Thursday, April 17, 2014

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After facing the reality of losing Astoria's premiere annual event it seems things are back on track for the Astoria Regatta with a partially rejuvenated association and some new leadership at the helm.  This does not mean the future of the yearly festival is assured.  That will depend on a higher level of personal involvement by private citizens willing to volunteer on those critical committees that do all the planning and organizing year after year.

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Coastal living is growing in popularity, putting more and more people at risk from the dangerous storms which can devastate shore communities. The American Red Cross urges those considering taking up residence along the coast to know what steps they should take should a storm threaten their neighborhood.

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It's not unusual for schools to go directly to the public to raise money.  Parents and friends are used to seeing kids show up at the front door selling everything from chocolate bars to Christmas wreaths to support extracurricular programs for schools but when it comes to creative fundraising efforts the unique Astoria High School Aquatic Biology program has perhaps the perfect way to raise money and highlight the program at the same time.

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On April 4, 2013 at 3:00pm Officer Ray Ayers was going on-duty for his patrol shift when he turned his department-issued cell phone on. Officer Ayers immediately received a text message notification and voicemail notification. Upon checking the text message and voicemail Officer Ayers was surprised to read that a woman named "Diana" had some "stuff" and wanted to know if he wanted some. Officer Ayers then listened to the voicemail and again found that the message was from "Diana" stating she had some "blue 30 milligram" if asked he could "help her out." Officer Ayers was not sure if the text and voicemail were a joke or a mistake but knew the reference to "blue" was for the prescription medication oxycodone.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Clatsop County, and numerous partner agencies will conduct a Mass Rescue and Maritime Security exercise on the Astoria waterfront Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

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The Oregon Senate Republican office issued the following news release today after a bill moved out of committee Friday morning that will affect retired state worker pensions. Republicans say the action will do little to help the state budget terming the bill "Anemic PERS Lite".

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Thursday night the Astoria Performing Arts Center was packed with people ready to hear about strategies for the revitalization of downtown Astoria.  Civilis Consultant's Michele Reeves was commissioned by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association to perform an analysis and make recommendations about some specific things the organization might do in what became known as the "Building Blocks" program.

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 Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin was interviewed by television commentator Bill O'Reilly Thursday night regarding the early release of sex offender Mark Beebout that resulted in the murder of two women in Portland just months later. Sheriff Bergin talks about how Beebout came to be released and talks with O'Reilly about his concerns over the direction the State of Oregon is taking in it's penal system that could result in even less available jail beds and more potential danger to the general public.  Click READ MORE to listen to the audio of that interview. 

 

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