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The National Weather Service started warnings early yesterday about two storm systems heading for the coast with the strongest of the two expected to impact local communities by Sunday afternoon.

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Whether you're training for the annual Columbia River Crossing, or out looking for a fun fall run and walk, the South Clatsop Slough Scramble invites you to experience the northwest coast the way people have done it for thousands of years – on footpaths.  Lewis and Clark National Historical Park will host the 4th annual South Clatsop Slough Scramble on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2012 at 10 a.m.

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The Pacific Northwest Brew Cup will go on September 27th through the 29th on Astoria's Columbia River waterfront.  Over 36 beers from across the Northwest will fight it out to become the first keg to blow in the "Thar She Blows" contest, and it will be a close competition this year with so many great beers!  This year also features more great music for all three days

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Sunset Empire Transportation Board of Commissioners has announced that Executive Director, Jay Flint has been chosen as one of the "Top 40 Under 40" for 2013, by Mass Transit Magazine.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today voted against a bill that would remove 4 million Americans from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. She opposed the $39 billion cut, citing the devastating impact it would have on families still struggling to earn a living wage following the recent recession. Bonamici also opposed a $20 billion cut to the program that was considered in June as part of the 2013 Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (H.R. 1947). That bill was defeated by a significant bipartisan majority.

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The U.S. Coast Guard detained motor vessel Stargold Trader to its berth in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, until the safety deficiencies found onboard are corrected by the vessel's crew.  Port State Control officers from Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Portland, discovered the discrepancies during a routine inspection of the 618-foot Panamanian flagged vessel.

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Friday night, the Astoria High School Athletic Department is honoring current and former Astoria District Staff Members as part of Faculty & Staff Night sponsored by Van Dusen Beverages.  All current and former staff members (teachers, custodians, mechanics, bus drivers, instructional aides, librarians, and all district employees) are invited to attend Friday's home football game vs. W.F. West (Chehalis, WA).  Kickoff is set for 7:00 P.M.  Doors open to the general public at 6:00 P.M. but the west gate (by the locker rooms) will be open at 5:30 P.M. for a pre-game celebration for all current and former staff members.  

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Fall officially arrives this weekend and mother nature intends to let us all know about it. A series of early fall storms will plow through the Pacific Northwest this weekend and into next week. Forecast models are in agreement that the first system will arrive Friday evening, with an even stronger system on tap for Sunday. Daytime high temperatures Saturdaythrough Tuesday may drop 15-20 degrees below where they are today (Thursday).

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