(AP) — The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Friday to ban the use of gillnets to catch fish on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial-fishing tool to side channels and tributaries. Washington's fish commission was scheduled to decide soon on similar rules, eliminating the centuries-old practice from both sides of the river. The gillnet ban was pushed by Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, who hopes to mediate a longstanding conflict between commercial and recreational fishers while transitioning to new methods of commercial fishing. Recreational fishers say gillnets are harmful to the recovery of endangered salmon.
FBI Agents in Oregon have received information from the FBI's Anchorage Division that narrows the search for a woman who was allegedly raped by accused serial killer Israel Keyes. Keyes committed suicide while in jail this past weekend as he awaited trial for the murder of a barista, Samantha Koenig, last February in Anchorage.
A local delegation that included Clatsop County commissioners Scott Lee and Dirk Rohne met with Gov. John Kitzhaber Thursday in Salem to urge him to re-think a proposal to restrict the Columbia River commercial gillnet salmon fishery. Following the meeting the group joined a rally of about 40 gillnetters and supporters on the steps of the Oregon capital in a show of support for the industry.
The Clatsop County Housing Authority Board has agreed to provide specific records to the county Board of Commissioners after hiring an attorney to represent them as the County Commission considers dissolving the board for the low income housing organization and taking the power to run the CCHA directly. The CCHA Board as also requested all communications between the county commissioners, the County Manager, the District Attorney, and a member of their own board saying they are looking for evidence of a conflict of interest in the county's move to take over the CCHA.
Clam diggers can look forward to some of the best tides of the year during a six-day razor clam dig set to begin Tuesday (Dec. 11) at Twin Harbors, then expand to include openings at Long Beach, Mocrocks and Copalis beaches later in the week.
Washington voters have passed Initiative 502 and beginning on Thursday December 6, 2012, it is not a violation of Washington state law for adults over 21 years old to possess up to an ounce of marijuana (or 16 ounces of solid marijuana-infused product, like cookies, or 72 ounces of infused liquid, like oil) for personal use. The initiative establishes a one-year period for the State of Washington to develop rules and a licensing system for the production and sale of marijuana. While legal in the State of Washington beginning on December 6, Oregon law has not changed with regards to marijuana possession, distribution or manufacturing.
The government is taking action against the makers of a portable baby recliner after five infant deaths.
Oregon Travel Experience (governed by the Oregon Travel Information Council) is pleased to announce that Kyle K. Walker has accepted the position as agency Chief Executive Officer. Following a national recruitment process, the council and its stakeholders selected Ms. Walker as the ideal candidate to lead OTE.
food barrows are placed in all local banks, credit unions, Fred Meyer, Wauna Credit Union in Safeway, McDonalds, Rogue Ales, Aquatic Center, Charter Communications, Court House, Links, Video Horizons in Astoria and Warrenton for this year's Wishing Tree/Christmas Food Basket Program. Easom Property Management, Inc. and Windermere Pacific Land Company are teaming up with the Wishing Tree and Food Basket Program to provide warmth and holiday cheer to Clatsop County families in need this holiday season with a coat drive effort. With the increasing numbers of people going without, the need for donations is greater than ever. Sunset Empire Transportation District is running a special promotion this month to help fill those food baskets as well.
Hundreds of people attended a Tuesday evening hearing at the Spokane County Fairgrounds to comment on a proposed coal export terminal near Ferndale.
Astoria Police (http://www.facebook.com/AstoriaPolice) is looking for a few more good friends. The department FaceBook page boasts over 1700 "likes" which means those facebook users see messages from the department that show up on their facebook page.
The Forest Service says a mining company can prospect for gold, copper and other minerals near Mount St. Helens. The agency said Tuesday that drilling planned by Ascot Resources 12 miles north of the volcano would not have a major impact on the environment of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest.
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