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The Oregon Attorney General's office appeared Thursday before the United States Senate Committee on Finance in Washington, D.C., on scams targeting Oregonians during tax season. Ellen Klem, the Attorney General's Director of Consumer Outreach and Education, was invited, at the request of Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden, to testify on financial scams and frauds, specifically telephone scams in which the caller poses as an IRS agent.

Ocean Beach Hospital has scheduled a FREE Workshop which is open to the public. This workshop entitled, "Chronic Disease Self-Management" will be held every Thursday for six consecutive weeks beginning April 16thand running until May 21st. The workshop will be held in Ilwaco at the Ocean Beach Hospital Meeting Room, 174 1st Ave. N. This program is designed to help anyone who suffers from a "chronic condition": including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension just to name a few. The goal is to lessen stress and frustration, manage symptoms, and deal with fatigue. Those caring for a loved one with a chronic condition may benefit from this workshop also. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life by managing your symptoms. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodations can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling one of the listed phone numbers. For more information and registration, please call (360) 642-6308 or 1-800-801-0060.

Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will likely see a catch quota for chinook salmon similar to last year's and a lower quota for coho, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries, approved Thursday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), reflect a decline from 2014 in the forecast for Columbia River hatchery coho and a moderate increase in Columbia River chinook. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

The following summary is provided by Clatsop County and covers the Wednesday, March 11, 2015 special meeting

Enterprise Zone resolution

The board voted to approve an application to the State of Oregon to establish a Clatsop Enterprise Zone. The zone, covering multiple properties in Astoria, Warrenton, Miles Crossing and Knappa, would extend property tax exemptions of up to five years to certain qualifying new and expanding businesses for new development. The project is a joint effort of the county, the cities of Astoria and Warrenton and the Port of Astoria. The Warrenton City Commission and port commission have each approved resolutions supporting the application – the Astoria City Council is due to vote on its own resolution March 16.

The Oregon College Savings Plan announced today a new program to help parents and families better understand the long-term benefits of higher education and how to reach their college planning goals. "Be College Ready," which will kick off in September 2015, will bring the Oregon College Savings Plan (OCSP) directly into the state's elementary schools: educating parents about how to plan for future college expenses, motivating kids with fun classroom materials and partnering with local business and civic organizations to provide program resources that meet the needs of each local community.

Be College Ready will be piloted in elementary schools in five school districts across the state — Seaside, Hermiston, Grants Pass, McMinnville and North Clackamas — with the goal of expanding the program every year, and ultimately offering it to every school district statewide.

Ballots went out to Gearhart voters over the weekend in a recall election for the town Mayor Diane Widdop. Petitioners charge that Widdop acted inappropriately on separate occassions in the fall of 2014.

It would be difficult to say just how many young lives have been touched over the years by two local women who have been selected to receive this year's prestigious Lady Liberty Award. Sisters Jeanne Maddox Peterson and Judith Maddox Bigby have each in their way positively influenced young people to strive for excellence in their lives. Their contributions will be recognized April 9th.

Clatsop County Manager Scott Somers announced Monday that Valerie Crafard has been hired as the new County Clerk.

"I have every confidence in Valerie's ability to lead and manage the County Clerk Department," Somers said. "She has performed at a commendable level during her interim appointment as County Clerk. The County is very fortunate to have attracted and retained someone of Valerie's caliber."

Clatsop Community College will hold an opening ceremony for its new Veteran's Center, located in the former Student Services Building, 1717 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, on Wednesday, March 18 at 11:00am.

Due to the unusual drier winter conditions- dry east winds are predicted to last through this weekend. The Oregon Department of Forestry is advising extreme caution to anyone conducting debris or backyard burns until the rain returns next week.

An Oregon Department of Transportation crew will be removing hazard trees along U.S. 101 near Cannon Beach from Monday, March 9 through Wednesday, March 11

, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. ODOT will be conducting traffic control through the work zone and the public is encouraged to drive with caution and to expect minor delays.

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