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Process starts for Columbia River Basin fishing agreement

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Federal authorities are working on a plan aimed at deciding how much sport, commercial and tribal fishing for salmon and steelhead will be allowed in the Columbia River and its tributaries.

The joint environmental impact statement being prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also considers hatchery production.

The agencies will use the document as part of a decision-making process leading up to the possible signing of an agreement with Idaho, Oregon and Washington as well as tribes in those states with harvest treaty rights. The current agreement expires at the end of 2017.

What’s at stake are the adult salmon and steelhead that return to the Columbia Basin — about 2.9 million last year.

Comments are being accepted through Aug. 1.


Man arrested in death of younger brother in Keizer

(Information from: Statesman Journal,

KEIZER, Ore. (AP) — Police in Keizer this week arrested a man for allegedly driving an antique truck while intoxicated, leading to the death of his younger brother.

Police say 35-year-old Andrew Modine has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in his brother’s 2015 death.

The Statesman Journal reports the arrest comes 10 months after his brother, 32-year-old Thomas Modine, was found unconscious and lying in a roadway in Keizer.

Police determined that Andrew Modine was driving a 1950 Chevrolet pickup truck with Thomas Modine as his passenger. The pair was headed to a nearby residence, when Andrew Modine turned left and Thomas Modine was thrown from the vehicle.

Court documents contend that Modine was driving under the influence of intoxicants at the time of the incident.



Finger-pointing over fingerprinting: Checks could be flawed

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Ongoing battles between ride-hailing companies and states and cities over background checks have focused attention on the reliability of fingerprinting.

Several studies have found many criminal records in the FBI’s fingerprint system have missing or inaccurate information on how criminal cases were resolved.

That’s because the FBI relies on the state where a crime was committed to furnish the information. The studies found some states had efficient systems while others had huge backlogs.

That worries civil rights and job rights advocates at a time when requests for fingerprint background checks are soaring.

Companies like Uber and Lyft have threatened not to operate in some places — and have pulled out of others — over fingerprinting requirements.


Arrest made in fatal Portland crash that sent Jeep onto yard

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A driver is facing charges for a crash that left one person dead and another severely injured after police say she struck another vehicle, sending it onto the front porch of a Portland home.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 21-year-old Rayna Johnson has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, assault and reckless endangering. She was booked into the Multnomah County Jail in connection with the Saturday incident.

Police say Johnson drove a Volkswagen Jetta through a red light and hit the side of a Jeep Grand Cherokee. The collision had enough force to knock the Jeep onto its side and push it near the front door of the home.

One person was killed, another sustained serious injuries and two others, including Johnson, suffered minor injuries.

The victims haven’t yet been identified.



Man who helped push nation’s first bottle bill dies at 81

(Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive,

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Don Waggoner, who helped create the nation’s first “bottle bill,” has died at the age of 81.

The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Waggoner died at home on June 19.

Waggoner graduated from Stanford University with bachelor and master’s degrees in industrial engineering.

In the 1970s, Waggoner was an environmental activist with the Oregon Environmental Council, and was one of the people who spearheaded the Oregon Bottle Bill.

That law was passed in 1971 and requires deposits to be paid on beverages in recyclable bottles, cans and other containers.

Oregon’s bottle bill was the first in the United States; now ten states have similar laws.



Advocates fear more heroin withdrawal deaths in jails

LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — Heroin withdrawal is rarely fatal, but more than a half-dozen people have died behind bars in the U.S. during the last two years after suffering from severe symptoms that their families say went untreated.

Civil rights lawyers fear the number could grow given the nation’s heroin epidemic.

In Pennsylvania, the mother of an 18-year-old woman who collapsed and later died after days of severe vomiting sued Lebanon County officials on Monday. Stephanie Moyer’s lawsuit accuses them of ignoring her need for medical care.

Prisons in larger cities, including Philadelphia, say they assess addicts upon intake and provide intravenous fluids and other medications if needed.

But news accounts and court files detail other apparent withdrawal deaths in jails in Oregon, Michigan, Colorado and elsewhere.


Fire destroys Burger King in Albany

(Information from: The Register-Guard,

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that destroyed a Burger King restaurant in Albany.

The Register-Guard reports that the fire broke out Saturday morning. All employees and customers were safely evacuated from the restaurant on Geary Street, but one employee was injured and was treated on site by Albany fire medics.

Albany Fire Department had about 35 firefighters on the scene. Officials said smoke from the fire was “significant.”

Geary Street was closed to through traffic for much of the day Saturday.



Man pleads guilty to fatal shooting at Corvallis restaurant

(Information from: Gazette-Times,

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — A Forest Grove man has pleaded guilty in connection with the shooting death of a 29-year-old Corvallis man in the parking lot of a restaurant.

The Corvallis Gazette-Times reports that 42-year-old Michael A. Deyette II on Friday was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to murder and conspiracy charges in connection to the Jan. 15 killing of 29-year-old Jason Scott Williams.

Deyette changed his plea from not guilty after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. As part of the deal, Deyette will be eligible for parole after serving 25 years in prison.

Deyette and his girlfriend Brooklyn Shepard were indicted on multiple charges in connection with the killing. Shepard is being held at the Lincoln County Jail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 21.



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