Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Tuesday night the Astoria City Council voted in favor of extending a noise permit to Columbia House Condominiums to allow the manager there to continue hazing starlings that have invaded the facility.

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Two contractors, Robinson Construction of Hillsboro and JP Contractors of Portland responded to the bid solicitation for construction of the Garden of Surging Waves in downtown Astoria. Negotiations are currently underway with the low-bid contractor, Robinson, whose proposal also calls for work to be performed by local subcontractors. Robinson's work is well known in the area, and includes major projects like Lewis & Clark Elementary School and the Astoria Middle and High School remodels.

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The public is invited to learn more about the school-based health center proposed for the Astoria School District at a series of community meetings beginning later this month. The meetings will be held Jan. 30, Feb. 26 and March 21. All the meetings will take place at the Astoria High School auditorium from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is beginning a tree removal project along a 3-mile stretch of U.S. 30 between Astoria and Svensen that will improve safety and minimize closures due to falling trees during winter storms.  While improving safety, the project also helps protect the environment by providing trees that can be used to address riparian enhancement and protection in some of the corridor's fish-bearing streams.   Because the corridor encompasses 3 separate fish bearing streams, ODOT has worked closely with the Oregon Department of Forestry and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to enhance stream habitat.

 

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At least two students were shot at Lone Star College in Texas on Tuesday, a school official said. According to Jed Young, a spokesman for the school, the shooting began with an altercation "involving two individuals" shortly before 12:30 p.m. local time. Two people--one student and one employee--were shot in the crossfire, the spokesman said. The extent of their injuries were not immediately known. According to Houston's ABC affiliate, both victims have multiple gun shot wounds and are in serious condition.

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Researchers at a fish hatchery near Suquamish in Kitsap County are trying to identify the toxic substance in storm water runoff that deadens coho salmon in streams, prevents them from spawning and causes deformities in coho embryos.

Observers have noticed coho seemed confused and turn onto their sides a few hours after a rainstorm.

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Astoria was designated an official Coast Guard City in 2011 because of the long-standing relationship that exists between the city and the Coast Guard that has been mutually beneficial and supportive. This week the city marks that relationship with a specially designed monument placed near the downtown pier currently undergoing a complete rebuild to better accommodate the two Coast Guard ships that are home-ported there.

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Tuesday evening the Astoria City Council and the city Planning Commission will be meeting in a joint session to talk over the city's pedestrian issues and to lay out the groundrules related to future alternative energy facilties.

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