Wednesday, September 17, 2014
  • Fishing Report

Sunset Empire Transportation District announces several route and schedule changes that will begin on August 18, 2013. The week day Route 30 and weekend Columbia Connector route have been combined to form a new Columbia Connector Route.

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The board gave consent to funding the county's share of the 2014 budget of the Council of Forest Trust Land Counties, including a $12,000 special assessment earmarked for legal expenses related to a federal lawsuit over habitat protection in the state forests.

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A public health advisory was issued today due to higher-than-normal levels of bacteria in ocean waters at Short Sand Beach in Tillamook County.

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On August 13, 2013 Astoria Regional Dispach Center received a call of a hit and run that occured near 7th and Olney. The victim of the hit and run had been stopped at the stop sign waiting for traffic to clear when she was struck from the rear by the suspect, later idetnified as Joshua Beelar, age 35 of Astoria) was following the suspect.

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Police responded to an address in Hammond Tuesday shortly after 2:00pm where a man was said to have barricaded himself in a house with a gun.  Warrenton Police Chief Matthew Workman informed KAST News that the house had numerous firearms inside.  Authorities originally called to the scene after a call from the Parole and Probation office about a possible parole violation.

30-year-old Michell Simonsen was arrested after peacefully surrendering Tuesday afternoon.  Simonsen told police he did not want to go to jail on an empty stomach and wanted time to finish his pizza.  Simonsen spent over an hour inside the house as polcie waited at a standstill surrounding the house.

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An FBI Spokesman said that killer Israel Keyes has admitted to killing his first victim in Oregon. Based upon the investigation conducted following his arrest in March 2012, Israel Keyes is believed to have committed multiple kidnappings and murders across the country between 2001 and March 2012.

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The Port of Astoria commission Monday evening rescinded a $20 daily parking fee in the East End Mooring Basin imposed just few days before.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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