SALEM, Ore. - Oregon has mobilized a tsunami debris hotline and a network of disposal sites up and down the coast in response to debris washing up on the beach from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
After completing their journey west in 1806, William Clark and Meriwether Lewis prepared to head home. There was just one problem: They were short a canoe. So they stole one from the Native Americans who had kept them alive all winter.
Sources at the Daily Astorian tell KATU News that the Coast Guard has confirmed that the boat belongs to Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, but long-lens photos of the big boat have not turned up any images of the elusive pop icon.
Over the years, the Mississippi oyster industry has been damaged by Hurricane Katrina, cheap imports, high gas prices and the perception Gulf oysters weren't safe to eat because of the BP oil spill. Now, the upcoming harvest season may be lost.
The Pacific smelt, a small silvery fish that was a staple of Northwest American Indian tribes when the Lewis and Clark expedition arrived, is getting federal protection because it's been declining toward extinction due to global warming and other factors.
Al LePage has begun walking the Oregon coast to spark public interest in completing the unfinished Oregon Coast Trail and in preserving what remains of wild coastal landscapes. LePage's trek is a reprise of a 360-mile hike he did 20 years ago.