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Wednesday morning at 9 the Astoria City Council holds a public work session with three items on the agenda. A report on the financial standing of the city and it's two urban renewal districts at the end of the 2016 fiscal year presented by the CPA firm Merina and Company, A detailed update on housing issues from Community Development, and further discussion of 2017-18 council goals. 

Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Levi Read

The Coast Guard rescued three commercial fishermen after their vessel began taking on water at the mouth of the Columbia River early Sunday morning.  Coast Guard boat crews aboard 47-foot motor life boats, from Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, assisted in dewatering the vessel and safely towing it into Skipanon Marina.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley responded strongly to President Trump’s directive Friday to take another look a Wall Street oversight that may roll back key pieces of the reforms that were put in place following the 2008 financial crisis. Merkley says,"I will fight it tooth and nail"


Saturday, February 4th State Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Deborah Boone will host a Town Hall in Seaside with the Oregon Department of Forestry to discuss the Astoria District’s assessments for wildfire protection.

The Clatsop County Commissioners reviewed and approved budget polices and a resource management plan.  The policies include a directive to conserve general fund dollars to high priority programs and directs  "status quo" department staffing levels that must fit within base department budgets. Proposals for new hires or new programs must go through a vetting process.  The commissioners encourage staff to identify and pursue revenue opportunities and pursuing full cost recovery by assigning costs to the departments where they occur. The commissioners also adopted a policy that would see any budget savings set aside and added to the budget ending fund balance.

Oregon State University President Edward J. Ray today issued a statement to university faculty, staff and students regarding presidential executive orders issued last week on the topic of U.S. immigration policy changes and the ability to travel abroad. It specifies that OSU will remain a sanctuary university. The statement also outlines some of problems, uncertainty and anxiety the orders will cause for refugees, immigrants, those with green cards, their families and friends.

On January 27, 2017 Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Task Force, Seaside Police Department and Cannon Beach Police Department executed two search warrants inside the Seasider R.V. Park located behind Mazatlan's Restaurant

It turns out that a Tuesday evening vote to opt-out of the $1.4 billion Linn County class action lawsuit against the state by the Clatsop College Board was not legal.

Wednesday, January 25, a concerned constituent sent a voicemail to Clatsop Community College board member Karen Burke questioning the validity of one member submitting their vote via email for opting out of the Linn County timber lawsuit. Board member Esther Moberg was not in attendance and submitted her information and vote via email.

Karen inquired to President Chris Breitmeyer about the citizen’s question and JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, quickly connected with Karen Smith, CCC’s general counsel at the Oregon Community College Association (OCCA,) to find an answer. Smith states that according to Oregon Public Meeting law a vote via email is not considered a valid vote by proxy, thus making Ester’s vote invalid and creating a 3-3 tie. According to Smith, a 3-3 tie means no action can be made concerning the opting out of the lawsuit.

It's been widely reported that cases of flu have increased dramatically this season and Clatsop County Public Health reports the situation is no different here.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

ED: Jay L Zagorsky is an economist and research scientist at Ohio State University who is widely published. He offers his perspective on the worlds most popular benchmark index.


The Dow Jones Industrial Average just broke 20,000 for the first time.

Traders and investors cheered this historic high of the world’s most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and best-performing American companies and is frequently used as a barometer of the strength of the economy.

Even though it took a little while, after several close calls in recent weeks, it’s hardly a surprise that the Dow hit this particular milestone. It and other major stock indexes like the Standard & Poor’s 500 have two key features that ensure that they will continually rise and break new zero-filled records: They ignore inflation and are heavily curated.

Port of Portland executive Director Bill Wyatt paid a visit to the town of his youth Tuesday speaking to a group of local government and business leaders at the Columbia River Maritime Museum Barbey Center in Astoria at a noon luncheon.  Wyatt talked about the relationship between the Port of Portland and the rest of the state. 

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