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A bill introduced by Oregon’s Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to strengthen Oregon’s crab fishery passed the United States Senate and will now head to the president’s desk for signature into law. The bill permanently extends a decades-long fishery management agreement that has been vital to the Pacific Northwest’s Dungeness crab fishery.

Without offering any details publically, Astoria Chief of Police Brad Johnston announced his retirement suddenly this week.  Johnston has served in the department for 25 years working his way into the top job.  Johnston also served as Assistant City Manager for a two year period and tendered his resignation from that position in early July of this year.

Johnston, who has encouraged his department to use social media as an effective public outreach tool, used his Facebook page to publish the announcement.  

He writes:"When I came here I said my goal was to change my little corner of the world. I hope I have done so for the better. As I move on to other opportunities, I will always hold this time and place as special. I have rolled in your gutters with those who would harm the community; I have held the hands of victims in pain. You have welcomed me into your lives. I will leave here with plenty of scars inside and out but I will also leave here with a heart that is fuller for the experience. I have had the pleasure of working with amazing people in the Police Department, the City, and the Community."

He adds: "My departure is sudden but necessary. I hope it will be good for the community and the department. Until we meet again, it was my privilege to serve you."

 

 

 

The United States Coast Guard celebrates 227 years of service today, August 4, 2017.  It was August of 1790 when President George Washington signed an act authorizing the construction of ten vessels to enforce federal tariff and trade laws and to prevent smuggling. Originally known as the “revenue cutters” the service grew with the country and expanded in both mission and size.  It would be difficult to detail here everything the Coast Guard accomplishes and the multitude of lives saved by the dedicated men and women who work to fulfill those missions but a brief history would be appropriate as we celebrate this vital service.

Three people died and a fourth suffered life-threatening injuries in a three vehicle head-on collision Wednesday on the coastal highway leading to Newport. Highway 20 was closed for hours following that crash.

The investigation revealed the cause concluding an eastbound 2003 Dodge Dakota pickup crossed the center line crashing head-on into a westbound 2015 Chevy Equinox which led to a rear end collision involving a 2005 Honda Odessey van which had been following closely behind the Chevy and was unable to stop. The Dodge pickup became engulfed in flames.

 

With forecasters predicting continued hot temperatures this week the Oregon Department of Forestry Astoria District has increased the fire danger level in Clatsop County twice so far imposing tighter restrictions.

 July 29, 2017, deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, officers from the Seaside Police Department, and the Warrenton Police K9 team executed a search warrant at the residence at 1226 E Avenue, Seaside, Oregon. The search warrant was granted based upon information received and developed through a coordinated drug trafficking and child welfare investigation by the Sheriff's Office and the Seaside Police Department.

Not even close might best describe the building design submitted to Astoria Community Development for a new Dollar General Store the company is proposing for a triangular piece of property in the Uppertown area. The corporate standard design submitted to the city doesn’t meet the development code intended to guide future construction intended to enhance Astoria’s eastern entrance and provide pedestrian-friendly storefronts.

 

Coast Guard crews aided a 67-year-old mariner after his yacht collided with an unknown object and sank 9 miles off Leadbetter Point State Park, Washington, Friday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria hoisted the mariner from his yacht tender and safely transported him to the station where he was checked by emergency medical service personnel.

The Oregon Health Authority issued a health advisory today for Coffenbury Lake, located at Fort Stevens State Park. Water monitoring has confirmed the presence of blue-green algae that can produce toxins in Coffenbury Lake that can be harmful to humans and animals.

People should always avoid areas with visible scum that looks foamy, scummy, thick like paint, pea-green, blue-green or brownish-red. When swimming, ingestion and inhalation exposure can occur are discouraged. Swallowing or inhaling water droplets as a result of these water activities in areas where a bloom has been identified or an advisory issued, can expose people to the toxins that can be produced.

Drinking water directly from Coffenbury Lake at this time is especially dangerous. OHA Public Health Division officials advise campers and other recreational visitors that toxins cannot be removed by boiling, filtering or treating water with camping-style filters.

                       

As an estimated 80,000 locals and tourists taste samples at the 30th annual Oregon Brewers Festival in downtown Portland this week, cows in Astoria will be enjoying the spent grains from one of the participating brewers. 

This story began more than 10 years ago when dairy feed costs started soaring in the wake of the U.S. ethanol mandate. Dirk Rohne of Brownsmead Island Farm near Astoria, Oregon, had one of those "what if" moments. 

What if he could use a byproduct generated by the beer brewing process at nearby Fort George Brewery as feed for his 170 cow dairy? 



The multi-million dollar linear particle accelerator (LINAC) has arrived at the CMH/ OHSU Knight Cancer Institute collaboration treatment center in Astoria which itself is nearing completion.

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