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Residents living in specific zip code areas of South Pacific County benefit from an agreement between the city of Astoria and the trust established to handle a specific bequest from the estate of Verna S. Oller. The agreement reached with Astoria Tuesday night also benefits the city Aquatic Center.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew, working with Long Beach Police Department personnel and park rangers, rescued a family of three, including a 20-month-old child, who were reportedly lost in Leadbetter Point State Park, Washington,Saturday.

There are lots of special local events throughout the area this weekend in celebration of Independence Day. Events begin on Saturday in some towns and there are plenty of fireworks, parades, festivals, and family-freindly events to enjoy. Here’s your complete guide to all the fun things to see and do:

A 79-year-old Clatskanie Man is behind bars after an investigation stemming from a referral from a school resource officer from a high school outside of Columbia County.  Karl Cline is charged with two counts of Sodomy First Degree, seven counts of Sexual Abuse First Degree and one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse First Degree after indictments on those charges by the Columbia County grand jury. Two victims testified before the grand jury on Thursday, June 23.

Warrenton City Manager Kurt Fritsch has tendered his resignation and the City Recorder has been named Manager Pro Tem. The commission authorized the Mayor Mark Kujala to sign a separation and release of all claims agreement Thursday morning.

Astoria Police were dispatched to the river area behind Astoria Warehousing for a report of a deceased person in the water. Upon arrival the body was recovered and was positively identified as that of 22 year old Taufu’i Taliauli of the Territory of American Samoa.

The Fort Stevens VFW is making good progress in gathering support and raising funds to add a Veteran Memorial Monument to the city Post Office Park. There is need for more donations, but after many years of  effort it appears the project may finally be realized.

Water rates increase, sewer rates increase, recycling rates increase and the municipal fuel tax has been renewed for another decade for the city of Warrenton after action by the city commission Tuesday.

The big Fourth of July holiday is coming up next weekend and should be a big travel time with Independence Day coming up on Monday this year. Along with parades, fireworks and picnics this three day celebration is shaping up to be a dangerous one on the road.

The board opened a public hearing on Ordinance 16-04, which strengthens the county’s ability to enforce rules covering on-site wastewater systems. The county assumed authority for septic system licensing and monitoring from the State of Oregon in 2014, using a hearings officer for enforcement. Because the hearings officer approach has made it difficult and costly to pursue enforcement action, the ordinance brings on-site wastewater under the county’s Code Violations provisions, allowing the county to issue citations.

The hearing was continued to the board’s July 13 meeting.

Things are looking good for the Port of Astoria proposal for state grant funding to repair Pier Two. Depending on the outcome of storm damage claims, the Port could be looking at a fresh start for its marine infrastructure

The funding to support the work would come from transportation dollars designated for the Connect Oregon 6 program. Grants under that program are considered for marine, rail, and aviation and multimodal projects throughout the state. Port Executive Director Jim Knight says that his project was bumped up the priority list at a review committee meeting this month.

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