Thursday, July 31, 2014

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Sometimes, timing is everything. Several weeks ago Recreation Coordinator Pam Pearce asked Deputy Chief (and Parks Board member) Brad Johnston to speak at an in service training for life guards at the Astoria Aquatic Center. That talk was scheduled for May 4th. The potential abduction Astoria Police had responded to the week earlier of course focused some of the conversation. What would happen if a child was missing at the Aquatic Center?

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Thursday morning at about 6:00 am, the Pacific County Communications Center received a call from an alert citizen parked at the Seaview Beach access advising that he had just observed a man walking into the ocean fully clothed. The alert caller stated that he had tried to speak with the man about what his intentions were and the man kept walking into the ocean. A deputy from the Pacific County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene and observed the fully clothed man in the ocean up to his chest. The deputy observed that the man was about 200 yards off shore.

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The Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command invites the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly installed HU-25 Falcon jet display at Sector Columbia River, next to Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton, at 2 p.m., Friday.

The aircraft will be open for tours from 2-4 p.m.

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority's acting director will lead Oregon's effort to transition some functions of its health insurance exchange to the federal government.

Tina Edlund says in an email to staff Wednesday that Gov. John Kitzhaber has asked her to serve as transition project director. She'll be responsible for coordinating efforts among various state and federal agencies to ensure the state is ready for the next enrollment period that begins Nov. 15.

Suzanne Hoffman, the health authority's chief operating officer, will become acting director. She's the third person to lead the health authority since late last year.

Cover Oregon has decided to partner with the federal government on health-insurance enrollment, abandoning plans to act independently after the online enrollment system failed to work.

Clyde Hamstreet remains the Cover Oregon's interim director.

Warrenton Mayor Mark Kujala says it's way too early to term the offer a sale of the land but the city has been approached by the Nygaard operation about working out some kind of deal ahead of a big increase in lease fees next year.  Nygaard has been leasing the property from the city of Warrenton for some 30 years.  The company is the third largest employer in the area and the Mayor points out that the company and it's employees are important contributors to the community through the public service they provide. 

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A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew working with local responders located and rescued two hikers stranded on a cliff in Ecola State Park, south of Seaside, Ore., Monday. Coast Guard Sector Columbia River command center watchstanders received a call from Seaside 911 operators requesting the help of a helicopter crew in locating the missing hikers.

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Canadian authorities have approved sending natural gas to an Oregon terminal where it would be liquefied for export overseas.  The  National Energy Board of Canada has approved a 25-year natural gas export license for Oregon LNG, whose terminal would be near the mouth of the Columbia River, in Warrenton.

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The Oregon Innovation Council (Oregon InC) released a Request for Proposals today to solicit ideas statewide that will help build and support new and emerging industries.

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