County cracks Oregon top 10 lists for news stories

January 10, 2007 12:00 am

By Cornelia de Bruin

Triplicate staff writer

Del Norte County events made two lists for top stories of 2006 – in Oregon.

The Oregonian's Top 10 Science Stories of the Year named the Nov. 15 tsunami that wreaked havoc at Crescent City Harbor as its No. 2 pick on the list.

In tandem with a magnitude 6.3 earthquake that hit Java, causing the deaths of 6,200 people in May, the Portland, Ore., paper listed a magnitude 8.3 earthquake that triggered our tsunami and its resulting damage.

Portland's KGW-TV included in its top news stories of the year the politicians who "struggled in 2006" to help coastal fisherman in the wake of the cuts to commercial salmon fishing in its home state.

Among those politicans was local Congressman Mike Thompson, D-Calif., who introduced legislation to provide federal disaster relief to the salmon fishing industry in both states. Thompson's bill would authorize the appropriation of $60.4 million for the fishermen, tribes and businesses impacted by the federally declared commercial fishery failure last year.

The cuts in salmon fishing takes are intended to protect the wild chinook on the Klamath River.