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The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly installed HU-25 Falcon jet display at Sector Columbia River, next to Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton, at 2 p.m., Friday.

The aircraft will be open for tours from 2-4 p.m.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority's acting director will lead Oregon's effort to transition some functions of its health insurance exchange to the federal government.

Tina Edlund says in an email to staff Wednesday that Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked her to serve as transition project director. She'll be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state is ready for the next enrollment period that begins Nov. 15.

Suzanne Hoffman, the health authority's chief operating officer, will become acting director. She's the third person to lead the health authority since late last year.

Cover Oregon has decided to partner with the federal government on health-insurance enrollment, abandoning plans to act independently after the online enrollment system failed to work.

Clyde Hamstreet remains the Cover Oregon's interim director.

Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala says it's way too early to term the offer a sale of the land but the city has been approached by the Nygaard operation about working out some kind of deal ahead of a big increase in lease fees next year.  Nygaard has been leasing the property from the city of Warrenton for some 30 years.  The company is the third largest employer in the area and the Mayor points out that the company and it's employees are important contributors to the community through the public service they provide. 

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A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew working with local responders located and rescued two hikers stranded on a cliff in Ecola State Park, south of Seaside, Ore., Monday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center watchstanders received a call from Seaside 911 operators requesting the help of a helicopter crew in locating the missing hikers.

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Canadian authorities have approved sending natural gas to an Oregon terminal where it would be liquefied for export overseas.  The  National Energy Board of Canada has approved a 25-year natural gas export license for Oregon LNG, whose terminal would be near the mouth of the Columbia River, in Warrenton.

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The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) released a Request for Proposals today to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

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Thanks to the coverage from Social Media and Traditional Media the female subject in yesterday's incident involving the 8 year old being approached to get into the vehicle has been identified. Astoria Police received a call from the daughter of an 85 year old woman who lives only four blocks away. The woman has an injury to her vocal chords, which explains the 8-year-old not being able to understand her. She indicates that she saw the 8-year-old girl and that she thought she looked lost and confused. She was trying to offer a ride to where the 8-year-old was going.

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Yesterday afternoon Astoria Police responded to the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive. The clerk at the Holiday Inn was reporting that a 40-50 year old blonde female, dressed all in black, and wearing a firearm, who told her that she was part of the Astoria Police Department and had been sent by the Chief of Police soliciting donations for a raffle. The female suspect, when questioned by the clerk for identification, left in a white ford 4dr vehicle.

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