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Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen was named a “2017 Community Star” by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health.

His story is among those highlighted by the organization during National Rural Health Day, which takes place on the third Thursday in November. This is an annual recognition of the medical professionals who serve the vital health needs of over 60 million people living in America’s rural communities, estimated to be 1 in 5 Americans.

Skip Hauke will retire from his position as executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, the Chamber announced today.  Hauke plans to phase himself out of the role in late spring 2018 so he can help put on one more Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival in April and retire around his 75th birthday in May.

Two pieces of Oregon’s judicial history were delivered to Salem when Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear presented Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Balmer with two volumes of the original journal from the Territorial Court of Clatsop County from 1849-1853.

“These are a remarkable piece of history, and we will hold them in a special collection in the State of Oregon Law Library,” Balmer said. “We are grateful to Mayor LaMear, the Astoria Public Library, and the citizens of Astoria for this wonderful gift.” “We are delighted to give these journals to the Oregon Supreme Court for its legal collection, where we know they will be treasured and preserved as part of Oregon’s legal history,” LaMear said.

Just before 2 pm Saturday the Astoria Police Department, Astoria Fire Department, and Medix Ambulance responded to a single vehicle crash on Leif Erickson Drive in the 5300 Block, near the Crest Motel. 

Upon, arrival Officers were directed to the North side of the roadway where a 1989 Ford Bronco vehicle had traveled over the embankment striking a tree.

Seaside Police and detectives from the Clatsop County Major Crime Teams continue their search for suspects in the early Sunday morning robbery and shooting at a Seaside Hotel. The 36-year-old victim's condition has been upgraded and he continues to be treated for injuries sustained in the shooting at a Portland-area hospital. 

While police are still evaluating information, they continue to work leads associated with the case. And while the incident transpired at a local motel, the focus of the investigation is on a single motel room where the incident is believed to have taken place. 

Police believe the victim and suspects had made contact prior to the robbery and shooting and this was not a random act. However, due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, names of those believed to be involved are not being released at this time. Authorities continue to believe there is no threat to the local community. 

 Coast Guard members from Marine Safety Unit Portland responded to a report of an engine fire aboard the passenger vessel American Empress after it experienced a significant machinery malfunction while preparing to moor near The Dalles, Oregon, Thursday evening.

The American Empress will remain moored in The Dalles for the initial Coast Guard investigation and until plans for repairs have been made.

The CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative will open its doors for the next 2nd Saturday Art Walk to feature its diverse collection of Northwest art.

Potter Richard Rowland of the Astoria Dragon Kiln will kick-off the Artwalk at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, with a talk, “Art: A community connection for healing.” He will speak about the creation of the beautiful 2-ton tile mosaic he created for the building.

The City of Astoria has announced the promotion of Jeff Harrington to Public Works Director. Harrington has been the City Engineer for the past seven years and has stepped in as acting director of the department. He is filling the role being vacated by Ken Cook who retires at the end of this month. Cook had led the department for the past 11 years.

Coast Guard Cutter Alert returned to its homeport of Astoria Monday after a 73-day, counter-smuggling deployment in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

The Alert completed a 13,740-mile patrol as a part of the U.S.'s joint military and law enforcement counter-drug task force which acts to stop the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S. The crew patrolled the Eastern Pacific drug transit zone and interdicted seven "go-fast" style vessels suspected of smuggling using an embarked helicopter and two pursuit boats.

Photo-CMH Chief Executive Officer Eric Thorson gives a check to CCC Foundation President Susan Bartlett. (L-R) Trece Gurrad, Susan Bartlett, Eric Thorson, Chris Breitmeyer, Allison Sansom, Sarrah Lindgren, Heidi Thompson, Madilyn Davis, Miranda Dietrichs

Columbia Memorial Hospital presented a check for $50,000 to the Clatsop Community College Foundation on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, to go towards the college’s nursing program. CMH has been a supporter of the Nursing Program in many ways over the years and the partnership is important for both parties.

Probiotics are a type of "good" bacteria found in some foods and supplements that humans consume that is said to promote digestive system health. There is some debate in the medical community about the need for those supplements but there's no question that good bacteria in the gut helps keep you healthy and has shown benefits that tend to outweigh side effects.

Now probiotics will be used in a federally funded Oregon research study aimed at reducing a bad bacteria that crops up in oysters.

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