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Columbia Memorial Hospital Foundation’s biggest ever fundraising campaign has raised $3 million to support the CMH-OHSU Knight Cancer Center.

“Campaigns like this strengthen communities by bringing focus and unity to a shared vision. We are building a stronger hospital system that will serve patients for the next century,” said Columbia Memorial Hospital President and CEO Erik Thorsen.

The campaign was launched in May 2015 with an announcement of a collaboration by Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) and the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to build a new comprehensive cancer treatment center and specialty clinic in Astoria.

The Coast Guard hoisted an injured crewmember off a motor vessel 15 miles west of the entrance to the Columbia River, Friday morning.

As double trailer dump trucks move load after load building that new Warrenton Walmart site next door, the people at the new Astoria Ford dealership are just getting settled into their new, considerably expanded location on Ensign Lane. The project was years in the making.

The Clatsop County Sherriff's Office, in conjunction with the Astoria, Warrenton, Gearhart, Seaside, and Cannon Beach Police are asking for assistance with a string of thefts from vehicles in recent weeks. Since Christmas Eve, over 30 cases of Unauthorized Entry to Motor Vehicles occurred in the Knappa/Svensen areas, through rural Warrenton. The cities of Astoria, Warrenton, and Seaside have also been hit with several thefts from vehicles. In all but a few isolated cases, the vehicles were left unlocked, and in darkened driveways.

The Coast Guard is teaming with Oregon and Washington state authorities to monitor the commercial crab fishing fleet across the Oregon and Washington coasts to ensure safety and enforce the laws and regulations associated with the opening of the Dungeness crab season.

Astoria Police Chief Johnston has announced the promotion of Officer Andrew Randall to Sergeant.  The promotion will be effective on December 31, 2016.  Sergeant Randall will receive an oath of office and be issued his badge at the January 3, 2017 meeting of the Astoria City Council.

The Astoria City Council held a reception for members of the various boards and commissions that serve the city as a way to thank those citizens for their service Monday night.  Mayor LaMear pointed out just how important that work is to keep the city running smoothly.  The reception was followed by the regular council meeting which should have been the last one for the year and the last meeting for retiring councilor Russ Warr who has represented Ward 4 for the last 12 years.

Deputies from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office executed two search warrants early Sunday morning in the Knappa area. The search warrants stemmed from an investigation involving the crimes of theft and robbery. One of the residence's searched, known by locals as "Heroin Hill" was a particular place of interest for law enforcement because of its frequency being used as a hangout for many local known criminals and drug users.

Pier 39 Astoria has announced the recent hire of Bethany Bell as Marketing Director, with plans to unveil a new logo and a soon-to-be-redesigned website. Bell will spearhead a campaign to strengthen the identity of the existing brand, focusing on generating stronger revenue streams through event and meeting space rentals, as well as increased promotion for existing Pier 39 businesses through advertising, social media outreach, event planning and business networking.

Near the end of October of this year the Astoria Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for a new marijuana dispensary on Astoria’s east end.  The operation would be on the ground floor of Building “A” at the Cannery Loft Condominiums on 39th Street in a commercial space in the mixed use building.   The people who live in the condos were not happy with that decision and have appealed the conditional use to the Astoria City Council.

Some very special Nike gear will be available for the first time to the public beginning this Saturday.  Six OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital patients worked with Nike designers to come up the 2016 Freestyle Collection that will be introduced this Saturday at the Downtown Nike Store in Portland.

The effort is a partnership between the hospital and Nike that has raised more than $16.5 million since it first began in 2004.

One of the six youngsters comes from Jewell and his name is Chase Swearingen. Chase is a good-natured 14-year-old. Before he was born he was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes a dangerous accumulation of fluid around the brain.  Chase has been a patient of Doernbecher’s since birth and thanks to treatment over the years has come a very long way. 

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