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A 63 year old Portland man lost his life in a traffic crash on Highway 101 Saturday night. Oregon State Police report that Paul Raymond Kipp los control of his S70 Volvo sedan attempting to take a curve in the highway near milepost 27.

The Coast Guard is closely monitoring a grounded vessel in the main shipping channel of the Columbia River Monday morning, after the 623-foot bulk carrier Sparna reportedly went aground at 12:16 a.m., in a narrow part of the river near Cathlamet, Washington.

For some local seniors there is a period of time when they need some additional medical care but are still able to live independently.  One of the programs that has helped fill that need has been offered by Columbia Memorial Hospital for some 25 years but has fallen on hard times.

The Coast Guard rescued three men from a sand bar in the Necanicum River near Seaside, after the men capsized their kayaks, Wednesday evening. The three men ages 17, 18 and 20 were rescued by a Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew, who safely delivered them to EMS personnel at Seaside Airport who then were taken to Seaside Providence Hospital with symptoms related to hypothermia.

On March 15, 2016 at 6:37 PM the Astoria Dispatch Center received a call from someone who said their car needed to be picked up from the bridge and that there would be a note explaining everything. While Astoria Police were responding, a subject left the elevated area of the bridge falling to his death. Astoria Police are treating the matter as a suicide.

The deceased male who fell from the Astoria Megler Bridge has been identified as 67 year old Carl Asplind of Bellingham Washington. “It is an unfortunate reality that on average 105 Americans die each day in the United States from suicide. While we were unable to prevent this tragedy, we hope that people contemplating suicide, know that there is hope and help for them.” said Astoria Deputy Chief Eric Halverson. One of those resources is called Lines for Life, 800-273-8255- or www.linesforlife.org, They offer 24/7 free confidential and anonymous crisis help.

State Senator Betsy Johnson has received an honor from Northwest Oregon's leading economic development group. The Columbia-Pacific EDD (Col-Pac) is NW Oregon’s federally-designated economic development district serving Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties. Col-Pac helps retain and grow NW Oregon’s businesses through development of public infrastructure, small business financing, and coordinating cooperative business development programs and services. The organization held its 10th annual meeting March 10th and announced Johnson is their pick for Leader Of The Year.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three public review alternatives for the 2016 salmon season off the West Coast of the United States. Fishery managers are considering shutting down recreational and commercial salmon fishing off Washington coast this summer due to a low number of returning coho salmon. two other options, released Monday, would permit some salmon fishing.

Citizens served by the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will vote in a special recall election on April 5 seeking to remove three directors from the district board.

The recall is in response to what petitioners describe as the abrupt and disrespectful firing of Fire Chief Mike Balzer in mid-October. Reportedly, Balzer was fired because of unresolved personnel problems.

Voters will be asked to consider the recall of Linda Beck-Sweeney, Gary Smith and Sharon Clyde.

Two Astoria budget subcommittees will meet this week to decide which social service and arts organizations will be recommended for city grants to the full budget committee.

An offer has been made to Clatsop Community College for the purchase of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Josie Peper properties located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. College leadership received the unsolicited offer last week and met with the local performing groups of the building, Partners of the PAC, to discuss the offer and to get their input.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay towed the three person crew of a commercial fishing vessel in distress and have been safeguarding them near Yaquina Bay since 2 a.m. Thursday, unable to cross the Yaquina Bay bar as 20-foot seas continue to thrash the Oregon coast.

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