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The loss by fire of the Pacific Seafoods processing plant in 2013 was a major blow to Warrenton. The loss of jobs impacted the citizens. The loss of a big water customer impacted the city, and loss of a major local processor caused headaches for the fishing fleet. Now the first big step to bring that plant back on line is being undertaken by the city this week.

(U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lee Lafollette)


Due to three narrowly missed incidents involving large deep-draft motor vessels and recreational fishermen last weekend, the Coast Guard and local law enforcement agencies will be reminding recreational boaters about the navigational rules of the road and actively enforcing boating safety laws as part of Operation Make Way on the Columbia and Willamette Rivers this weekend.

The Coast Guard suspended its search at 10:45 a.m., Thursday, for a woman that was reportedly swept away while swimming in the vicinity of Sid Snyder Beach in Long Beach, Wednesday night.  Coast Guard crews aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter, from Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, Oregon, and a 47-foot Motor Lifeboat, from Station Cape Disappointment, conducted four searches covering 625 trackline miles within 48 square miles, and responders from the Washington State Police conducted a beach search.

In a letter to Legislators Thursday, Secretary of State Jeanne  Atkins shared the findings and recommendations from an independent investigation of the Business Energy Tax Credit (BETC) program, which was sunset by the Legislature in 2014 following concerns about huge cost overruns and possible criminal activity.

County Manager Cameron Moore has announced that Michael McNickle has been hired as the director of the county’s Public Health Department.  McNickle, who currently serves as Environmental Health Supervisor, replaces Brian Mahoney, who retired last month. He will officially assume the job Sept. 12.

The Coast Guard and responders from Pacific County are searching for a women who was swept into the ocean off Long Beach at 10:15 p.m., Wednesday.

Astoria is getting ready to pour some big bucks into making the city's west end more attractive. Using funds from the Astor West Urban Renewal District the city would make grants and/or loans available to the owners of commercial, industrial and, multi-family dwellings with more than three living units. The goal is to provide incentives to property owners to make the exterior of their buildings more attractive in the area that stretches through Uniontown heading toward the western entrance of town.

On Monday at about 9PM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a motor vehicle crash on Highway 26 near milepost 19 (23 miles east of Seaside).  While emergency personnel were responding, the driver left the scene by private vehicle. That vehicle was later located by Cannon Beach Police where the driver (now a passenger) of the original crash was found to be in critical condition. That driver, Charles M KAKUSKA, age 22, of Cannon Beach, was taken by ambulance to Providence Seaside Hospital where he later died of his injuries.

Coast Guard and Washington State Department of Ecology personnel are responding to the sunken 77-foot fishing vessel Lady Lillian and resulting sheen at the Westport Marina, Monday.

On September 1, 2016 at about 8:15AM, OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 30 near milepost 94 (just east of Astoria). A mother and her daughter lost thier lives in that crash.

Recreational anglers will get an additional nine days to harvest Chinook salmon at the mouth of the Columbia River under a season extension approved today by fishery managers from Oregon and Washington.

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