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Fort George Brewery’s five o’clock whistle is an Astoria tradition

For years, Fort George Brewery blew a work whistle at its downtown brewery every day, audible in and near downtown Astoria. For some, it was a kind of connection during the pandemic. The whistle was moved earlier this year, but that’s not the end of the story. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin reports: Ever since Fort George…

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Clastsop County Vaccine Update

With 18 new cases a day, some of the covid-19 spread we’re now seeing in Clatsop County is coming from people who have been vaccinated. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin spoke with County Public Health Director Margo Lalich and has this report: While the large majority of new covid cases involve the unvaccinated, locally about 15-percent of…

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National Trust for Historic Preservation comes to Astoria to support women in trades

A crew of historic preservation students spent the past two weeks working on a century-old, women-owned commercial building in Astoria, Oregon. The project, funded by the TAWANI Foundation, is part of an effort to get more women involved in the preservation trades. Joanne Rideout reports. Photo: Students get a lesson in period window restoration as…

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Fire destroys shed at Seaside Golf Course

Around 1 p.m. on yesterday, Seaside Dispatch received a report of a structure fire at the Seaside Golf Course. Seaside Fire & Rescue found a utility shed there engulfed in flames. The blaze quickly escalated to a two-alarm fire with Seaside Fire receiving mutual aid from Gearhart, Cannon Beach, and Hamlet Fire Departments. Firefighters arriving…

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Astoria Police investigate business breakins

Astoria Police investigate business breakins Astoria Police are investigating two early morning break-ins on Wednesday at local businesses. At about 3:09 AM a caller reported hearing a loud crash at Hong Kong restaurant located at 2813 Marine Dr. Officers arrived and observed that a rock had been thrown through the glass door. The witness reported…

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Residents asked to conserve outdoor water use during temporary chlorine shortage

Residents asked to conserve outdoor water use during temporary chlorine shortage An equipment failure at a chlorine plant in Longview, Washington, is causing chlorine shortages around the Pacific Northwest and California. It could take until early July to get supplies moving normally again. Communities should not have to worry about water supplies, but residents are…

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COVID update Fri June 11

COVID update for Friday June 11 Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services has confirmed two 2 additional COVID-19 cases in county residents. The individuals are in self-quarantine. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 151 cases with 33 of those potentially active. There is a connection to the Wahkiakum School District. Thanks to ongoing…

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Oregon couple fined for illegal crab sales

Oregon couple fined for illegal crab sales A Hermiston, Oregon, couple has been sentenced to pay $1200 after illegally selling recreationally caught crab on the commercial market. The incident showcases the importance of consumers knowing that the fish and shellfish they buy are legally harvested and handled as a food product. Gerald and Shawna Wilson…

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An update on Oregon COVID 19, locally and statewide

An update on COVID 19 locally and statewide in Oregon Yesterday, Oregon reported 307 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases, and 6 new deaths. The state wide case total is 203,671 cases. Clatsop County yesterday announced 6 new cases. Clatsop, Tillamook and Multinomah counties are classified currently as low risk. Columbia County remains in high…

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Beaverton man is sentenced in laser incident

Beaverton man is sentenced in laser incident A Beaverton man was sentenced today for shining a high-powered green laser at a uniformed Federal Protective Service (FPS) officer providing security at the Mark O. Hatfield U.S. Courthouse during a protest in July 2020. Andrew Steven Faulkner, 25, was sentenced to three years’ federal probation to include…

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Three new COVID cases in Wahkiakum County

Three new COVID cases in Wahkiakum County Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services has announced 3 additional COVID-19 cases in county residents. The individuals are in self-quarantine. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 149 cases with 31 of those potentially active. There are no known connections to the Wahkiakum School District and St….

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Clatsop County now in ‘Lower Risk’ category for COVID

Clatsop County now in ‘Lower Risk’ category for COVID Starting today, Clatsop County is now in the Lower Risk category for COVID-19, according to statewide metrics. The county had previously been at “Moderate Risk.” The change reflects a lower local rate of new infections. The Oregon Health Authority recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases in the…

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Washington COVID eviction moratorium could end June 30

Washington COVID eviction moratorium could end June 30 A temporary moratorium on evictions in Washington state, created to assist tenants during the pandemic, is likely to expire at the end of the month. The purpose of the moratorium was to help residents stay in their homes and promote public health and safety by reducing the…

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Clatsop County moves to ‘Lower Risk’ COVID-19 category Clatsop County will move from its current “Moderate Risk” designation for COVID-19 to the “Lower Risk” category, beginning Friday, June 4, based on the local rate of new infections. The Oregon Health Authority recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases in the two-week reporting period from May 16 through…

