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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and 44 other state attorneys general today announced a $3.8 million settlement with Sirius XM Radio Inc. resolving claims alleging that the satellite radio company engaged in misleading advertising and billing practices. Sirius XM also will provide restitution to eligible consumers who have complaints about the problems addressed in the settlement, including complaints that consumers were wrongfully billed for SiriusXM services between July 28, 2008 and December 4, 2014.

Astoria Dispatch has been receiving numerous complaints from citizens regarding phone calls from the IRS claiming they owe tax monies. The IRS itself has issued numerous warning about this pervasive telephone scam. The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification regarding any tax matters via U.S. mail. The people behind this scam are sophisticated enough that they may even have the IRS appear on peoples caller ID, they may tell people a badge number, and may even be able to tell someone a partial social security number. There have also been reports of people being threatened with jail time if they don't immediately pay supposed back taxes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is accepting comment on a permit application related to Astoria Ford's proposed move from it's longtime location to a new dealership to be built in Warrenton's North Coast Business Park.  The location is on the south side of Ensign Lane at it's intersection with S.E. 19th street just across from the Costco gas station.

The Pacific County Emergency Management Agency will be hosting a series of Community Forums regarding Tsunami Inundation for the Long Beach Peninsula. The Washington State Department of Natural Resources recently completed updating research and mapping that more accurately reflects potential inundation associated with a Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake and Tsunami.

Those deserted storefronts in downtown Astoria may not be derelict much longer.

The Astoria City Council Monday night signed off on a settlement agreement and release. The settlement is with Caroline Evans in her capacity as a court appointed conservator for Mary Louise Flavel. Flavel owns properties in Astoria including a house on 15th street and two buildings located on either side of Commercial street at 9th. Flavel's control of the properties was turned over to Evans by a Washington County Circuit Court in July of this year when the court found that Flavel is no longer able to handle her own affairs in her best interest. In 2011 the City passed updated derelict building ordinances that significantly increased fines on those properties deemed derelict and included an emergency clause to accelerate fines in extreme cases.  Flavel had accumulated over $1.4 million in fines and the city sought a judgment in municipal court.

Coast Guard crews assisted three people after their vessel began taking on water three miles west of the Columbia River entrance, Friday.  Following dewatering efforts, a 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew took the 46-foot fishing vessel Hornet into tow and safely delivered it and the crew to a marina in Ilwaco, Washington. Two of the Hornet's crewmembers sustained minor injuries during the incident but did not require medical attention.

The nation's only heavy icebreaker departed Seattle Sunday for a four-month mission to Antarctica as part of Operation Deep Freeze, the annual Joint Task Force Support to resupply the National Science Foundation outpost there.

Coast Guard crews rescued five people after their vessel sank eight miles west of Siletz Bay, Oregon, Saturday.  Three of the survivors were rescued from their life raft by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Facility Newport, Oregon, and treated for minor injuries by EMS at the Newport Municipal Airport. The took time to pose for a picture with the helicopter crew.  The other two survivors were transferred from the life raft to a 47-foot Motor Life Boat from Coast Guard Station Depoe Bay, Oregon, and were evaluated by EMS at the station.

Razor clam diggers can count on a week-long opening beginning Dec. 3 and start planning trips to Washington's beaches in early 2015, after state shellfish managers today announced a schedule of proposed digs through February.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the seven-day dig, which runs Dec. 3-9, after marine toxin tests showed the clams are safe to eat.

the Oregon State Police (OSP) received a call just before 3am today reporting a wrong-way driver on Interstate 5 near Brooks. About one minute later, OSP received a second call of a head-on crash on Interstate 5 near milepost 266.5. The Marion County Sheriff's Office and Keizer Police Department responded to the scene to assist until OSP troopers arrived to conduct the investigation.

Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) today announced that it will replace its across-the-board "discovery season" discount program with targeted deals starting in 2015. The discounts are still in effect now through April 30, 2015, and reduce tent and RV campsite costs by $4 per night. The annual discount was created nearly 20 years ago, and is offered at all state park campgrounds in Oregon.

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