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Members of the Astoria City Council expressed concern when City Manager Brett Estes sought a significant increase to cover additional costs associated with the clean-up of contaminated soil in Heritage Square so delayed the decision until Estes could supply an accounting of the fund the money would come from.

Another baby-step toward redevelopment of heritage square, plans for a new library, and a new tax on recreational marijuana sales most likely to come to Astoria voters for a decision after Monday’s city council meeting.

The Clatsop Community College Board of Directors has selected four finalists for the presidency of CCC. In a news release the college identified the finalists as:

Highway 101 is closed just south of Brookings because a 60 foot-deep sinkhole has now swallowed half the highway.  Oregon Department of Transportation spokesman Jared Castle told KAST News that traffic is being detoured around that area.  The sinkhole began forming December 13th in a parking lot and more of the roadway sank into the hole late last week when a contractor was working on a culvert.  O-DOT hopes to have a temporary fix in place sometime this week as they engineer a longer term solution.

Authorities are searching for a missing 87 year old man who was last seen Saturday morning in Cannon Beach at Haystack Heights. Raymond R. Hickman is described as a white male, 5' 9", bald, blue eyes. Last seen wearing glasses, blue jeans, gray shirt with a black jacket, a red ball cap and tan work boots. Sunday, the Cannon Beach Police report over 50 people were searching for Hickman. His family says he has memory issues. If you have any information contact Chief Jason Schermerhorn, Cannon Beach Police Department 503-436-2811

Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners have approved changes to services on 3 local bus routes. The changes will go into effect on February 1, 2016 and will offer riders extended service hours.

The recreational springer season on the Columbia from the river mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam will open from March 1 – April 9, with two days off during that period to allow for potential commercial fishing periods.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell by 110 in December to 17,740. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 170 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed 280 jobs.

Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that its annual “Ridership Appreciation Day” will be held on January 28, 2016. The District sets aside one day every year and offers free bus service on all regular routes in Clatsop County to bus riders and the local community in appreciation of their on-going support of the District. Refreshments will be available from 8am to 6pm at the Astoria Transit Center 900 Marine Drive, Astoria and from 10am to 4pm at the Seaside Kiosk, 1111 North Roosevelt in Seaside. “Ridership Appreciation Day” is scheduled to coincide with the Project Homeless Connect event which is also being held on Thursday January 28, 2016, at the Seaside Convention Center from 10am to 4pm.

The four finalists for the vacant Clatsop County Manager position have been announced.  The finalists will attend a community meet-and-greet event 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Barbey Maritime Center, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The public is invited to meet and speak will all four candidates, and comment cards will be available for citizens to provide input.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is continuing efforts to aquire lands surrounding Willapa Bay in Pacific County. The department has announced that it has partnered with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forterra, Wildlife Forever Fund, Tagney Jones Family Fund to increase state ownership of a large parcel saying they are working against the threats of shoreline development and rising sea level from climate change.  This project is just one of several shoreline aquisitions.

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