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LOCAL NEWS: A look at Clatsop County unemployment

Clatsop County’s economy continued to recover last month, according to a new report from the state employment department.  However the unemployment rate is still far above what it was before the pandemic.  KMUN’s Jacob Lewin reports: The latest jobless numbers show Clatsop County added more than 500 private sector jobs in July, building on advances…

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LOCAL NEWS: Rural Internet Series: what about funding for rural internet?

Continuing our series on rural internet in Clatsop County, we take a look at federal money allocated for improving rural broadband. Joanne Rideout reports. Early in the pandemic in Oregon, I spoke with US Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici about the need for better rural internet access. Bonamici represents Oregon’s First District, which includes Clatsop County. Suzanne…

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LOCAL NEWS: Rural Internet series: Clatkanie internet Co-op aims to fill rural broadband gaps

Most rural Clatsop County customers don’t know it, but there’s a huge fiberoptic internet highway running through their region. They wouldn’t think so, because their own internet service is probably slow, expensive and limited. They often can’t tap into this pipeline, because companies that own it, like Centurylink, don’t think it’s worth the money to…

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LOCAL NEWS: Rural Internet Series – A look at internet access in rural Clatsop County

This past spring, the lower Columbia Pacific region became part of the wider pandemic story happening across the nation and the world. As adults and school kids retreated to their homes to avoid the COVID-19 virus, overnight the demand for internet access skyrocketed. While people in urban areas likely didn’t feel the strain, rural customers…

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LOCAL NEWS: New COVID case Clatsop County

The Clatsop County Public Health Department on Friday reported one new local COVID-19 case. The individual is a female north-county resident age 50-59. She is recovering at home. The county has recorded a total of 93 cases since March 23. Eighty-eight of those individuals have recovered; the others are convalescing at home. The county is…

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LOCAL NEWS: State infection rate dropping but still too high

Oregon Governor Kate Brown and other state officials held a press conference Friday to bring people up to date on where Oregon stands on COVD-19. Joanne Rideout reports. State epidemiologist Dr. Dean Sidlinger said that while infection rates are dropping overall, the statewide infection rate is still too high to allow schools to open. Statistically,…

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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…