Cormorant Hunters prepare to kill 9,000 breeding pairs on East Sand Isle

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May 242015
 
Cormorants take up to 20 million young salmon before they even get to the sea....

Cormorants take up to 20 million young salmon before they even get to the sea….

Push is coming to “BANG!” on the Columbia River next month as government hunters start to “cull the flocks” of Cormorants whose numbers have skyrocketed since river dredging created a new island at the mouth of the Columbia River on which cormorants produce their young.

Initially there were only a few hundred breeding pairs to help themselves to the salmonoids making their way down the Columbia to the sea. But today that figure has swelled to nearly 15,000. And commercial and private charter fishing operations are worried not only that there are far fewer salmon growing into adults at sea to be harvested, but also about the return rate of salmon to their native rivers and streams to spawn.

The story is in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:30 AM

Senator Merkley breaks sharply with Senator Wyden on TPP

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May 232015
 
Sen. Jeff Merkley D-Oregon Breaks away from Sen. Wyden on Trans Pacific Partnership Act

Sen. Jeff Merkley
D-Oregon
Breaks away from Sen. Wyden on Trans Pacific Partnership Act

WASHINGTON DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after his vote against the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or “fast track” legislation that paves the way for the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), the largest trade deal in the nation’s history.

Senator Merkley:

“Trade agreements should make things better for working Americans—creating jobs and raising living standards. Our previous free trade deals have done the opposite. Unfortunately, despite the hard work of Senator Wyden and others, this fast track bill does too little to ensure that TPP and other trade deals will do any better.

“With this rushed vote, we have not addressed fundamental issues critical to making trade work for working Americans. There’s nothing that will make sure trade deals raise wages, there’s nothing to make sure the trade deals raise labor standards so our workers aren’t competing with people earning 60 or 70 cents a dollar overseas. It still allows foreign corporations to challenge our public health, environmental, and consumer protection laws in tribunals outside of our courts. It does not prevent foreign countries from undermining trade agreements and undercutting American businesses and workers by manipulating the value of their currencies.

“While many have suggested that the TPP will be a better deal than previous agreements, this fast track bill does not require it to be better. And based on what I have seen, TPP looks an awful lot like the past trade deals that have resulted in a massive movement of American manufacturing jobs overseas and 50,000 factories and 5 million jobs lost since 1998.

“President Kennedy said, ‘The trade of a nation expresses in a very concrete way its aims and its aspirations.’ Our aims and aspirations should be rooted in a vibrant and growing middle class, in opportunity for parents to provide a better life for their children and for children to grow up more prosperous than their parents. We all agree that our economy has been failing our working families. The solution to that problem is not doing more of the economic policies that put us where we are today. We must aim higher.”

 Posted by at 11:59 PM

Depoe Bay: Possible overturned boat off Worldmark

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May 232015
 

6:40pm – Report of an overturned boat of some sort about a half-mile offshore from Worldmark. The hull is dark in color. No one spotted on or along side what appeared to the caller to be a boat hull. The Coast Guard is enroute to check it out.

6:54pm – Coast Guard reports its the bloated carcass of a dead large sea lion. Not a boat. Floating just outside Pirate’s Cove to the south of Worldmark.

 Posted by at 6:46 PM

Like an owl atop a barn….but will the Orca scare off pesky sea lions?

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May 232015
 

Astoria:  The problem - 10 times normal number of Sea Lions

Astoria: The problem – 10 times normal number of Sea Lions
OregonLive photo


The Solution:  A "Parade Quality" Orca to scare them away...

The Solution: A “Parade Quality” Orca to scare them away…

The Port of Astoria’s sea lion population has exploded to where it overflows their docks. No room for boats. They’ve tried shooing them away, making noise, even tried electrified mats. But nothing’s worked.

But this week the port got a call from a guy in Bellingham that saw the story in their local newspaper and offered to help out. He’s Terry Buzzard and he has a 32′ Orca replica he uses in parades to promote his business. He said maybe the fiberglass replica of a Killer Whale might make the sea lions scram. The port said, “Can’t hurt to try.” So Buzzard is bringing it down.

If it works in Astoria, Port of Newport General Manager Kevin Greenwood might want to check in to it. The port’s resorted to paint ball guns, to the consternation of some folks, to keep docks along the Bayfront as sea lion free as possible.

Here’s the story in the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 6:17 PM

Passing rules on a trade pact: Is it enough? Wyden says yes…

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May 232015
 
Sen. Ron Wyden D-Oregon

Sen. Ron Wyden
D-Oregon

Wyden: Senate Votes to Pass Progressive Trade Policy, Boost Oregon Jobs

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate strongly endorsed a modern, progressive trade policy, in a vote Friday passing Trade Promotion Authority legislation co-authored by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., by a 62-37 vote.

