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House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee member State Representative Brad Witt says between now and the next legislative session there may be a fix in the works to reduce the number of salmon smolts lost to hungry Cormorants on the lower Columbia.

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Beginning today the Oregon Insurance Division will be holding public hearings on rates proposed by health insurance companies doing business in the State. The plans under discussion cover individuals and small groups which traditionally charge higher premiums than those applied to large groups.

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Clatsop County Clerk Nicole Williams announced her departure from the position Friday, May 24. Her last day with the county will be June 28. Williams is joining the Clatsop Care Health District as administrator/CEO. She replaces outgoing administrator Anita Schacher.

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The sport fishery for hatchery spring chinook salmon and hatchery steelhead will reopen Saturday (May 25) on the lower Columbia River under an agreement reached today by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency in three counties around a collapsed Interstate 5 bridge.

Inslee said in his proclamation Friday that the bridge collapse has caused extensive disruption, impacting the citizens and economy in Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom Counties

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The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Oregon is $3.97 going into the Memorial Day weekend. Washington averages $4.

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The Washington Transportation Department says an average of 71,000 vehicles a day used the stretch of Interstate 5 through Mount Vernon that is now blocked by the collapse of the Skagit River bridge.

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An investigation by the Oregon State Police  Fish & Wildlife Division at the Newport Area Command office is leading to multiple charges for several individuals including a Tidewater-area man previously charged with the unlawful sale of commercial/sport caught Dungeness crab to a local cafe.

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