Wednesday, August 27, 2014

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Another weekend since ballots went out made little difference in voter participation. As of Tuesday voters in the May 21st Special Election had only returned 2057 ballots amounting to a 9.7% return.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a Finding of No Significant Impact for its Environmental Assessment for adaptively managing predation on Caspian terns in the Lower Columbia River Estuary.  Based on the FONSI, no action will be taken to manage predation.

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Next week traffic enforcement in Washington State will focus on distracted driving with agencies paying special attention to those who make a habit of texting, or putting a cell phone to their ear when driving.  Both practises are illegal in both Oregon and Washington already but the Washington "Target Zero" task force plans to put an exclamation point on the issue.

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A public open house will be held for the Irving Avenue Bridge Replacement project on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Astoria Recreation Center, 1411 Grand Avenue, Astoria. The City of Astoria and ODOT secured federal funding from the Highway Bridge Replacement and Rehabilitation program to replace the Irving Avenue Bridge at 19th Street.

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The Spring cruise ship season for Astoria ends with the last two ships between today and Wednesday.  Monday the Celebrity Solstice ties up at pier one at 8:00am with a departure scheduled for 6:00pm. Wednesday the Sapphire Princess pays a call.

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Columbia Land Trust today announced that it has purchased 2,330 acres of contiguous forestlands and critical riparian habitat on the southern flanks of Mount St. Helens. The purchase permanently conserves some nine miles of Pine Creek and its major tributary. A clear, cold-water mountain stream, Pine Creek is prime habitat for bull trout, a threatened species listed under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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Wednesday night the Astoria School Board voted down the proposed school based health center. It was voted down 3 to 2. Board members who voted no on the motion included Martin Dursse, Jeanette Sampson and Shawn Helligso. Those who voted yes on the School health center included Laurie Choate and Brad Pope. Coastal Family Health Center would have been the primary medical provider.

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Emergency crews responded to a vehicle acccident around 8:00am Friday morning on Fort Stevens HWY in Warrenton. A male driver in a Ford F150 truck suffered a medical emergency and drove into a cottage near the Twin Spruce Tavern on Alternate HWY 101. When crews arrived the driver still had his foot on the gas pedal and the tires spinning. The male was transported to CMH by Medix. The driver has since been pronounced dead.

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