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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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Board members of nonprofit organizations and their advisors are invited to participate in "Nonprofit Organization Board Training" being presented on Saturday, May 11, 2013 - at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Astoria, Oregon.

This popular nonprofit board training event begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Practical workshops are being presented by the IRS Tax Exempt Division, Oregon Department of Justice along with other leading nonprofit specialists.

The event's keynote, "The IRS and You," is being presented by Joe Kroll, IRS Audit Manager. The day features a variety of timely workshops including:  Attorney General's Guidance on Board Service; Succession Planning; Positioning Your Organization to be Grant Smart; Working with the Challenging Board Member; Financial Policies; New Board Member Training; Accepting Charitable Contributions; and, Tools for Getting Unstuck.

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot cutter homeported in Astoria, Ore., recovered more than 3.3 tons of marijuana from the Pacific Ocean approximately 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island, Calif., Sunday morning.

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Clatsop County recently enacted the second phase of a new tobacco free campus policy that includes the prohibition at nearly all county properties. No tobacco of any kind is permitted with the exception of a smoking area for jurors outside the courthouse where staff can keep an eye on those who are on jury duty to make sure they are not approached by the public during breaks in the courtroom.  There is one other exception at the moment but the Clatsop County Fair Board is now considering how they might comply with the tobacco ban.

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Cindy Howe, former Executive Director of the Sunset Empire Transportation District entered an Alford plea in a Clatsop County courtroom Tuesday morning and was sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service, pay back nearly $8000.00 to the district and read an apology in court.  According to District Attorney Josh Marquis, an Alford plea is a guilty plea in every way but allows the defendant to say they are only entering the plea to take advantage of the plea offer.

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The first phase of the 11th street CSO sewer project is on hold temporarily after the crew digging up the 8th and Commercial street intersection discovered historic trolley rails under the asphalt according to an update from the city Tuesday morning.  City Engineer Cindy Moore writes:

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 According to a news release from the Oregon Association of Nurseries, on Tuesday, eight Oregon legislators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- introduced a bill designed to make Oregon's roads safer. Senate Bill 833 would allow creation of a new, short-term driver's license for applicants who otherwise qualify, but are unable to provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

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Several conservation groups plan to sue Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and top U.S. coal producers, claiming they discharge coal into Washington state waterways in violation of federal law.

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