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Wild coho seasons on many coastal rivers and bays open Sept. 15 and, judging from the number of ocean coho being caught off the Oregon coast, fishery managers are anticipating a great season.

Time is running out to return ballots for the Sept. 16 special election.

The election is for the District 5 seat on the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. Only registered voters in District 5 are eligible to vote in this election.

Since Sunday, more than 180,354 adult fall chinook have climbed the fish ladders at Bonneville Lock and Dam on their annual migration into the Columbia River Basin.

Sunday's count of 67,024 chinook was soon surpassed by Monday's return of 67,521 - marking the largest, single-day return since counting began with the construction of the dam in 1938. The previous record of 63,870 had been set less than a year ago on Sept. 9, 2013. On Tuesday, the numbers held strong with 45,809 chinook swimming past the fish counting windows at the dam.

Two Astoria men pled guilty last month and were sentenced in three different counties following an Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division investigation into unlawful purchasing and selling of fish and crab.

In January 2012, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers began an investigation involving two men who operated Oceanic Logistics, LLC, identified as DANA MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 51, and SEAN MICHAEL FERGUSON, age 26. The company did not have a wholesale fish dealer license due to unpaid State landing fees.

The Chinook Indian Nation is disputing legislation proposed in Congress to federally  recognize the Clatsop-Nehalems. KAST News received a letter from the Chinooks this morning detailing their objections and we publish it here unedited:

Tuesday morning Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber paid a visit to Clatsop County's new emergency communications center at Camp Rilea to help introduce the states new playbook that sets procedure for emergency services to respond in the first 14 days following a Cascadia earthquake.  At a press briefing the Governor was accompanied by Major General Daniel Hokanson, The Adjutant General,Oregon National Guard, Dave Stuckey, Director Oregon Emergency Management. Department of Geology and Mineral Industries geologist Vicki McConnell and opening remarks were made by Clatsop County Commission Chairman Scott Lee.

The Washington State Office of Attorney General and the Better Business Bureau have joined together to help consumers avoid a school book scam making the rounds to schools in Washington and across the country.

School employees have reported receiving official-looking invoices from a fake company called Scholastic School Supply for some books, often math workbooks, they did not order and have not received.

Following an investigation Knappa Fire District says a fire Saturday involving three vehicles near the buildings at the Knappa School complex was arson.  A reward fund has been established for information on those responsible and stands at $5000.00.  The fires were reported Saturday just before 11:30am by a Clatsop County Sheriff's deputy patroling the area.  The first arriving units reported three vehicles on fire in close proximity to a building.  The fires were suppressed quickly with no damage to the building reported. Fire units were on the scene for rough an hour and a half.

A Coast Guard Air Station Astoria MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew rescued two stranded boaters near Willapa Bay, Wash., Saturday.

The 67-year-old man and 57-year-old woman were safely transported to an airfield in Raymond, Wash., where they were met by local emergency medical services for evaluation.

Coast Guard Air Station Astoria celebrated 50 years of service on Saturday and Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen was among the dignitaries at the event which coinsided with the annual open house hosted by the coast guard.

Willis Van Dusen, mayor of Astoria, shows his appreciation to the Coast Guard during the Coast Guard Sector Columbia River open house Sept. 6, 2014, in Astoria, Ore. Astoria was officially recognized as an official Coast Guard city in 2011 during the city's bicentennial celebration.

Capt. Daniel Travers, commander, Sector Columbia River, delivers his remarks at the Sector Columbia River open house, Sept. 6, 2014, in Astoria, Ore.

This open house, which also marked Coast Guard Air Station Astoria's 50th anniversary, allowed the public to tour the sector and learn about the different missions of the Coast Guard.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum Education Program received $2,500 from the Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill. Funds from this grant will provide field trip opportunities to the museum for Columbia and Clatsop County schools, by helping pay for bus transportation costs. Bus transportation costs have been a barrier for public school groups in the local area, who want to visit the museum and learn more about the extensive maritime history of the Columbia River.

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