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The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office, in conjunction with the Clatsop County Medical Examiner, the Clatsop County Fire Investigation Team and the Oregon State Fire Marshal's Office, is currently investigating the death of an adult male whose body was found within the scene of a residential structure fire Thursday evening. The deceased has been identified as 59-year-old Richard Lee Huddleston. Investigation of the scene and evidence collected is ongoing but at this time Investigators do not believe Huddleston's death to be suspicious. The cause of the fire also remains under investigation. Further information may be released following an autopsy currently scheduled to be conducted by the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office.

The 2017 Legislature created four tax programs to help fund a statewide transportation package: the bicycle excise tax, the vehicle privilege tax, the vehicle use tax, and the statewide transit tax. Here's a rundown.

At approximately 1:33 p.m. on Wednesday, December 13, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a two-alarm structure fire at 719 Avenue S in Seaside. The two-story, single family structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived on scene.

 
The Ghadar Party plaque mysteriously disappeared on October 23rd, from its designated location at the Maritime Memorial Park in Astoria. The plaque recognized the founders of the Indian liberation movement who immigrated to Astoria from Eastern India, mostly as mill workers who worked at the Hammond Mill in Alderbrook. The Ghadar movement eventually led to the independence of India and Pakistan from British colonial rule. State Senator Betsy Johnson, Willis Van Dusen, former mayor and owner of Van Dusen Beverages, Inc., Lovekesh Kumar, owner of the Super Mart in Warrenton, and Bahadur Singh, brother of Kumar have all donated personal funds to replace the missing plaque.

Clatsop County announces the appointment of Gail Henrikson as the new director of the Community Development Department.  She replaces Heather Hansen, who served in the position from June 2014 to November 2017.  Henrikson will join the county Jan. 8.

Henrikson brings more than 13 years of experience in land-use planning to the position, most recently as the director of planning and zoning for the City of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. She earned a B.A. degree in English Language and Linguistics and an M.S. degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

When President Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Tuesday an opportunity for Clatsop Community College opened up.

The college has operated a maritime training center (MERTS) at Tongue Point for a number of years and the language in the NDAA includes authorizing maritime workforce "Centers of Excellence".

The Coast Guard towed a 58-foot fishing vessel after the crew lost the use of their main engine about 17 miles west of Willapa Bay, Sunday.

This story begins December 4th when Pacific County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of possible sexual offense that had occurred at a residence located in the 200 block of Upper Naselle road. Upon arriving at the residence, deputies spoke with the reporting party, an adult female. She explained to deputies that a man had knocked on the door to her residence and identified himself by name. She told the deputies that she recognized the man from previous contacts. The man asked if he could use an electrical outlet to charge his cellular phone and she allowed him into her residence.

For the seventh year in a row, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is partnering with America's State Parks to offer free guided First Day Hikes in state parks across Oregon on New Year's Day. Hikers can register for the hike at the Oregon State Parks Store online, which is new this year--although not required--and will help park staff plan for the hike and provide them with participant contact information should hike details change. 

Hike time: 10 a.m. 
Starting location: Sunset Beach parking lot 
Terrain and length of trail: Easy six-mile hike along the Fort to Sea trail. We recommend this hike for children at least 12 years old. Dogs permitted on 6-foot leash. No child strollers (trail is narrow and unimproved). 
Contact information:(503) 861-3170 
Additional details: Our trek will include areas of reforested shore dunes, dune lakes, open meadows, and areas of maturing pine/spruce forest. We may see elk, blacktail deer, winter bird species, and the occasional cow. 

Participants should dress in layers, wear sturdy shoes, and bring water as well as a camera or binoculars for wildlife viewing. 

The opening of the commercial Dungeness crab season will be delayed until at least Dec. 31 along the entire Oregon coast as testing shows crabs are still too low in meat yield in some areas of the coast. 

Warrenton holds it's first public outreach tonight to gather input from citizens on transportation needs in the city.

The open house will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Thursday evening at Warrenton City Hall and the public is invited to attend anytime during those hours to participate.

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