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Astoria has sent a letter to a local partnership of organizations planning to open a mental health respite center in Warrenton after learning that plans to provide locked beds for some patients at the facility has been abandoned. The city council agreed to send the letter of concern this week to Clatsop Behavioral Health, and Columbia Memorial, and Providence Seaside Hospital and interim County Manager Rich Mays who has been providing leadership for the project.

The Oregon Senate confirmed Gov. Kate Brown's appointees to the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee on Monday, Feb. 15.

The advisory committee will provide guidance and feedback to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) about issues affecting Oregon's health insurance marketplace, such as outreach, customer feedback, and insurance plan affordability. In addition, it will provide annual reports to the Oregon State Legislature and hold open meetings that provide a forum for public discussion.

"We're pleased to have such an excellent cross section of stakeholders on the advisory committee," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They will help us improve the marketplace and develop a long-term vision to ensure it continues to make a positive impact on the lives of Oregonians and small businesses."

Oregon is leading innovative tsunami wayfinding enhancements on the west coast with a project called the Tsunami Blue Line to purchase materials for local communities to mark tsunami evacuation routes and install new tsunami evacuation signs. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is coordinating the program and working with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to utilize funding from the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation program for the project.

“The Officer was legally and morally justified in using deadly force.” Said Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis at a news conference Tuesday morning announcing the preliminary results of the investigation into the officer involved shooting of cop-killer Phillip Ferry.

Marquis detailed the sequence of events on the evening February 5th that were confirmed by body camera video and witness reports to the attempted arrest of Ferry on Broadway in Seaside that night by two officers, one of which lost his life when Ferry opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol.

The number of Sea Lions expected in the lower Columbia this season is staggering.

Port of Astoria staff reports that some 300,000 of the protected marine mammals will be impacting the area this year. In a report prepared for Tuesday's commission meeting staffer Robert Evert acknowledges that while the port has engaged in various efforts to keep Sea Lions off the docks those attempts haven't been productive. But there's a new plan being proposed that has had some success elsewhere. This would involve fabricating 18 to 20 inch high metal deck railing that would wrap around the floats preventing the Sea Lions from pulling themselves out of the water to lie out on the docks. Done in the traditional way the solution is costly.

The Astoria City Council is getting ready to ask voters what they think of adding 3% to the price of recreational marijuana.  If voters approve the new sin tax that would be levied by the city on local marijuana sales it would not affect medical marjuana pricing but would bring in an estimated $100,000 annually for the city general fund.

Parents are required to provide Oregon schools and child care facilities with children's vaccine records, as the exclusion deadline draws near.  Starting Wednesday, children will not be allowed to attend school or child care if their records show missing immunizations.

All children in public and private schools, preschools, Head Start and certified child care facilities must have up-to-date documentation on their immunizations or have an exemption according to state law.  The requirement is part of the Oregon Immunization Program, which expanded requirements for student immunization and tightened exemption requirements.

Oregonians said a resounding YES to culture in 2015, donating a record $4.56 million to the Oregon Cultural Trust. The total is a 5.4 percent increase over 2014 and the largest annual increase since the 2008 recession.

"This is a powerful vote of support for culture," said Executive Director Brian Rogers. "Every donation we receive is an Oregonian saying 'Culture is important.' The renovation of Astoria's Liberty Theater figures near the top of the list of projects supported by the Trust.

A motorcade procession involving family and public safety/emergency response vehicles, in honor of Seaside Police Sergeant Jason Goodding, is scheduled to begin Friday, February 12, 2106, at 10:45 am. The public will not be allowed to ride in the procession, but is encouraged to show their support by lining the streets along the route.

Due to the anticipation of a large response of police officers and firefighters from around the nation attending Sergeant Jason Goodding’s memorial, it is expected that the family of Sgt. Goodding and uniformed emergency personnel will fill the Seaside Convention Center to capacity. Two additional viewing locations in Seaside have been established for the public to attend. Seaside High School and North Coast Family Fellowship.

The Oregon Governor's Office announced  that Seaside Police Sergeant Jason M. Goodding has been posthumously awarded the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice by the Governor's Commission on the Law Enforcement Medal of Honor. Sgt. Goodding of the Seaside Police Department was shot and killed while serving a felony warrant on Friday evening around 9:20 pm.

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