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This weekend the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Astoria celebrates it's 46th year with all the food, the crafts, the history, and the music that has made the festival a favorite for locals and a destination for visitors.

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The Columbia River Maritime Museum will be offering special hands-on programs in the Ford Family Room throughout the summer months beginning Monday, July 1.  All ages will enjoy learning about maritime history and science through the Museum's interactive program, Navigating the Past.

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For several years the annual 4th of July fireworks show for Astoria has launched from the East End Mooring Basin but there was a problem this year with that location.  The Port was forced to close access to the old causeway leading out to the docks and that left the Chamber of Commerce looking for an alternative.

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Anglers will be required to release any sturgeon they intercept from the mouth of the Columbia River upstream to The Dalles Dam after this week under an agreement reached Tuesday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

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AAA projects 40.8 million Americans (12.9 percent of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a .8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year.

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 Usually it's the Coast Guard that receives the grateful thanks of those who are at risk everyday working in the lower river and the ocean beyond.  Wednesday Coast Guard Sector Columbia River passed out some kudos of their own, and awarded three Columbia River Bar Pilot employees with U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Certificates of Merit

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The U.S. Senate passed Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley's amendment to end abuse of the H-2B visa program in forestry work and protect American jobs in American forests. The amendment will be added to the comprehensive immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate.

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Gas prices on the West Coast and nationwide are drifting lower this week as many regional supply and distribution issues have been resolved.  The national average for regular unleaded loses two-and-a-half cents this week to $3.61 a gallon, while the Oregon average falls three cents to $3.81.

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