Work in Downtown Astoria on the latest phase of the multi-year, multi-million dollar sewer separation CSO project is on schedule according to the city.  Street work to place new storm water pipes  and rebuild streets and sidewalks continues with additional areas under construction next week.

Crews will continue work within the 8th St and Commercial intersection. That intersection is expected to be open to traffic on Monday, April 22nd. The city says pavement removal and utility installation will begin on 8th Street between Commercial and Duane this coming Monday. The intersection of 8th and Duane will be open to traffic during this work. Storm pipe installation on 10th Street between Duane and Exchange, and on Exchange between 9th and 10th Streets will be taking place with storm pipe installation may begin on 10th Street between Irving and Jerome towards the end of the week.

The City will host its second Community Meeting for the Astoria Transportation System Plan (TSP) Update on Wednesday, April 24 from 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. at theLiberty Theater, McTavish Room (1203 Commercial Street). The City's updated Transportation System Plan will guide improvements to roads, trails, and other transportation facilities over the next 20 years.

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Fourteen public meetings have been scheduled to discuss the future of the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada. The Portland meeting will be held April 16th and another in Seattle on May 2nd. The Columbia River Treaty has served as a model of international cooperation since 1964, bringing significant flood control and power generation benefits to both countries.

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Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into Tuesday afternoon's single vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 26 in the Coast Range west of Manning in Columbia County. The crash resulted in the death of an adult female and serious injury to her husband who was driving the vehicle. 

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What appears to be another part of a torii (sacred arch) was removed from the ocean shore near Florence about mid-day on April 9, 2013. Leisure Excavating from Florence transported it from the Siuslaw River South Jetty to a nearby state park maintenance compound for safekeeping.

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The  Astoria Downtown Historic District Association (ADHDA) is organizing the annual Downtown Clean-Up Day on Sunday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. to noon to celebrate Earth Day. Meet at the Sunset Empire Transit District parking lot (corner of 10th and Marine Drive) to receive materials and jobs assignments.  We would like to spruce up downtown in preparation for the Astoria Sunday Market, the cruise ships and the summer tourist season.

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After facing the reality of losing Astoria's premiere annual event it seems things are back on track for the Astoria Regatta with a partially rejuvenated association and some new leadership at the helm.  This does not mean the future of the yearly festival is assured.  That will depend on a higher level of personal involvement by private citizens willing to volunteer on those critical committees that do all the planning and organizing year after year.

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Coastal living is growing in popularity, putting more and more people at risk from the dangerous storms which can devastate shore communities. The American Red Cross urges those considering taking up residence along the coast to know what steps they should take should a storm threaten their neighborhood.

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It's not unusual for schools to go directly to the public to raise money.  Parents and friends are used to seeing kids show up at the front door selling everything from chocolate bars to Christmas wreaths to support extracurricular programs for schools but when it comes to creative fundraising efforts the unique Astoria High School Aquatic Biology program has perhaps the perfect way to raise money and highlight the program at the same time.

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On April 4, 2013 at 3:00pm Officer Ray Ayers was going on-duty for his patrol shift when he turned his department-issued cell phone on. Officer Ayers immediately received a text message notification and voicemail notification. Upon checking the text message and voicemail Officer Ayers was surprised to read that a woman named "Diana" had some "stuff" and wanted to know if he wanted some. Officer Ayers then listened to the voicemail and again found that the message was from "Diana" stating she had some "blue 30 milligram" if asked he could "help her out." Officer Ayers was not sure if the text and voicemail were a joke or a mistake but knew the reference to "blue" was for the prescription medication oxycodone.

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Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, Clatsop County, and numerous partner agencies will conduct a Mass Rescue and Maritime Security exercise on the Astoria waterfront Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 3p.m.

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