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A power outage that disrupted holiday celebrations in Seaside, Gearhart and, parts of Warrenton was caused by a metallic-skinned helium balloon that got away.

"We found unmistakable red, white and blue Mylar shreds when we did the repairs the evening of July 4," said Steve McGrorty, Pacific Power's operations manager for the north coast.

The Pacific County Sheriff’s office is investigating an apparent beating death that happened just north of Long Beach on the Fourth of July weekend.

The department says the investigation is ongoing but what they know so far is that a 36-year-old Auburn Washington man identified as Jeffrey T. Beach was part of a group of people gathered at a bonfire surrounded by other groups of people and it’s thought that a fight started after another person, or persons were angry thinking Beach had inappropriately touched another individual. Deputies say Beach walked off into the dunes after the fight. Later he was found lying on the ground unresponsive.

The Astoria Aquatic Center is overdue for several upgrades and improvements which the Astoria City Council approved at their meeting Monday evening.  Staff reported that the heating and cooling system, first installed in 1997, has several pressing issues. While much of the computerized control system has been upgraded to use modern software over the past two years there is still some remaining replacements needed. Heating coils that have broken need to be replaced in the heat exchange system and the city council approved a contract with P&L Johnson to perform the repairs.

Gearhart, Seaside and Warrenton are affected by  large power outage Saturday night that Pacifc Power does not expect to have restored until early Sunday morning. That's only a best estimate from the company which reports that crews are on the scene working on repairs. It's reported that the outage is affecting over 8,000 in the area and was caused by a blown transformer at a Seaside substation this evening.


The Coast Guard strongly cautions beachgoers and recreational boaters to be aware of possible dangers and stay safe while enjoying the Oregon and Washington coasts over the holiday weekend.  Since May, the Coast Guard has responded to more than 10 cases involving boaters and beachgoers in distress which resulted in fatalities.

After fishing last weekend nearly exhausted the available spring quota, the spring all-depth Pacific halibut fishery on Oregon’s central coast is closed until Aug. 7.

Coast Guard crews rescued three people after their vessel ran aground on Sand Island, Wash., Thursday. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Astoria transferred the boaters to Station Cape Disappointment, in Ilwaco, Wash., with no reported injuries at 12:35 p.m.

Starting tomorrow, July 1, recreational marijuana becomes legal in Oregon for adults 21 and older. But there are limits.

The What's Legal? public education campaign (www.whatslegaloregon.com) provides basic information about what is and is not permissible under Measure 91, the voter-approved initiative passed last November.

Using the slogan "Educate Before You Recreate," the website is part of a larger campaign that launched two weeks ago and includes a social media campaign; radio, newspaper and digital ads; and a toolkit with posters, a video, shareable social media posts and other materials (including those in Spanish) that can be shared and downloaded from the website.

People can also connect with the campaign via facebook.com/whatslegalOR (Facebook) and @whatslegalOR (Twitter and Instagram).

State officials are advising anglers and other travelers to expect delays on State Route 4 near Cathlamet this summer for a state project to replace two aging culverts beneath the highway.

The project site is located on a key route between Interstate 5 and fishing areas on the lower Columbia River, downriver from Longview.

Sean Michael Davies, 22, a U.S. Citizen residing in Warrenton, Oregon, was arrested this morning after he surrendered to agents of the FBI in connection with charges involving the planting of a fake bomb on a Dutch airliner

A huge mass of unusually warm water that scientists have dubbed "The Blob" has lurked off the West Coast for much of the past two years and speculation is growing that it may be connected in some way with the drought plaguing West Coast states.

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