Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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It was impossible to cover the Astoria City Council over the past 30 years without getting to know Don Webb, who passed away over the weekend at 82.  Webb attended the majority of council meetings over those years and was sometimes the only member of the general public at those meetings.

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The state of Oregon Construction Contractor Board will be in Seaside June 27th to offer two different programs. One is intended for current contractors and the other offers the opportunity for aspiring construction contractors to learn about the state requirements.

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State representativer Brad Witt offers his perspective on last week's failure by the Oregon Senate to pass the key education funding measure necessary to get the state budget approved. In his weekly newsletter Witt states:

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Washington state is now just one week away from a government shutdown. Legislators from both parties said Sunday they were still searching for a final budget compromise that would avert government closure. Republican Rep. Gary Alexander said he expected a deal would come together by the end of day, with hopes of passing the budget by the middle of the week.

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The contractor, Tapani, will continue working on 8th St between Duane and Franklin. The first lift of pavement was installed on 8th St from Commercial to the south side of Duane. This area will be open to traffic after the east sidewalk is restored, which is scheduled to be done next week. Sewer and storm pipe will be installed between Exchange and Franklin.

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Starting in the 1970s, Washington state bridge inspectors began making note of evidence that large loads were clipping the Interstate 5 span that recently collapsed into the Skagit River.

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This weekend the Scandinavian Midsummer Festival in Astoria celebrates it's 46th year with all the food, the crafts, the history, and the music that has made the festival a favorite for locals and a destination for visitors.

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The Columbia River Maritime Museum will be offering special hands-on programs in the Ford Family Room throughout the summer months beginning Monday, July 1.  All ages will enjoy learning about maritime history and science through the Museum's interactive program, Navigating the Past.

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