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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

U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg says the search for two men still missing after a fishing boat struck a jetty has been suspended.

Coast Guard crews rescued a 55-year-old male who had been clinging to his overturned kayak for three and a half hours in Baker Bay east of Ilwaco, Sunday.  An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Astoria in Warrenton, Oregon, hoisted the kayaker after spotting him in the bay around 8 p.m. and safely transferred him in good condition to waiting emergency medical service personnel at the air station.

 The Port of Astoria Commission meets Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM.Commissioners will consider a request for proposals to redevelop the Chinook building and/or the long closed Seafarer Restaurant at the west end basin. The proposed RFP is designed to allow a potential developer to make a proposal to take on one of the properties or both to get them back up and operating.

“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.

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