon Health Authority. The advisories were issued Wednesday after water samples showed higher-than-normal levels of fecal bacteria in ocean waters.

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