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ConnectOregon is a lottery-backed bond initiative to invest in air, rail, marine, transit, and bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure. The money can't be used for highway work, instead the program focus is on intermodal transport improvements. This is the sixth year of the program in Oregon and has resulted in millions of dollars applied to built or improve docks, runways and airfield operations, improve rail lines and provide safer ways for pedestrians and bicyclists to get around.

For our area that would mean big improvements to the port docks, new facilties at the airport, more places for barges to tie up in the river, and a new home for emergency medical service.

Two of the Portland area’s most ambitious developers, once rejected for a west basin redevelopment plan by the Astoria Port Commission, are now busy selling their latest idea to deal with the need for homeless sheltering in the metro area.

The Oregon Department of Forestry, is restricting a motorized access point into the Astoria Basin in an effort to mitigate the risk of fire during the 2016 fire season and to reduce garbage dumping. This restriction went into effect Monday, June 13, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.  With a dry spring and recent high temperatures, fuels are drier than average for this time of year. These conditions, along with continued vandalism and garbage dumping, have led to the closure of this access point.

An 18 year old Yakima man was arrested Saturday morning on several charges after he lost control of his Ford SUV on Highway 30 in Clatsop County.

Oregon State Police say Christian Luis Bernal-Sawyer was driving at high speed when he lost control on a curve and ran into the guardrail spinning the vehicle which hit another section of guard rail. The SUV then slid sideways covering both eastbound lanes.

Coast Guard crews removed 10 children and two adults from a sailboat, which went aground on Bird Rock north of Shaw Island Sunday.

The rescued children and two adults are being transported to Cornet Bay, Whidbey Island, while three adults stayed aboard the Cutty Sark, a 58-foot sailing vessel, where they are planning to refloat the vessel at high tide which is midnight.

The massacre at an Orlando, Florida, nightclub early today is the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. Police Chief John Mina says 50 people were killed, up from the 20 reported earlier. Mayor Buddy Dyer says 53 more are in the hospital. He says the shooter is among the dead.

Law enforcement officials haven't released the name of the suspect in the mass shooting in Orlando, but a Florida congressman and a federal law enforcement official say he's been identified as Omar Mateen of Port St. Lucie, Florida. Officials say it's too early in the investigation to say whether the shooting at a gay nightclub was an act of terrorism, a hate crime or other violence.

The White House says President Barack Obama has been briefed by his homeland security and counterterrorism adviser about the shooting in Orlando. Press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement that the president has directed federal officials to provide "any necessary assistance to pursue the investigation and support the community."

Astoria’s western entrance has issues. Specifically, design issues. Many of those were pointed out by a urban strategist hired by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association three years ago to take a look at how the town looks to visitors and residents with an eye toward providing the kind of urban planning that would compliment the city and create a welcoming atmosphere that would also steer travelers to the city core.

Coast Guard air and boat crews worked together to assist three people and a dog aboard a 51-foot sailing vessel that was disabled and adrift about 45 miles west of Siuslaw River, Wednesday.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Cuttyhunk, a 110-foot patrol boat homeported in Port Angeles, Wash., is towing the sailing vessel Rogue Scholarship toward Reedsport and will transfer the tow to the crew of a 47-foot motor life boat from Station Umpqua River.

A vintage motor home crashed into a Tillamook family’s house Tuesday afternoon seriously injuring the driver.

Oregon State Police report 41 year old Jerry Bahles of Welches, Oregon was driving the 30 foot 1956 motor home southbound on Highway 101 when, for reasons the investigation has yet to reveal, the vehicle drifted off the highway, through a yard and crashed into the house.

A couple that recently built a new business in downtown Astoria ran afoul of the city sign code when they hung flags outside their business to attract some attention to the new venue. The city said those had to be removed.   When they came to the City Council meeting Monday with lots of pictures of other businesses obviously in violation of one part of the code or another they asked "Why pick on us?"

An independent investigation finds allegations brought against Astoria's Police Chief were completely without merit. The allegations deal with Brad Johnston's personal use of a city credit card, use of a city assigned vehicle, travel in connection with University studies, travel to central Oregon for both professional and personal reasons on multiple occasions, travel for personal family reasons, and some reimbursements. The investigator found no evidence of improper use of the city credit and his use of the unmarked police car fell within his employment agreement. Johnston was found not to have violated any city policy or Oregon law.

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