The staff of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC or Commission) has prepared a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) for the Oregon LNG Terminal and Pipeline Project (Oregon LNG Project) and Washington Expansion Project. FERC’s environmental staff concludes that construction and operation of the projects would result in some adverse environmental impacts. However, most of these impacts would be reduced to less-than-significant levels with the implementation of minimization and mitigation measures proposed by Oregon LNG and Northwest, and the additional measures recommended by the FERC staff in the draft EIS. Although many factors were considered in this determination, the principal reasons are:

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The Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division is asking for the public's help to identify the person(s) responsible for the mid-July unlawful killing of a bull elk on Quartz Creek Mainline in Clatsop County.

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There is a deal in the works by the partners who redeveloped the Union Fisherman’s Packing Company building located west of the Maritime Memorial to sell that building.  The developers say it will likely sell at a loss.

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The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) will increase restrictions on industrial activity in the forests of northwestern Oregon July 30 in response to rising wildfire danger forecast to begin later this week. The Industrial Fire Precaution Level (IFPL) for the NW-1 Zone will go to Level 2, and Zones NW-2 and NW-3 will rise to Level 3 on that date.

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A single family home on Franklin Ave was damaged by a fire Tuesday morning that Astoria chief Ted Ames told KAST News was caused by a buring cigarette that found it's way into a piece of furniture on the first floor of the house. The single occupant of the home identified as 73 year old Carol Steward was not injured but one firefighter suffered a pulled muscle and was taken to the hospital.

Ames told KAST that estimates of damage are very preliminary and a full investigation has not been completed but early on he said while the actual fire damage was contained to the first floor of the house located at 1583 Franklin, there is likley smoke damage throughout the structure. He said his rough estimate of the home value would be between $200,000 to $225,000 saying the damage would come in at about $40,000.

 

 

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria aircrew assisted Clatsop County Sheriff Department personnel with the rescue of two hikers stranded by incoming tide near Hug Point, Monday.

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Astoria has seen some very heavy traffic days this summer. As the popularity of the town as a tourist stop has increased, a parade of RV's from all over the country line up along the narrow two lane highways that lead into and through town.  The situation is made worse when warmer weather in the valley drives Portlanders to seek relief by taking a long weekend creating traffic back-ups from Friday afternoon until sometimes late Sunday night.  Walking across the street becomes a challenge.

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Oregon Army and Air National Guard units are scheduled to participate in the Pathfinder Minuteman 2015 Exercise at Camp Rilea in Warrenton, Oregon, Aug. 4-5.  Pathfinder Minutemen 2015 is a Joint Multiagency Cascadia Subduction Zone Response exercise and conference sponsored by Oregon's Joint Force Headquarters, and hosted by the 173rd Fighter Wing's Medical Group.

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Construction of the City of Astoria 16th Street CSO Separation Project is underway and on schedule. Beginning the week of July 20th, work will begin on 15th St between Jerome and Coxcomb with limited access to vehicles in this area for the first week.

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Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley announced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015, a major piece of legislation to stop offshore Arctic drilling. The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic planning area.

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For the second year, Oregon's timber harvest has remained above four billion board feet. While private lands have remained steady, the real story is on our state's federal lands. Overall, Oregon had a 1.74 percent decrease in timber harvest for a 2014 total of 4.13 billion board feet.

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