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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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Clatsop County recently enacted the second phase of a new tobacco free campus policy that includes the prohibition at nearly all county properties. No tobacco of any kind is permitted with the exception of a smoking area for jurors outside the courthouse where staff can keep an eye on those who are on jury duty to make sure they are not approached by the public during breaks in the courtroom.  There is one other exception at the moment but the Clatsop County Fair Board is now considering how they might comply with the tobacco ban.

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Cindy Howe, former Executive Director of the Sunset Empire Transportation District entered an Alford plea in a Clatsop County courtroom Tuesday morning and was sentenced to perform 240 hours of community service, pay back nearly $8000.00 to the district and read an apology in court.  According to District Attorney Josh Marquis, an Alford plea is a guilty plea in every way but allows the defendant to say they are only entering the plea to take advantage of the plea offer.

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The first phase of the 11th street CSO sewer project is on hold temporarily after the crew digging up the 8th and Commercial street intersection discovered historic trolley rails under the asphalt according to an update from the city Tuesday morning.  City Engineer Cindy Moore writes:

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 According to a news release from the Oregon Association of Nurseries, on Tuesday, eight Oregon legislators -- four Republicans and four Democrats -- introduced a bill designed to make Oregon's roads safer. Senate Bill 833 would allow creation of a new, short-term driver's license for applicants who otherwise qualify, but are unable to provide proof of legal U.S. residency.

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Several conservation groups plan to sue Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway and top U.S. coal producers, claiming they discharge coal into Washington state waterways in violation of federal law.

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The Clatsop County chapter of the Oregon Employer Council (OEC) is hosting a Breakfast meeting on Tuesday, April 16th at the Holiday Inn Express (204 W Marine Drive) in Astoria.

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A state study of personal income reflects the long-term decline in logging and milling in Oregon. The report  shows rural Oregonians earn, on average, about 25 percent less than their city counterparts.

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