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Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service announced that they plan to adopt the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission-prepared Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline Projects.

The Federal Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically engineered salmon for human consumption.  In a news release the agency states, "Based on sound science and a comprehensive review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is taking several important steps today regarding food from genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals, including the first approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is hosting a public meeting Nov. 23 to discuss this year’s salmon returns and hatchery operations in the Willapa Bay area.

The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m., Nov. 23, in the library of the Naselle High School, 793 State Route 4, Naselle.

State fishery managers will provide an overview of this year’s salmon returns in the region. They will also discuss how operations at the state’s Naselle fish hatchery could be affected by a new Willapa Bay salmon management policy adopted this summer by the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The policy is designed to restore depleted runs of wild chinook salmon in Willapa Bay and its tributaries, including the Naselle River where the hatchery is located.

Wednesday, just after noon, Officers from the Astoria Police Department and a Clatsop County Sheriff’s Deputy served a search warrant at 1824 Exchange Street for the crime of distribution of a controlled substance and other crimes. Inside the residence Officers located Blaine Ogier, Jessica Gassner and Krystal Wilson. Police say they have added charges of tampering with evidence and arrested Gassner again.

Governor Kate Brown used her twitter account to announce that Oregon will continue to accept refugees of the Syrian conflict.  The Governor wrote, in part, "The words on the Statue of Liberty apply to Oregon, just as they do to every other state."

'Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free.'

The statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and dedicated on October 28, 1886, was a gift to the United States from the people of France. A smaller version is on display in Paris.

You can expect to see portable toilets set up on the Astoria Riverwalk soon after a decision by the city council Monday night. They will be placed at the foot of Ninth Street and at 15th. They will be there for at least a year. Assistant City Manager and Chief of Police Brad Johnston brought the idea to the council after discussion by the city taskforce on homelessness and after his police department experienced a wave of calls and complaints over public urination and defecation.

You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for the Irving Avenue Bridge Replacement Project at 19th Street to celebrate the recent completion of the successful project. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 19th at 11:00 a.m. on the bridge.

The City of Astoria has made it far easier to view the agenda and supplemental information for council meetings on its website. Before you had to know where to look and follow several links but now the agenda pops up directly from the main page. There is just one link to the complete meeting information package at the bottom of the agenda. Here's whats on the agenda for tonight.

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 38 state Attorneys General and the District of Columbia today announced a multi-state settlement with Education Management Corporation (EDMC), the for-profit college consortium that operates 110 online and mortar schools, including The Art Institute of Portland. Under the settlement, more than 650 former Oregon EDMC students will have approximately $750,000 in loans forgiven, and the company will significantly reform its recruiting and enrollment practices.

On November 15, 2015 at 1135 Astoria Police, Astoria Fire and Medix Ambulance responded to a report of an unresponsive male on the viewing platform at the foot of 6th Street.

A University Of Oregon economist says that the state economy is growing, but the pace of that growth seems to be slowing.  Tim Duy says Oregon lost 5300 jobs in September but thinks that figure will be adjusted upward later. Otherwise job loss at that level could be viewed as recessionary.

Duy is an economics professor at UO. He observes that Oregon's growth rate has been above average through 2015.  The Federal Reserve is concerned that if growth happens too fast it will cause inflation which is why it's likely the Fed will increase interest rates. If that were to occur the effect would be to further slow the pace of growth in Oregon next year.

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