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It's not unusual for schools to go directly to the public to raise money.  Parents and friends are used to seeing kids show up at the front door selling everything from chocolate bars to Christmas wreaths to support extracurricular programs for schools but when it comes to creative fundraising efforts the unique Astoria High School Aquatic Biology program has perhaps the perfect way to raise money and highlight the program at the same time.

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On April 4, 2013 at 3:00pm Officer Ray Ayers was going on-duty for his patrol shift when he turned his department-issued cell phone on. Officer Ayers immediately received a text message notification and voicemail notification. Upon checking the text message and voicemail Officer Ayers was surprised to read that a woman named "Diana" had some "stuff" and wanted to know if he wanted some. Officer Ayers then listened to the voicemail and again found that the message was from "Diana" stating she had some "blue 30 milligram" if asked he could "help her out." Officer Ayers was not sure if the text and voicemail were a joke or a mistake but knew the reference to "blue" was for the prescription medication oxycodone.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Clatsop County, and numerous partner agencies will conduct a Mass Rescue and Maritime Security exercise on the Astoria waterfront Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

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The Oregon Senate Republican office issued the following news release today after a bill moved out of committee Friday morning that will affect retired state worker pensions. Republicans say the action will do little to help the state budget terming the bill "Anemic PERS Lite".

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Thursday night the Astoria Performing Arts Center was packed with people ready to hear about strategies for the revitalization of downtown Astoria.  Civilis Consultant's Michele Reeves was commissioned by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association to perform an analysis and make recommendations about some specific things the organization might do in what became known as the "Building Blocks" program.

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 Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin was interviewed by television commentator Bill O'Reilly Thursday night regarding the early release of sex offender Mark Beebout that resulted in the murder of two women in Portland just months later. Sheriff Bergin talks about how Beebout came to be released and talks with O'Reilly about his concerns over the direction the State of Oregon is taking in it's penal system that could result in even less available jail beds and more potential danger to the general public.  Click READ MORE to listen to the audio of that interview. 

 

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Board members of nonprofit organizations and their advisors are invited to participate in "Nonprofit Organization Board Training" being presented on Saturday, May 11, 2013 - at the Holiday Inn Express Hotel and Suites in Astoria, Oregon.

This popular nonprofit board training event begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4:00 pm. Practical workshops are being presented by the IRS Tax Exempt Division, Oregon Department of Justice along with other leading nonprofit specialists.

The event's keynote, "The IRS and You," is being presented by Joe Kroll, IRS Audit Manager. The day features a variety of timely workshops including:  Attorney General's Guidance on Board Service; Succession Planning; Positioning Your Organization to be Grant Smart; Working with the Challenging Board Member; Financial Policies; New Board Member Training; Accepting Charitable Contributions; and, Tools for Getting Unstuck.

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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alert, a 210-foot cutter homeported in Astoria, Ore., recovered more than 3.3 tons of marijuana from the Pacific Ocean approximately 90 miles west of San Nicolas Island, Calif., Sunday morning.

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