High surf advisory issued

A high surf advisory is in effect for the North Coast until 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Officials say waves may reach up to 25 feet and can create dangerous conditions.

There is an increased possibility for sneaker waves and rip currents, so people are advised to stay away from the water’s edge.

The waves may cause beach erosion.

Lewis and Clark superintendent

to give talk at Fort George

Lewis and Clark National Historical Park Superintendent Jon Burpee will be presenting an update on the park on Thursday at Fort George Brewery.

The presentation is part of the Clatsop County Historical Society’s Thursday Night Talks lecture series at the brewery. Burpee will also discuss the connection between artifacts and people’s connection to the past.

The free lectures are on the third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m.

Coast Guard offers survival training for commercial fishermen

The U.S. Coast Guard is offering a two-day marine safety and survival training on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 at the Astoria Armory.

The training is for commercial fishermen leading up to the Dungeness crab season. The training is not open to the general public.

Flares and fires on the beaches and jetties and smoke on vessels in port may be visible.

“This is required training for documented commercial fishing vessels that operate beyond the boundary line,” said Curt Farrell, Coast Guard fishing vessel safety coordinator for Oregon and Southwest Washington.

“Fishermen who have already taken the course are encouraged to attend again to sharpen their skills,” Farrell said. “A refresher course is recommended every five years.”

Participants will receive certification at the end of the training to conduct emergency drills on commercial fishing vessels. For more information, call at 503-325-8573.

Special election ballots mailed out

Ballots for the Nov. 5 special election were mailed out Wednesday to Clatsop County voters who are in the Gearhart Rural Fire Protection District or the Warrenton Rural Fire Protection District.

Ballots can be dropped in official ballot drop boxes.

For questions, go to the Clatsop County website or call the Clatsop County Clerk’s Office at 503-325-8511.

The Astorian

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