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Seven new COVID cases and one death in Wahkiakum County

Seven new COVID cases and one death in Wahkiakum County Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services today announced seven new COVID-19 cases and the county’s first fatality from the disease. The individual who died was a female over 80. All seven patients are in self-quarantine. There is a connection to the Wahkiakum School District. Currently,…

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Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wahkiahum County residents

Two new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Wahkiahum County residents Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services confirmed two new COVID-19 cases this morning. Both patients are in self-quarantine. This brings the total new case count this week for the county to eight new cases since Monday. Wahkiakum County has confirmed a cumulative total of 133 cases,…

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Merkley to hold virtual Tillamook Town Hall on Thursday, June 3

Merkley to hold virtual Tillamook Town Hall on Thurs., June 3 Oregon’s U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley on Thursday, June 3, will hold a remote and telephone town hall for constituents in Tillamook County. He’ll update constituents on his work in Washington, D.C., answer questions and invite comments about how to tackle the challenges facing Oregon…

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Clatsop County now in ‘moderate risk’ COVID category

Clatsop County now in ‘moderate risk’ COVID category As of today, Thursday, May 27, Clatsop County is now in the “Moderate Risk” category of state-mandated COVID-19 business and social guidelines, based on the local rate of new infections. The Oregon Health Authority recorded 31 new COVID-19 cases in the two-week reporting period from May 9…

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Two new COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County

Two new COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services confirms two additional COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County residents. Both are in self-quarantine. There is a connection to the Wahkiakum School District. However, thanks to ongoing close cooperation between the school and Health Department and significant protective measures in place, the school…

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Fire danger is up: tips for staying safe and responsible

Fire danger is up: tips for staying safe and responsible Fire danger is up in the Pacific Northwest, along with nice weather and predicted warm temperatures, and the Oregon Department of Forestry is urging people celebrating Memorial Day weekend to be careful with fire. AAA reports that about 485,000 Oregonians plan to travel over the…

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Leave young wildlife alone

Leave young wildlife alone Message for people enjoying the woods this weekend: Young wildlife are rarely orphaned, so leave them where you find them—and keep your pets away too Memorial Day weekends marks the start of summer—and it’s also birthing season for Oregon’s elk and deer herds. Elk calves and deer fawns are born from…

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Clatsop County moves to COVID “moderate risk” level

COUNTY MOVES TO ‘MODERATE RISK’ COVID-19 LEVEL Clatsop County will move to the “Moderate Risk” category of state-mandated COVID-19 business and social guidelines beginning tomorrow, Thursday, May 27, based on the local rate of new infections. The Oregon Health Authority recorded 31 new COVID-19 cases in the two-week reporting period from May 9 through May…

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Clatsop County Vaccine Update – May 10, 2021

Scroll down for radio story… Clatsop County Vaccine Update – May 10, 2021 Clatsop County continues to offer vaccine clinics, new venues are now offering vaccines, and county awaits federal approval, anticipated this week, to give the Pfizer vaccine to 12 year olds and up. Joanne Rideout reports. Last week, the county administered 1,500 first…

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Missing Astoria woman found safe

Missing Astoria woman found safe Late Saturday afternoon, Astoria Police posted alerts about a missing woman in the South Slope neighborhood of Astoria. The agency sent out Facebook posts, texts, and a reverse 911 call to residents of the South Slope area. They’d received a report from family members that 74-year-old Maria Rico had gone…

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CMH will offer COVID vaccine appointments this month

CMH will offer COVID vaccine appointments this month Columbia Memorial Hospital in Astoria will be offering one-shot Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination scheduling this month. People age 18 and up can call CMH Primary Care Clinics and schedule an appointment. Vaccine appointments start May 17th. Call one of CMH’s three clinics for an appointment time….

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Burn ban for area Washington counties as of noon Friday

Burn ban for area Washington counties as of noon Friday There is a burn ban in area counties in Washington as of noon today, extending through April 22. Pacific, Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Skamania and Wahkiakum counties are all included in the ban, with the Washington State Department of Resources. The burn ban applies to outdoor…

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Bright object in Pacific Northwest sky was rocket debris

Bright object in Pacific Northwest sky was rocket debris There was quite a bit of discussion on social media Thursday night around 9 pm, as a bright streak appeared in the sky across the Pacific Northwest. People around KMUN’s local listening area posted videos of what looked like a meteor. The National Weather Service’s Portland…

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Tillamook County COVID-19 and vaccination update

COVID-19 Update from Tillamook County Tillamook County has had 33 new cases during the last two week reporting cycle that ended last week. This means Tillamook County remains in the Moderate Risk category until at least April 9th. OHA will again pull the numbers March 29th, announce their findings Tuesday the 30th, then any change…