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Clatsop County lawyer Dawn McIntosh has filed for election for Circuit Court Judge, Position 2 of the 18th Judicial District, the position currently held by Judge Philip Nelson. Judge Nelson will retire in 2016. The election will be held on May, 17 2016.

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, the lead sponsor of the Keep It in the Ground Act, released the following statement after reports that the Interior Department will halt new leases for coal production on federal public lands until further studies about the environmental impact of continuing coal production have been completed. The Keep It in the Ground Act would end all new leases for coal, oil, gas and tar sands extraction on federal public lands.

The Astoria city council held a morning work session Tuesday at the city library. The council is moving forward on a strategic plan and will be hiring a consultant to assist with that process. The plan would help the council and the city staff better understand priorities in the planning process laying the groundwork for a document that should give residents a clearer picture of what the city hopes to accomplish in the years ahead.

There was lengthy discussion regarding plans to build a new library with Mayor LaMear holding fast to doing something with the dilapidated building that has been empty for decades between city hall and the library building. The mayor says that chunks of that old structure have been dropping onto the library causing significant damage to both city hall and the library building.

A Bremerton-based manufacturer is working on a line of aluminum boats they call "virtually unsinkable."

Energy company Oregon LNG has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before a judge could officially dismiss it.

Commercial Dungeness crab fishing on the West Coast is one of the highest risk occupations in the United States, based on fatality rates. But non-fatal injuries in the fishery appear to go largely unreported, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

After much discussion, the board of directors of the Seaside Museum and Historical Society (SMHS) has reached the difficult decision to suspend one of its signature events, Saltmakers Return, during 2016.

Recreational crabbing has been good on the Oregon coast lately, with crabbers from Newport to Brookings bring in some big catches.Commercial crabbing is delayed until January 4th.  Clamming is now open on Oregon's most productive beach.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 180 in November to 17,740. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 550 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed only 370 jobs.

Senator Ron Wyden will hold town halls next week in Lane, Lincoln, Tillamook and Clatsop counties.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. The public can comment through March 27, 2016, on the listing recommendations and recently updated status reports for killer whales and streaked horned larks.

WDFW staff members are tentatively scheduled to discuss the reviews and recommendations with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its April 2016 meeting.

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