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Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers stepped up enforcement efforts over the Memorial Day Holiday weekend on Clatsop County beaches to educate clam diggers through enforcement of rules and regulations for the protection of razor clam populations. During the two day focused effort, troopers contacted 305 people while noting an overall 85 percent compliance rate for related rules and regulations.

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Statewide it was a busy weekend for law enforcement and a deadly travel period for Oregon highways.  Monday afternoon as travelers were returning to Portland on I-84, there were five crashes within a mile-and-a-half stretch of highway.  There were 25 vehicles involved in that crash in which a state police spokesman says heavy rain was a factor.  Six people died in five crashes around Oregon.  Intoxicants were a factor in two of the fatalities.  The number of DUIIs was down compared to last year, 48 drivers were arrested for driving under the influence.

In Clatsop county the County jail reporting a total of 4 DUIIs.  Seaside police separately reporting 3 DUIIs and Cannon Beach reporting 1 DUII.

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Americans are more confident in the U.S. economy than at any point in the past five years, thanks to surging home prices, a brighter job market and record-setting stock prices. Stock averages on Tuesday extended the year's explosive rally.

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It's back to the trenches for contractor Tapani today as the company works toward a November deadline to complete the latest phase of the Astoria CSO separation project downtown. Here is a rundown on work expected to take place the rest of this holiday shortened week.

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House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee member State Representative Brad Witt says between now and the next legislative session there may be a fix in the works to reduce the number of salmon smolts lost to hungry Cormorants on the lower Columbia.

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Beginning today the Oregon Insurance Division will be holding public hearings on rates proposed by health insurance companies doing business in the State. The plans under discussion cover individuals and small groups which traditionally charge higher premiums than those applied to large groups.

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Clatsop County Clerk Nicole Williams announced her departure from the position Friday, May 24. Her last day with the county will be June 28. Williams is joining the Clatsop Care Health District as administrator/CEO. She replaces outgoing administrator Anita Schacher.

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The sport fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday (May 25) on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

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