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The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Steadfast is scheduled to hold a change of command ceremony, Friday, at 10 a.m., at the Columbia River Maritime Museum, Astoria.

 

"There's a lot going on in our town", says newly appointed Warrenton Mayor Henry Balensifer as he sat down with KAST's Tom Freel to talk about the city this week in a broadcast interview.

Balensifer follows in the footsteps of his grandmother Barbara “Barb” Balensifer who served as the town Mayor during its recent history.  Henry Balensifer was selected by his commissioners to fill out the term of Mark Kujala who stepped down from the position recently. Balensifer has already announced his intention to run for a full term as he takes on the final year and a half of this appointed term.

For the past decade, a local volunteer organization that began quite small and little known here has become a leader in providing something fundamental to bolstering self-esteem and a sense of worth in hundreds of school children.

Today Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR) issued the following statement after a shooting occurred at a practice for the Congressional Baseball Game. 

 “This morning several innocent people, including some of my Congressional colleagues, were attacked as they practiced for the Congressional baseball game. I thank the brave Capitol Police Officers and Alexandria Police for their response to this horrific shooting. My thoughts and prayers are with Whip Steve Scalise, the Capitol Police officers, Congressional aides, and others who were wounded this morning, and I wish them each a full and speedy recovery.

 “The annual Congressional Baseball Game is a tradition and an opportunity for members of Congress, their staff, and families to come together and raise money for charity. I’m confident in the collective strength of my colleagues as we stand together against this cowardly, criminal act.”

It wasn’t the nicest day as far as the weather in Seaside Saturday but, a very good day for Seaside Kids Inc. as the team from Ohana Media Group (OMG) orchestrated the 10th annual Ducky Derby which raised over $3200.00 and since 2009 has raised over $35,000 for the local nonprofit athletic program.

Saturday afternoon (6/10/17) around 2:30 PM a Seaside woman lost her life in a head-on crash on Highway 101. OSP Troopers and emergency personnel responded near milepost 14.  Officials say alcohol may have been a factor in that fatal crash.

On Monday a deputy from the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to Carnahan Park, in the Cullaby Lake area of rural Warrenton. The caller reported finding a damaged headstone, which was discarded near the boat launch. Sheriff Tom Bergin asks for the public's help to catch the person(s) who perpetrated the crime and to identify the broken stone so it can be restored.

A new fee tacked to water and sewer bills introduced by Astoria City Councilor Cindy Price, supported by the majority and opposed by councilor Zetty Nemlowill this week has Facebook abuzz and has become a hot topic in coffee shop talk.  Price proposed the $3 fee as a way to deal with a budget deficit in the Parks and Recreation Department.

The Pacific halibut nearshore sport fishery in the Columbia River Subarea will open to seven days per week, starting this week.

 The all-depth fishery closed, with approximately 1,000 pounds remaining on the quota. That is not enough to open for additional all-depth days. That remaining quota has been transferred to the nearshore fishery, allowing the additional days per week to be open. The nearshore fishery will be open until the revised quota of 1,511 pounds is harvested, or September 30, whichever comes first.

The city of Astoria was re-designated a Coast Guard City, affirming its support of the Coast Guard units and service members that call Astoria home, in a service held Monday.

Astoria Co-op Grocery has signed a long term lease which includes construction of a new grocery store at Mill Pond, located at 23rd Street and Marine Drive in Astoria. Plans include a larger version of the current store, with more fresh produce, meat, cheese, deli, dining area, and parking. The new building will include about 7,500 square feet of retail space compared to the current 2,100 square feet.

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