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Providence Health brings in morgue trucks to Portland hospitals, National Guard personnel will assist at hospitals including Seaside

As the volume of COVID patients continues to put pressure on their health care services, Providence Health, which owns a network of hospitals in Oregon, including Providence Seaside Hospital, announced that it has brought in refrigerated morgue trucks to Providence Portland and Portland St. Vincent. National Guard personnel will also be assisting staff at their…

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Bangs asks Brown to reconsider mask and vaccine mandates

As weekly COVID-19 case counts in Clatsop County continue to surge, primarily in unvaccinated residents, Clatsop County Commissioner Courtney Bangs sent a letter to Oregon Governor Kate Brown urging her to reconsider vaccine and mask mandates, especially, she said, with regard to schools. Bangs said in the letter, quote: “While the vaccine is a valuable…

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Delta variant drives dramatic spikes in Washington COVID cases

OLYMPIA – COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are accelerating across the state of Washington, demonstrating the delta variant’s potential to unravel hard-fought progress toward recovery. Unvaccinated people are being hit hardest, and public health officials continue to urge everyone who has not gotten fully vaccinated to do so immediately. The Washington State Department of Health says…

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Clatsop County Commission responds to state mask mandate

Yesterday, Governor Kate Brown reinstated the mask mandate in Oregon, citing escalating hospitalizations and a lack of local control from county commissions. What about local control in Clatsop County? Clatsop County Commission Chair Mark Kujala said in an email yesterday that the commission as of yesterday had not yet discussed a mask mandate. In a…

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KMUN Seeks Full Time Operations Manager

Love Astoria? Love radio? KMUN seeks an enthusiastic, self-motivated team member to coordinate our technical and operations efforts. This full time exempt position, under the guidance and supervision of the Station Manager, will coordinate station equipment, operations and engineering projects and communicate technical knowledge to station staff and volunteers. KMUN is a listener-powered, volunteer-operated community…

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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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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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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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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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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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Clatsop County seeks volunteers for vaccine distribution

Clatsop County seeks volunteers for vaccine distribution Clatsop County is seeking volunteers to help at its COVID-19 vaccination clinics and in the Public Health Department’s Public Information Call Center. You must be a Clatsop County resident, at least 18 years old and pass a basic background check. While medical staff are needed, there are many…

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Clatsop County COVID Update 2/5/21

  Clatsop County COVID Update 2/5/21 The Clatsop County Public Health Department on Thursday reported seven new local COVID-19 cases, ranging in age from teens to 70s. All are recovering at home. The county has recorded a total of 758 COVID-19 cases since March. Eighteen of those cases resulted in hospitalization. Five individuals have died….

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LOCAL NEWS: SNAP recipients affected by wildfire can get help with food replacement

LOCAL NEWS: SNAP recipients affected by wildfire can get help with food replacement The Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) has received federal approval for an additional extension for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in 20 counties to request the replacement of benefits as a result of food loss due to power outages and…

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FATAL HIKING INCIDENT – TILLAMOOK COUNTY

On Sunday, September 27, 2020 at approximately 1:48 P.M., Oregon State Police Troopers and emergency personnel responded to a person who fell from a cliff, into the ocean, at Devil’s Cauldron trail in Oswald West State Park. Preliminary investigation revealed two people walked down the Devil’s Cauldron trail to take a photograph at a cliff side viewpoint.  Steven Gastelum (43)…

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LOCAL NEWS: Washington state senate candidates to debate in online forums

Washington State Senate candidates to debate in online forum The Washington State Primary election will be held August 4th. Southwest Washington candidates and voters are connecting online. More from Kathleen Morgain: (:10) Note: information on how to join this forum online or by phone is at the end of the script. Script below, Scroll down…

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LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop County Commission votes for mask requirement

LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop County Commission votes for mask requirement Script follows, Scroll Down to Listen [2:04] Wednesday night, the Clatsop County Commission voted unanimously during their online meeting to send a request to Governor Kate Brown asking that Clatsop be added to the list of counties statewide where face masks are required. Clatsop will become…

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LOCAL NEWS: Wahkiakum Commssioners Candidates Forum – Republican and Democratic candidates make their case to voters online

LOCAL NEWS: Wahkiakum Commssioners Candidates Forum – Republican and Democratic candidates make their case to voters online During a pandemic, elections go on. Wahkiakum Republicans and Democrats took the county’s first local candidates forum of the season online via Zoom. KMUN’s Kathleen Morgain has more.  Script follows, Scroll Down to Listen [2:35] Link to live…

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LOCAL NEWS: Astoria City Council votes to support county-wide mask requirement

LOCAL NEWS: Astoria City Council votes to support county-wide mask requirement Script follows; Scroll Down to Listen [3:40] In their online public meeting Monday, the Astoria City Council addressed the idea of requiring masks. The council has received quite a bit of public comment recently on the topic. Mayor Bruce Jones said that while information…

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LOCAL NEWS: Washington students to return to campuses this fall

LOCAL NEWS: Washington students to return to campuses this fall K through 12 students in Washington State will likely return to in-school, in-person learning this fall. KMUN’s Kathleen Morgain has more.  Script follows, Scroll down to Listen [1:15] State Superintendent of Schools Chris Reykdal has released a 55 page document of guidance for the re-opening…

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LOCAL NEWS: Brown declares “yellow light” statewide in reopening, after high Oregon COVID case counts

  LOCAL NEWS: Brown declares “yellow light” statewide in reopening, after high Oregon COVID case counts Script follows, scroll down to Listen…[2:41] by Joanne Rideout Responding to high COVID-19 case counts in the state this week. Oregon governor Kate Brown said her administration has put the brakes on further reopening temporarily, while experts assess what’s…

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LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop County jobless rate soars

LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop County jobless rate soars   New figures from the state employment department show the jobless rate in Clatsop County soared last month surging to 24.4 percent, the second worst rate in Oregon. The drop in tourism-related jobs was the biggest factor, but not the only one. Coast Community Radio’s Jacob Lewin reports:    …

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LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop Community College faces shortfall

LOCAL NEWS: Clatsop Community College faces shortfall   Clatsop Community College is facing a covid-19-related budget shortfall of between a million and one-and-a-half million dollars. The school is figuring out how to cope with the problem, as CoastCommunity Radio’s Jacob Lewin reports:   Script follows, Scroll down to Listen:   Much of the budget shortfall…

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LOCAL NEWS: Wahkiakum County preps for Phase 3

LOCAL NEWS: Washington’s Wahkiakum County poise to move into Phase 3 In Washington, Governor Jay Inslee’s Stay at Home order ended yesterday (Sunday).  Most of the state’s less populous counties are already in the second phase of the four phase re-opening process.  One local county will soon apply to move to phase 3.  KMUN’s Kathleen Morgain explains.  Script…

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LOCAL NEWS: Rural internet during the pandemic: never good, but now a serious problem

LOCAL NEWS: Rural internet during the pandemic: never good, but now a serious problem Ever since schools and businesses closed in Oregon in March, kids and parents have embarked on a new journey – living, working and learning at home, all together, all of a sudden. Joanne Rideout takes a look at their experience, and…

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LOCAL NEWS: Wahkiakum County Health Director Chris Bischoff talks about reopening

LOCAL NEWS: Wahkiakum County Health Director Chris Bischoff talks about reopening  Partial script below. Scroll down to Listen. [8:24] Wahkiakum County is one of ten counties in Washington granted permission to apply for a variance that would allow a faster transition to the second phase of the state’s four phase re-opening plan.  To get approval,…