State shellfish managers today approved nine days of razor clam digging beginning April 20 on the first of three ocean beaches. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the digs after marine toxin tests showed the clams on those beaches are safe to eat.

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Researchers who study fish put a high value on biodiversity in the field, yet a new study found a surprising lack of diversity among fisheries scientists themselves.

According to the 2010 United States Census, 51 percent of the people in the U.S. are women. That same year, a study of Ph.D. students in the biological sciences documented that 52 percent of the students pursuing doctorates were women – roughly the same percentage.

However, the new study by researchers at Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service found that roughly even split soon disappears – in both federal government positions and in academic institutions. The researchers found that 74 percent of federal fisheries scientists or managers are men, as were 73 percent of the university assistant professors, 71 percent of associate professors and 85 percent of full professors.

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As part of Global Youth Service Day and Earth Day, Tongue Point Job Corps Center (TPJCC) is offering the community the opportunity to recycle electronics.

Recycling of electronic equipment will be a two day event, Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17, from 12-4pm in the parking lot just outside the center entrance. The turn off to the center is located on Highway 30 about two miles east of the Astoria Safeway and is designated by a flashing yellow light. There will be a directional sign on the highway at the turnoff.

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Businesses interested in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers work have two opportunities to learn about future projects and how to compete for them. The Corps will host two separate Industry Day events: April 26 and 27. Both events will be at the 911 Federal Building at 911 NE 11th Ave., Portland, Oregon. Seating is limited and registration is required. Click on READ MORE below to see full details.

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Oregon’s unemployment rate dropped to a record low of 4.5 percent in March—the lowest point since comparable records began in 1976. Oregon’s February unemployment rate was 4.8 percent. A year ago, in March 2015, Oregon’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent.

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Non-Partisan candidates for the local vote in the upcoming Oregon Primary election will gather for a community forum at Warrenton High School this Thursday evening.  The event, sponsored by the North Coast Republican Women will be held in the school cafeteria beginning at 6:30 pm. The format allows for the public to ask written questions of the candidates who are running for Clatsop County Commission and 18th Circuit Court Judge replacing retiring judge Philip Nelson who has occupied the seat since he was first elected in 1992.

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Secretary of State Jeanne P. Atkins released new tools for Oregon voters today that will help them check and update their voter registration status or register to vote for the upcomingMay 17th Primary Election. The web portal, www.oregonvotes.gov/myvote provides a “one-stop” online hub for information about voting options for the May Primary. Oregonians have until April 26th to register to vote or change their voter registration status to participate in any closed primary election.

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Spring Chinook fishing on the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam will close one day earlier than anticipated under rules adopted today by the states of Oregon and Washington.  Higher than expected effort and catch rates since late March led fishery managers from the two states to close the popular salmon fishery in the lower section of the river, effective Friday, April 8 at 11:59 p.m. They also closed the river below Bonneville to steelhead and shad fishing to protect migrating salmon.

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Authorities continue to search Youngs River for Charlie Kelly or some know him as Charlie Henkel. The Sheriff’s Office continued search operations this morning with Their Dive Team and Marine Division. Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team also responded with a vessel, divers and specialty equipment to assist in the search efforts.

The Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Youngs River downriver from the confluence of the Klaskanine River yesterday for a boat circling in the river without an operator. The reporting person advised that he spoke to the operator and then returned a minute later to discover the boat circling in the river at full throttle and no operator on board. Deputies responded by boat and by land arriving approximately 10 minutes later. An initial search was made of the river and shoreline. Search efforts were assisted by the Lewis and Clark Fire Department. The United States Coast Guard responded with one helicopter to search by the air. Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and additional Marine resources responded to conduct further search operations.

 

City engineering asked council permission to apply for a $20,000 grant to perform a study of the main water transmission line from the city watershed to Astoria. It’s a concrete line that stretches about 12 miles and sections of that pipeline run through several landslide areas. The thought is to increase resiliency in case of a major disaster which would dictate running a new line from the watershed and engineering it to withstand quakes and land slides making repairs following a major event quicker. The council approved the request to apply for the grant.

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Oregon Army National Guard Col. William Edwards, of Albany, Oregon, was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in a ceremony, April 2, at the Oregon Military Department in Salem, Oregon. He assumed command of the Oregon Army National Guard (Land Component) from Brig. Gen. Todd A. Plimpton in a change of command ceremony, April 3, at Camp Withycombe, in Clackamas, Oregon.

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