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Dungeness crab season delayed

Preseason testing shows that crab is showing low meat yields in some areas along the Oregon coast, prompting state officials to delay the commercial start of the crab season in Dungeness by about two weeks. The Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife is testing crabs at six major crab ports in cooperation with the commercial crab industry and the state Department of Agriculture. These tests examine the meat content and biotoxins. When the meat content is low, the season is postponed to allow the crabs to develop further, so harvested crabs are not wasted. The biotoxins can mean the crabs are inedible and must be destroyed. (OPB staff)

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Feral horse adoption site planned for central Oregon

Federal officials plan to reduce the size of the so-called Big Summit herd of feral horses that roam the Ochoco National Forest in central Oregon. According to the US Forest Service, the herd is damaging sensitive riparian habitats. To prevent further damage, the agency plans to capture dozens of horses and keep them in a new wild horse adoption center. The agency plans to build a new $3 million facility in the Rimrock Springs Wildlife Area that will include enclosures, pastures, security fences and RV hookups for wardens. The center takes care of the animals until they can be adopted. (Michael Kohn/Capital Press)

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Jackson County is asking the state to limit mushroom growing licenses

As the Oregon Health Department drafts rules in preparation for launching psychoactive mushroom businesses in January, Jackson County officials have asked the agency to limit the number of licenses it issues to growers. OHA has no plans to cap the number of licenses, worrying some mushroom advocates who say too many growers could flood the market, eat into profits and put many out of business. That’s what happened to some marijuana growers when Oregon first legalized recreational cannabis. (Vickie Aldous/Mail Tribune)

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Mt. Bachelor says it doesn’t account for boy’s death on slopes

Bachelor Ski Resort and its parent company Powdr Corp. filed a response to a wrongful death lawsuit this week, saying a 9-year-old boy and his father were warned about freezing conditions in which the boy allegedly slipped down the mountain and crashed into rocks, apparently suffering a fatal head injury. The filing also claims the boy’s injuries were the result of not realizing the limits of his skiing abilities and “maintaining reasonable control over his speed.” The lawsuit, filed on August 2, argues that the chairlift and ski slopes near the summit should not have been open on the day of the boy’s death due to the freezing conditions. (Joe Siess/The Bend Bulletin)

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Oregon farmer speaks turkey

The days leading up to Thanksgiving are a busy time for owner Mark Anderson at Champoeg Farms in the Willamette Valley. “Right now it looks like we’re going to do over 1,000 birds,” he said. “It’s getting intense.” Anderson’s turkey breeding practices differ little from those of his ancestors. Champoeg farm birds are kept in pastures, meaning the older birds spend their days in open fields. Anderson and his team move the birds every few days to give them fresh soil and allow the debris they leave behind to fertilize the soil. Anderson’s family history in the valley dates back to the 19th century and once included ownership of the land that is now Champoeg State Park. (Shannon Sollitt/Statesman Journal)

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Washington sees higher turnout overall but a drop east of the Cascades

Even when conservative-leaning counties east of the Cascades shone ruby ​​red in the Washington midterm elections, some of them shone a little dimmer. This year’s midterm turnout — about 63% of all state voters cast their ballots — fell short of the 70-plus-percent highs of 2018’s blue wave Democrats or the 2010 Tea Party-led GOP rebellion. However, this total masks some stark differences among Washington’s 39 counties. Only 49% of Yakima County voters returned their ballots this year, compared to 65% in King County, home of Seattle. (Joseph O’Sullivan/Crosscut)

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