The Astoria Column was just 24 hours away from completion of a major refurbishment when vandals struck overnight.

According to a news release, Thursday morning the damage was discovered as crews returned to finish up the work and found that one or more persons had tossed white primer paint onto the top portion of the column exterior.

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It's going to take a bit longer to get the highway west of Cathlamet reopened without a detour. WSDOT reports difficult site conditions and challenging work will delay the reopening of State Route 4.

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The City of Astoria and its environmental consultant team will host a public meeting on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., in the Astoria City Hall Council Chambers, 2nd Floor,1095 Duane Street. The Team will be presenting a brief update on the environmental assessment and upcoming cleanup of Heritage Square.

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On Saturday morning it was discovered that the City of Warrenton website had been hijacked. The normal main webpage had been replaced with a single image of what appeared to be graves with wooden crosses and a derogatory message about America being in Iraq.

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The Astoria Aquatic Center Annual Maintenance Closure is complete. The closure which began on September 8 is the most extensive upgrade since the Aquatic Center opened in1998. Doors will reopen Monday, September 28 at 5:00am with new pool hours

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 Friday at about 08:36 A.M. Astoria Police were dispatched to the area of the Riverwalk near 8th Street for a report of an unconscious male. Upon arrival it was discovered that the male, a 48 year old transient was deceased. Astoria Police were assisted at the scene by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner. There were no signs of foul play, and the cause of death appears to be from natural causes. The name of the male is being withheld pending family notifications.

There is a new way to raise capital for small business in Oregon that takes effect this year.

The Oregon Legislature approved an intrastate offering exemption as a form of “Crowd funding” with some very strict rules designed to allow most Oregon small businesses to participate in crowd funded securities offerings called “Community Public Offerings” or "CPO".

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The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are hosting a series of educational forums throughout the state to explain changes coming to home and community based care services for the elderly and disabled. On Wednesday, September 30, the Astoria forum will take place at the Judge Guy Boyington Building.

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Sheriff Tom Bergin has filed to run for his fourth term as Clatsop County Sheriff.  Bergin started his Law Enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Seaside Police Department in 1985.  He went to work for the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office in February of 1992 hired as a patrol Deputy. Bergin started the first narcotic canine unit at the Sheriff's Office and had 3 dogs over the years of service. Bergin always seemed to have a "sixth sense" when it comes to finding narcotics.  He once told KAST News that as a young officer he would be assigned traffic enforcement and end up stopping vehicles he suspected were carrying drugs.  He was right more times than wrong and it was that uncanny ability that has served Bergin, and the community well over the years of his law enforcement career. 

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Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, received notification at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday from Clatsop County 911 that two people were aboard a 16-foot vessel that was disabled and taking on water near McGowan Church. Cape Disappointment-based boatcrews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II, along with a Clatsop County Marine Patrol unit with a Coast Guard boarding team onboard were underway in the area and diverted to provide assistance.

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Approximately 2,800 Pacific Power customers near Cannon Beach will have their electricity interrupted overnight Sept. 23 to Sept. 24 so crews may replace a structure that supplies power to the area.

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