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This morning at the crack of dawn 12,600 hearty souls started the "Mother of All Relays"; The Annual Hood To Coast which begins at Timberline Lodge on the flanks of Oregon’s highest mountain with a shorter version starting in Portland and ends Saturday at the finish line in Seaside.

Jessica Smith has been sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 38 years. The sentencing hearing was held this morning in a Clatsop County Courtroom for Vancouver, Washington mother who pleaded guilty to drowning her 2-year-old daughter and seriously injuring her 13-year-old daughter at a Cannon Beach resort in 2014.

A big apartment project for Miles Crossing will get a new hearing in September. The phase one Bella Ridge Apartment project was turned down by the county planning commission when that body decided the project did not meet the zone change criteria that would allow those 48 apartments to be built on a plot of land adjacent to Lewis and Clark school. The developer has appealed that decision to the County Board of Commissioners who decided last night what kind of hearing that will be and set the date.

Each day, cyber criminals launch thousands of attacks against the computer systems used by American businesses, organizations and community members using a type of malware called "Ransomware". The cost to the U.S. economy each year already reaches into the millions, but as the number and sophistication of the attacks increases, so do costs.

The State Employment Division resports in Clatsop County seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell by 350 in July to 17,780 jobs. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A gain of 280 jobs was expected for the month, but the county shed 70 jobs.

Today crews will work to establish containment lines around the perimeter of the fire. They will focus on mop up efforts for areas of the fireline that have been constructed either by hand or dozer. Crews continue to patrol for spot fires throughout the fire area.

The Warrenton Commission is taking action to loosen rules on project developers so that more multi-family housing can be built in the city. Tuesday the commissioners approved new direction to the city Planning Commission encouraging conditional permitting of such developments within commercial zones. It falls to community development to make recommendations on appropriate development rules. The next steps include defining where mixed uses would be appropriate.

A Coast Guard boat crew rescued two men after their 14-foot boat ran aground and began taking on water near Desdemona Sands at the mouth of the Columbia River Tuesday.

Clatsop County kids will be heading back to school soon and, with that in mind, here's a round up of information you'll need to get the new year off on the right foot.

The Oregon State Transportation Commission has agreed to grant funds to local projects through the Connect Oregon VI program that will help the Port of Astoria toward significant improvements to the waterfront, help Life Flight build a new hanger at the Astoria/Warrenton Regional Airport, and build new mooring facilities for Teevin Brothers in the Rainier area.

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted a mariner from a vessel that grounded at the mouth of the Columbia River near Clatsop Spit, Saturday.

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