Saturday, December 20, 2014

                                

 

Those deserted storefronts in downtown Astoria may not be derelict much longer.

The Astoria City Council Monday night signed off on a settlement agreement and release. The settlement is with Caroline Evans in her capacity as a court appointed conservator for Mary Louise Flavel. Flavel owns properties in Astoria including a house on 15th street and two buildings located on either side of Commercial street at 9th. Flavel's control of the properties was turned over to Evans by a Washington County Circuit Court in July of this year when the court found that Flavel is no longer able to handle her own affairs in her best interest. In 2011 the City passed updated derelict building ordinances that significantly increased fines on those properties deemed derelict and included an emergency clause to accelerate fines in extreme cases.  Flavel had accumulated over $1.4 million in fines and the city sought a judgment in municipal court.

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Coast Guard crews assisted three people after their vessel began taking on water three miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Friday.  Following dewatering efforts, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew took the 46-foot fishing vessel Hornet into tow and safely delivered it and the crew to a marina in Ilwaco, Washington. Two of the Hornet's crewmembers sustained minor injuries during the incident but did not require medical attention.

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The nation's only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there.

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Coast Guard crews rescued five people after their vessel sank eight miles west of Siletz Bay, Oregon, Saturday.  Three of the survivors were rescued from their life raft by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, Oregon, and treated for minor injuries by EMS at the Newport Municipal Airport. The took time to pose for a picture with the helicopter crew.  The other two survivors were transferred from the life raft to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay, Oregon, and were evaluated by EMS at the station.

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Razor clam diggers can count on a week-long opening beginning Dec. 3 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in early 2015, after state shellfish managers today announced a schedule of proposed digs through February.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the seven-day dig, which runs Dec. 3-9, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

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the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call just before 3am today reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.

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Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board "discovery season" discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago, and is offered at all state park campgrounds in Oregon.

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Expanded cancer care at Columbia Memorial Hospital received a boost from the CMH Foundation's tea and holiday fashion show, "Puttin' on the Glitz," held Saturday, November 8th at the Astoria Golf & Country Club. The event grossed over $15,000 which included a match for amounts raised during a special appeal by OHSU, the title sponsor.

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A reward of up to $6,000 is now offered for information to assist the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division's investigation into multiple illegally killed deer and elk cases in Tillamook County.  OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers from the Tillamook office have responded to multiple reports of illegally killed deer and elk in the East Beaver and Sand Lake areas. Some of the illegally killed wildlife includes an elk in the Wildcat area of East Beaver, the shooting and waste of a bull elk along Highway 101 in Beaver where the head was removed, and the killing of multiple deer along East Beaver Creek.

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Fresh Dungeness crab is on the menu for holiday feasts after fishery managers determined the Oregon commercial crab season is ready to open on Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.  Quality testing showed crab exceeded minimum pre-season test criteria in Oregon, Washington and California waters. Fishery managers from the three states met today and agreed to open commercial crabbing from the Klipsan Beach, Wash., to Point Arena, Calif. on Dec. 1.

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The Coast Guard 13th District will use social media for all future river bar closure information announcements along the Pacific Northwest coast beginning Thursday.

Bar closure announcements have historically been sent out using press releases and posted to the Coast Guard Newsroom at www.uscgnews.com. The transition to the use of social media is designed to get the information to potentially affected users of the waterway quickly and more efficiently.

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Astoria Weather

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Astoria

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Humidity: 80%

Wind: 8 mph

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