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The Avenue U Bridge will close temporarily for a few hours this Thursday, April 30, as part of the Oregon Department of Transportation's regular inspection process. While an exact start and end time is unknown, residents should plan on the bridge being closed from noon until 3 p.m. with the majority of the work lasting for two hours.

ODOT workers will be using a 'snooper' truck and crane to inspect the structure. This type of device is a bucket truck that can look underneath the bridge with two people in the bucket. Traffic will be detoured to Avenue G during the closure.

Improving the response capacity of Pacific County and other Washington State coastal communities at risk of tsunami presents an on-going challenge. To meet this challenge Pacific County Emergency Management has supported an evaluation program to monitor and improve earthquake and tsunami education and preparedness programs. The next phase of that effort is getting underway.

As the death toll climbs in Nepal following the massive earthquake over the weekend, Better Business Bureau along with Secretary of State Kim Wyman and Attorney General Bob Ferguson are urging Washingtonians to be on guard for charity scams targeting donors.

Former Astoria Mayor Willis L Van Dusen never missed an Astoria Regatta Grand Land parade. He was a part of every one and usually commanded a LEKTRO airplane tug, perfectly executing complex maneuvers along the downtown route. We don't know if he'll be showing off his tug operating expertise but he will be leading the 2015 Grand Land Parade as the Grand Marshall according to a news release from Regatta President Kevin Leahy.

Astoria Downtown Historic District Association is organizing its annual Spring Clean Up of downtown, Sunday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. With a team of community volunteers, ADHDA will be getting the downtown shopping area clean and attractive to ensure our town sparkles for both locals and visitors.

The clean-up crews will be working on various projects throughout the downtown historic district, including picking up trash, cleaning lamp posts and trash cans, and clearing moss. They will be meeting at the Columbia Bank parking lot (corner of 11th and Duane Streets) at 10 a.m. to hand out materials and assign jobs. Volunteers should bring their own working gloves and additional tools to remove weeds and moss. ADHDA will provide garbage bags and other cleaning materials, as well as a free BBQ hotdog lunch for all volunteers!

If you are interested in participating, please sign up online at www.astoriadowntown.com. Additional questions, please contact ADHDA Executive Director, Alana Garner at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-791-7940.

The Crab, Seafood and Wine Festival starts today at The Clatsop County Fairgrounds with the doors opening tonight but will they be ready?  It's a "ready or not" event but still missing some community volunteers to run smoothly.

In a ceremony on May 5, 2015, CMH/OHSU Cardiology Clinic will donate seven automated external defibrillators (AED) to community organizations in Clatsop County. CMH awarded AEDs to the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce, Clatsop County Humane Society, Astoria Column, Hammond Library, Clatsop County Heritage Museum, Oregon Film Museum, and Astor Street Opry Company.

Astoria City Manager Brett Estes announces that the field of finalists for the position of Astoria Community Development Director has been narrowed to five. The public is cordially invited to meet the candidates at an informal reception being held at the Barbey Maritime Center located at 2042 Marine Drive on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and a no-host bar will be available. Comment cards will be provided at the meet and greet.

Five conservation and animal welfare organizations initiated a lawsuit today against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USDA Wildlife Services to stop what they term as the "slaughter of thousands of double-crested cormorants in the Columbia River basin." Sharnelle Fee, Director of the Wildlife Center of the North Coast says in a news release that the agencies are scapegoating the native birds for salmon declines while ignoring the real threat to salmon: mismanagement of the federal hydropower system. Unless stopped, the agencies will kill more than 15 percent of the entire population of double-crested cormorants west of the Rocky Mountains.

The Astoria city council has decided to abandon any plan to rebuild, or renovate the city library instead opting to explore building a new structure on heritage square next to the Garden of Surging Waves. That new building is envisioned as containing the square footage required for the new library and some housing, both affordable and market rate. The council directed staff to pursue the idea and City Manager Brett Estes said the most likely next step will be to hire an architect to produce a design and cost estimates. In other council action Monday night:

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will set ocean salmon and Pacific halibut seasons and discuss the status of wolves when it meets in Bend on April 24.

The Commission will be asked to set the 2015 ocean salmon and Pacific halibut seasons for Oregon's territorial waters from shore to three miles out. The seasons in ocean waters beyond three miles already have been set by the Pacific Management Council, and the Commission will consider similar regulations for state waters. In addition, recreational and commercial troll fall Chinook salmon target fisheries in state waters only will be considered for waters adjacent to Tillamook Bay, the Elk River, and the Chetco River.

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