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The Youngs River and its tributaries will close to retention of non-adipose fin-clipped fall Chinook effective Tuesday, Sept. 1. Biologists at the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced the closure in order to protect broodstock fish destined for the basin’s hatcheries.

A mother accused of killing her 2-year-old daughter in a Cannon Beach hotel room last year had seen a psychologist about a month before the alleged crime.

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley says that Americans stand to lose now that the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) is implementing fire borrowing -- the practice of halting other programs, including fire prevention efforts -- to free up funds to combat the record-setting wildfires that ‎are blazing across the Northwest.

Oregon and Washington fishery managers announced today that the Buoy 10 fishery at the mouth of the Columbia River will close to all Chinook retention after Friday, Aug. 28. The area will remain open for hatchery (fin-clipped) coho.

Police arrested three people at a suspected drug house in Seaside where meth and heroin was discovered after serving warrants.

Officers said they found methamphetamine, heroin, digital scales, packaging material, records of drugs sales, hundreds of used hypodermic needles and numerous stolen items in the home at 1605 N. Wahanna Road on Saturday.

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced that the Lewis and Clark River Bridge will open to traffic in time for the Labor Day weekend. The bridge has been closed since December 1, 2014 for major bridge rehabilitation work. ODOT reports the bridge will open to traffic starting the morning of September 5

Seaside City Manager Mark Winstanley told his council Monday night that the city is very proud of all the Clatsop County Firefighters who have been on the lines at wildfires in Eastern Oregon.

In an effort to keep the Columbia River Buoy 10 Chinook fishery open through the Labor Day weekend, fishery managers decided today to limit Chinook harvest to hatchery adipose fin-clipped fish only beginning Monday, Aug. 24.

The city of Astoria recently requested that residents start conserving water use as a voluntary measure. Conserving water anytime makes good sense as a household cost-saving measure. There are a number of sites on line that offer suggestions for steps anyone can take to use less water and take advantage of water saving fixtures.  Some of those suggestions were passed on to the public at last Moday's City Council meeting by Public Works.  We've added a few more ideas:

On August 18th, the Pacific County Sheriff’s Office received a call of an extensive vandalism of a dump truck located in a heavily wooded area off of the Trap Creek Main Line. The reporting party advised that the truck was demolished. Deputies responded to the scene to investigate. Upon arrival deputies learned that two other pieces of heavy equipment were also on site. Evidence at the scene made it very apparent that the two pieces of machinery were utilized to cause the damage. Several trees in the general vicinity were also damaged. The truck, a 1988 Western Star belonging to Greg Queener of Rosburg WA., was a total loss estimated between thirty and fifty thousand dollars.

State and County officials in Clatsop County are stepping up restrictions on recreational activities in the County due to record low fuel moistures and the high wildfire danger. Effective at 1:00 am August 20, all open flames will be prohibited on all lands in Clatsop County. This ban applies to all public and private property, the entire Clatsop State Forest, Clatsop County Parks, and all properties owned and managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department including ocean shores. Camp fire permits and burn barrel permits that have been issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Rural Fire Departments are rescinded until further notice.

Open fires are already banned outside of designated sites and campgrounds, including campfires, charcoal fire, cooking fires and warming fires. Use of wood-burning devices, used in conjunction with temporary dwellings, including tents and trailers, is prohibited. Portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels are allowed.

This ban is in effect until further notice. There are other areas also increasing precautions. 

Due to extreme fire conditions statewide and elsewhere around the region, local officials are banning campfires throughout Tillamook County effective immediately.

Campfire permits that have been issued by the Oregon Department of Forestry and rural fire departments are rescinded until further notice. This ban applies to the entire Tillamook State Forest, Tillamook County Parks, Bureau of Land Management lands, all properties owned and managed by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department including ocean shores, and ODF protected public and private lands.

This means NO
* Campfires (prohibited even in established fire rings/pits
* Cooking fires (including charcoal and briquettes)
* Tiki torches
* Candles
* Sky Lanterns

Campers may continue to use portable cooking stoves using liquefied or bottled fuels where permitted, with extreme caution.
In addition, the public is reminded that a campfire ban is already in place for Siuslaw National Forest lands east of Highway 101.

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