Thursday, April 24, 2014

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The Coast Guard medically evacuated two injured crewmembers from a vessel in the Pacific Ocean about14 miles southwest of the mouth of the Columbia River,Monday morning.

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Holding it's first meeting since returning from a sister city trip to Waldorf, Germany, the Astoria City Council gets back to business with a review of a major public works project, some changes in the city's liquor licence approval process due to changes in personnel, and will consider approval of a $94,000 grant to provide library access to all children in Clatsiop County not already covered by a tax-supported public library system.

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Clatsop County is accepting applications for the County Forestland Classification Committee. The Forestland Classification Committee is charged with reviewing all lands within Clatsop County to determine if they meet the definition of Forestland under the Oregon Department of Forestry's fire protection program.

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Shortly after 8:40 Monday morning Coast Guard group Astoria broadcast a message to mariners to be on the look-out for a vessel reportedly taking on water off shore.  The message gave coordinates of the area where the vessel, was said to be located and asked mariners to watch for the vessel in distress and report that information to sector Columbia River.  Within ten minutes of the first broadcast it was reported that the vessel Carmelita had located four people in the water near the location and have pulled them all on board to safety.  Coast Guard dispatched a motor lifeboat crew to assist.

The Coast Guard detained the motor vessel Great Success, requiring the vessel remain in Longview, Wash., until numerous safety violations are corrected by the ship's crew.

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Its day Four of the Clatsop County Fair - Military appreciation day!  Manager of the fairgrounds, Gary Friedman, fills us in on all the happenings at the fair today.  Listen to the audio below:

With more than 35,000 acres burning on lands under its protection, primarily in southwestern Oregon, and fire danger persistently high or extreme across most of the state, the Oregon Department of Forestry is in the midst of its largest wildfire response in more than a decade.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River crews responded to three suspected hoax distress calls near Clatskanie, Ore., and Portland, Ore.,Sunday.  Sector Columbia River launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria and a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Portland in response to the calls, searching for more than four hours and costing taxpayers an estimated $8,000.

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