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Oregon News Update, Friday, March 29th, Recreational Crabbing Opens on Oregon Coast

Oregon News – Friday, March 29, 2019, Basin Life Magazine

Recreation Crabbing Season is on.  The Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) announce recreational crabbing is now open for the entire Oregon Coast, free of restrictions. Crab samples taken from the area of Cape Blanco, north of Port Orford, to the California border indicate that levels of the marine biotoxin domoic acid have dropped below the closure limit. Two consecutive tests below the limit are required to open a closed area.

When cooking crab, it is always recommended that crab be eviscerated and the guts, or butter, discarded prior to cooking. When whole crab are cooked in liquid, domoic acid may leach into the cooking liquid. It is recommended to discard the cooking liquid, and do not use it in other dishes, such as sauces, broths, soups, roux, etc. The consumption of crab viscera is not recommended.

ODA and ODFW will continue monitoring marine biotoxins in crab and shellfish to ensure the concentrations remain below the closure limit.

For up-to-date recreational shellfish and crabbing information, call ODA’s shellfish safety information hotline at (800) 448-2474 before crabbing or clamming or visit the ODA recreational shellfish biotoxins closures webpage.

Several Highway Fatalities on Thursday in Oregon

On Thursday, March 28th , Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a two vehicle crash on Hwy 101 near milepost 230.

Preliminary investigation revealed that a 2007 Honda Accord, operated by Jessie Fisher (37) of Garabaldi, was southbound on Hwy 101 when she crossed the centerline and struck a 2006 Lincoln Mark LT PU, operated by Brandon Blair (40) of Spokane, WA.

Fisher was transported to Bay Area Hospital where she was pronounced deceased.

Blair was transported to Bay Area Hospital with injuries.

There were two dogs in Fisher’s vehicle.  One was transported by a good samaritan to a local veterinary clinic.  The second dog was last seen running from the scene and has not been located.  Oregon State Police was assisted by the Coos County Sheriffs’ Office, Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indian Tribe Police, Coos County Animal Control, Hauser Fire Department, North Bay Fire Department, Bay Cities Ambulance, and ODOT.

Other accidents in Oregon:
On Thursday, March 28, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a vehicle hitting a pedestrian on Hwy 126E ( McKenzie Hwy) near milepost 31.Preliminary investigation revealed that a 1995 Mitsubishi Montero, operated by Randall Norris (58) of Vida, was westbound on Hwy 126E when he struck a pedestrian, Michael Juden (28) of Vida, that was walking in the roadway.

Juden sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased. Norris is cooperating with the investigation.

On Thursday, March 28, 2019, Oregon State Police and emergency personnel responded to the report of a single vehicle rollover crash on Highway 20 near Fryrear Road, located between Sisters and Bend.  

Preliminary investigation revealed that a black 2001 Nissan Pathfinder, operated by 25 year old Bend resident Tyler Wright and sole occupant, was traveling eastbound on Highway 20 near Fryrear Road.  For unknown reasons, Wright crossed over the oncoming lane and impacted a power pole, coming to a rest on its top.  

Wright sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Highway 20 was closed for approximately 5 hours.  Power and utilities continue to be out for the local residents of this area and efforts are being made to restore those services. 

Distracted drivers caused more than 12,000 accidents in Oregon in the last four years. Read more.

April is Distracted Driving Awareness month. 

Throughout the month, OPS and local Police Departments will focus extra attention on distracted and impaired drivers.  Additional police officers will be on patrol, partially funded through overtime grants from ODOT and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).  These officers will be looking for drivers impaired by drugs and alcohol as well as watching for drivers using their cell phones.

According to Oregon Impact, from 2013 to 2017 there were over 12,000 motor vehicle crashes caused by distracted drivers in Oregon, which resulted in 95 fatalities and over 18,000 injuries.

Since October 2017, Oregon law has prohibited drivers from any “hands on” cell phone use while driving.  Updates to the law since July 2018 create steeper penalties, especially for repeat offenders.  A first offense that doesn’t contribute to a crash is a Class B violation with a maximum fine of $1,000.  A second offense (or a first offense that contributes to a crash) is Class A violation with a maximum fine of $2,000.  A third offense in ten years can be charged as a Class B misdemeanor, which could result in a maximum fine of $2,500 and six months in jail.

Major pot plant bust in Rogue Valley.

ILLEGAL MARIJUANA ENFORCEMENT TEAM AND MEDFORD AREA DRUG AND GANG ENFORCEMENT TEAM SEIZE OVER 6,000 MARIJUANA PLANTS IN WHITE CITY RAID.

On March 27th, 2019, after a 2 month long investigation into black market marijuana sales, IMET and MADGE executed a search warrant at a warehouse in the 1300 block of Antelope Road.  Investigators discovered a large scale indoor marijuana grow, which was not licensed or legal. Fourteen people were detained on site.

The investigation revealed the illegal operation was being financed and managed by Saleh Shalomi from Beverly Hills, California. Shalomi was on site during the search warrant and arrested without incident.

