Over the next few days in this week leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday next week local residents have a number of important meetings, forums, and public hearings available to attend dealing with big issues for the lower Columbia region.
Starting off with tonight at the Columbia River Maritime Museum where urban strategist Michele Reeves returns to Astoria as a hired consultant for downtown revitalization efforts specifically aimed at Astoria business and property owners. The presentation begins at 5:30 and Reeves is expected to be talking about some specific steps in her building blocks program.
Then Thursday a bi-state committee of the Oregon and Washington fish commissions will be meeting all day beginning at 9am at the Best Western Oceanview Resort in Seaside discussing a plan directed by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber that would phase out commercial gill net fishing on the main stem Columbia restricting that activity to the select area fisheries and making more main stem salmon available to recreational fishermen. At 5:30 Thursday former State Economist Tom Pitowski will give a talk on the recession and how much longer Oregon can expect to suffer from the effects of the downturn. Also Thursday the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will hold a public hearing on an environmental impact statement regarding cormorant predation on Columbia River salmon stocks on the lower river. That meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn Express in Astoria on Thursday evening from 5pm to 8pm. Additional information on the Corp project is available at http://www.nwp.usace.army.mil/