Commercial fishermen have reiterated their disgruntlement with the Columbia River reforms adopted two years ago by the Washington and Oregon fish and wildlife commissions.At a public hearing earlier this month in Tumwater before the Washington commission, several leaders in the lower Columbia commercial community made their unhappiness with the reforms known.Vern Forsberg of Ridgefield said there has been commercial fishing in the Columbia River for 170 years. Netting methods have evolved, management of commercial fishing has evolved and recent years have shown record-high fall chinook returns.“All this is thrown away because of one man in Oregon,” Forsberg said, referring to Gov. John Kitzhaber. “The gillnet has been a good tool for management.”Forsberg has been involved for four years in the seine testing program. He estimated he’s made 700 seine sets.“I think we all know it’s only going to work for a few boats in a few spots,” he said. “There’s no way to know yet what’s going to happen to the rest of the people.”
On Wednesday, an Anchorage grand jury indicted 63-year-old Paul Allen Harris on one count of kidnapping, two counts of sexual abuse of a minor in the first degree and one count of sexual abuse of a minor in the second degree.Listen Now Harris has been in custody since June after a man reported his daughter was kidnapped and sexually abused by Harris. If convicted, Harris faces 99 years in prison for the kidnapping and sexual abuse.Harris is scheduled to be arraigned tomorrow.