Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has approved the upcoming coastal fall salmon seasons, including several fisheries for wild coho, at its meeting in Tigard. For several years now, returns of Oregon coastal wild coho salmon have been strong enough to support limited harvest of wild coho.  Under the regulations adopted by the commission, anglers will again be able to harvest wild coho from the Nehalem, Tillamook, Nestucca, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, Siuslaw, Umpqua, Coos and Coquille rivers and Tenmile lakes.

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The contractor, Tapani, will continue working on 8th St between Commercial and Franklin. The first lift of paving on 8th St is scheduled for Tuesday and will include the area from Commercial to the south side of Duane. Concrete sidewalks and intersection corners will continue to be installed along 8th St between Duane and Exchange. Sewer and storm pipe will be installed between Exchange and Franklin.

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Coast Guard Group North Bend, Ore., medevaced a woman who fell from a cliff in Lincoln Beach, Friday. Group North Bend received a call from Depoe Bay Fire Department at approximately 12:10 p.m., stating a 56-year-old woman had fallen from a cliff at Fishing Rock in Lincoln Beach. The woman was reported to have injured her leg, knee, hip and arm.

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The Coast Guard terminated the voyage of a fishing vessel out of Newport, Ore., Friday.  Coast Guard Cutter Orcas boarding team members discovered the 50-foot fishing vessel Way to Go II was not licensed for commercial fishing

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Oregon State Police (OSP) arrested one of their evidence technicians Wednesday following the alleged theft of money from the Department's evidence room at the Newport Area Command office. The non-sworn employee arrested has been lodged in jail and placed on unpaid administrative leave pending an ongoing criminal investigation.

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KAST News received the following update on the Pacific Coast Seafood fire from company CEO Frank Dulcich:

 "The events over the past three days have reaffirmed why Pacific Seafood is committed to being a significant part of this community.  Since the fire broke out on Tuesday morning, we've been overwhelmed and heartened by the generous outpouring of support from our neighbors, friends, colleagues and local leaders.  There have been literally hundreds of people who have shown their support

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The state investigation into Tuesday's fire at the Pacific Coast Seafood plant in Warrenton is now complete.  The official conclusion of the cause and exact origin of the fire is officially undetermined.  In a conversation with KAST News, the State Fire Marshall Rich Hoover said that the investigation revealed there was neither criminal activity nor any use of incendiary device.

The investigation consisted of two days of on-scene investigators and interviews with witnesses.  The investigation was conducted by the State Fire Marshall office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the State Police, the Clatsop County Fire Investigation Team and an additional Fire Marshall from Seaside.  The involvement of those agencies in the investigation is now concluded.

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On June 6, 2013 at 5:05 AM Astoria Police responded to a report from the area of 30th and Grand. Neighbors had seen two people, dressed in dark clothing, carrying something heavy down a trail that runs from 29th and Grand to 29th and Marine. They responded to the area and found two neighbors in the area who were confronting the owner of 2963 Marine Drive saying they had seen his son, Blake Buckman, age 30 of Astoria, carrying the boat motor that they were standing around. Blake Buckman, and another subject who police have not yet located, flee out the back of the house up the hill toward Grand. They were gone prior to Police arrival. Police recovered the boat motor and began trying to locate where it had been taken from.

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