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One of the Astoria City Council goals this year is to promote positive economic development through strengthened partnerships. Community Development Director Kevin Cronin has been working to define exactly what that means and formulate a plan to achieve that goal since he first arrived last year.   Monday night Cronin presented a plan that would hire a consultancy to help formulate the plan and provide tools for the city to use in putting a plan into action.

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Street light improvements for the Safeway intersection and the bus stops on 33rd and Highway 30, a new life saving piece of equipment for emergency responders, more help for the aquatic center, and a new approach to the city’s role in economic development were all on the agenda a Monday’s city council meeting.  Here's your morning brief.

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The United States Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast (WMEC 623) returned home Thursday, September 15, after successfully completing a 62-day counter narcotics patrol in the Eastern Pacific.

The 210-foot cutter was deployed in support of Joint Interagency Task Force – South (JIATF-S) with the primary mission of detection and interdiction of illegal narcotics trafficking. The efforts by the crew of Steadfast lead to the successful interdiction of more than 4,800 pounds of cocaine, with a street value of over $71 Million.

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The Astoria Downtown Historic District Association's Volunteer Appreciation Night received an Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award for "Best Volunteer Development" from Oregon Main Street on September 15 during the Oregon Main Street Evening of Excellence Celebration in Astoria. This award honors the Main Street organization that has developed the most thorough effort to recruit, train, motivate, or recognize volunteers. On hand to accept the award was Blue Anderson with the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association. 

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Astoria will be in the spotlight at the inaugural People’s Coast Summit presented by the Oregon Coast Visitor’s Association in October.  The two-day industry event is designed for visitor-related organizations and businesses on the coast as a professional development workshop and networking opportunity.

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During the month of September, local agencies and businesses throughout Clatsop County are partnering to launch the OK/HELP sign program.  The OK/HELP signs are being offered to local citizens to use following a large disruptive event in the county that requires widespread welfare checks. By putting the sign in a front window to indicate their status, citizens can help save time for those tasked with checking on residents door-to-door.  A sign that says “OK” allows workers to move efficiently through neighborhoods using precious time to tend to those bearing a “HELP” placard.

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Mortgage lending companies use federal flood maps in determining whether to require property owners to buy expensive flood insurance. That system is intended to provide accurate data on the possibility of high water events that could devastate homes and businesses. But what happens when the data is wrong?

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Authorities say a man was rescued after his kayak capsized near Warrenton.

Coast Guard officials said in a news release a call came in Tuesday afternoon from a man saying his elderly brother was on a kayak that had overturned and that he was unable to get to shore.

A boat crew found the man, who was wearing a life jacket and clinging to nearby pilings south of Hammond Marina.

The crew pulled the man aboard and transported him to waiting emergency personnel. Officials say he denied medical assistance.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Portland Field Office Director Michael Hickman will administer the Oath of Allegiance to 11 of America’s newest citizens during a special naturalization ceremony at Knappton Cove Heritage Center on September 16. Between 1899 and 1938, this site served as a quarantine center for new immigrants.

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For three days this week, some Warrenton high school students and teachers are joining other students and scientists at Oregon State University aboard the research vessel Oceanus to gain at-sea research experience off the Oregon coast as part of a project to enhance their STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math skills.

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The Astoria Downtown Merchants group would take over parking enforcement duties from the city police department under an agreement approved by the Astoria council. The terms of the agreement call for the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association to provide a person to act as a parking enforcement officer and to provide tourist information in the downtown core. The association takes over liability and must carry insurance. The association must report activities and financial information to the city.

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