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There have been some high profile acts of vandalism committed in Clatsop county over the last few months. Vandals climbed the construction fence and scafolding to toss paint over the newly refreshed work on the top of the Astoria Column. Some this past week someone decided to destroy the newly upgraded ball field at Warrenton's community park by recklessly driving all over it repeatedly tearing up the newly graded surface and the freshly reseeded turf.  Police are stilll trying to track down those responsible.

Representatives from multiple local jurisdictions gathered Monday, Nov. 2 in Astoria to learn about the roles and responsibilities of senior officials in natural disasters and other emergencies.  The workshop, sponsored by the Clatsop County Emergency Management Division and Board of Commissioners, was designed to illustrate to participants their respective roles in a disaster, and familiarize the participants with established emergency response protocols such as the Incident Command System used by first responders.

The Fifth Annual Harvest Haul, a food drive for the Peninsula wrapped up another stormy season on Saturday. This was the fifth year for the OMG Radio, Okie’s Thriftway Market, Great NorthWest Federal Credit Union Harvest Haul. Food and cash donations during Harvest Haul go directly to the Ilwaco and Ocean Park Food Banks.

Astoria and its project partners took another bow for CMH Field Monday night. Special projects Planner Rosemary Johnson passed along an award from the Oregon Economic Development Association she picked up on behalf of the city at a recent Association gathering that recognizes the outstanding collaborative effort between the City, Columbia memorial Hospital, Astoria School District, and Western Oregon Recology that built the new field, provided the old field for future hospital expansion, provided significant improvements for Recology’s waste transfer station and capped the old city dump in a way applauded by the state Department of Environmental Quality.

The Oceanview Cemetery in Warrenton belongs to the City of Astoria and is managed by the city Parks and Recreation Department. There are over 16,000 individuals interred there with the earliest graves dating back to 1896.

It has been a challenge for the city to maintain the 100 acre site. Half of the land is currently in use with another usable 50 acres undeveloped. Those who have friends and loved ones buried at Oceanview have been quite vocal about the condition of the grounds saying that the lawns have been overtaken by moss, weeds, and invasive plants.

Astoria has a shortage of housing in every category. Luckily, there are steps the city can take to improve the situation significantly.

A staff report Monday evening to the Astoria city council defined the problem saying “Both market rate and affordable units are in short supply creating a dilemma for new and existing residents. Demand is far outstripping supply as the annual number of units produced are fewer than what is needed, causing prospective homeowners and renters to look elsewhere for housing.”

We won’t be seeing it all immediately but things are looking good for the State of Oregon to provide more funding in the years to come for Astoria to complete new sidewalks around the perimeter of town

The works of the late Royal Nebeker, in addition to recent work created by current art faculty who teach in the areas of both credit and community education studio art classes will be featured at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery this month in a special show celebrating Nebeker's art and influence. 

The "Share the Warmth" coat and blanket drive, a long-standing tradition for Windermere offices throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington, kicks off Monday, November 2 with 31 offices, including four on the coast­­­­­­, serving as donation drop-off sites. Community members are invited to take part and help their neighbors in need this winter by bringing coats and blankets to Windermere offices in Cannon Beach, Gearhart, Newport and Seal Rock through December 18.

The Warrenton Sunrise Rotary Club has begun a new program and named Warrenton High School senior, Tyler Coolidge, as its first recipient of Student of the Month award. The club developed the program to recognize accomplished WHS students who clearly make a difference in their school and/or in our community.

This is one of the top scams in the country and if you get one of these calls police have some advice.

Astoria Police Department has been receiving reports off and on throughout the year about IRS scam phone calls, but there appears to be another surge in these type of scam calls. This scam is listed in the IRS’s “Dirty Dozen” list of tax scams for the year 2015.

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