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Astoria received the highest number of awards for their downtown revitalization efforts at the 2014 Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards given by Oregon Main Street on Oct. 1 during the Oregon Main Street Annual Conference in McMinnville. Awards were received for:

Volunteer of the Year: Tiffany Estes
Outstanding Business: Street 14 Coffee
Best Adaptive Reuse: Buoy Beer Co.
Best Downtown Improvement Project: Garden of Surging Waves

Oregon State P olice (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division asks for the public's help for information to identify the person responsible for the mid-September unlawful killing of a large bull elk on the Jewell Meadows Elk Refuge in Clatsop County. A reward of up to $1000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in this case.

The public is invited to an open house that is scheduled October 7 about a major rehabilitation project to repair the historic Lewis & Clark River and Old Youngs Bay Bridges. The public open house will highlight the project, bridge closures and traffic impacts It is scheduled for Tuesday, October 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 Marine Drive, in Astoria.

Saturday, October 4th is the Waterside underwater cleanup of the Astoria Waterfront where Divers will clean up the in-water shoreline of the Astoria submerged lands from 41st street to the Port of Astoria.

Now, when you shop at Fred Meyer with a rewards card, you can support Lower Columbia Hospice at no additional cost to you.
Through Fred Meyer's Community Awards program, customers may link their rewards card to Lower Columbia Hospice. Fred Meyer will make a donation to Hospice based on the accumulated spending of the Rewards customers. You will still get your quarterly rewards money but Hospice will also benefit from your shopping.

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park, Fort Clatsop is pleased to announce the autumn 2014 In Their Footsteps free speakers series. The first program in this monthly series is Mysterious Mushrooms of Clatsop County presented by Dane Osis. This is scheduled for Sunday, September 21, at 1:00 p.m.

The Sunset Empire Transportation District, Board of Commissioners, announced today their appointment of Jeff Hazen as the new Executive Director for the District. Mr. Hazen brings many years of experience in financial and operational management, marketing and customer service to the District. Mr. Hazen has served in local government as a Clatsop County Commissioner and Warrenton Mayor and is an active member of several community organizations. Mr. Hazen lives in the Hammond area and will start work at the District on September 29th.

Clatsop County is seeking applications for an upcoming vacancy on the county Planning Commission.The Planning Commission holds land-use hearings, implements the county's zoning ordinances and comprehensive land-use plan and advises the Board of Commissioners on land-use issues. The Planning Commission regularly meets the second Tuesday of each month in Astoria.

The Clatsop beaches will re-open to razor clamming Oct. 1 following the annual conservation closure.

During the razor clam conservation closure, ODFW conducted stock assessment surveys to determine the status and health of the population. From July 15 to Sept. 30ODFW staff collected information about the distribution, abundance, and sizes of razor clams. Similar surveys have been conducted annually since 2004.

Septic inspection program

The board heard a presentation from Environmental Health Supervisor Mike McNickle on the county's on-site sewer disposal inspection program. Since the county assumed responsibility for the program from the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality in June, the Public Health and Community Development departments, which administer it, have worked to improve responsiveness for applications, McNickle said, including a one-week turn-around goal for applications.

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici will join federal, state, and local emergency planners as well as residents and visitors at the Cannon Beach Emergency Preparedness Fair. The fair, which will be held at one of the city's cache sites for emergency supplies, is an opportunity to learn about local tsunami education and planning activities and to highlight how important coordinated emergency planning is for Oregon's ability to respond to and recover from a Cascadia earthquake and tsunami.

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