Wyden said the vote for the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, which was strongly supported by President Obama, was an endorsement of a new, progressive trade policy.

“Today the U.S. Senate closed the door on the 1990s and NAFTA-style trade deals. Congress sent the message that trade done right will open new markets to red-white-and-blue-products while raising the bar on the environment, labor and human rights values Oregonians hold dear at the same time,” Wyden said. “This legislation tells the administration to seek out the strongest possible deals that will create new Oregon jobs, protect the open Internet, and contribute to a growing middle class around the world that is anxious to buy the wine, wheat, electronics, berries, bikes and everything else that Oregonians grow and produce.”

The legislation directs the administration on the goals it should seek in trade agreements. In exchange, Congress agrees to vote on trade deals in a timely manner.

Wyden worked for more than a year to co-author the most progressive trade promotion bill ever. Wyden insisted on new rules, including:

-This bill ensures that the days of secret trade deals becoming law are finally over. Any new trade agreement, INCLUDING the Trans-Pacific Partnership, must be public for months before Congress votes on it, and at least 60 days before the president signs it.
-It puts U.S. laws first, by stating plainly that no trade agreement can overturn or undo U.S. laws.

-It raises the bar on American values, including the environment, labor and human rights. Trading partners must adopt and maintain core international labor standards, with trade sanctions if they do not comply. They must adopt and maintain common multilateral environmental agreements, with trade sanctions if they do not comply. And the bill establishes directives for trade agreements to foster innovation and promote access to medicines

-It promotes an open Internet, by pushing for the free flow of information around the world, and fighting against countries that would put walls around the Internet to restrict free speech and digital commerce.

-It supports the American workforce, by renewing and expanding Trade Adjustment Assistance. The bill includes funding to ensure support for every U.S. worker affected by trade, and expands eligibility to U.S. service sector workers and those impacted by countries with which the U.S. does not have a trade agreement, including India and China.

-It renews the Health Coverage Tax Credit, so workers who lose their jobs won’t have to lose their health insurance.

Here’s another slant on the story, also from the Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 5:38 PM

How do we minimize black market pot? Legislature trying to figure that out.

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May 232015
 
Marijuana Oregonian photo

Marijuana
Oregonian photo

As the state legislature ponders recreational pot, AND getting farther and farther behind its legislative schedule to figure out how to regulate it, some lawmakers are worried that after July 1st, when pot possession is legal, they’ll lose the only chance they’ll have to easily keep most of it off the black market.

Here’s the story from Oregonian political reporter Jeff Mapes: Click here.

 Posted by at 2:03 PM

Sasquatch Music Festival goes sideways – four injured

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May 232015
 
Sasquatch! Music Festival Central Washington

Sasquatch! Music Festival
Central Washington

A car with a teen driver at the wheel drove through several tents, smashed several cars and hit numerous people as it blew through a portion of the Sasquatch! Music Festival in central Washington Saturday morning.

Here’s the story in The Oregonian. Click here.

 Posted by at 1:43 PM

Police/Fire presence on NE 60th, Newport

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May 232015
 

1:15pm – Report of a very distressed resident. Can’t see her. They’re trying to help her.

1:45pm – Resident not home. Emergency personnel leave.

 Posted by at 1:28 PM

OSP looking for these two and their abducted child

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May 232015
 

OSP wants to apprehend these two...

OSP wants to apprehend these two…


Abducted their child - not legally allowed to have him.

Abducted their child – not legally allowed to have him.

The Oregon State Police is asking for the public’s help in locating a child taken from Longview, WA.

On May 17th, Longview Police Department and Oregon DHS became aware that Andy TRAVIS and Cerena BARROS took Cash TRAVIS in violation of a court order. Both Cerenea and Andy are non-custodial parents.

It is believed they are heading to California. There are currently felony warrants out for their arrest.

Suspect vehicle -2000 Ford F150 pickup, white, with Ohio License of DGD6579. The Ohio license does not belong to this vehicle and is believed to be a switched plate. Vehicle has a Starbucks style bumper sticker in the back window “I luv coffee and guns” and a license plate holder that is from “Santa Cruz Beach Auto Sales”.

Child: Cash TRAVIS, 18 months old male

Suspect: Andy W TRAVIS, 34 years old, of Longview, WA, 6′ 3″ 250 lbs, brown eyes with brown hair or shaved head

Suspect: Cerena M BARROS, 25 years old, Longview, 5’03” 100 lbs, blue eyes with dark hair or possibly strawberry, blonde hair

If spotted, please call the Oregon State Police Dispatch at 503-397-3131. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency.

 Posted by at 1:06 PM

No privacy in the wild…

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May 232015
 
"Dang you Gagne! Can't a heron take a bath in peace without you taking my picture!?"

“Dang you Gagne! Can’t I take a bath in peace without you taking my picture!?”
Ken Gagne

 Posted by at 10:32 AM