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The new gym at Ocosta Elementary School, a half-mile from the Pacific Ocean in Westport, Wash., was designed and built using the new tsunami safety standards announced Sept. 28 by the American Society of Civil Engineers. The gym’s roof, as shown in this rendering, provides an evacuation destination; it can hold up to 2,000 people. (Image courtesy of Oregon State University)



When the next huge tsunami strikes the western United States, people in and around some newly built coastal structures will be more safe thanks to national construction standards announced today that - for the first time ever in the U.S. - will consider the devastating risks posed by tsunamis.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has developed this edition of the standards, known as ASCE 7-16, and it’s the first to include a chapter on tsunami hazards, in addition to chapters on seismic, wind and flood hazards.

Clatsop County Emergency Management says public response to the OK/HELP Sign project is so enthusiastic the project is being extended. More locations are making them available as well.


Coast Guard and Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality personnel are responding to the sunken 82-foot tug Earnest, on the Columbia River, which sank Sunday evening in Goble. Incident Management Division Portland personnel from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River opened the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund and contracted Ballard Diving to address any oil or other sources of pollution on the vessel Monday morning.  Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received the report of the sunken vessel at 8:49 p.m., Sunday, via a report from the National Response Center.




Award winners Jeanette Schacher and Mike Autio (center) with CMH CEO Erik Thorsen at the CMH Foundation’s first annual event to thank donors.


The Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation thanked its donors Thursday evening through an event coined "Tribute to Giving". Foundation donors were front and center, thanked for their support of and investment in the CMH/OHSU Knight Cancer Center, which is being built and is expected to open in the fall of 2017. The collaboration with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) will offer patients the latest in cancer treatment, as well as all critical support services including an on-site pharmacy, a laboratory, massage therapy, nutritional and dietary services, and educational resources.

Anglers will have through Sept. 30 to keep hatchery Chinook salmon from Buoy 10 upstream to the Warrior Rock/Bachelor Island deadline, under rules adopted today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

On Thursday Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, Astoria Police Department and Pacific County Sheriff's Office executed multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 411 Bond Street in Astoria.


 In a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing Wednesday, Ranking Member Peter DeFazio (D-OR) blasted changes to the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) in Oregon that threaten to stifle economic growth and prevent development or redevelopment in over 230 Oregon communities. The following issues were raised in testimony at today’s hearing:

Fall clam digging brings hundreds of people to the Long Beach Peninsula helping shore up businesses during an ordinarily slow time for tourism but rising marine toxin levels have prompted the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) to delay upcoming razor clam digs at Long Beach and to review openings at other ocean beaches.

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., today introduced a bill that would improve Medicare coverage for seniors and individuals with disabilities. The bill, the “Medicare Affordability and Enrollment Act,” would establish an out-of-pocket spending cap, streamline the Medicare enrollment process by reducing penalties and roadblocks for those seeking coverage, and make the program more equitable for lower-income seniors and individuals with disabilities, among other steps to improve the program

The Suspicious Death investigation in Columbia County is now a homicide investigation. Investigators working on the case have identified Apache Rose Hightower, 24, Portland, as the victim of homicidal violence following the autopsy Wednesday in Portland.

A busy fall weekend is coming up with a popular brew event coming to Astoria, a coastwide beach clean up that attracts thousands, and an unusual opportunity to hear more from experts about a humpback whale that washed ashore this week.

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