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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.3 percent in January, from 4.5 percent in December. This was the lowest unemployment rate since comparable records began in 1976. Revised figures show Oregon’s unemployment rate has been on a declining trend over the past seven years. Outside of the past 12 months, the only other time, over the past forty years, that Oregon’s rate reached below 5 percent was between November 1994 and September 1995 when the rate dropped as low as 4.7 percent. In January, the U.S. unemployment rate was 4.8 percent.

On Monday Detectives from the Astoria Police Department took Gary Medina into custody, without incident, at Beaverton High School where he works as an Instructional Assistant and Assistant Wrestling Coach.  Beaverton High School assisted the Astoria Police Department in accomplishing this arrest in as discreet a manner as possible, so as not to cause disruption at the school.

Although not as visible as new buildings and clinics, Columbia Memorial Hospital’s new telemetry system is a prime example of how the hospital is investing in the community’s healthcare future.

State Senator Betsy Johnson was honored as the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association Distinguished Service Award winner at a ceremony this week during the group’s annual conference in Salem.

 

On Wednesday, February 22, 2017 a 24-year-old Warrenton man was arrested by the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office for crimes involving sexual abuse of a local teenage boy.

The Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival, an all-volunteer run community event, marks its 50th anniversary this year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission, joining the Astoria Regatta on the short list of Oregon heritage traditions.

City hears from people struggling with the housing shortage, ADHDA looking for ways to boost business downtown by making the 13th street alley work for Duane Street, City announces new homeowner grant program, Astoria to become a "City of Inclusivity". Here's the rundown on Tuesday nights Astoria City Council meeting.

     

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in locating Gregory Reynolds, the suspect in a shooting incident Saturday afternoon that left one man with a gunshot wound just south of Vernonia. The highway, which had been closed for several hours, is now opened back up to travel.

The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker who fell out of his kayak while paddling towards the Columbia River near Hammond, Oregon, Sunday. A Coast Guard Sector Columbia River MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew successfully lifted the man from the piling and ferried him to shore where he was met by local emergency medical services and released on site.

Many school districts are now dealing with the loss of instructional days over snowy weather that shut down schools from the coast through eastern Oregon. While the Willamette Valley schools, particularly the Portland Public Schools are working to recover weeks of missing days, the issue here is less difficult to deal with as the North Coast escaped much of the icy conditions that shut Portland down.

At the February 15, 2017 Astoria School District board meeting the school board made a decision to add two student days back to the 2016-2017 academic calendar.  Due to bad weathwer the district had to cancel three days this school year due to inclement weather.  The following days will be added to the calendar as student make up days: 

 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

 

The March 6, 2017 student make up day was originally scheduled for a teacher inservice day.  It is now a student school day.  The June 15, 2017 will extend the school year for students by one day. The Astroia District Board and Superintendent Craig Hoppes held a lengthy discussion regarding the issue. Hoppes stated that the number one concern is always what serves the children best

The teacher's contract with the district covers the teaching staff when school is called off but the Astoria board was concerned with the loss of three paid days for classified staff who are paid for actual days worked. 

 

Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR) had a banner year according to Executive Director Kevin Leahy who issued the organization annual report Thursday.  The report covers business support activities for CEDR and the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center (SBDC) which are linked in terms of providing training and business counseling services. Leahy serves as the Director for both.

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