Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers on the North Coast where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.
The fraud calls are pestering people nationwide, and have been a concern for years, but recent weeks have seen an upsurge on the North Coast.

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Local leaders are stepping up to slow the closure of Astoria Marine Construction Company by the Oregon DEQ as they search for a viable alternative to continue services for the fishing fleet.

The 90 year old shipyard located on the Lewis and Clark River is the only nearby facility that provides a number of services vital to the safety and continued operation of the commercial fishing industry. Without it, or something like it, boat owners could soon find it impractical for fishing vessels to homeport in this area.

That could then domino, impacting fish processors and their employees along with those local businesses that depend on those dollars.

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Astoria 9-1-1 is one of six 9-1-1 Centers in the state to be chosen as a pilot site for new technology. "Given our current well trained staff and excellent I.T. support this was an easy decision", said Jeff Rusiecki, Astoria’s manager. This new technology replaces an aging frame relay system with an updated Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. In the simplest of terms this means that 9-1-1 Centers will be able to take a variety of information from sources other than telephones.

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Where will it be? What shape will it take? Will the community support it?

Those questions surround the proposal to site a new monument in Astoria recognizing those early immigrants from the Scandinavian countries that came here to start new lives in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

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Construction crews get back to work on Astoria's combined sewer overflow separation project Monday, June 6th. The massive, multi-year project is divided up to make improvements to sewer infrastructure to ensure that storm overflows doesn’t overwhelm the city sewage waste treatment facility causing untreated waste to spill into the Columbia River.

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Students participating in TRIO’s Talent Search and Student Support Services programs have been named Ford Scholars for 2016. The prestigious Ford Scholars Program is open to high school seniors and community college students who are ready to transfer to a four-year institution. This year, the Ford Family Foundation selected 106 students from Oregon and 14 students from Siskiyou County, California as new Ford Scholars from over 6,000 applicants.

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City of Astoria will host an evening of discussion tonight at the Liberty Theater related to Community Emergency Preparedness. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and there will be displays from a variety of community partners showing information about preparedness. Starting at 6:00 p.m. there will be presentations by experts in emergency management, coastal hazards, weather related emergencies, and forest fires.

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Coast Guard Capt. Daniel Travers passed command of Sector Columbia River to Capt. William Timmons during a ceremony held at the Coast Guard base in Warrenton Friday.

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What does it take to be a city councilor?

For starters it takes nine signatures on a petition, you must be a registered voter and, for Astoria, you must be a resident of the ward position up for election.

Astoria’s council is made up of a Mayor elected at large and four councilors elected from four geographically defined Wards. The four year terms are staggered every two years. In this year’s November General Election the seats in Ward four and Ward two are up for election.

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Astoria celebrates the movies shot in Oregon next weekend as a run-up to the Annual Goonies Day events on June 7th. “Shot In Astoria” is a cooperative venture between the Astoria/Warrenton Chamber and the Clatsop County Historical Society Oregon Film Museum with a focus on those feature films that were made on the North Coast.

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This week officials from local agencies in Clatsop County held a final planning meeting for Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region X that will include local, state, tribal and federal partners.

Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur June 7-10 in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and will simulate the first four days following a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

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