Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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The Port of Astoria commission Monday evening rescinded a $20 daily parking fee in the East End Mooring Basin imposed just few days before. This after overwhelming negative public comment from the chamber, hotel owners, fishermen, charter operators and fishing guides. Sport fisherman Bob Rees says the $20-a-day fee strikes many in the sport-fishing groups he represents as price-gouging, or revenge for recent changes in gillnetting on the river that restrict commercial fishing. But a member of the port's commission says the port is "bleeding money" and needs the revenue. He says the gillnetting controversy has nothing to do with the parking fees.

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Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) has been recognized as one of the world's most patient-centered hospitals.  Following a rigorous review of CMH's culture, including programs, policies, practices and the environment of care, the hospital has been officially designated a "Planetree Patient-Centered Hospital." Planetree Designation identifies CMH among those hospitals doing the most advanced work in patient-centered care.

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Seaside High School announces registration for students who are New-to-Seaside School District will take place as follows:  August 19-22 from 8:30to 3 and August 23 from 8:30 to 2.  Please call the high school at 503.738.5586 to schedule an appointment with the counselors.  New students should bring a birth certificate, immunization records and transcript and other documents from their previous school.

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With local sports fishermen steaming over a big jump in daily parking rates at it's marinas, the Port of Astoria Commission has called a special meeting for Monday night at 6:00pm to discuss the parking plan for Port properties.

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The Coast Guard says a 65-foot, Oregon-based fishing vessel has run aground four miles west of Valdez, Alaska.  The fishing tender Fate Hunter, of Astoria, ran aground Sunday with four people onboard.

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The Coast Guard rescued four people who ended up in the water after their boat capsized near the north jetty at the entrance to the Columbia River, early Saturday.

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Authorities have identified the four people who were killed when a plane crashed into two Connecticut homes Friday.  East Haven Police formally confirmed that the the pilot of the small, propeller-driven plane was 54-year-old former Microsoft executive Bill Henningsgaard.

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This week KAST News published a story, "City To Send Phone Company The Bill" about a decision made by the Astoria City Council to pursue CenturyLink for the additional expense the city incurred when the phone company failed to respond to requests for information on their buried lines beneath the area of the CSO project downtown.  City Project Engineer Cindy Moore told the council that her office had made repeated requests for information that received no response.  This resulted in an additional $35,000 bill that staff suggested should be recovered from CenturyLink since they appeared to fail to meet the requirements of thir franchaise agreement with the city.

This morning CenturyLink responded:

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