Thursday, April 24, 2014

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The Clatsop County Board of Commissioners on April 24 approved the second step of a two-phase initiative to make the county's facilities smoking- and tobacco-free – which a spokesman says will help make the county a healthier place for all residents.

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Clatsop County's proposed budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year continues a pattern of belt-tightening to maintain county services with limited resources.  The proposed budget eliminates four positions and limits spending in other areas to account for flat property tax revenue collections, lower state and federal funding levels, and increased costs outside the county's control such as Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) obligations.

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A construction flagger was seriously injured in a Monday morning crash on Highway 101 about five miles south of Warrenton.  Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers from the Astoria Area Command are continuing the investigation.

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Former Astoria High School stand-out athlete Jordan Poyer had to wait a while before he heard his name called but Sunday he was the 218th pick overall in the seventh round of the NFL draft and will be competing for a spot on the Philadelphia Eagles roster.

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The brig Lady Washington, the Official Ship of Washington State, and the topsail ketch Hawaiian Chieftain, begin a seven-week tour of Columbia River ports with a stop at Astoria and Ilwaco. The ships are scheduled to arrive late on May 14

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The Coast Guard came to the assistance of two fishing vessels, helping to save a total catch of 35 tons of shrimp from spoiling. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received distress calls from the crews of the fishing vessels Granada and Cap Elza near Tillamook Bay, Ore., and Depoe Bay, Ore., respectively.  Both crews reported their vessels had become disabled with a large catch of shrimp aboard.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seeks comments on a draft Environmental Assessment for adaptively managing predation on Caspian terns in the Lower Columbia River Estuary.

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The following is a quick look at some of the most recent legislation that has passed by Oregon lawmakers this week.

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