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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.

Monday morning, just before11:00 am, Astoria Police Department received a 911 report of an attempted abduction of a child at the East Mooring Basin. The suspect was still reportedly in the area. Astoria Police responded and learned that a Portland man, visiting Astoria with his children, were watching Sea Lions when his 5 year old daughter was approached by a man unknown to them.

Columbia Memorial Hospital got a quick approval from the Astoria City Council Monday evening to issue $20 million in non-recourse revenue bonds for capital construction, remodeling and equipping new facilities including a new cancer treatment center that will offer radiation therapy locally.

At approximately 12:17 Saturday afternoon,Pacific County Fire District #1 was dispatched to a large fire in the dunes near 347th and G St. Flames were reportedly moving very fast and threatening several houses. Firefighters responded quickly, calling in resources from other agencies.

After spending hours early Sunday morning battling a house fire that gutted a home in east Astoria, firefighters were called out for another blaze Sunday night in Emerald Heights.  On June 5, 2016 at 10:01 PM Astoria 911 received a 911 call of a disturbance at 20 Halsey Road. Astoria Police arrived and found a fire in the roadway.

Astoria Fire crews were dispatched to an address on Leif Erickson Drive (Hwy 30) in the early morning hours Sunday in response to a report of a house fire.  The occupant of the home made it out safely.


Traffic on highway 30 was diverted off the highway between 44th and 46th and detoured through the neighborhood above Adlerbrook for hours.

Pacific Power is warning its customers and the public of a phone scam targeting utility customers on the North Coast where criminals posing as utility customer service agents are trying to get money and steal personal information.
The fraud calls are pestering people nationwide, and have been a concern for years, but recent weeks have seen an upsurge on the North Coast.

Local leaders are stepping up to slow the closure of Astoria Marine Construction Company by the Oregon DEQ as they search for a viable alternative to continue services for the fishing fleet.

The 90 year old shipyard located on the Lewis and Clark River is the only nearby facility that provides a number of services vital to the safety and continued operation of the commercial fishing industry. Without it, or something like it, boat owners could soon find it impractical for fishing vessels to homeport in this area.

That could then domino, impacting fish processors and their employees along with those local businesses that depend on those dollars.

Astoria 9-1-1 is one of six 9-1-1 Centers in the state to be chosen as a pilot site for new technology. "Given our current well trained staff and excellent I.T. support this was an easy decision", said Jeff Rusiecki, Astoria’s manager. This new technology replaces an aging frame relay system with an updated Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network. In the simplest of terms this means that 9-1-1 Centers will be able to take a variety of information from sources other than telephones.

Where will it be? What shape will it take? Will the community support it?

Those questions surround the proposal to site a new monument in Astoria recognizing those early immigrants from the Scandinavian countries that came here to start new lives in the late 1800’s to early 1900’s.

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