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The first distributions of state marijuana tax revenues--totaling nearly $85 million--are on their way to the State School Fund; the Mental Health, Alcoholism, and Drug Services Account; the Oregon State Police (OSP); the Oregon Health Authority (OHA); and Oregon's cities and counties. All distributions will be complete by October 11, 2017.

A 35-year-old military veteran went berzerk Thursday afternoon leading patrol officers from several agencies on a long distance chase on I-5 that started at Joint Base Lewis McCord and ending near Kelso.

Police have identified the man as Christopher James Blevins who is said to suffer post-traumatic stress disorder. The man is alleged to have made a threat to commit a "Las Vegas Style" shooting and when approached by base police he reportedly fled in a red Mazda 6 almost hitting an MP who escaped injury.

Oregon Main Street announced its 2017 "Excellence in Downtown Revitalization" award winners last night at the Evening of Excellence Celebration in Oregon City, Oregon. Two Astoria projects were recognized at the event. 

New research finds touch screens and voice commands take drivers’ attention away from the road

If you’ve driven a newer car, chances are it has an infotainment system with a touchscreen and voice commands. These infotainment systems take drivers’ eyes and attention off the road and hands off the wheel for potentially dangerous periods of time, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Drivers using in-vehicle technologies such as voice-based and touch screen features were visually and mentally distracted for more than 40 seconds when completing tasks like programming navigation or sending a text message.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has authorized Cooke Aquaculture to transport about 1 million juvenile Atlantic salmon from the company's hatchery in Rochester, Wash., to an existing net-pen facility in Puget Sound.

Eric Kinne, the manager of WDFW's hatchery division, said the transport permit is not related to the company's Cypress Island net-pen facility near the San Juan Islands, where one of Cooke's pens collapsed on Aug. 19 and released tens of thousands of Atlantic salmon into Puget Sound and nearby waters.

Issues with transients in Astoria are swiftly coming to a head. Often referred to as "the homeless", this may be a misnomer as there is some difference between those who have lost a home and are living on the streets as a necessity rather than by choice and the small population of drifters who for some reason are not drifting. They seem to be staying put.

A Seaside woman, Corissa Barnett, 38, was arraigned in Clatsop County Circuit Court before Judge Paula Brownhill on Monday afternoon, October 2, 2017. Barnett is facing a series of 6 felony and one misdemeanor charges following a series of events that occurred Saturday night that led to the death of one man and serious injuries to another.

On September 30, 2017, at approximately 9:15 AM, the Oregon State Police (OSP) responded to a single-vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 20; which is in the city limits of Seaside.



Prior to the crash, Seaside Police Department responded to a residence for a disturbance, where they encountered a silver Dodge Durango driving towards them. They attempted to overtake the Durango and the female driver but lost sight of the vehicle before coming upon the crash scene. The driver of the Durango had lost control of the vehicle and drove up onto the sidewalk, where the Durango struck a bus stop shelter. The Durango continued, jumping another sidewalk, where it came to rest after hitting a lamppost. The female driver of the Durango was walking away from the scene as police arrived and was identified by witnesses and detained. 

 A Coast Guard aircrew medevaced a 38-year-old man from a cargo vessel 174 miles off the Columbia River entrance, Saturday.

An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Sector Columbia River safely hoisted the injured crewman and transported him to sector, where he was transferred to Life Flight Network personnel for transportation to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland.

The City of Warrenton and the Quincy Robinson Board are pleased to announce that construction and installation of the new playground equipment at Quincy and Bessie Robinson Park is slated to begin October 2nd.  This playground equipment was selected by local Warrenton students who were given options for different types of equipment and then voted for their favorite version.

Replacing the aging playground equipment is an important "quality of life" issue for Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer who told KAST news months ago about the project and was especially pleased with involving the town's children in the selection process.

 

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., demanded U.S. Secretary of  Education Betsy DeVos reverse her direction to schools on investigations of sexual assault, saying it undermined the rights of sexual assault survivors and created chaos and confusion for schools.

“Your action on Friday shows a clear lack of concern for the many requests of survivors of sexual assault and members of Congress who have asked you to leave the previous guidance in place,” the senators wrote on Wednesday. “Your new guidance is already creating uncertainty and chaos for schools and we ask that you immediately reinstate the previous guidance.”

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