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The Double Crested Cormorant has been the subject of a great deal of study over the last 30+ years and more than one approach has been taken over that time in an attempt to control the lower Columbia population of the birds blamed for gobbling up massive numbers of juvenile salmon. Cormorants have  certain levels of protection under U.S. law, specifically those laid out in the Migratory Bird Act. A decision was announced this week to take more drastic action.

A lawsuit filed in the death of a man who drowned when a Newport crab fishing vessel capsized and sank nearly three years ago has been settled.

The Astoria Column will take on a blue hue come April as a visual reminder that sexual assault remains one of our most troubling societal challenges.  Astoria Mayor Arline LaMear declared April to be Sexual Assault Awareness month and the council voted to allow the column lighting changed to a teal blue as symbol of that proclaimation.

The Small Business Administration (SBA) selects Small Business Development Centers (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Award-winners at the state and national levels.  This year a panel of judges selected Clatsop SBDC and Director Kevin Leahy as Oregon's winner which makes the organization a candidate for the National SBA Excellence and Innovation Award of the Year.

Now there is a local option for those who need short term rehabilitative care following acute care at Columbia Memorial Hospital. Rather than transfering to a nursing facility for skilled medical and rehabilitative services, with the advice of their doctor, people who meet specific criteria can stay in their acute care room at CMH and participate in a short stay program to ease that transition back into home care, or move to a lower level of care facility.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know why boaters don't like to wear life jackets. They can be hot and bulky. Some are too expensive. Or, at least that's what some boaters say. So here's your big chance: design a better life jacket that more folks will wear, and you could be $10,000 richer. The deadline for design entries with the 2015 Innovations in Life Jacket Design Competition is April 15. The competition's sponsors, the BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water and the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers Association, are encouraging boaters, armchair inventors, design, engineering or high school students to submit their design soon to BoatUS.org/design.

In November 2011, the Clatsop County Sheriff's Office reported the discovery of human skeletal remains near Nicolai Mountain. These remains were turned over to the State Medical Examiner's Office shortly after their discovery for testing and analysis in hopes of identifying the person. Sheriff Tom Bergin is pleased to announce, through continued investigation and scientific testing, the remains have been identified as that of Justin Anthony Eraci born May 25, 1980. Mr. Eraci is not known to have been a local resident; his last known address was in the state of California. Items found in proximity to Mr. Eraci's remains indicate he spent some time in Portland, Oregon prior to his death. At this time the circumstances of Mr. Eraci's death remain unknown. Photographs provided by Mr. Eraci's family have been included with this release. The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is being assisted by the Clatsop County Medical Examiner's Office, the Oregon State Medical Examin er's Office, and the Oregon State Police.
Request for public assistance:
The Clatsop County Sheriff's Office is asking that anyone with knowledge of Mr. Eraci and his activities in northwestern Oregon, specifically Clatsop County, please contact Detective Ryan Humphrey at 503-325-8635.

Washington State shellfish managers have approved a series of razor clam digs that starts Monday (March 16) on evening tides, then switches to morning tides Saturday (March 21) for four more days of digging. Unlike Oregon, Washington tightly controls clam digging openings by proposing seasons on a week to week basis then conducts toxin tests on the clams before final approval.

The Oregon Attorney General's office appeared Thursday before the United States Senate Committee on Finance in Washington, D.C., on scams targeting Oregonians during tax season. Ellen Klem, the Attorney General's Director of Consumer Outreach and Education, was invited, at the request of Chairman Orrin Hatch and Ranking Member Senator Ron Wyden, to testify on financial scams and frauds, specifically telephone scams in which the caller poses as an IRS agent.

Ocean Beach Hospital has scheduled a FREE Workshop which is open to the public. This workshop entitled, "Chronic Disease Self-Management" will be held every Thursday for six consecutive weeks beginning April 16thand running until May 21st. The workshop will be held in Ilwaco at the Ocean Beach Hospital Meeting Room, 174 1st Ave. N. This program is designed to help anyone who suffers from a "chronic condition": including diabetes, asthma, heart disease, chronic pain, arthritis, and hypertension just to name a few. The goal is to lessen stress and frustration, manage symptoms, and deal with fatigue. Those caring for a loved one with a chronic condition may benefit from this workshop also. The goal of the program is to help you live a healthy life by managing your symptoms. Space for the workshop is limited so please register early. The meeting site is accessible to persons with disabilities and reasonable accommodations can be arranged with advance 7 day notice by calling one of the listed phone numbers. For more information and registration, please call (360) 642-6308 or 1-800-801-0060.

Anglers fishing along the Washington coast will likely see a catch quota for chinook salmon similar to last year's and a lower quota for coho, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) announced today.

Three alternatives for ocean salmon fisheries, approved Thursday for public review by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC), reflect a decline from 2014 in the forecast for Columbia River hatchery coho and a moderate increase in Columbia River chinook. The PFMC establishes fishing seasons in ocean waters three to 200 miles off the Pacific coast.

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