The Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered the state to hold up on enforcing new gillnet fishing rules in response to a challenge from commercial fishermen.
Saturday Astoria Safeway reported a female tried to pass a fraudulent check for $310.27 written by a "Julia Lewis." When thestore tried to verify the information through Bank of America, the female just left everything and left the store.
Motorists caught talking on their cell phones or texting while driving would face stiffer fines — up to $1,000 — under a bill that is being considered in the Oregon Legislature.
A combination of higher crude prices, refinery shut downs and speculation have sent gas prices soaring earlier than usual this winter, but the rate of increase has slowed down a bit this week. The national average for regular unleaded jumps seven cents this week, compared to a 17-cent spike last week, to $3.60. For the third week in a row, Oregon's average remains below the national average, adding six cents this week, compared to a 16.5-cent jump last week, to $3.57.
On February 12, 2013 the Merrytime Tavern reported sometime during the night they had received two counterfeit fifty dollar bills. Because of the realistic appearance the bills were accepted. It was not discovered that they were counterfeit until the next morning. No suspects were identified.
State boat inspectors trying to keep zebra mussels and other aquatic invasive species out of Oregon have gone to work earlier this year. The station along Interstate 5 at Ashland has begun checking boat hulls and bilges for non-native species hitchhiking into the state.
Clatsop Community College regularly offers classes on handgun safety through its Workforce Training and Continuing Education Program. Participants learn handgun safety and receive the training necessary to apply for a concealed weapon permit.
Positions on the boards of more than three dozen service districts around Clatsop County are up for election on the May 21, 2013 ballot. The filing period for the election opens Feb. 9 and continues through March 21.
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