Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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On a seasonally adjusted basis, preliminary estimates from the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicate nonfarm payroll employment in Oregon rose by 3,700 jobs in April.

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The Astoria Regatta, which has celebrated the community's connections to the water since 1894, has been named an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

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The Clatsop County Fairgrounds joins nine other county facilities banning all tobacco use on the main property.  Fairgrounds Manager Gary Friedman says in a news release Thursday that the board decided to follow the County Commission decision to eliminate all tobacco use around county facilities.

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An investigation by the Clatsop County Drug Task Force concluded in Seaside late Tuesday evening, with the execution of search warrants and the arrest of two subjects on heroin related charges. During the investigation, Drug Task Force Detectives received numerous complaints over several months regarding ongoing illegal drug activity at 2160 Lewis and Clark Road in Seaside.

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The 6th Annual Child Safety Fair was held this past weekend with over 100 children and parents learning how to keep their children and family safe. This year's fair included a bicycle rodeo complete with bicycle inspection, helmet inspection and bicycle skill course for everyone. Nine families took advantage of the child safety seat inspection ensuring their safety seat was properly installed or receiving a new one if needed.  Children and parents visited our safety booths learning about poison safety, pedestrian safety, water safety, fire safety and even had a chance to complete a craft and play a game.

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Former Warrenton Mayor, City Commissioner, City Manager and Municipal Judge Gilbert Gramson has the Port of Astoria next in his sights.

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After announcing earlier this year that the Warrenton office for the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality would be closed and records held by that office might find a home with Clatsop County, or end up a in a file drawer in Portland, or Pendelton, the agency contacted KAST News this morning to say that the Warrenton office will remain open after all.  The agency says the hours of operation will be cut.  

KAST News first reported the planned closure in April when contacted by local real estate agents who were very concerned over the closure.  The Warrenton office deals with local septic systems exclusively and all plans and approved permits are kept on file in that office. KAST learned that having regular access to those records is critical for the 18 local septic system installers, for the owners of homes on septic systems and for those building new systems, or planning additions.

A Clatsop County Narcotics Team investigation has led to the arrest of two subjects Monday afternoon on methamphetamine related charges. Drug Task Force detectives witnessed an ongoing high volume of drug related activity at the residence located at 940 3rd Avenue in Seaside, which is within 1,000 feet of the Broadway Middle School and appeared to be related to a significant amount of methamphetamine delivery in the area.

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