Today, Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley announced the Stop Arctic Ocean Drilling Act of 2015, a major piece of legislation to stop offshore Arctic drilling. The legislation would prevent any new or renewed leases for the exploration, development, or production of oil, natural gas, or any other mineral in the Arctic planning area.

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For the second year, Oregon's timber harvest has remained above four billion board feet. While private lands have remained steady, the real story is on our state's federal lands. Overall, Oregon had a 1.74 percent decrease in timber harvest for a 2014 total of 4.13 billion board feet.

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No, we're not kidding.

Oregon State University researchers have patented a new strain of a succulent red marine algae called dulse that grows extraordinarily quickly, is packed full of protein and has an unusual trait when it is cooked.

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A group of eight United States senators today sent a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) requesting information about the agencies’ efforts to facilitate and coordinate scientific research on medical marijuana. The letter was signed by Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

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A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a fisherman reportedly going in and out of consciences from a vessel 48 miles west of Willapa Bay, Washington, Friday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria, hoisted a 30-year-old man and transferred him in stable condition to local EMS personnel waiting at Coast Guard Station Grays Harbor in Westport, Washington.

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Sunset Empire Transportation District (SETD) has announced proposals for several route and schedule changes which are scheduled to begin August 1st.

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The former long-time mayor of Astoria and a communications professional from Klamath Falls are joining Pacific Power's Regional Advisory Board, a select group of well-respected local community leaders who work with both their communities and Pacific Power to foster effective communication both ways.

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A power outage that disrupted holiday celebrations in Seaside, Gearhart and, parts of Warrenton was caused by a metallic-skinned helium balloon that got away.

"We found unmistakable red, white and blue Mylar shreds when we did the repairs the evening of July 4," said Steve McGrorty, Pacific Power's operations manager for the north coast.

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The Pacific County Sheriff’s office is investigating an apparent beating death that happened just north of Long Beach on the Fourth of July weekend.

The department says the investigation is ongoing but what they know so far is that a 36-year-old Auburn Washington man identified as Jeffrey T. Beach was part of a group of people gathered at a bonfire surrounded by other groups of people and it’s thought that a fight started after another person, or persons were angry thinking Beach had inappropriately touched another individual. Deputies say Beach walked off into the dunes after the fight. Later he was found lying on the ground unresponsive.

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The Astoria Aquatic Center is overdue for several upgrades and improvements which the Astoria City Council approved at their meeting Monday evening.  Staff reported that the heating and cooling system, first installed in 1997, has several pressing issues. While much of the computerized control system has been upgraded to use modern software over the past two years there is still some remaining replacements needed. Heating coils that have broken need to be replaced in the heat exchange system and the city council approved a contract with P&L Johnson to perform the repairs.

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Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton are affected by  large power outage Saturday night that Pacifc Power does not expect to have restored until early Sunday morning. That's only a best estimate from the company which reports that crews are on the scene working on repairs. It's reported that the outage is affecting over 8,000 in the area and was caused by a blown transformer at a Seaside substation this evening.

 

 



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