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Landslide blocks WA Route 401 until further notice

This report today from The Washington State Department of Transportation, about a mudslide blocking an important route between Astoria and Naselle: Rocks and a mudslide on SR 401 southbound at milepost 2 has both lanes blocked by debris since 11:00 am today [Wednesday] until further notice.  For reference, Route 401 is the road drivers are…

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Astoria officials upbeat about vaccine compliance

Story by KMUN Correspondent Jacob Lewin [Scroll down to listen] Astoria city officials are upbeat about compliance with the city’s covid vaccine mandate. Next  Monday is the deadline and 89% of staff have been vaccinated. Others are in the process of being  vaccinated or have been exempted but are working under restrictions. Fire Chief Dan…

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Warrenton firefighters have a change of heart over vaccine mandate

Volunteer firefighters in Warrenton have had a change of heart. A month ago, city officials feared that most of them would resign rather than be forced to get vaccinated. Today the situation is very different. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin reports: [Scroll down to listen] The city of Warrenton has 20 volunteer firefighters, three paid staff, and…

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Clatsop County school admins weigh in on in person school during the pandemic

Administrators from Clatsop County school districts weighed in at a press conference Wednesday about what seems to be a successful school year so far, as COVID-19 continues to define how adults and children interact outside of home. Joanne Rideout reports. [Scroll down to listen] “I think the community needs to understand the details that we…

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Astoria School District launches COVID data dashboard

The Astoria School District has launched a COVID-19 data dashboard on its website that will allow the public to monitor the status of coronavirus cases in district schools. The district announced the dashboard in a press release Thursday, saying part of its purpose is to maintain transparency. The COVID dashboard will be updated on school…

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Clatsop County COVID-19 testing program expands

Clatsop County Public Health announces that it is expanding its COVID-19 drive-thru testing program thanks to the availability of more testing supplies. Public Health, in partnership with Columbia Memorial Hospital and Providence Seaside Hospital, last month began offering regular testing at Camp Rilea in Warrenton. Testing is available by appointment Monday through Friday from 9…

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Clatsop school supers give upbeat assessment of new school year so far

The superintendents of schools in Clatsop County are all giving an upbeat assessment of the start of the school year despite the increase in COVID cases. Meanwhile new data show Clatsop with the state’s lowest COVID infection rate among kids. KMUN’s Jacob Lewin has details: [Scroll down to listen]: Despite fears that an upsurge in COVID…

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Clatsop County firefighters will get federal grant funding for equipment

US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici, who represents Oregon District 1, announced that fire departments in Clatsop County will receive $1,3 million through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. This funding provides firefighters with improved tools and equipment. “Our firefighters and first responders work hard day in and day out to…

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Clatsop health officials give covid update: ‘Don’t get too comfortable’

Health officials in Clatsop County held a press conference Wednesday, to give an update on the status of the pandemic locally. Here’s that story. On hand for the zoom meeting were Margo Lalich, Clatsop County Interim Health Director, Julie Geiger, Vice President of Patient Services at Columbia Memorial in Astoria, and Jason Plamonden, Chief Nursing…