Thursday, April 24, 2014

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The board of commissioners voted 4-0, with Commissioner Sarah Nebeker absent, to direct county counsel to file suit against the owner of the Sunset Lake Resort and RV Park for failing to comply with a county order to address numerous code violations at the site, located on the shore of Sunset Lake south of Warrenton.

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Part of a special free-standing arch called a torii washed up in Oceanside on March 22. Since then, other pieces of wood have washed ashore that have prompted more than a dozen reports to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department coast staff. These pieces of normal woody debris do not have to be reported.

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Norovirus was confirmed on Friday, March 22 by Clatsop County Public Health as the cause of an increased rate of acute gastrointestinal illness occurring at an Astoria care facility. Public Health has been working with the facility on measures to control the spread of the illness.

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The Oregon Supreme Court has rejected a challenge by developers of a proposed natural gas pipeline through Clatsop County, clearing the way for the board of commissioners to take final action on Oregon LNG's development application.

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On Wednesday March 27th the Seaside Police Department in partnership with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) conducted a minor decoy compliance inspection in Seaside, Gearhart, and Cannon Beach. Several male and female decoys between the ages of 18 and 20 were used to attempt to purchase alcohol at thirty-six establishments through out South Clatsop County. Eight businesses sold to the decoys and each employee was cited by Seaside Police for Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor. Overall twenty-eight businesses refused to sell for a 78% success rate on this compliance inspection.

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The warning signs are up, the crews are ready, and the city public works department is set for it.   Now it's a matter of time and patience as the city of Astoria begins the latest phase of the big CSO separation project that will cause multiple disruptions and traffic delays in the downtown area beginning Monday April 1.

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On Wednesday night's broadcast of the television program "The O'Reilly Factor" host Bill O'Reilly talked about the release of an inmate from the Clatsop County jail who then ended up months later convicted in the murder of a teenager and another woman in Portland.  O'Reilly said he wanted to know the name of the person responsible for the release of that inmate. Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin says he is scheduled to appear on the O'Reilly Factor next Thursday to discuss this matter and has provided KAST News with a copy of his response to O'Reilly.

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) today toured Hi-School Pharmacy in Scappoose to discuss her support for a reform that would cut as much as $156 billion from the deficit over the next ten years and save seniors up to $27 billion through reduced drug prices over the same time period.

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