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Near the end of October of this year the Astoria Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a new marijuana dispensary on Astoria’s east end.  The operation would be on the ground floor of Building “A” at the Cannery Loft Condominiums on 39th Street in a commercial space in the mixed use building.   The people who live in the condos were not happy with that decision and have appealed the conditional use to the Astoria City Council.

Some very special Nike gear will be available for the first time to the public beginning this Saturday.  Six OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients worked with Nike designers to come up the 2016 Freestyle Collection that will be introduced this Saturday at the Downtown Nike Store in Portland.

The effort is a partnership between the hospital and Nike that has raised more than $16.5 million since it first began in 2004.

One of the six youngsters comes from Jewell and his name is Chase Swearingen. Chase is a good-natured 14-year-old. Before he was born he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a dangerous accumulation of fluid around the brain.  Chase has been a patient of Doernbecher’s since birth and thanks to treatment over the years has come a very long way. 

 

Thieves are targeting, believe it or not, Christmas lights.   It’s a problem nationwide and the target is a specific kind of light that has become popular this year.  Laser, or projector lights have been coming up missing from homes from Michigan to Florida and even as far as Australia.

                                                                                                                                                                           

Wednesday a bipartisan group of Senators led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley pressed a key federal regulator to take further action to ensure that vendors working with legal marijuana businesses in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana do not have their banking services taken away.

 In states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, conflicting federal policies have led most financial institutions to deny banking services to legal marijuana businesses, creating huge logistical and safety problems for communities across the country. In some cases, banks have even revoked services to businesses—for example, landlords and security companies—that contract to offer their services to legal marijuana businesses. With eight states having voted to allow or expand some form of legal marijuana usage this November, the problem is only set to grow.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission this week removed the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from the state list of sensitive species after agreeing that both have recovered numbers since the 70's and no longer require that special protected status.  The commission noted that both have regained population since the pesticide DDT was banned under federal law.

   Following a battle with cancer Seaside's long-time Mayor Don Larson passed away this weekend. He was 80.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, after numerous neighborhood complaints, The Clatsop County Drug Task Force served multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 35303 Lynstad Heights, Astoria. That resulted in several arrests.

Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) announced that the Columbia River Restoration Act has passed in the House and the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will take public comment on the county’s involvement in a large class-action lawsuit over state timber harvests.

Testimony will be accepted at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.

Clatsop County is named as a plaintiff in a suit filed in March by Linn County against the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging breach of contract over the state’s timber harvest practices on more than 640,000 acres of state-managed forest lands. The suit lists 15 counties and 130 other taxing districts as plaintiffs.

The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in finding someone who has made repeated false mayday calls to the Coast Guard in the past 7 months in the vicinity of the Columbia River entrance.

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen off an aground commercial fishing vessel in the vicinity of Grenville Bay, north of  Moclips Beach early Wednesday morning.

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