Recreational crabbing has been good on the Oregon coast lately, with crabbers from Newport to Brookings bring in some big catches.Commercial crabbing is delayed until January 4th. Clamming is now open on Oregon's most productive beach.
Seasonally adjusted nonfarm payroll employment rose by 180 in November to 17,740. Seasonally adjusted figures compare expected changes with actual changes. A loss of 550 jobs is normal for the month, but the county shed only 370 jobs.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) periodically reviews the status of protected species in the state. The public can comment through March 27, 2016, on the listing recommendations and recently updated status reports for killer whales and streaked horned larks.
WDFW staff members are tentatively scheduled to discuss the reviews and recommendations with the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission at its April 2016 meeting.
On Saturday ( December 19, 2015), Clatsop County Sheriff's Office arrested a 34-year-old Warrenton man for crimes involving the sexual abuse of a 16-year-old male. With assistance from Warrenton Police Department, Sidney Sean Mecham was taken into custody without incident at a residence in the 100 block of NW First Street. Mecham was lodged in the Clatsop County Jail on one count each of Sexual Abuse III, Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor, Failure to Report as a Sex Offender and Probation Violation.
In response to requests to extend the public comment period on rulemaking regarding state-owned historically filled lands, the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL) will be accepting comments until Jan. 31, 2016. The previous deadline was Dec. 31, 2015.
Visitors to the Oregon coast are inv ited to watch for migrating whales with trained volunteers during the annual winter Whale Watching Week from Dec. 27-31 hosted by Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be stationed at 24 sites from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on those days to help people spot gray whales that are heading south to Mexico.
The Oregon Department of State Lands held a rather important public hearing in Astoria last night. Few knew it was taking place. The division is embarking on a plan to identify and map more of the land it owns. But not all the potential land. There are notable exclusions.