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The Construction Contractors Board (CCB) recently fined a Washington-based business $5,000 for working without a license while building a single-family tree house in a Sitka spruce in Neskowin.

The Columbia Basin's 2015 salmon season ended with a remarkable 2.3 million adult salmon passing Bonneville Dam on their up-river migration. Overall, this makes 2015 the second-strongest year for Columbia River salmon since the federal government built dams on the river nearly 80 years ago.

Apparently, the last time anyone in Astoria was asked their opinion on city parks, trails, facilities, recreation programs and so on, Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States. The Seattle Supersonics were in the NBA Finals and “Hotel California" was album of the year.

The city is engaged in a new project to replace the structures that connect the ends of six city streets to pier structures in the Columbia.  Those structures are technically considered bridges and are found at the ends of streets downtown from 6th to 11th where they extend access to the waterfront from the solid ground.  Because they are considered to be "bridges" and not just part of the piers the project qualified for bridge replacement funding which brought a hefty grant to Astoria from the Oregon Department of Transportation.  The city only has to match 10.27%.

A very busy Friday for Oregon State Police. Shortly after noon officers responded to an accident on highway 101 alternate when a 54-year old Astoria woman apparently pulled out of the parking lot at Brims Farm and Garden without checking to make sure traffic had cleared and ran into the middle of a semi trailer rig pulling into the garden center to make a delivery. Police report no injuries but the woman’s SUV was damaged. Little damage was reported for the semi truck.

The Astoria Parks and Recreation Department was notified Wednesday of a large crack in the iconic Bigleaf Maple at Violet LaPlante Park in the Alderbrook neighborhood. Parks and Recreation staff and two local certified arborist companies, Bigby’s and Arbor Care, each evaluated the tree and determined that the crack at the center of the roughly 150 year old Maple’s codominant trunk presents a serious hazard for park users and nearby structures.

Beginning in 1894 a college football game has been played annually in the great State of Oregon between the Ducks of the University of Oregon and the Beavers of Oregon State University. In 2015 this rivalry is marking its 121st year.

In that same grand tradition, the employees of the City of Astoria are waging their own battle known as the “Civil War Food Drive”. During the month of November employees will be donating food or cash/checks in the name of the Beavers or the Ducks. All proceeds will go to the Clatsop Community Action Regional Food Bank. So whether you wear orange and black or green and yellow this event is set to be a big winner in honor of both football teams!!

A new study has found a link between abrupt ocean warming at the end of the last ice age and the sudden onset of low-oxygen, or hypoxic conditions that led to vast marine dead zones.

Results of the study, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, are being published this week in the journal Nature.

Large-scale warming events about 14,700 and again 11,500 years ago occurred rapidly and triggered loss of oxygen in the North Pacific, raising concern that low-oxygen areas will expand again as the ocean warms in the future. Anomalous warmth occurring recently in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean and the Bering Sea – dubbed “The Blob” – is of a scale similar to the events documented in the geologic record, the researchers say. If such warming is sustained, oxygen loss becomes more likely.

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service announced that they plan to adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-prepared Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Projects.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.  In a news release the agency states, "Based on sound science and a comprehensive review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking several important steps today regarding food from genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, including the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is hosting a public meeting Nov. 23 to discuss this year’s salmon returns and hatchery operations in the Willapa Bay area.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 23, in the library of the Naselle High School, 793 State Route 4, Naselle.

State fishery managers will provide an overview of this year’s salmon returns in the region. They will also discuss how operations at the state’s Naselle fish hatchery could be affected by a new Willapa Bay salmon management policy adopted this summer by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The policy is designed to restore depleted runs of wild chinook salmon in Willapa Bay and its tributaries, including the Naselle River where the hatchery is located.

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