Sunday, August 28, 2016

You can expect to see portable toilets set up on the Astoria Riverwalk soon after a decision by the city council Monday night. They will be placed at the foot of Ninth Street and at 15th. They will be there for at least a year. Assistant City Manager and Chief of Police Brad Johnston brought the idea to the council after discussion by the city taskforce on homelessness and after his police department experienced a wave of calls and complaints over public urination and defecation.

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You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the Irving Avenue Bridge Replacement Project at 19th Street to celebrate the recent completion of the successful project. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. on the bridge.

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The City of Astoria has made it far easier to view the agenda and supplemental information for council meetings on its website. Before you had to know where to look and follow several links but now the agenda pops up directly from the main page. There is just one link to the complete meeting information package at the bottom of the agenda. Here's whats on the agenda for tonight.

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Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 38 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia today announced a multi-state settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), the for-profit college consortium that operates 110 online and mortar schools, including The Art Institute of Portland. Under the settlement, more than 650 former Oregon EDMC students will have approximately $750,000 in loans forgiven, and the company will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices.

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On November 15, 2015 at 1135 Astoria Police, Astoria Fire and Medix Ambulance responded to a report of an unresponsive male on the viewing platform at the foot of 6th Street.

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A University Of Oregon economist says that the state economy is growing, but the pace of that growth seems to be slowing.  Tim Duy says Oregon lost 5300 jobs in September but thinks that figure will be adjusted upward later. Otherwise job loss at that level could be viewed as recessionary.

Duy is an economics professor at UO. He observes that Oregon's growth rate has been above average through 2015.  The Federal Reserve is concerned that if growth happens too fast it will cause inflation which is why it's likely the Fed will increase interest rates. If that were to occur the effect would be to further slow the pace of growth in Oregon next year.

Astoria’s Parks and Rec has plenty of things going on even when the weather turns nasty, as it is expected to do over the next few days.

One popular program is a volunteer coordination effort. Citizens Helping Improve Parks or CHIP which encourages residents to CHIP-In by volunteering for various clean-up projects in city parks and facilities.

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Fall chinook salmon are returning to the Hanford Reach section of the Columbia River in record-setting numbers. Scientists estimate 200,000 chinook are spawning in the Hanford Reach, the most fish ever counted in this area since dams were constructed in the 1930s.

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Coast Guard crews out for a training exercise rescued three capsized kayakers near Clatsop Spit at the Columbia River entrance, Tuesday afternoon.  All three kayakers were picked up and delivered to awaiting emergency medical services.

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Today Jeff Gudman is announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Oregon Treasurer. Gudman is a two term Lake Oswego City Councilor, the current treasurer of the Legacy Emmanuel Foundation and the former treasurer of USA Olympic Swimming.

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Following reports of merger discussions between beer makers Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today urged the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice to weigh in any future review process how a deal would affect craft brewers, consumers and distributors in Oregon and across the country. Recent media reports suggest the so-called “macro-brewers” may have sought to curb competition by acquiring distributors and limiting the access craft brewers have to consumers in stores, bars and restaurants.

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