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This week officials from local agencies in Clatsop County held a final planning meeting for Cascadia Rising, the largest-ever regional exercise supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Region X that will include local, state, tribal and federal partners.

Cascadia Rising is scheduled to occur June 7-10 in Oregon, Washington and Idaho and will simulate the first four days following a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

Wednesday’s open house event at the Astoria public library was well attended as curious locals turned out to see the latest renderings and options for a new public library in town. There were some new revelations regarding a proposed use of the derelict Waldorf Hotel as part of some of those scenarios. The biggest reveal? In this round the planners found that the floor levels between the old waldorf and the current library are quite different.

Wednesday afternoon Business Oregon announced that the Oregon Legislature has approved 7.5 million dollars toward building a new research, development and training center in Columbia County..  The Oregon Manufacturing Innovation Center (OMIC) is to be co-located with a new Research and Development Center along with a new Training Center in Scappose.

Those not intimately familiar with Warrenton back roads may not know about the 8th street dam that’s also a kind of a bridge over the Skipanon River. The 8th street dam was built around 50 years ago to act as a flood control point and a connector for the private properties on the east side of the river.

Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Salam Noor, joined by Astoria Superintendent Craig Hoppes, are inviting parents, community members, business leaders, teachers, and students to attend a community education forum in Astoria on June 2.

On May 23, 2016 at about 6:44 a.m., Oregon State Police troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 26 near the intersection with Highway 47, north of Banks. One driver lost his life in that crash.

Sparks flew during a hearing in the state Capitol on a proposal to turn 2.5 million acres of canyonlands in southeastern Oregon into a federally protected monument.

A 12 year old girl died Sunday from drowning just off Klipsan Beach. Daniela Garcia was playing near the surf when her care giver told authorities she had been out of her sight for just a short period of time.

Wednesday afternoon the City of Astoria is hosting “The Future of The Astoria Library” Open House at the city library beginning at 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm. In addition to general background information on the project and existing library services, representatives from the City will be available to take comments, answer questions, and discuss six options for expanding, or starting fresh on a new library project. The Library will remain open on this night, but patrons should be aware that most of the Library will be set up for the open house and Library staff may be limited.

Chris Breitmeyer has accepted the Board of Directors’ offer to become the next president of Clatsop Community College. Breitmeyer will start his new position in July as he settles into the area with his family this summer.

“We are extremely pleased to announce that Chris has accepted the offer,” said Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, Board of Directors Chair for Clatsop Community College. “We look forward to him starting and feel he will bring new energy to the college.”

There will be plenty of opportunity for local civic involvement starting this weekend and running through next week. You can offer your ideas for a new library, have coffee and chat with a police officer and learn more about new housing developments coming to the county.

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