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It's been widely reported that cases of flu have increased dramatically this season and Clatsop County Public Health reports the situation is no different here.

There are steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.

ED: Jay L Zagorsky is an economist and research scientist at Ohio State University who is widely published. He offers his perspective on the worlds most popular benchmark index.

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average just broke 20,000 for the first time.

Traders and investors cheered this historic high of the world’s most famous stock market index, which is composed of 30 of the biggest and best-performing American companies and is frequently used as a barometer of the strength of the economy.

Even though it took a little while, after several close calls in recent weeks, it’s hardly a surprise that the Dow hit this particular milestone. It and other major stock indexes like the Standard & Poor’s 500 have two key features that ensure that they will continually rise and break new zero-filled records: They ignore inflation and are heavily curated.

Port of Portland executive Director Bill Wyatt paid a visit to the town of his youth Tuesday speaking to a group of local government and business leaders at the Columbia River Maritime Museum Barbey Center in Astoria at a noon luncheon.  Wyatt talked about the relationship between the Port of Portland and the rest of the state. 

Over the weekend the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office conducted a ground search in the Elsie Community for Brianna Judge. The search did not locate any additional clues; however, local residents responded to the command post and delivered a pair of boots they had found on the Hwy 103 bridge near Tweedle Rd. The bridge spans the Lower Nehalem River at that point.

 

Impressive numbers of people marched in cities and towns throughout America on Saturday in support of the Women's March in Washington D.C. that, by many accounts, exceeded the numbers that turned out for the swearing-in of President Donald Trump the day before.

Astoria played host to the North Coast Women's March on Saturday at noon. The local event was organized by people in Gearhart and Seaside who felt local people should have the opportunity to protest in concert with the national march.

An Astoria, Oregon-based Coast Guardsman died Monday at Coast Guard Training Center Yorktown in Virginia. Lt. j.g. Devin J. Hepner, 34, of Logan, Utah, was found unresponsive in his barracks room Monday morning and was transported by local emergency medical services to Mary Immaculate Hospital where he later died.

On Saturday, January 14, at 8:21 a.m., Seaside resident Brian Wallin, 49, of 1615 Whispering Pines Drive, Seaside, Oregon called 911 and stated his desire to turn himself in to Seaside Police after a 64-hour standoff inside his home.

The Coast Guard hosted a memorial service, Saturday, at Station Cape Disappointment in Ilwaco, Washington, in tribute to Coast Guardsmen and mariners who lost their lives during seven separate tragic accidents in the Pacific Northwest. (PHOTO: Crew members from Coast Guard Station Cape Disappointment man the rails during a wreath laying ceremony and the playing of taps at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center in Ilwaco, Wash., Jan. 14, 2017)

Few would argue that years of focused effort to turn Astoria into a tourist destination have been quite successful.  The port's efforts to encourage cruise ships will bring 24 ships to the city in 2017 with those thousands of passengers enjoying the town and the surrounding area.  Magazine features telling the world that Astoria is one of the "coolest" small towns in America attracts people to check it out.  The thousands of devoted Goonies fans who make the pilgrimage here annually to celebrate their favorite cult film and "truffle-shuffle" their way around town, all contribute to the local tourist trade and a very important boost to the local economy.

The question is: Where do we go from here?

Clatsop County has dropped out of a class-action lawsuit involving more than a dozen counties seeking $1.4 billion from the state over logging harvests on state-managed lands.  The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners voted this week to withdraw from the suit.

A Seaside man surrendered peacefully from his home this morning, nearly 64 hours after a 911-call had been placed from the same residence on Whispering Pines Drive. The individual placed a call to Seaside Dispatch shortly after 8 a.m. stating that he was scared and wanting to exit the home. The emergency dispatcher taking the call instructed him to put his shoes on and walk out of the home with his hands visible. A short time later the man emerged and was taken into custody without incident.

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