A team of scientists from Oregon State University and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife is studying an unusual fish captured alive in a crab pot near Port Orford this week called a striped knifejaw that is native to Japan, as well as China and Korea.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is establishing a Danger Zone in the Pacific Ocean offshore of Camp Rilea, Clatsop County, Oregon.
The danger zone will be in force only during weapons range training activities scheduled and managed by Oregon National Guard personnel at Camp Rilea. No person or vessel will be allowed in the danger zone when restrictions are in force. A schedule of proposed area closures will be furnished to the U.S. Coast Guard Astoria Command Center one week before training activities commence.
The Portland District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking public comment on its plan to accept funds from Clatsop Diking Improvement Company #9 on behalf of Oregon Liquefied Natural Gas. The Portland District will review Oregon LNG's proposed request to modify federally constructed flood risk reduction projects, to include horizontal directional drilling, auger boring, or over-crossing operations across such projects; and review potential effects to the Columbia River Federal Navigation Channel of horizontal directional drilling and dredging to create a ship turning basin.
In the days since the report of an assault on the Astoria Riverwalk, Astoria Police have developed information that casts doubt on the initial report. Chief Brad Johnston said, "Given the number of provably false statements that the reporting party has made, there is no reason to believe that an attack by a stranger occurred. This portion of her report has been clearly recanted."
Today, according to Oregon Republicans, the Oregon Department of Revenue released the latest revenue forecast, predicting enough additional tax revenue to trigger the "kicker" and return an expected $349 million to Oregon taxpayers. "Boosted by lower energy prices leading to more disposable income, Oregon's economy is on the rise, and the voter-enacted kicker will boost this prosperity," said Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day).
Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) announced plans to increase state government oversight and accountability with a legislative proposal to amend Oregon's constitution to allow for impeachment procedures of the executive branch. This announcment follows an earlier call by another republican legislator for a big overhaul of Oregon's ethics rules.
Jerome Kersey, the small forward who played his first 11 NBA seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers and helped the San Antonio Spurs win the 1999 title, has died. He was 52.
Kersey died when a blood clot traveled from his left calf to his lung and caused a pulmonary thromboembolism, according to Dr. Larry Lewman with the state medical examiner's office.
An autopsy was conducted Thursday morning.