Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Ore., today said he would object to the Senate's consideration of the Department of Energy's nominee for Assistant Secretary of Energy for Environmental Management, in a hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Wyden said he would hold up the full Senate proceeding to vote on the nomination of Monica C. Regalbuto until the Energy Department takes "concrete action" to address both the culture of hostility for workers at Hanford and the department's failure to clean up even one gallon of high-level radioactive nuclear waste after 25 years and billions of dollars spent at the site.

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Researchers today outlined in a series of reports how governments, organizations and corporations are successfully moving away from short-term exploitation of the natural world and embracing a long-term vision of "nature as capital" – the ultimate world bank upon which the health and prosperity of humans and the planet depend.

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Astoria has been designated by the Oregon Heritage Commission as an "Oregon Heritage All-Star Community." The commission created the All-Star program to recognize the strong efforts by communities to broadly preserve and develop heritage resources.

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This year, July 4th is on a Saturday, meaning there will be more people than ever coming to the towns of Long Beach, Westport, Ocean Shores and others to celebrate at the beach. Experience shows that as a result, thousands of pounds of debris will cover the beaches on Sunday morning July 5th. Fireworks are primarily made out of plastic.  These plastics are harmful to wildlife and leave a mess on normally pristine beaches.

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Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would promote continued job creation in the growing craft beverage, cider, wine and distillery industries throughout Oregon and the country.

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Clatsop Community College invites the community to the groundbreaking for the "new" Patriot Hall, Saturday, June 13, 11am-1pm. Tour Patriot Hall and reminisce with friends and family. The ceremony will begin at 11:30 in Patriot Hall. A complimentary lunch will be served following the ceremony at approximately noon.

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The Oregon State University Class of 2015 will top 6,000 graduates for the first time in the university's history – and many of the newest members of Beaver Nation will be on hand this Saturday, June 13, when OSU holds its 146th commencement.

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The City of Astoria has just announced the hiring of Kevin A. Cronin as Community Development Director. Mr. Cronin brings over 15 years of extensive work experience in city planning, community development, economic development, and real estate with a range of agencies.

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Clatsop County is seeking applicants for a citizen member on the Public Safety Coordinating Council.

The PSCC is a regional advisory body to the county Board of Commissioners. It develops and recommends plans for providing effective, comprehensive corrections programs for both adults and juveniles, and works to make sure there is a continuum of programs and services that promote healthy behavior, ensure the ability to protect the community and hold offenders accountable.

The vacant position is for a two-year term. Application forms are available online at www.co.clatsop.or.us under "Committee Vacancies," from the office at 800 Exchange St., Suite 410, or by calling (503) 325-1000.

Oregon's Fish Screening Task Force will meet Thursday, June 18 in Astoria. The meeting will take place at the Comfort Suites Columbia River at 3420 Leif Erickson Dr., Astoria, OR 97103.

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The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse invite the public to attend the 117th anniversary celebration and reopening of North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco.

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