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What Astoria residents pay for water and sewer service goes up again this year but that extra charge for the combined sewer overflow projects stays the same as last year.  The city has to keep up with the actual cost of delivering that water to your tap and the waste water coming back to handle all the infrastructure demands on the system every year.  The public works department needed at 6% bump in water rates and you’ll pay an additional 6% on your sewer bill as well. Councilor Drew Herzig voted against the increases, he said, because of concerns over those on fixed incomes, or the poor and their ability to pay. 

The new Astoria Parks and Recreation Master Plan is on its way to becoming part of the city development code. That means once fully approved by the city council future decisions about development and disposition of city parks and facilities will be guided by the outcomes that plan incorporates.

Residents living in specific zip code areas of South Pacific County benefit from an agreement between the city of Astoria and the trust established to handle a specific bequest from the estate of Verna S. Oller. The agreement reached with Astoria Tuesday night also benefits the city Aquatic Center.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working with Long Beach Police Department personnel and park rangers, rescued a family of three, including a 20-month-old child, who were reportedly lost in Leadbetter Point State Park, Washington,Saturday.

There are lots of special local events throughout the area this weekend in celebration of Independence Day. Events begin on Saturday in some towns and there are plenty of fireworks, parades, festivals, and family-freindly events to enjoy. Here’s your complete guide to all the fun things to see and do:

A 79-year-old Clatskanie Man is behind bars after an investigation stemming from a referral from a school resource officer from a high school outside of Columbia County.  Karl Cline is charged with two counts of Sodomy First Degree, seven counts of Sexual Abuse First Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse First Degree after indictments on those charges by the Columbia County grand jury. Two victims testified before the grand jury on Thursday, June 23.

Warrenton City Manager Kurt Fritsch has tendered his resignation and the City Recorder has been named Manager Pro Tem. The commission authorized the Mayor Mark Kujala to sign a separation and release of all claims agreement Thursday morning.

Astoria Police were dispatched to the river area behind Astoria Warehousing for a report of a deceased person in the water. Upon arrival the body was recovered and was positively identified as that of 22 year old Taufu’i Taliauli of the Territory of American Samoa.

The Fort Stevens VFW is making good progress in gathering support and raising funds to add a Veteran Memorial Monument to the city Post Office Park. There is need for more donations, but after many years of  effort it appears the project may finally be realized.

Water rates increase, sewer rates increase, recycling rates increase and the municipal fuel tax has been renewed for another decade for the city of Warrenton after action by the city commission Tuesday.

The big Fourth of July holiday is coming up next weekend and should be a big travel time with Independence Day coming up on Monday this year. Along with parades, fireworks and picnics this three day celebration is shaping up to be a dangerous one on the road.

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