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The U.S. Coast Guard medically evacuated an injured Navy sailor approximately 75 miles west of Coos Bay, Ore., Tuesday.

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On November 6, 2013 at 1259 Astoria 911 received multiple 911 calls about a disturbance involving a firearm that occurred near Safeway. Because there were several callers, including the two participants of the incident it was difficult for dispatchers to determine what had happened and where the parties were.

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 The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) is looking for interested individuals to serve three-year terms on its Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors manages, sets the policy for and oversees the operation of the ADHDA.  The Board is responsible for Association finances, policy, and general direction of affairs.

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Today, U.S. Representatives Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01) and Mike Quigley (IL-05) sent a letter to Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging them to prioritize funding for federal defender services in current budget negotiations.

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The final results are in for the November 2013 Special Election in Clatsop County.  

There are some potentially interesting things coming in Astoria's transportation future.  Those things could include taking the highway down to three lanes at some point along Marine Drive all the way to 8th and Commercial, providing safer intersections and easier ways to cross the highway. Astoria could see two-way streets instead of one-way streets downtown and upgraded traffic signals, more bike lanes, more roundabouts.

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Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen, responding to a recent newspaper article, said at Monday's City Council meeting that things are going to change at city council .  He said he will run a tighter ship when it comes to staying in charge of the council meeting.  A recent article pointed to the many occasions since his election to the City Council that Drew Herzig has called for public comment when it was not appropriate to do so and the number of times he has spoken over the top of other council members. Even the Mayor.

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One Astoria City Councilor doesn't think it's entirely fair for the city to sell some of the 1500 excess properties it owns. Drew Herzig stated at Monday's city council meeting that it could damage people's well being. After he made this statement there was a period of dead silence. Councilor Russ Warr and Mayor Willis Van Dusen both seemed confused by the statement and asked Herzig to explain.

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