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Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump released his proposed 2018 budget:

 “News flash to Donald Trump: Most Americans don't have their own skyscrapers and jets and golf courses. They’re working long hours; stressed out about how to pay for their kids’ education; worried that health care expenses could bankrupt them without insurance; and nervous each month that the money will run out before the days on the calendar do. (READ MORE-Merkley Details budget shortfalls)

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell by 240 in April to 18,160 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A gain of 530 jobs was expected for the month, but the county added only 290 jobs.

The private sector added 350 jobs, and government employment fell by 60. Leisure and hospitality gained 280 jobs and professional and business services added 80. Most other industries were unchanged or had small losses.

The lack of employment growth for the month may have been related to the wet weather, and it suggests a slow start to the summer travel season. Local government education trimmed 40 jobs.

A scam from a company claiming to operate out of Minneapolis is making its way across the nation and has even targeted a business in the Northwest. According to BBB reports, Waterford Management, a building management and janitorial services company, has already scammed multiple companies out of around $900,000 worth of supplies. Better Business Bureau Serving the Northwest advises all business owners to be cautious of solicitations from Waterford Management.

The Trump administration officially released the President's budget this morning which is unlikely to survive the Congress. In the Senate republicans hold a two seat majority but this plan has some GOP members concerned that deep cuts to social programs in particular will make for a difficult sell back home. 

Friday evening 42 year-old Wendi Robinson of Warrenton lost her life when she crashed her car driving at high speed a few miles north of Gearhart.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2016 Toyota Corolla, operated by Robinson, had been seen driving at high speeds heading south towards Seaside. A witness reported observing the Corolla lose traction and ultimately drive off the western edge of the roadway. The Corolla had overturned and came to rest, partially submerged in three feet of water. Robinson was extricated from the vehicle by first responders who arrived on the scene. CPR was attempted but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

One lane was closed for approximately three and a half hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened. Oregon State Police was assisted by Gearhart Fire Department, Gearhart Police Department, Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Seaside Police Department and Medix.

A scare Friday at Astoria High School as police responded to a possible threat when school administration said they had received a report from other students, of 3 individuals that were dressed in trench coats possibly planning a school shooting.

Clatsop County and North Coast cities are joining with Pacific Power’s Blue Sky renewable energy program to boost the region’s commitment to renewable energy. The county aims to become the first county in Oregon and only the second in the United States to gain special recognition from the Environmental Protection Agency as an EPA Green Power County.

Tuesday was election day for dozens of positions in local special districts (SEE FINAL UNOFFICIAL RESULTS HERE).

Special district elections are ordinarily low-key affairs with little opportunity for voters to educate themselves as the county does not offer a voters pamphlet for this election.  It was either lack of interest or a lack of readily available information that resulted in a very low turn-out and a large number of undervotes. In fact, a few ballots were turned in entirely blank.

Clatsop County Commission Chair Scott Lee will preside over a meeting Tuesday night with elected representatives and invited staff from each of the incorporated cities in the county to discuss some issues each is facing.

Clatsop County’s proposed budget for the upcoming year features a “cautiously optimistic” outlook for the county’s financial condition.

You may have noticed that your favorite bottle of brew comes with a yellow tag if you shop at stores in Warrenton.  Those tags serve as a reminder of the penalties that come with supplying booze to minors and were placed by local kids from the Warrenton High School Key-Club working with several organizations focused on youth drinking prevention.

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