Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich relieved Rear Adm. Keith A. Taylor as commander of the 13th Coast Guard District during a change-of-command ceremony at Coast Guard Base Seattle Friday. Taylor retired from the Coast Guard after dedicating 34 years to service and country.

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A Port Angeles port commissioner says the unusual resignation and rehiring of the executive director was a move to avoid a lawsuit.

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Work is underway on a project to ease seasonal flooding on a stretch of U.S. Highway 101 south of Seaside. Heavy machinery from contractor Henderson LLC began removing a man-made berm surrounding property along the Necanicum River earlier this month. The work is expected to last into September.

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The 33 people of the Lewis and Clark Expedition wintered at Fort Clatsop over 200 years ago.  The 34th "member" of this expedition was Seaman, Meriwether Lewis' Newfoundland dog.  The 20th annual Seaman's Day commemorating the dog of the Corps of Discovery will be held Wednesday, July 10 at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop.

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Washington lawmakers are preparing to vote on a state budget, just hours after making it available to the public.

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In a news release Clatsop County says A familiar face is returning to the Clerk and Elections Office.County Manager Scott Somers announced that Maeve Kennedy Grimes will become County Clerk on Aug. 1.

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The County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2013-14 fiscal year Clatsop County budget, after amending the budget to add $7,500 in contributions to local social service agencies. The contributions, which totaled $30,000 in the 2012-13 budget year, were recommended for elimination in the upcoming budget as a cost-saving measure to improve the county's financial health.

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The Washington Department of Ecology has fined Sturgell Fisheries of Warrenton, Ore., $11,500 for spilling nearly 675 gallons of oil when a crabbing vessel ran aground in Jan. 25 on the Long Beach Peninsula.

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