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A local event designed to make Halloween safer for children will not be happening this year for the first time in its long history.  The Great Astoria Monster Bash billed as a safe alternative to treat or treating in neighborhoods, was one of the events cut from the budget when it came time to right the ship at the Astoria Parks and Recreation Department which had taken over the event many years ago. Downtown Trick or Treating is still on the event schedule for the downtown merchants association.

Astoria emergency dispatch received a number of calls from alert residents who noticed smoke rising from the woods yesterday concerned a wildfire might be starting up but that wasn’t the case.

Neal Bond with the Astoria office of the Oregon Department of Forestry says that smoke is the result of controlled slash burns.

 

The Old Youngs Bay Bridge that connects highway 105 in Astoria with highway 101 business route and a smaller drawbridge spanning the Lewis and Clark River have been under major renovation since January 2015. The work is scheduled for completion next month.

     Owners of the hotel located across from the Seaside Civic and Convention Center have announced a $500,000 refresh of the facility they are starting this week.

The Inn at Seaside was the first property acquired by Seaside Lodging in 2009. 

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has proclaimed Oct. 16-20, 2017, as Community Bank Week, honoring local banks for the significant economic and civic contributions they make in communities across the state. 

Oregon banks, most of which are chartered by the Department of Consumer and Business Services, take a relationship-based approach to doing business and are actively involved in the communities they serve. They play an essential part of the state's economy, financing Main Street businesses, providing a full range of banking services, and creating jobs. 

Locally, Bank of the Pacific, Clatsop Community Bank, and Columbia Bank are designated community banks and are integral to local economies through their community giving, dedication as good neighbors, and above all, their critical role in providing reliable financial services.

How are things at Astoria's liberty theater? The Astoria City Council will get an update tonight from theater executive director Jennifer Crockett and that leads off tonight's regular meeting at 7. other items on the agenda include:

Residents of Vernonia, and the surrounding area report having felt the earth rumble Sunday night. Geologists estimate that earthquake was a 3.4 centered about 14 miles west of Vernonia and was about 14 miles deep.

A more than $463 million tax surplus was confirmed by the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) earlier this month, triggering a tax surplus credit, or "kicker," for the 2016 tax year. 

The surplus will be returned to taxpayers through a credit on their 2017 state personal income tax returns filed in 2018. There won't be any kicker checks issued as there were in the past.  Here's how to estimate what you get.

(Photo Courtesy Nichole Whittle)

A Coast Guard aircrew hoisted two women off of a rock after they became stranded by the rising tide at the Hug Point State Recreation Site north of Cannon Beach, Thursday evening. Photo shows the Coast Guard helo making a landing on Highway 101.

 

The new CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Collaborative, now open in Astoria, is an incredibly well thought-out facility that is a combination of the most advanced thinking in treatment along with care for both body and soul.  Locally produced works of art figure prominently throughout the facility with a theme that echoes Columbia Memorial’s commitment to patient care through the nationally recognized Plain Tree program.

Next Tuesday morning the Astoria City Council meets in a work session to discuss strategic planning and visioning. The meeting starts at 9:00 am at city hall and the public may observe the conversation.

Each year the city council establishes goals for the upcoming year and those goals in recent years have resembled laundry lists of wished for projects driven by whatever happened to be top of mind at the moment.

This work session deals with a different approach that could help inform those goals in future years.

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