Investigators removed and destroyed just over 6,000 marijuana plants, weighing 2.75 tons. The approximate street value is $7,800,000, which would be after the marijuana was fully processed.

Shalomi was lodged for Unlawful Possession, Delivery and Manufacture of Marijuana, as well as Money Laundering. Total bail was $75,000. The other subjects were identified and released.

In addition to the illegal operation, Jackson County Code Enforcement and Fire District 3 noted several code and safety violations.

Suspect: Shalomi, Saleh Nasrollahi, 56 years old

2019 OREGON LAW ENFORCEMENT CAREER FAIR – APRIL 5 & 6 IN SALEM (PHOTO)

The Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, Oregon State Sheriffs Association, and the Oregon Peace Officers Association, are pleased to host the 2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Career Fair at the Oregon Public Safety Academy at 4190 Aumsville Highway SE in Salem, Oregon on Friday, April 5 and Saturday April 6, 2019.

Across the state, city, county, state and tribal law enforcement agencies are looking to hire approximately 500 men and women from diverse backgrounds to work in various positions including police officer, corrections officer, 9-1-1 operator, parole and probation officer and others such as nurses, analysts, crime lab technicians.

More than three dozen agencies will be in attendance looking to share information regarding their respective agencies and various career opportunities in the law enforcement profession statewide.

2019 Oregon Law Enforcement Career Day Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1975914772516897/

Wyden, Merkley Secured $2.1 Million in Federal Disaster Recovery for Oregon Fisheries

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week secured $2.1 million in funding to help Oregon fisheries. The funds were finally allocated after a nearly two-year protracted battle with the Trump administration to approve Gov. Kate Brown’s request for fishery disaster declaration in May 2017.

“Hard-working Oregon fishermen gearing up for their spring returns have now received a $2.1 million lifeline that will help them support their families and contribute to the economy in their coastal communities.,” Wyden said. ”From commercial trollers to marinas, Oregon’s coastal fishing community fully deserves this good news.”

“As salmon populations have declined, our fishing boats have seen more of the harbor than the ocean. That means lost jobs, lost revenue, lost businesses,” Merkley said. “That’s why we’ve been fighting for this disaster declaration. Using my position on the Senate Appropriations Committee, I fought for millions of dollars of support for communities suffering from fisheries disasters. Now, Oregon’s coastal economy can access that funding and take a step forward on recovery—paying their crews and bills, and keeping their businesses afloat for another season.”

States set 11-day sturgeon season in lower Columbia

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Today fishery managers from Oregon and Washington set an 11-day recreational sturgeon fishing season during May 13-June 5 on the lower Columbia River.

During this season, recreational fishermen will be allowed to harvest legal-sized white sturgeon three days a week – Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. On all days open to sturgeon retention, all fishing (including catch and release) is prohibited after 2 p.m.

The open area is the mainstem Columbia from the Wauna power lines (at river mile 40) downstream to Buoy 10, plus Youngs Bay and all adjacent Washington tributaries.

The season will be limited to an allowable catch of 2,960 fish. The daily bag limit is one legal-sized white sturgeon, with an annual limit of two fish. Legal-size white sturgeon are those measuring a minimum of 44 inches and maximum of 50 inches fork length, which is measured in a straight line under the fish from the tip of the nose to the fork in the caudal (tail) fin with the fish laying on a flat surface.  Retention of green sturgeon is prohibited.

ODFW fishery managers said they were not prepared to recommend a sturgeon season between Wauna powerlines and Bonneville Dam at this time but indicated they plan to announce a fall season later this year.

For more information, including regulation updates, visit ODFW’s online fishing reports at www.myodfw.com.

Junior League of Portland’s Rose City Women’s Summit Returns May 10

Portland, OR – Hundreds of women and allies from around the Portland-metro area and the Pacific Northwest will join together on May 10 at the Portland Hilton (921 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204) for the Junior League of Portland’s second annual Rose City Women’s Summit.

The all-day seminar is a unique opportunity for women of all backgrounds to join together in a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment in order to invest in themselves and women’s empowerment through a series of carefully curated speakers, breakout sessions and development tracks. The event also serves as an investment in the Portland community as all proceeds from this day of inspiration and community-building go to support the Junior League of Portland’s IMPACT and 1910 campaigns which serve and support vulnerable populations in the Pacific Northwest.

“The Summit is a very special place where participants have the opportunity to step back and discuss the high level challenges we all face as women, as well as the unique obstacles that can exist based on our backgrounds and life experiences. But then dive down into the pragmatic detail of how we can take this new understanding back to our offices, our families, our friends and our communities and work towards a brighter future for all women right away,” said Kristin Kilshaw, Junior League of Portland Chapter President. “The energy and the atmosphere are unparalleled, but it is the bonding, the sense of community that we develop that makes this day truly special. We cannot wait to welcome the Portland community back for another outstanding event.”

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