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The 2012-13 recreational razor clam season has come to an end. From October 2012 through May 2013, diggers harvested more than five million clams on Washington's coastal beaches, the highest number in more than 20 years

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The Coast Guard, in partnership with the Alaska Marine Safety Education Association, Oregon Crab Commission, Oregon Sea Grant and Englund Marine, will offer a two-day commercial fishing drill conductor course at Englund Marine in Astoria, Tuesday and Wednesday, June 4-5, 2013, from 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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The Japanese have already cancelled several orders for U.S wheat after it was revealed this week that genetically modified wheat cropped up in an Oregon field and the Agriculture Department investigation has so far failed to uncover an explanation for the rogue plants.  Oregon House District 31 representative Debby Boone says she has long had concerns over the potential impact of genetically altered products such as wheat and salmon.

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Saturday June 1st Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation hosts the second annual "Denim and Diamonds" gala at the Clatsop County Fairgrounds.  The event is a major fundraiser for the foundation with this years proceeds going toward enhancing cancer care services at Columbia Memorial Hospital

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On May 28, 2013 at approximately 1:15 p.m., a 2005 Dodge Magnum driven by JACK W. CATES JR, age 66, from Gearhart, was westbound on Highway 26 near milepost 36 when CATES reportedly fell asleep. The vehicle traveled across the eastbound lane narrowly missing an oncoming log truck, went over an embankment and rolled onto its driver side about 50 feet from the highway.

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Joe Schulte was named interim president and CEO of Clatsop Community Bank following the resignation of Steve Ferber on May 24, 2013. Schulte is a co-founder and director of Clatsop Community Bank and has served as its executive vice-president since the bank's beginning.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers stepped up enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend on Clatsop County beaches to educate clam diggers through enforcement of rules and regulations for the protection of razor clam populations. During the two day focused effort, troopers contacted 305 people while noting an overall 85 percent compliance rate for related rules and regulations.

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Statewide it was a busy weekend for law enforcement and a deadly travel period for Oregon highways.  Monday afternoon as travelers were returning to Portland on I-84, there were five crashes within a mile-and-a-half stretch of highway.  There were 25 vehicles involved in that crash in which a state police spokesman says heavy rain was a factor.  Six people died in five crashes around Oregon.  Intoxicants were a factor in two of the fatalities.  The number of DUIIs was down compared to last year, 48 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

In Clatsop county the County jail reporting a total of 4 DUIIs.  Seaside police separately reporting 3 DUIIs and Cannon Beach reporting 1 DUII.

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