Thursday, July 31, 2014

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AAA projects 40.8 million Americans (12.9 percent of the population) will travel 50 miles or more from home during the Independence Day holiday weekend, a .8 percent decrease from the 41.1 million people who traveled last year.

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 Usually it's the Coast Guard that receives the grateful thanks of those who are at risk everyday working in the lower river and the ocean beyond.  Wednesday Coast Guard Sector Columbia River passed out some kudos of their own, and awarded three Columbia River Bar Pilot employees with U.S. Coast Guard Public Service Certificates of Merit

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The U.S. Senate passed Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley's amendment to end abuse of the H-2B visa program in forestry work and protect American jobs in American forests. The amendment will be added to the comprehensive immigration bill being debated by the U.S. Senate.

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Gas prices on the West Coast and nationwide are drifting lower this week as many regional supply and distribution issues have been resolved.  The national average for regular unleaded loses two-and-a-half cents this week to $3.61 a gallon, while the Oregon average falls three cents to $3.81.

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KAST's Tom Freel interviews Peter Ovington, geological hazards outreach coordinator for the State Department Of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI) as communities along the coast hold events over the next few weeks to distribute new information to help people prepare their own plan in the event of an earthquake and tsunami warning.   There are two information websites you may want to bookmark.  www.oregontsunami.org  and  http://www.oregongeology.org/hazvu/

Oregon Tsunami is a site that has all the maps and other information anyone can use for planning evacuation routes, tips on how to put together a "grab and go" pack and information on local meetings.  HAZVU is a mapping site that allows you to plug in your address and select from various hazards so you can see how things like potential landslides, flooding, and even volcanic eruptions might affect your home or business.  Click "READ MORE" to hear the Ovington interview.

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Monday night the Astoria City Council celebrated the completion of the Liberty theater holding the council meeting in the newly completed second floor conference center and recognizing those responsible for the successful renovation of the theater building.

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Early Tuesday morning Astoria Police Officer Litwin was at Coxcomb Park when he noticed a 2004 Audi in the park. The park closes at 10:00 PM.

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"Is my child ready for kindergarten?" This is a question every parent asks as their child celebrates their fifth birthday and is heading to kindergarten. Early childhood professionals and school district administrators and teachers have begun to work together to design a system in our county that will help parents answer this question with a confident "Yes!"

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