State shellfish managers are seeking public input on management options for the 2015-16 razor clam season, although the season is on hold until marine toxins drop to safe levels.

Levels of domoic acid in razor clams have declined over the summer but remain high enough that the clams are unsafe to eat, said Dan Ayres, coastal shellfish manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).

“Obviously we can’t open beaches to digging until toxin levels drop, but we want to be ready to go when they do,” Ayres said. “That preparation includes hearing from the public suggestions about the upcoming season.”

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On September 11, 2015 at 8:39am the Warrenton Police Department was dispatched to SW 9th Street and S Main Ave. regarding a vehicle versus pedestrian crash. Officer Robert Wirt arrived on scene a couple of minutes later to find witnesses assisting a 22-month old male child who was under a vehicle.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen announced that Janet Niemi, executive director of the CMH Foundation, would retire at the end of 2015.

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The 2nd annual Race the Wave run, walk or roll is returning to Cannon Beach, Sept. 13. Th e event provides an energetic, easy way to prepare for a large tsunami that will be caused by a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami. Race the Wave begins along the beach before following a scenic evacuation route through the city, and ending out of the tsunami inundation zone at the supply cache containers.

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On Wednesday, Sept. 9, Clatsop County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 22-year-old Molalla man for crimes involving online sexual corruption and physical abuse of a 13-year-old Clatsop County female.  Following a two-week investigation, COLBY ALEN GREER, DOB 02-14-93, 15687 S. Macksburg Rd., Molalla, was taken into custody without incident. Greer’s arrest took place in the parking lot of a shopping center located in Happy Valley, Oregon.

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The Coast Guard is searching for two confirmed people in the area north and south of the North Jetty of Grays Harbor, Washington, Friday after a 20-foot Boston Whaler was found capsized 30 yards offshore and in the surf zone Thursday evening.

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The board approved a franchise agreement with Charter Communications covering the company’s delivery of cable television service to customers in the unincorporated county. Under the agreement Charter, in payment for the use of county rights-of-way for its infrastructure, will pay the county a franchise fee equal to 5 percent of its gross revenues in Clatsop County. The company will also provide a Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access channel for the broadcasting of non-commercial video programming, as well as $39,000 to the county to cover the cost of PEG equipment.

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By all accounts the idea worked.

The city of Astoria helped fund and assisted with finding a temporary place for homeless people to get out of the cold last winter. The most immediate effect was to take some pressure off the hospital emergency room which had been a place of last resort on a cold night.  The warming center came about last year after a citizen approached the city council on more than one occassion to first suggest and then demand that the city step up and provide help.  Arrangements were made to utilize the empty Astoria Senior Center as it's major remodeling job was delayed and the organization had already moved operations temporarily into the Astoria Yacht Club building on Youngs Bay.

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It's an old fashioned community barbecue Saturday for local republican conservatives who will gather at the Lighthouse Christian Church in Warrenton to eat ribs, raffle off guns and, listen to gubernatorial hopefuls.

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With the next big earthquake on the minds of those in the Pacific Northwest, the American Red Cross and NW Natural have teamed up for the fourth year in a row to host a series of Get Ready events throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

Saturday, September 19 ,11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Lum's Auto Center will host the North Coast event. The dealership is located at 1605 SE Ensign Lane in Warrenton.

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The Astoria city council Tuesday night rejected a proposal from Clatsop Community College to rezone property at 16th and Franklin where the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and the adjacent Josie Pepper House are currently sited in a zone for residential use with some institutional uses such as the Masonic Temple and the Clatsop Care Center Facility. The College plans to sell the Josie Peper House to a private individual who would like to use the property as a vacation rental

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