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The United States Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) returned home Thursday, September 15, after successfully completing a 62-day counter narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The 210-foot cutter was deployed in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) with the primary mission of detection and interdiction of illegal narcotics trafficking. The efforts by the crew of Steadfast lead to the successful interdiction of more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of over $71 Million.

The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association's Volunteer Appreciation Night received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best Volunteer Development" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award honors the Main Street organization that has developed the most thorough effort to recruit, train, motivate, or recognize volunteers. On hand to accept the award was Blue Anderson with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. 

Astoria will be in the spotlight at the inaugural People’s Coast Summit presented by the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association in October.  The two-day industry event is designed for visitor-related organizations and businesses on the coast as a professional development workshop and networking opportunity.

During the month of September, local agencies and businesses throughout Clatsop County are partnering to launch the OK/HELP sign program.  The OK/HELP signs are being offered to local citizens to use following a large disruptive event in the county that requires widespread welfare checks. By putting the sign in a front window to indicate their status, citizens can help save time for those tasked with checking on residents door-to-door.  A sign that says “OK” allows workers to move efficiently through neighborhoods using precious time to tend to those bearing a “HELP” placard.

Mortgage lending companies use federal flood maps in determining whether to require property owners to buy expensive flood insurance. That system is intended to provide accurate data on the possibility of high water events that could devastate homes and businesses. But what happens when the data is wrong?

Authorities say a man was rescued after his kayak capsized near Warrenton.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release a call came in Tuesday afternoon from a man saying his elderly brother was on a kayak that had overturned and that he was unable to get to shore.

A boat crew found the man, who was wearing a life jacket and clinging to nearby pilings south of Hammond Marina.

The crew pulled the man aboard and transported him to waiting emergency personnel. Officials say he denied medical assistance.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Portland Field Office Director Michael Hickman will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 11 of America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at Knappton Cove Heritage Center on September 16. Between 1899 and 1938, this site served as a quarantine center for new immigrants.

For three days this week, some Warrenton high school students and teachers are joining other students and scientists at Oregon State University aboard the research vessel Oceanus to gain at-sea research experience off the Oregon coast as part of a project to enhance their STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math skills.

The Astoria Downtown Merchants group would take over parking enforcement duties from the city police department under an agreement approved by the Astoria council. The terms of the agreement call for the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association to provide a person to act as a parking enforcement officer and to provide tourist information in the downtown core. The association takes over liability and must carry insurance. The association must report activities and financial information to the city.

The loss by fire of the Pacific Seafoods processing plant in 2013 was a major blow to Warrenton. The loss of jobs impacted the citizens. The loss of a big water customer impacted the city, and loss of a major local processor caused headaches for the fishing fleet. Now the first big step to bring that plant back on line is being undertaken by the city this week.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lee Lafollette)


Due to three narrowly missed incidents involving large deep-draft motor vessels and recreational fishermen last weekend, the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will be reminding recreational boaters about the navigational rules of the road and actively enforcing boating safety laws as part of Operation Make Way on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers this weekend.

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