Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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On September 16, 2013 Astoria Police responded to the foot of 9th Street to a report of two men fighting. When Officer Duryea arrived he found two men fighting. As one man struck the other Officer Duryea challenged them. The man, Daniel B Jones, a 19 year old transient, who was striking the other fled when challenged. He ran on the elevated trestle behind Pier 11 and jumped over the railing on the south side of the trestle. There is a substantial drop on the south side that at the time had exposed rocks below it. Jones then entered the water under Pier 11. Other officers responded to the scene. Jones was located as he came out of the water about fifteen minutes later.

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Coast Guard pollution response crews are responding to a partially submerged and grounded 26-foot pleasure boat with an unknown amount of fuel an board north of Kelley Point on the Columbia River, Monday.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River incident management division personnel are coordinating the response to the vessel, including contracting responders to address and remove any pollution threat to the maritime environment.

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Pacific and Clatsop Counties are known throughout the region for their tourist attractions, but have you visited these sites?  If it has been awhile since you've taken the time to "be a local tourist," the Hometown Tourism Day on Saturday, September 28 might be just the ticket for you.  Several local sites are working together to offer free or reduced admissions or special programs on this day to encourage their neighbors to come and see what they have to offer.  Here is a list of the special activities available this third annual Hometown Tourism Day.

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Washington's razor clam season will get off to an early start this year with an evening dig at Twin Harbors beach set for Sept. 19-23. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin tests confirmed the clams on those two beaches are safe to eat.  Although the department is still developing the digging schedule for fall, state fishery managers saw no reason to delay approving a dig at Twin Harbors, said Dan Ayres, WDFW coastal shellfish manager.

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 Clatsop County Extension hosts a talk by Junichi Matsuo from the Japan Fire Headquarters Prevention Division in Sanda City who will speak about his experiences as an emergency manager responding to the subduction zone earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

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A detective in Seaside alleges in a $1 million federal lawsuit that the Clatsop County district attorney damaged his ability to work as an investigator in retaliation for his political activities.

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Workers' compensation costs will decrease an average 7.6 percent in 2014, thanks to lower medical costs and fewer and smaller claims for lost wages, the Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) announced today.

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More upriver fall chinook salmon are returning to the Columbia River than any time in the past 75 years, so Washington and Oregon fishery managers are expanding sport fishing options below Bonneville Dam beginning Sept. 13.

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