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“I cannot imagine a community that supports it’s police more”, says Astoria Police Chief and Assistant City Manager Brad Johnston writing about his department’s relationship with the public in his annual report.

The report for department activities was just released this week and it’s a good read.

On January 9, 2016 at 10:35am the Warrenton Police Department was dispatched to the parking lot of Fred Meyers in reference to a disturbance by the grocery entrance. Responding officers were soon advised a suspect attempted to steal a woman’s purse and possibly a vehicle. Officer Wirt arrived and learned that the 72-year old victim was loading groceries into her car when the suspect took the victim’s purse from her shopping cart and ran to a parked 2011 Hyundai. The victim was knocked to the ground and suffered minor injuries. As this was happening a witness pulled his 2004 Lexus SUV behind the suspect’s vehicle to prevent his escape. The suspect rammed the witness’s vehicle twice before fleeing the vehicle and running away.

Clatsop County lawyer Dawn McIntosh has filed for election for Circuit Court Judge, Position 2 of the 18th Judicial District, the position currently held by Judge Philip Nelson. Judge Nelson will retire in 2016. The election will be held on May, 17 2016.

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley, the lead sponsor of the Keep It in the Ground Act, released the following statement after reports that the Interior Department will halt new leases for coal production on federal public lands until further studies about the environmental impact of continuing coal production have been completed. The Keep It in the Ground Act would end all new leases for coal, oil, gas and tar sands extraction on federal public lands.

The Astoria city council held a morning work session Tuesday at the city library. The council is moving forward on a strategic plan and will be hiring a consultant to assist with that process. The plan would help the council and the city staff better understand priorities in the planning process laying the groundwork for a document that should give residents a clearer picture of what the city hopes to accomplish in the years ahead.

There was lengthy discussion regarding plans to build a new library with Mayor LaMear holding fast to doing something with the dilapidated building that has been empty for decades between city hall and the library building. The mayor says that chunks of that old structure have been dropping onto the library causing significant damage to both city hall and the library building.

A Bremerton-based manufacturer is working on a line of aluminum boats they call "virtually unsinkable."

Energy company Oregon LNG has withdrawn a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before a judge could officially dismiss it.

Commercial Dungeness crab fishing on the West Coast is one of the highest risk occupations in the United States, based on fatality rates. But non-fatal injuries in the fishery appear to go largely unreported, a new study from Oregon State University shows.

After much discussion, the board of directors of the Seaside Museum and Historical Society (SMHS) has reached the difficult decision to suspend one of its signature events, Saltmakers Return, during 2016.

Recreational crabbing has been good on the Oregon coast lately, with crabbers from Newport to Brookings bring in some big catches.Commercial crabbing is delayed until January 4th.  Clamming is now open on Oregon's most productive beach.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 180 in November to 17,740. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 550 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed only 370 jobs.

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