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The Department of Human Services and the Oregon Health Authority are hosting a series of educational forums throughout the state to explain changes coming to home and community based care services for the elderly and disabled. On Wednesday, September 30, the Astoria forum will take place at the Judge Guy Boyington Building.

Sheriff Tom Bergin has filed to run for his fourth term as Clatsop County Sheriff.  Bergin started his Law Enforcement career as a Reserve Police Officer for the Seaside Police Department in 1985.  He went to work for the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office in February of 1992 hired as a patrol Deputy. Bergin started the first narcotic canine unit at the Sheriff's Office and had 3 dogs over the years of service. Bergin always seemed to have a "sixth sense" when it comes to finding narcotics.  He once told KAST News that as a young officer he would be assigned traffic enforcement and end up stopping vehicles he suspected were carrying drugs.  He was right more times than wrong and it was that uncanny ability that has served Bergin, and the community well over the years of his law enforcement career. 

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, in Warrenton, received notification at 1:25 p.m. Tuesday from Clatsop County 911 that two people were aboard a 16-foot vessel that was disabled and taking on water near McGowan Church. Cape Disappointment-based boatcrews aboard a 47-foot Motor Life Boat and a 29-foot Response Boat Small-II, along with a Clatsop County Marine Patrol unit with a Coast Guard boarding team onboard were underway in the area and diverted to provide assistance.

Approximately 2,800 Pacific Power customers near Cannon Beach will have their electricity interrupted overnight Sept. 23 to Sept. 24 so crews may replace a structure that supplies power to the area.

Razor clamming at Oregon’s popular and productive Clatsop County beaches will not open Oct. 1 as scheduled.  Razor clamming along the entire Oregon coast has been closed since May 14 due to elevated levels of domoic acid in the clams. The most recent test results released Friday, show levels too high for the season to open next Thursday, said Matt Hunter, ODFW shellfish biologist.

Monday night the Astoria Council completed their process to approve a new ordiance that will ban tobacco and marijuana use in all city parks. The new rule becomes affective in 30 days and includes all forms of tobacco use with a special emphasis on smoking and vaping devices such as electronic cigarettes. Councilor Russ Warr cast the lone no vote in objecting to making something legal for adult’s, illegal with the ban.

A coastal hazards analysis of 48 Pacific Ocean beaches in three continents, using data from 1979 to 2012, found the biggest factor influencing communities and beaches in all regions was the impact of El Niño and La Niña events.

The study also found their influence had alternate impacts in different parts of the Pacific basin. When one side of the Pacific experienced extreme coastal erosion and flooding because of El Niño, the other side often experienced these hazards during La Niña. Some climate projections suggest that these events may occur more frequently in the 21st century, meaning that populated regions could experience more flooding or erosion.

On Monday, September 21st 2015 at 3:30pm the Clatsop County High Angle Rescue Team (HART) assisted the Astoria Fire Department with a rescue at a residential construction site in Astoria.

 Police say on September 19, 2015 at 1105 AM an Astoria Police officer stopped the operator of a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser. That stop was made for traveling 37 MPH in a 25 MPH zone down 7th Street. The officer, based on the information provided by the 16 year old driver, determined that a warning was appropriate. The traffic stop ended at 11:08 AM. At 11:15 AM Astoria Police were receiving calls of a crash on Hwy 202 that resulted in the death of the 16 year old driver. 

On September 19, 2015 at about 11:20AM, OSP Troopers responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Highway 202 near milepost 7 (east of Astoria).

Preliminary information indicates a 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser was traveling eastbound on Highway 202 (Nehalem Highway) when it lost control on a corner and crossed the centerline. The Chrysler collided with a westbound 2003 Dodge Pickup registered to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. According to witnesses it appeared the Chrysler had lost control on a corner before crossing the centerline.

The Oregon State Police is continuing an investigation into criminal conduct involving a forensic analyst working at the OSP Bend Crime Laboratory. The employee has been placed on administrative leave and a criminal investigation was launched into the allegations. District attorneys affected by this situation have been notified and are working through these issues within their jurisdiction. 

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