A decision to extend the fairgrounds local option levy, an update on the Camp Rilea wave energy project, and a request to the state for assistance in updating farm and forest land use regulations are all on the agenda for the Clatsop County Commission next Wednesday evening.

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People didn’t always treat cemeteries as they do today, according to Clatsop County Historical Society Director Mac Burns. They used to be a place to celebrate the lives of those interred. “That’s why they look like parks” says Burns, who adds “Once they were places where families would go to have picnics and remember lost loved ones. That’s why tombstones have names and stories and dates on them”  That would be the motive behind the historical society’s popular annual event ‘Talking Tombstones” which will be held during daylight hours on Sunday afternoon, October 25th at the Clatsop Plains Pioneer Cemetery beginning at 1:00pm.

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27 seconds: that’s how long potentially unsafe mental distractions can persist after a driver dials, changes music or sends a text using voice commands on a voice-activated system, according to surprising new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The results raise new and unexpected concerns regarding the use of phones and vehicle information systems while driving.

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On Wednesday the Astoria Community Development Department showed some very preliminary design plans for Heritage square in an effort to collect public input. Develpment Director Kevin Cronin told KAST news that approximately 150 people dropped in to take a look and offer comment.  The exhibit, held in the Fort George Lovell Showroom, illustrated some ideas for building a new 18,000 square foot city library with an off-set second and third floor that would contain apartments.

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The Astoria City Council packed three meetings into one night Monday with an early start for a workshop on how to plan strategically. One of the council goals for this fiscal year is to develop a visioning/strategic plan for the town and staff wanted to know which kind of plan the council wants. Consultant Erik Jensen gave the council members a presentation discussing the differences in vision planning as opposed to strategic planning.

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Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is officially rolling out "Tsunami Safe: Hospitality Begins with Safety," a free program that focuses on tsunami awareness in the hospitality industry along the Oregon Coast. 

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The New Youngs Bay Bridge was closed overnight for repairs this past weekend but that did stop one man from trying to cross the bridge according to police. At about 12:28 a.m. Monday morning Astoria Police responded to a report that a driver had driven through barricades set up to block southbound Highway 101 at the New Young’s Bay Bridge for bridge repairs.

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The Clatsop County board, at the recommendation of Community Development Department staff, voted unanimously to table indefinitely an ordinance adopting the proposed Tsunami Hazard Overlay, a new land-use designation designed to reduce the local threat to life and property from an offshore Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Covering the unincorporated areas of the county identified as being at risk of tsunami inundation, the overlay would have restricted the development of certain specified uses including hospitals, schools and public safety facilities while allowing most other uses, including residential. READ TOM FREEL'S Commentary

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At 10:15 a.m. on Oct. 15, Oregonians will "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" for the world's largest earthquake drill, "The Great ShakeOut!" The Oregon Office of Emergency Management and partners throughout the state have been encouraging individuals and families, schools, businesses, tribal, local, state and federal governments, health care organizations, and more to participate in the nationwide earthquake drill.

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A boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment medically assisted a 28-year-old male who was reportedly experiencing symptoms of a seizure aboard a 70-foot fishing vessel approximately 12 miles northwest of the Columbia River entrance, Tuesday night.

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WSP troopers assigned to District 8 Bremerton, which encompasses Clallam, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Grays Harbor, Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, are taking active enforcement on motorists who violate the recently active Marijuana in Vehicles law. The law, which went into effect September 26, 2015, makes it officially illegal to consume or carry open containers of marijuana or marijuana infused products in vehicles upon a highway. “Open” means the original package, container or receptacle that has been opened and the seal broken or contents partially removed.

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