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Army Corps awards Columbia River jetty repair contract

Sep. 22, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — The federal government has awarded a $140 million contract for repair of a jetty that protects the mouth of the Columbia River. The Astorian reports heavy marine contractor J.E. McAmis was awarded the contract to repair the South Jetty over five years. The company will oversee the...

Editorials from around Oregon

Sep. 18, 2019 10:55 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Medford Mail Tribune, Sept. 18, on federal financial support: Rural counties in Western states have fought for years to receive reasonable compensation for the vast swaths of federal land within their borders. Members of Congress spend considerable time...

Lawsuit filed against county mental health agency

Sep. 4, 2019 9:06 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A former adult foster home licenser at Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare has filed a $550,000 lawsuit against the agency alleging gender discrimination and retaliation. The Astorian reports Carole Purtle claims she was subjected to sexual harassment from a co-worker and that her complaints...

Dry farming plants seeds along Oregon Coast

Aug. 31, 2019 4:31 PM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — In mid-May, as soon as the sun came out and the soil warmed, Teresa Retzlaff dug into the earth at 46 North Farm. She filled holes with seeds and starts of zucchini, dry beans, summer squash and more. She covered the holes with soil and made sure the beds were free of weeds. And then,...

Heat wave fells records in several Oregon cities

Aug. 28, 2019 1:33 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Several Oregon cities broke records for high temperatures as the state endures a late-summer heat wave, including one record from 1894. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Wednesday that the coastal city of Astoria broke a 125-year-old record Tuesday, hitting 91 degrees (32 Celsius)....

New maps chart possible course for estuary restoration

Aug. 25, 2019 4:31 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Oregon (AP) — A new survey reveals the West Coast has lost about 85% of its historical estuary habitat, but the mapping could also help identify restoration opportunities and provide a baseline for predicting future changes. Though large estuaries like the Columbia River have been mapped and...