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Retail Ground Beef Recall In Oregon, Washington

Interstate Meat Distributers Recalls Ground Beef Products Due to Possible E. Coli 0157:H7 Contamination WASHINGTON, Jan. 6, 2022 – Interstate Meat Dist. Inc., a Clackamas, Ore., establishment, is recalling approximately 28,356 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today….

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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…

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Clatsop County Vaccine Update Monday, May 10

By Joanne Rideout.    Clatsop County continues to offer vaccine clinics, new venues are now offering vaccines, and the county awaits federal approval, anticipated this week, to give the Pfizer vaccine to 12 year olds and up.  Last week, the county administered 1,500 first and second doses at two clinics in Astoria and Seaside. A…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Vaccine Update

By  Joanne Rideout.  COVID-19 vaccination efforts continue in Clatsop County, as the health department pushes toward herd immunity. Clatsop County Vaccine Task Force Incident Commander Chris Laman said that last week the county administered close to 3,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine, including almost 1,000 second doses. “Twelve thousand five hundred people have now been…

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Clatsop County Reaches Out To Get More Residents Vaccinated

By Jacob Lewin.   The Oregon Health Authority is calling it a fourth wave of covid and it may push a dozen or so counties into the extreme risk category. Clatsop will likely NOT be getting yet more restrictions, but the numbers here have also surged. Meanwhile the county is doubling down on its vaccination…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Increases Covid-19 Vaccine Availability

By Joanne Rideout.      COVID-19 vaccines will soon be more available than ever in Clatsop County. Officials hope that will help reverse a trend toward fewer people seeking a vaccine, even though the county is still far from the herd immunity needed to stop the pandemic. KMUN’s Joanne Rideout reports. At a Clatsop County…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Increases Covid-19 Vaccine Availability

By Joanne Rideout.    COVID-19 vaccines will soon be more available than ever in Clatsop County. Officials hope that will help reverse a trend toward fewer people seeking a vaccine, even though the county is still far from the herd immunity needed to stop the pandemic.  At a Clatsop County Vaccine Task Force meeting on…

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OREGON US SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY CONDUCTS CLATSOP COUNTY ONLINE TOWN HALL

Over 50 people were in attendance on Wednesday when Oregon US Senator Jeff Merkley held an online Clatsop County Town Hall meeting. To begin the meeting, Merkley praised the efforts of Clatsop Economic Development Resources success in distributing pandemic relief funds and personal protective equipment to hundreds of small businesses in the county, especially in…

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Clatsop County Moves Forward With Vaccinating As Many People As Possible

by Joanne Rideout.       As of the end of last week, the Clatsop County Public Health Department had administered a total of 20,000 first and second doses of the COVID-19 Moderna vaccine, since the vaccination effort began. Clatsop County Vaccine Task Force Incident Commander Chris Laman estimated that about 35 percent of county residents…

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Enrollment Tanks at Clatsop Community College

By Jacob Lewin.   New numbers from Clatsop Community College show a 44-percent drop in student enrollment for the current year. That’s the highest decrease of any of the state’s 17 community colleges.  Enrollment at the college has dropped from more than 13-hundred fulltime equivalent pre-covid to only about 750 currently on an annualized basis: “By…

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WAHKIAKUM COUNTY, WA. COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS OFFERED

Washington’s Wahkiakum County has two Covid-19 vaccine clinics scheduled in the couple of weeks. Wednesday, April 7th 9 am until noon, then on Saturday April 17th from 9am until noon. Wahkiakum county residents over age 18 are encouraged to attend the April 17th session. Appointments are required. No walk-ins. Volunteers are needed for support services…

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PACIFIC COUNTY, WA, COVID-19 VACCINE CLINICS OFFERED

In Washington, COVID 19 vaccine clinics are currently being scheduled by providers in Pacific County. Clinic locations at the Ilwaco Library and Port of Willapa Harbor are offering appointments online. If you are eligible for the vaccine, AND you live or work in Pacific County, you may sign up online for the clinic you would…

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Construction work to reopen one lane on SR 401 near Naselle begins Monday, April 5

Work to build a temporary bypass road around an unstable section of State Route 401 begins Monday, April 5. On Monday, the Washington State Department of Transportation’s emergency contractor Big River Excavating will begin clearing debris to make way for a temporary road around a damaged section of highway, with the intent of restoring travel along…

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Oregon’s Clatsop County Expands Vaccination Program

By Joanne Rideout. Clatsop County continues to expand COVID-19 vaccinations for county residents in a number of different demographics People of any age who don’t have a vaccine yet can still sign up for a shot by completing the survey on the county’s website. Officials continue to prioritize vaccinations by age, so olde people get their shots first. But…

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Both Lanes of US101 North of Astoria-Megler Bridge Now Open

At 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, crews reopened both lanes of US 101 at milepost 1.2, just north of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, following emergency culvert replacement work. While crews wrap up construction by installing roadway markings and performing site restoration work, travelers should plan for daytime delays with single lane closures Monday, March 29 through…

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Studded Tires Must Be Removed By Midnight, Wed March 31

The Washington State Department of Transportation reminds drivers that state law requires all studded tires to be removed by the end of the day Wednesday, March 31. Starting at midnight on Thursday, April 1, drivers with studded tires face a $136 fine. Studded tires damage pavement, so removing them promptly after winter has passed helps…

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Clatsop County Vaccination Update

by Joanne Rideout. Last week, the county held four vaccination events and gave about 1200 people their first shot of the two-shot Moderna vaccine. They’ve also administered the Johnson and Johnson vaccine (referred to sometimes as the Janssen vaccine), to about 115 people. Johnson and Johnson is the one-shot version of currently available COVID vaccines….

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Clatsop County Ramps Up Vaccinations This Week

A Big Week in Clatsop County for Vaccinations.      Jacob Lewin.     Clatsop County will be accelerating its Covid-19 vaccine effort this week and hopes to have 20% of county residents vaccinated by the end of the week. As of last Friday, about 14% of Clatsop County residents had received first doses of a…

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More Evidence Will Be Taken in Hollander Hospitality’s Effort to Extend Design Approval for a Proposed Hotel in Astoria

The process continues in Hollander Hospitality’s long-running efforts for approval to build a 4 story hotel on Astoria’s 2nd Street. The Astoria City Council on Monday considered options the City may take in response to the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals remand of the City’s denial of permit extension requests. A design review approval…

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ASTORIA AQUATIC CENTER REOPENING

The Astoria Parks and Recreation Department announces the first day of reopening the Astoria Aquatic Center to the public on Monday, March 15, 2021 at 7:00am, assuming Clatsop County remains in, or below, the HIGH Risk Category for COVID 19. The Aquatics Division has procured and trained staff, reorganized use areas to increase social distancing…