It would be difficult to say just how many young lives have been touched over the years by two local women who have been selected to receive this year's prestigious Lady Liberty Award. Sisters Jeanne Maddox Peterson and Judith Maddox Bigby have each in their way positively influenced young people to strive for excellence in their lives. Their contributions will be recognized April 9th.

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Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers announced Monday that Valerie Crafard has been hired as the new County Clerk.

"I have every confidence in Valerie's ability to lead and manage the County Clerk Department," Somers said. "She has performed at a commendable level during her interim appointment as County Clerk. The County is very fortunate to have attracted and retained someone of Valerie's caliber."

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Clatsop Community College will hold an opening ceremony for its new Veteran's Center, located in the former Student Services Building, 1717 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00am.

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Due to the unusual drier winter conditions- dry east winds are predicted to last through this weekend. The Oregon Department of Forestry is advising extreme caution to anyone conducting debris or backyard burns until the rain returns next week.

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An Oregon Department of Transportation crew will be removing hazard trees along U.S. 101 near Cannon Beach from Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11

, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. ODOT will be conducting traffic control through the work zone and the public is encouraged to drive with caution and to expect minor delays.

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On Tuesday morning just before noon the Warrenton Police Department was dispatched to North Coast Christian School in reference to a male subject in the area of the school, possibly with a gun. A teacher was bringing students outside for lunch recess when she saw a male subject possibly holding a rifle, standing on Heceta St. on the east side of the school property.

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During the early morning hours of Friday, February 20, 2015, Seaside Police Officers responded to Providence Seaside Hospital for a report of a male that had sustained a serious head injury. Officers contacted Seaside Detectives after learning that the victim reported being assaulted with hammers by two other males. The victim was later transported to a Portland area hospital.

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Before Astorians turn on a tap for a morning shower, brew a cup of coffee, or start a load of laundry that water has already been at work as it flows down from the city watershed above Svenson turning a newly installed hydro electric turbine unit that was dedicated to service on Monday afternoon.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., lauded the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approval of rules that will protect the free and open Internet:

"Today is a win for everyone who uses the Internet. The interests of individual Americans triumphed over those of corporate monopolies. These strong new rules will preserve the Internet we know and love, where start-ups can thrive regardless of the size of their wallets, and where people are free to speak and share ideas. The drumbeat of four million individual voices helped save the Internet," Wyden said.

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On February 25, 2014 at 7:25 PM, Astoria Police responded to a report of a crash involving a pedestrian at Marine Drive and 23rd. Officers found a vehicle driven by 91 year old Astoria resident Nels Rasmussen which had a damaged windshield and a pedestrian, 33 year old Astoria resident Tyson Ybarra who was complaining of pain and had a small laceration to his head. Ybarra was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital.

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A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea.

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