Citing the transition to catch shares management as a key to rebuilding stocks and reducing bycatch, 13 species caught by the West Coast trawl fishery today earned designation from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) as sustainable. The designation opens up new markets for a fishery that spans California, Oregon and Washington, and accounted for more than 40 million pounds in landings in 2013.
Two former Clatsop County Commissioners are serving together again but this time as members of the Astoria Port Commission. Dr. Robert Mushen lives in Cannon Beach and has previously served a one year appointment to the county commission. Dr. Mushen, who says he has the Seaside Mayor's ear, also serves as chair of the Seaside Chamber and told the port commission that better communication with governments and agencies in south county is the key to improving relations with the port. John Raichl served on the county commission to an appointed seat the roughly the same time as Mushen and was the Clatsop County Sheriff for 19 years.
Clatsop Community College's 2014 GED Graduation will honor nearly 100 students at a ceremony on June 9 at 6p.m. in the Columbia Hall Community Room (Columbia 219), 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The ceremony recognizes students who passed the GED exam and earned a high school equivalent credential during the past year.
Astoria city councilors Drew Herzig and Russ Warr want the city to pick up the cost of increases in sewer surcharge rates set to hit citizens next year using money from a $300,000 timber sale the council approved Monday night. The city manager prefers to apply that money to an upcoming sewer project. The item is likely to see more council discussion.
The proposal stems from a board work session discussion in April on funding options for infrastructure repairs and improvements in the Arch Cape community. Thirty percent of the additional revenue generated by the tax increase would be earmarked for road and other infrastructure work primarily in Arch Cape. The other 70 percent of revenue would be dedicated to tourism promotion or tourist-related facilities, as state law requires for new room taxes.
Free Fishing Weekend in Oregon is June 7-8, and for those two days you won't need a fishing license to fish, crab or clam anywhere in the state. "We want to make it easy for anglers to take a friend or family member out fishing for a day," said Rick Hargrave, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife deputy administrator for information/education.