Friday, April 25, 2014

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The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is closed a mile-long section of the beach on the northwest end of the Long Beach Peninsula to keep razor clam diggers away from a beached crab boat, which is reportedly spilled diesel.  The vessel was the Genesis-A out of Warrenton.  WDFW is working with the Washington Department of Ecology and other agencies to free the 50-foot vessel, and hoped to remove it from the beach Saturday but did not.  The WDFW says they expect to have it removed within 3 to 4 days.

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High school seniors will want to mark their calendars for Senior Preview Day at Clatsop Community College (CCC). Each year, many graduating seniors begin their college experience at CCC.

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A large crowd gathered Friday afternoon to see the remodeled Astoria Railroad Depot rededicated as the Barbey Maritime Center for Research and Industry, the newest addition to the Columbia River Maritime Museum.  The brick building was originally constructed in 1925 by the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railroad after the first wooden depot was destroyed in the great Astoria fire of 1922.

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The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog near Leadbetter Point at the entrance to Willapa Bay, Wash., after their vessel ran aground, Friday.  At approximately 2:39 a.m., the Coast Guard received a mayday call from the 61-foot fishing vessel Genesis A after it ran aground on a sand bar.

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The city of Astoria unveiled a monument commemorating its designation as a Coast Guard City during a ceremony on the 17th St. Pier, Thursday.

The ceremony, attended by Senator Betsy Johnson, D-Scappoose, and Oregon State Representative Deborah Boone, D-Cannon Beach, began with remarks from Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen and Coast Guard Sector Columbia River Commander, Capt. Bruce Jones. Students from the Tongue Point Job Corps then helped to unveil the monument, a black marble sign bearing the Coast Guard shield and naming Astoria an official Coast Guard City.

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Thursday evening at 6:29 PM Astoria Police Responded to a report of a vehicle/pedestrian crash. They arrived and found Danial Diehm, age 54 an Astoria transient had been struck by a regal coach cab. The cab was driven by Brian Jeppersen, age 35 of Astoria.

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The county board held a public hearing on proposed amendments to the county comprehensive land-use plan allowing for the construction of a 3.3-mile sewer line connecting the Shoreline Sanitary District to the City of Warrenton's wastewater treatment plant.

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The county board heard a report from Public Works Director Ed Wegner and Natural Resources Manager Steve Meshke Wednesday on proposed repairs to the pier at the Astoria Yacht Club, which was damaged in a storm in December. The damage hinders access to the county's Fisheries Project net-pen fish-rearing facilities on Youngs Bay, but Meshke said the county may be able to secure $65,000 in funding from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to fund repairs, coupled with a $10,000 county match.

The county and City of Astoria are also discussing a proposed transfer of the pier, currently owned by the city, to the county,

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