Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Oregon's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 6.9 percent in February, its first time below 7.0 percent in more than five years. The last time the state's rate was lower was in August 2008 when the rate was 6.7 percent.

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Two people were killed and one was critically injured when the KOMO News helicopter crashed and burned Tuesday morning on Broad Street only yards away from the Space Needle.  Emergency personnel immediately rushed to the scene as thick smoke poured over the city

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The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) invites public comment on district operation plans and conservation areas in state-owned forests, which includes the Clatsop State Forest.

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A Multnomah County Grand Jury issued an indictment today for 28-year-old Joshua Howard for Murder, Murder by Abuse and Criminal Mistreatment in the First Degree.

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Rules adopted in 2013 create new restrictions

At the area along the Columbia River known as "Jones Beach" - between River Miles 46.0 and 48.0, north of Front Road - two new restrictions are in effect:

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The county board of commissioners voted to appoint Matt Samuelson to the vacant District 5 position on the board of commissioners. Samuelson was sworn in to office immediately following the vote by Circuit Court Judge Phil Nelson.  Samuelson was one of three applicants for the position, along with Dale Barrett and Lianne Thompson.

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The Astoria-Warrenton Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival was judged as the state's Best Festival or Event with a Budget Over $150,000 or more than 40,000 Attendees by the Oregon Festival & Events Association (OFEA). The OFEA members represent more than 1,200 Festivals & Events in Oregon. The association provides workshops and training for events professionals and volunteers.  Alana Kujala, Event Coordinator accepts the award from Jerry Lauzon, Oregon Festivals and Events Association President.

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Eleven vehicles and at least eighteen collisions.  The accident on Highway 26 Tuesday that closed the road for four and half hours may have all started with a drunken driver.

 

Oregon State Police (OSP) is continuing the investigation into Tuesday morning's multi-vehicle injury crash on Highway 26 near the Quartz Creek Bridge in Clatsop County. Various secondary crashes occurred in the immediate area due to icy road conditions. Names of all involved will be released at a later time as OSP troopers are still compiling that information.

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