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Sunset Empire Transportation District Board of Commissioners have approved changes to services on 3 local bus routes. The changes will go into effect on February 1, 2016 and will offer riders extended service hours.

The recreational springer season on the Columbia from the river mouth upstream to Bonneville Dam will open from March 1 – April 9, with two days off during that period to allow for potential commercial fishing periods.

Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment fell by 110 in December to 17,740. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 170 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed 280 jobs.

Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that its annual “Ridership Appreciation Day” will be held on January 28, 2016. The District sets aside one day every year and offers free bus service on all regular routes in Clatsop County to bus riders and the local community in appreciation of their on-going support of the District. Refreshments will be available from 8am to 6pm at the Astoria Transit Center 900 Marine Drive, Astoria and from 10am to 4pm at the Seaside Kiosk, 1111 North Roosevelt in Seaside. “Ridership Appreciation Day” is scheduled to coincide with the Project Homeless Connect event which is also being held on Thursday January 28, 2016, at the Seaside Convention Center from 10am to 4pm.

The four finalists for the vacant Clatsop County Manager position have been announced.  The finalists will attend a community meet-and-greet event 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 at the Barbey Maritime Center, 1792 Marine Drive, Astoria, next to the Columbia River Maritime Museum. The public is invited to meet and speak will all four candidates, and comment cards will be available for citizens to provide input.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is continuing efforts to aquire lands surrounding Willapa Bay in Pacific County. The department has announced that it has partnered with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Forterra, Wildlife Forever Fund, Tagney Jones Family Fund to increase state ownership of a large parcel saying they are working against the threats of shoreline development and rising sea level from climate change.  This project is just one of several shoreline aquisitions.

Interim County Manager Rich Mays announced that Robin Koch has been hired as Clatsop County’s new Human Resources Director.

More than 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) were welcomed home in a formal demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, Jan. 22.

The 116th ACS, based at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable air control and radar/communications unit. Members of the 116th ACS deployed to Al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates from May to November 2015.

A Coast Guard Air Station North Bend MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescued a surfer in distress 150 yards offshore near Cape Kiwanda, Saturday.

Sunset Empire Transportation District has announced that the last day for bus services to the Senior Center at the Yacht Club will be January 22, 2016. This temporary bus service was being provided because the Senior Center had temporarily been located at the Yacht Club building during the remodel of the actual Senior Center building located at 1111 Exchange Street in Astoria. The Senior Center is moving back to the newly remodeled Senior Center at 1111 Exchange and which will open on Monday January 25th.

What Astoria City Councilor Zetty Nemlowill described as “Deceptive photos” resulting in a fatal flaw in the process led the majority of the city council to vote in favor of upholding an appeal for the permits and variances for a proposed cellular tower in historic Shively Park

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