DOJ Awards Grants to Local Tribes; Port Looking For Crabbing Options; Innovation Awards; Open Coho Day

DOJ Awards Grants to Local Tribes

The US Department of Justice has just released information that it plans to provide more than 113 million dollars to improve public safety, serve victims of crime, protect women and support  youth programs on American Indian lands.  One of the grants awarded will go to the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians.  US Attorney Billy Williams says these awards mark the Justice Department’s continued commitment to ensuring all tribes have the resources necessary to keep their communities safe and effectively enforce the administration of justice on tribal land.”  In recent months there has been an outcry of the dangers, specifically to women, that occur on tribal lands including human trafficking, missing persons, and other violent crimes.  The money awarded effectively doubles the amount the US government has provided to tribes.  Principal Deputy Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio during a conference in New Mexico on Wednesday said “There is an unacceptable level of violent crime and domestic abuse in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  With this increase in resources, together with our aggressive investigation and prosecution of crimes we are committed to reducing violent crime and improving public safety.  The monies come through a combination of government sources including the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services.

Port Looking For Crabbing Options

The Port of Siuslaw has posted a notice of a special session to discuss the practice of crabbing off of the port docks.  The port is currently looking for alternatives to provide crabbing to the public that would be safe and not interfere with boat traffic on the Siuslaw river.  The special session will be held on October 1st at 6pm at the Port offices on Harbor street and is open to the public.

Innovation Awards

Today is the last day to nominate someone for their creative contributions to the community.  The RG Media company Innovation and Talent Awards are receiving nominations for companies, organizations, and individuals in Lane County who are creating success through their original ideas.  Winners will receive part of $3500.00 in prize money with the “Innovator of the Year” receiving $1000.00.  you can register at

Open Coho Day

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife announced yesterday that there will be an open fishing day today on the ocean for Coho salmon.  There are still almost 2200 coho available for harvest along the central Oregon coast.  Depending on how many are caught today will determine if another open day will be provided to anglers.  The open day includes ocean waters between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain.