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State Senator Betsy Johnson has received an honor from Northwest Oregon's leading economic development group. The Columbia-Pacific EDD (Col-Pac) is NW Oregon’s federally-designated economic development district serving Clatsop, Columbia, Tillamook and western Washington counties. Col-Pac helps retain and grow NW Oregon’s businesses through development of public infrastructure, small business financing, and coordinating cooperative business development programs and services. The organization held its 10th annual meeting March 10th and announced Johnson is their pick for Leader Of The Year.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council has adopted three public review alternatives for the 2016 salmon season off the West Coast of the United States. Fishery managers are considering shutting down recreational and commercial salmon fishing off Washington coast this summer due to a low number of returning coho salmon. two other options, released Monday, would permit some salmon fishing.

Citizens served by the Cannon Beach Rural Fire Protection District will vote in a special recall election on April 5 seeking to remove three directors from the district board.

The recall is in response to what petitioners describe as the abrupt and disrespectful firing of Fire Chief Mike Balzer in mid-October. Reportedly, Balzer was fired because of unresolved personnel problems.

Voters will be asked to consider the recall of Linda Beck-Sweeney, Gary Smith and Sharon Clyde.

Two Astoria budget subcommittees will meet this week to decide which social service and arts organizations will be recommended for city grants to the full budget committee.

An offer has been made to Clatsop Community College for the purchase of the Performing Arts Center (PAC) and Josie Peper properties located at 16th and Franklin in Astoria. College leadership received the unsolicited offer last week and met with the local performing groups of the building, Partners of the PAC, to discuss the offer and to get their input.

Boat crews from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay towed the three person crew of a commercial fishing vessel in distress and have been safeguarding them near Yaquina Bay since 2 a.m. Thursday, unable to cross the Yaquina Bay bar as 20-foot seas continue to thrash the Oregon coast.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced low-interest federal disaster loans are available to Oregon businesses and residents affected by Pacific Storm Event that occurred Dec. 6-23, 2015.

"The President's declaration of a Major Disaster for parts of Oregon following last December's severe weather provides much needed federal assistance to repair publicly-owned infrastructure like roads and utilities that were damaged or destroyed during that event," said Oregon Office of Emergency Management Director Andrew Phelps. "This additional assistance provided by the SBA provides a great opportunity to help homeowners and private businesses that sustained substantial damages begin to recover."

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River’s communication network is currently down following a storm along the Oregon Coast.

Working through the night, Pacific Power crews have restored power to thousands of customers after a strong storm caused outages from Grants Pass to Coos Bay to Lincoln City to Astoria. At peak, 29,000 customers were without power due to a severe wind storm that lashed the area with hurricane force winds.

According to Senior Trooper Lewis Topinka, on March 9, 2016 at approximately 6:01 p.m., OSP troopers and emergency responders were dispatched to Highway 26 near milepost 5 for a reported single vehicle fatal crash. Once on scene, troopers determined that a 2008 Toyota FJC, operated by Nicholas Jp HARRIS, age 37, from Portland, was traveling westbound when a large Alder tree came down from the west side of the highway and fell on top of his vehicle. HARRIS suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

OSP troopers from Astoria Area Command are continuing the investigation. The highway was closed for approximately (2.5) hours during the investigation.

In 2012 Portlanders decided, once again, not to allow the addition of flouride to the city water supply.  It's one of the exceptions when it comes to large cities adding the anti-cavity chemical to city water. Most do. The American Medical Association, and the American Dental Association, and the Centers for Desease Control all find that the addition of small amounts of flouride to drinking water is both safe and effective.  Astoria has been adding flouride for many years but when the public voted in favor of the action in the 50's it was controversial.  The leading opponent at the time was the right-wing John Birch Society that claimed adding flouride to drinking water was a communist plot.

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