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Wednesday a bipartisan group of Senators led by Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley pressed a key federal regulator to take further action to ensure that vendors working with legal marijuana businesses in states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana do not have their banking services taken away.

 In states that have legalized recreational or medicinal marijuana, conflicting federal policies have led most financial institutions to deny banking services to legal marijuana businesses, creating huge logistical and safety problems for communities across the country. In some cases, banks have even revoked services to businesses—for example, landlords and security companies—that contract to offer their services to legal marijuana businesses. With eight states having voted to allow or expand some form of legal marijuana usage this November, the problem is only set to grow.

The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission this week removed the bald eagle and the peregrine falcon from the state list of sensitive species after agreeing that both have recovered numbers since the 70's and no longer require that special protected status.  The commission noted that both have regained population since the pesticide DDT was banned under federal law.

   Following a battle with cancer Seaside's long-time Mayor Don Larson passed away this weekend. He was 80.

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, after numerous neighborhood complaints, The Clatsop County Drug Task Force served multiple search warrants for the delivery of controlled substances at 35303 Lynstad Heights, Astoria. That resulted in several arrests.

Oregon’s Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3), Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (OR-4) announced that the Columbia River Restoration Act has passed in the House and the Senate as part of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The legislation will now be sent to the President’s desk to be signed into law.

The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners will take public comment on the county’s involvement in a large class-action lawsuit over state timber harvests.

Testimony will be accepted at the board’s Dec. 14 meeting beginning at 6 p.m. at the Judge Guy Boyington Building, 857 Commercial St., Astoria.

Clatsop County is named as a plaintiff in a suit filed in March by Linn County against the Oregon Department of Forestry, alleging breach of contract over the state’s timber harvest practices on more than 640,000 acres of state-managed forest lands. The suit lists 15 counties and 130 other taxing districts as plaintiffs.

The Coast Guard is seeking the public's help in finding someone who has made repeated false mayday calls to the Coast Guard in the past 7 months in the vicinity of the Columbia River entrance.

The Coast Guard rescued five fishermen off an aground commercial fishing vessel in the vicinity of Grenville Bay, north of  Moclips Beach early Wednesday morning.

Pay for a year at the Astoria Aquatic center, or the Astoria Recreation Center and get one month free. The offer was approved by the city council Monday night and is aimed at new members who either haven’t had a monthly pass for the past six months, or who have never had one to use the city facilities.

  

 On Saturday December 3, 2016 at about 7:30 PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a double fatal two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 14 (east of Seaside).

  Oregon Governor Kate Brown has released her budget proposal for the next biennium and, as expected, contains significant cuts to many state programs while looking to increase taxes on cigarettes, alcohol, and charge assessments on hospitals and insurance companies to raise money for healthcare coverage.

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