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Several health insurance companies have agreed to continue to offer statewide individual coverage -- and in one case, expand coverage -- in 2017, the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

All counties in Oregon will have at least two carriers participating both on and off Oregon's Health Insurance Marketplace and at least two carriers participating exclusively off the marketplace. Many of these counties were facing significant decreases in the number of health insurance companies available in the individual market in 2017.

Deputy Sheriff Elijah St. Helen has just graduated basic training in Salem and will join in the work at the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office

The Astoria-Megler Bridge turns 50 years old this year and everyone is invited to attend the rededication ceremony of this northwest icon. The event takes place at 9:00 am, August 13th, under the bridge at the Astoria Maritime Memorial Park, located at the foot of Bay Street, along the River Walk.

The Astoria Police Department is issuing a reminder that the Astoria Regatta Association Grand Land Parade begins at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday August 13th 2016. Traffic will be disrupted through the downtown core beginning at about 8:00 A.M.

This week while participating in the Coastal Caucus Summit in North Bend, Business Oregon announced the launch of its new Rural Entrepreneurship Development Initiative (REDI), a public-private partnership to increase entrepreneurship in rural areas of the state.

The Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District announced today that its current Board has appointed new member Alan Evans. Evans will be replacing Ruth Johnson who resigned this past June and has served the board since June of 2012.

The 3rd Annual Conference on Extraordinary Living will be rockin’ the socks off of seniors again on Saturday, September 10, at Clatsop Community College. Mark your calendars to attend a plethora of breakout sessions, starting with a scintillating keynote speech by the Lewis and Clark National Historic Park about their 100 years of service as well as a rousing wrap-up with local medical practitioners and aging studies educator. A donation of $10 is requested.

Seaside High School announces registration for students who are New-to-Seaside School District will take place August 23-25th. Please call the high school at 503.738.5586 to schedule an appointment with the counselors. New students should bring a birth certificate, immunization records, a transcript and any other documents from their previous school.

At its quarterly meeting, the Board on Oregon Public Safety Standards and Training unanimously approved the recommendation of its Police Policy Committee to add the name of Sgt. Jason Goodding of the Seaside Police Department to the Oregon Fallen Law Enforcement Officers Memorial during the 2017 ceremony.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has fined the Port of Astoria $36,916 for failing to conduct required stormwater monitoring at the Port's Central Waterfront and Tongue Point facilities during the 2014-2015 monitoring year and for failing to timely file required reports in violation of stormwater discharge permits. The Port may challenge that violation.

For over 70 years Mo’s Famous Clam Chowder restaurants have been a popular stop with coastal visitors from Florence to Cannon Beach. Now that historic family chain is eying a downtown Astoria location. Next Tuesday night the Astoria planning commission is set to discuss granting a conditional use for the business on the waterfront converting the original Englund Marine building on 15th Street into a family restaurant and production facility where visitors can watch the process of cooking up Mo Niemi’s world famous chowder.

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