The Astoria Police Department will offer a training course they say will help prepare the public in responding to a mass shooting incident. In a news release Friday morning the department states, "Recent events worldwide have thrust the horror of mass shootings into the public consciousness. Communities large and small seem to be affected by these tragic incidents. The Astoria Police Department is dedicated to remaining ever vigilant in our efforts to be aware of any threats that may be in our community and to be ready to face any hostile action that may occur."

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Some of the old rules are falling by the wayside as Astoria looks for ways to provide more housing in a town whose citizens resist turning urban forest and open city-owned land into residential property.

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Duane Street in downtown Astoria plays host to another brewery after approval from the planning commission Tuesday night. Reach Break Brewing will feature a small brewing facility and adjacent taproom in the building currently occupied by Astoria Indoor Gardening Supply.

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The 9th Annual “A Sweet Affaire” Scholarship Fundraiser is Sunday, March 6th, from 2 PM to 4:30 PM at the Seaside Convention & Civic Center. Mingle with local chefs, restauranteurs, brewers and vintners who provide an array of beverages, savory appetizers. There is live music plus a Silent and Live Auction. This annual fundraiser is for children, youth, families and adults to participate in programs by the Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District. It benefits academic scholarships for Seaside High School, Seaside Wishing Tree Program and the Food4Kids backpack program. Tickets for the ADULT EVENT are $35 at US Bank in Seaside, the Sunset Pool, the Bob Chisholm Community Center, from a Seaside Rotary member. SEE ALL CURRENT EVENTS

If you happen to be driving by Astoria High Tuesday you may catch a glimpse of a large blue bus with a familiar logo wrapped around it that is actually designed to bring an educational high-tech musical experience to some local students.

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Astoria has sent a letter to a local partnership of organizations planning to open a mental health respite center in Warrenton after learning that plans to provide locked beds for some patients at the facility has been abandoned. The city council agreed to send the letter of concern this week to Clatsop Behavioral Health, and Columbia Memorial, and Providence Seaside Hospital and interim County Manager Rich Mays who has been providing leadership for the project.

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The Oregon Senate confirmed Gov. Kate Brown's appointees to the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace Advisory Committee on Monday, Feb. 15.

The advisory committee will provide guidance and feedback to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) about issues affecting Oregon's health insurance marketplace, such as outreach, customer feedback, and insurance plan affordability. In addition, it will provide annual reports to the Oregon State Legislature and hold open meetings that provide a forum for public discussion.

"We're pleased to have such an excellent cross section of stakeholders on the advisory committee," said Patrick Allen, DCBS director. "They will help us improve the marketplace and develop a long-term vision to ensure it continues to make a positive impact on the lives of Oregonians and small businesses."

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Oregon is leading innovative tsunami wayfinding enhancements on the west coast with a project called the Tsunami Blue Line to purchase materials for local communities to mark tsunami evacuation routes and install new tsunami evacuation signs. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is coordinating the program and working with the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries to utilize funding from the National Tsunami Hazard Mitigation program for the project.

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“The Officer was legally and morally justified in using deadly force.” Said Clatsop County District Attorney Joshua Marquis at a news conference Tuesday morning announcing the preliminary results of the investigation into the officer involved shooting of cop-killer Phillip Ferry.

Marquis detailed the sequence of events on the evening February 5th that were confirmed by body camera video and witness reports to the attempted arrest of Ferry on Broadway in Seaside that night by two officers, one of which lost his life when Ferry opened fire with a semi-automatic pistol.

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The number of Sea Lions expected in the lower Columbia this season is staggering.

Port of Astoria staff reports that some 300,000 of the protected marine mammals will be impacting the area this year. In a report prepared for Tuesday's commission meeting staffer Robert Evert acknowledges that while the port has engaged in various efforts to keep Sea Lions off the docks those attempts haven't been productive. But there's a new plan being proposed that has had some success elsewhere. This would involve fabricating 18 to 20 inch high metal deck railing that would wrap around the floats preventing the Sea Lions from pulling themselves out of the water to lie out on the docks. Done in the traditional way the solution is costly.

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The Astoria City Council is getting ready to ask voters what they think of adding 3% to the price of recreational marijuana.  If voters approve the new sin tax that would be levied by the city on local marijuana sales it would not affect medical marjuana pricing but would bring in an estimated $100,000 annually for the city general fund.

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