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The bottom line seems to be the big ocean salmon boom is over as biologists are predicting a very small return on most prized species. The Pacific Fishery Management Council finalized their recommendation for ocean salmon seasons late last week. Seasons are not official until being signed by the Secretary of Commerce and adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for waters from 0-3 nautical miles.

Millions of taxpayers face a midnight deadline Monday to file their tax returns, while millions of others will ask for more time —a six-month extension.

The Coast Guard advised beachgoers in Ocean Shores Saturday to stay clear of the wreckage from the 74-foot fishing vessel Privateer that washed ashore after taking on water and partially sinking near Grays Harbor Friday night.

Oregon State Police Troopers, along with Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, Depot Bay Fire Department, Pac West Ambulance, and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a report of a man washed off shore of the point at the Rocky Creek Scenic View Point, just south of Depoe Bay on US 101.

Oregon Department of Environmental Quality requests comments on its proposed cleanup remedy for contaminated soil and sediment at the Astoria Marine Construction Company (AMCCO) boat repair facility at 92134 Front Road in Astoria. The proposed cleanup would have the company excavate the most contaminated soil and sediment and permanently place it in a soil cell on the property, and cap the lower level contamination.

Comments are due 5 p.m., Monday, May 16, 2016. 

Just as the Warrenton City Commissioners were starting preparations to hold public hearings in May on the appeals from both sides in the Oregon LNG battle, the company has informed the city that the project to build a multi-billion dollar liquefied natural gas plant and export/import terminal on the Skipanon Peninsula will be withdrawn. The hearings were cancelled before they were even publically announced.

Columbia Memorial Hospital CEO Erik Thorsen was named on the Becker's Hospital Review list of "50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know."  According to Becker’s, “These 50 presidents and CEOs have demonstrated dedication to providing high-quality, accessible care to their communities.”

No sooner than a few days after announcing a new service upgrade coming to customers Pacific Power has learned that phone scammers have cooked up a scheme to separate you from your money by claiming you have to pay for a new equipment installtion that is actually provided as part of the service.

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.

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.

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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