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This coming weekend the third rendition of the renewed Long Beach Washington Razor Clam Festival features contests, cooking challenges and live demonstrations and, luckily, a just announced clam season that will coincide nicely with the popular event.  Razor clam diggers can return to coastal beaches starting Friday, April 17.

Approximately 90 Citizen-Airmen from the Oregon Air National Guard's 116th Air Control Squadron (ACS) are scheduled to mobilize in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. A mobilization ceremony will be held at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon, April 11, at 2:00 p.m.

The 116th ACS, located at Camp Rilea, in Warrenton, Oregon, is a deployable radar/communications unit that provides air control and communications in military operational airspace.

A 25-30' section of a fiberglass boat spotted off Oregon's coast April 9 has been safely towed to Newport in Lincoln County. Dave Debeloy Enterprises of Newport hooked up to the object, suspected to be debris from the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011, late in the evening April 9 and returned to the harbor in the middle of the night.

The Clatsop County Clerk and Elections Office reminds local residents that Tuesday, April 28 is the deadline to register to vote in the May 19 special district election.
Ballots for the election will be mailed out beginning Wednesday, April 29.

Jeff Rusiecki, Emergency Communications Manager City of Astoria 911 shared this with KAST news so we are passing it along.

The second full week in April is designated as National Public Safety Telecommunicator Week. In appreciation for all that the Dispatchers in this county do for the public I would like to share a Tribute to Dispatchers as penned by Chief Wagoner, Loveland Colorado PD. I would also like to personally thank each of you for the job you do day in and day out, every day. You all are an amazing and talented group!

A Tribute To Dispatchers:

Spring Chinook anglers on the lower Columbia River will get two more days of salmon fishing –Saturday, April 11 and Thursday, April 16 -- under a season extension adopted today by Oregon and Washington fishery managers.

Astoria Regional Dispatch Center received a call from a boater in the Columbia River, west of the Meglar Bridge, reporting they had located a deceased person. The Clatsop County Sheriff's office Marine Patrol, accompanied by an Astoria Police Officer responded in a boat to recover the deceased. The deceased was recovered and transported to shore where, after consultation with the Medical Examiner's office it was released to the funeral home. On April 8, 2015 the Clatsop County District Medical Examiner examined the decedent and positively identified him as Jared Knutson, age 20 . Knutson has been a missing person since he was last seen in the area of the New Young's Bay Bridge on the evening of February 27, 2015. The Clatsop County District Medical Examiner in consultation with the Oregon State Medical Examiner' Office determined that an autopsy will not be performed. The manner of death is undetermined and the cause of death is drowning.

Dog Park dropped from council goals...Cemetery rates bumped...New agreement with Trolley Association inked...Here's the rundown from Mondays Astoria City Council meeting

Officials from the United States Coast Guard along with the contractors, and city officials were on hand Monday afternoon to perform the ground-breaking for an expansion project to add more Coast Guard housing units adjacent to the existing housing on Astoria's south slope.

(From left to right) Capt. Daniel Travers, the commander of Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Capt. John Healy, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Design and Construction Center in Norfolk, Va., Arline LeMear, the mayor of the City of Astoria, Lt. Cmdr. Christiane Weber, Coast Guard project manager, Robert Wilkins and Gabe Duus of Integrity Structures out of Vancouver, Wash., Tony Ewing of Columbia River Excavations as well as Mike Gabe, also from Integrity Structures, prepare to break ground on a housing expansion project at Coast Guard housing in Astoria, Ore., April 6, 2015

Tom Freel writes on the Coast Watch Blog:

 Well now they've done it. As long as the thousands of Sea Lions that have been pouring into Astoria were just destroying Port mooring docks it was okay. In fact a few have suggested the town should welcome the massive influx and turn the whole thing into a tourist attraction. But there is a new development in this story that makes the situation far more like an invasion and far less like something that could join the goonies house as a tourist destination.  MORE HERE

Astoria's unintended Sea lion sanctuary is begining to expand to include the city River Walk Trail.  Astoria city councilor Zetty Nemlowill posted a picture of a Stellar Sea Lion that had taken up residence right in the middle of the trail along with a warnng note that the animals can be aggressive and to stay clear.

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