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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.

Although not as visible as new buildings and clinics, Columbia Memorial Hospital’s new telemetry system is a prime example of how the hospital is investing in the community’s healthcare future.

State Senator Betsy Johnson was honored as the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Distinguished Service Award winner at a ceremony this week during the group’s annual conference in Salem.


On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 a 24-year-old Warrenton man was arrested by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for crimes involving sexual abuse of a local teenage boy.

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission, joining the Astoria Regatta on the short list of Oregon heritage traditions.

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