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ODOT Begins Work on Astoria Megler Bridge

ODOT has started installing containment equipment on the bridge to prepare for the upcoming painting and repairs. During construction, plan for a single lane traffic with flaggers and up to 20 minute delays on weekdays. Single lane closures will be allowed: Daily, Monday through Thursday, between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. ​Daily, Friday, between 6 a.m. to 5…

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Clatsop County To Hold Public Forums on Commissioner District Boundaries

CLATSOP COUNTY HOSTS PUBLIC FORUMS ON DISTRICT BOUNDARY PROCESS The public is invited to offer input on the process to redraw the boundaries of the five Clatsop County Board of Commissioners districts. The county is required, under its charter, to review the boundaries every 10 years following the release of population data from the federal…

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SW WA US Representative Jamie Herrera Beutler To Host Telephone Town Hall Meeting

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler will be hosting a live telephone town hall on Tuesday, October 12 @ 5:30PM Pacific Standard Time. All residents of Southwest Washington’s third congressional district are invited to join Representative Herrera Beutler as she gives an update on her work in Congress for Southwest Washington. Residents will also be invited to…

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Despite Surge, Hood to Coast is a Go

By Joanne Rideout.  The Hood to Coast Relay Race will proceed this weekend, bringing thousands of runners to Seaside, during a time when COVID-19 cases are rising again and rural hospitals risk being overwhelmed. Rebecca Coplin is interim chief executive at Providence Seaside Hospital. “I would say that in many ways this is a typical…

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Over Capacity Leads to Deaths at Columbia Memorial Hospital

by Jacob Lewin. Columbia Memorial Hospital says several patients have died there because they could not be transferred to larger, more specialized hospitals. These are not covid deaths, although it is overcrowding due to covid that kept them from getting treatment. In a brief statement made to the Astorian, Columbia Memorial’s CEO—Erik Thorson– says that…

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COVID-19 Confirmed in 4 Additional Wahkiakum County Residents

Wahkiakum County Health and Human Services (WHHS) has received positive test result notifications for 4 additional COVID-19 cases in Wahkiakum County residents. This brings Wahkiakum to a cumulative total of 195 cases with 23 of those potentially active  and 5 fatalities. Health and Human Services is working to identify anyone who may have an exposure…

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Washington governor orders state employees, health care workers to get COVID-19 vaccine

  By Austin Jenkins, Northwest News Service.      With COVID-19 cases once again surging and vaccination rates lagging in many parts of the state, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday ordered most state employees, as well as workers in private health care, long-term care and congregate settings to get fully vaccinated by October 18…

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Whistle Will Return

(Whistle Will Return).  Reporter:  Jacob Lewin 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. Ever since…

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Clatsop Public Health Endorses Mask Guidance

PUBLIC HEALTH ENDORSES NEW STATE, FEDERAL MASK GUIDANCE Clatsop County Public Health is asking the public to observe new state and federal recommendations to wear face masks indoors to help control the spread of COVID-19. On Tuesday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in response to a nationwide surge in cases, issued guidelines…