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Woody debris placed in streams has proven to significantly improve salmon habitat by provding shady shelter and encouraging the growth of beneficial algae.  Local Boy Scout Troop 621 is collecting Christmas Trees to place in a local creek to aid salmon. Trees may be dropped off at Astoria High School parking lot and at Putnam Pro-lube in Warrenton on Saturday, January 3 between 10:00am and 2:00pm.  Donations are being accepted with the proceeds going toward helping 12 local scouts attend summer camp.

The trees are going to be placed in a tidal channel of Colewart Creek in the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park during a service project on January 31.

The City of Astoria together with Matt Hastie of Angelo Planning Group will hold a Town Hall meeting to present preliminary strategies for updating the City's Development Code to implement recommendations in the Riverfront Vision Plan for properties in the Bridge Vista Area. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Riverview Room #2 of the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W Marine Drive, Astoria.

Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.

The Astoria Police Department is proud to announce the promotion of Officer Chris McNeary to Sergeant effective January 1, 2015. Sergeant McNeary has been employed by the Astoria Police Department since 2000. Prior to working for the Astoria Police Department he worked for the Clatsop County Juvenile Department, was a Reserve Police Officer and a US Army Military Police Officer.

A chilly but beautiful and clear New Year's Eve awaits. Lows drop into the 20's and 30's again with gentle east wind 5-10 mph. Sunnytomorrow and low 40's, ahead of more onshore weather Friday that will bring clouds, and an increasing chance of rain for the weekend, especially Sunday.

-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise

Monday afternoon at 3:45 PM Astoria 911 was called by a male subject who had been walking on a trail in the area of Florence and Antwerp. He had seen a person who appeared unresponsive on the trail. Astoria Police, Fire and Medix Ambulance responded. On arrival they found a 45 year old male subject who was lying against a tree. He was deceased.

Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear will hold "Meet the Mayor" community meetings on the first Wednesday of each month in 2015. All meetings will be from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.
at Astoria City Hall, 2nd Floor, Walldorf Conference Room, 1095 Duane Street. The first meeting will be held on January 7th where the public is invited to share comments, questions or concerns with the Mayor.

Chilly but sunny today. Highs will struggle to reach 40 as Arctic air hangs in for another couple of days. Dry east winds will continue 10-20 mph. Clear skies tonight will drop lows into the 20's. Sunny and 40 for tomorrow and New Year's Day too, before a few more clouds arrive Friday and the chance of rain returns Saturday.

-KAST 1370 Meteorologist Rick Van Cise

People interested in enrolling, or re-enrolling, for health insurance through a certified community partner or agent are invited to attend an event Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 5-6in Astoria or Seaside.

Pacific Power estimates that an outage affecting about 300 customers in East Astoria should be restored by 6:30pm. Crews are on scene where some trees tangled with the power lines and are working to remove those this afternoon.

Investigation into the Christmas morning death of Steven Lynn Russell, age 63, of Astoria continues. An autopsy was conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiners office on Friday, December 26th. The Autopsy revealed that the cause of death was a single gunshot.

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