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The United Steelworkers (USW) announced today that paramedics and emergency medical technicians employed by Medix Ambulance in Oregon and Washington have voted to join the union and its Health Care Workers Council.

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An investigation by the Clatsop County Interagency Narcotics Team (CCINT) has led to the arrest of 26-year-old Seaside resident Saul Bentize Sanchez and 22-year-old Warrenton resident Kallie Ann Shaw.
The investigation began when detectives learned Sanchez was alledgedly a large heroin dealer that supplied the Seaside area.

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Monday evening June 17th Astoria celebrates the completion of the "Paulson Pavillion" portion of the Liberty Theater building.  The city council meeting will be held in the theater's MacTavish room and after a short agenda a dedication for the new addition will be held.

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The board of directors of Clatsop Community Bank voted to promote Joe Schulte to the position of president and CEO of the organization, subject to regulatory approval. Schulte served as interim CEO since Steve Ferber resigned from the position in late May. Previously, Schulte served as executive vice-president, a position he held since the bank's founding.

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Oregon's labor force participation rate, the share of the population 16 years old and over that is employed or unemployed, was 63.4 percent in 2012. Oregon's participation rate has fallen from its peak in the late 1990s to its lowest level since the late 1970s, mirroring the national trend in participation.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River responded to five recent suspected hoax distress calls made from April 28 - June 1, 2013 near Portland, Ore. and Longview, Wash. Sector Columbia River launched a total of two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria and three 25-foot response boat crews from Station Portland in response to the calls, searching for more than seven hours and costing taxpayers an estimated $50,000.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today testified to a key U.S. House panel about the importance of passing two bills she introduced earlier this year to assist coastal communities with tsunami debris cleanup efforts. The hearing before the Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans and Insular Affairs signals that the legislation is likely to move forward this year. Bonamici has broad bipartisan support for the bills, which are both cosponsored by senior Republican and Democratic members of the committee.

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Work crews will be doing further geologic explorations beginning Monday, June 17th as part of the project to replace the aging Irving Avenue and 19th Street Bridge in Astoria.  A drilling crew and rig will be working on Irving Avenue collecting test borings for approximately three days.  Motorists should expect a one-lane closure during daytime hours where the work is taking place.  Traffic control, including flaggers, will be set up on site to direct traffic.

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