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A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor (U.S.DOL) recently funded enhancements to Oregon's Work Share program, which offers employers an alternative to layoffs if their business experiences a downturn. With this program, instead of letting skilled employees go, employers can reduce workweeks of three or more team members, and subsidize their lost wages with part-time unemployment insurance benefits from the Oregon Employment Department.

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley said today they are co-sponsoring a bipartisan bill that would target the affordable housing crisis by strengthening and expanding the federal low-income housing tax credit.

The Clatsop County Forestland Classification Committee will hold a public meeting later this month in Astoria to take a second look at three specific areas that the committee had classified as forestland last year, which include limited portions of the Seaside, Warrenton, and Lewis & Clark areas. The committee will either confirm that a particular parcel was appropriately classified as forestland or remove that parcel from the classification. The committee will not reconsider the classification of any property it had previously removed as forestland.

On March 4, 2017, at approximately 7:40 a. m., the OSP responded to a fatal motor vehicle crash on US Highway 26 near milepost 31. The incident occurred in Tillamook County and is approximately 36 miles east of Seaside.

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after President Donald J. Trump signed a new executive order restricting travel from a number of Muslim-majority nations:

The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is currently investigating the death of an adult male whose body was found in his home near Warrenton, Oregon on Wednesday afternoon, March 1, 2017. Authoriities report they have arrested an Astoria man who is described as a person of particular interest in the case.

The deceased has been identified as 66-year-old RONALD BOUDREAU of Warrenton, Oregon. Mr. Boudreau was known by family and friends as "Ron."

Visiting the cheese factory in Tillamook has been a favorite visitor activity for decades. In the 1950's and 60's the visitor experience was a fairly low-key affair as people would stop by a few at a time to take a walk around the vats and get a close-up look at the process that would turn Tillamook produced milk into cheddar cheese.

Gregory Reynolds, 37, Vernonia is in custody after another search of his family's residence Wednesday that led to the arrest of family members accused of trying to hide him from police.

Vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving appears to be about far more than cell phones.  To be sure, studies have shown that texting while driving is a culprit making you 23 times more likely to get into a crash.  That’s a fact, but a 2013 study found that using car touch screens like GPS devices and touch screen cabin controls raised pedestrian deaths by a whopping 50%.

Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in January, from 4.5 percent in December. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Revised figures show Oregon’s unemployment rate has been on a declining trend over the past seven years. Outside of the past 12 months, the only other time, over the past forty years, that Oregon’s rate reached below 5 percent was between November 1994 and September 1995 when the rate dropped as low as 4.7 percent. In January, the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.

On Monday Detectives from the Astoria Police Department took Gary Medina into custody, without incident, at Beaverton High School where he works as an Instructional Assistant and Assistant Wrestling Coach.  Beaverton High School assisted the Astoria Police Department in accomplishing this arrest in as discreet a manner as possible, so as not to cause disruption at the school.

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