Around the state

Published Feb 12, 2013 at 04:00AM

Gillnet fishing rules — Responding to a challenge from commercial fishermen, the Oregon Court of Appeals has ordered the state to hold off on enforcing new gillnet fishing rules. The Oregonian reports that the court’s order came Monday in response to a request from two gillnet fishing leaders who argue that the state Fish and Wildlife Commission’s decision last December violated several state laws. The commission voted to ban the use of gillnets to catch fish on the main stem of the Columbia River, relegating the primary commercial-fishing tool to side channels and tributaries. The court order noted that neither the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife nor anti-gillnet groups opposed the stay request. The stay will remain in effect while the legal petition proceeds.

Speeding motorcyclist — Authorities in Southern Oregon say they arrested a motorcyclist after twice giving up the chase for safety reasons, and the man told them he exceeded 180 mph on Interstate 5. Oregon State Police say 23-year-old Jeffrey B. Engebretson was arrested Sunday after his motorcycle slid out on a gravel road. Officers found him in the woods. A police statement said Engebretson told them he exceeded 140 mph on a county road and 180 mph on the interstate. Officers said he is being charged with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and trying to flee.

Columbia River bridge — Gov. John Kitzhaber has told a legislative committee hearing in Salem that Oregon must seize the opportunity to nail down financing to build a new Interstate 5 Columbia River bridge between Portland and Vancouver, Wash. The $3.4 billion project would replace two spans dating back to 1917 and 1958. The governor says that in addition to increasing capacity and improving traffic flow, it’s imperative to replace the bridges because of earthquake concerns. Monday’s hearing kicked off legislative consideration of Oregon’s contribution to the project. That’s estimated to be $450 million in bonds, to be matched by an equal amount from Washington state and supplemented by federal money and projected income from tolls. Critics question the project’s cost, design and the plans for light rail and tolls.

Islamic charity founder — A Saudi Arabian man who started an Islamic charity in Oregon has been taken off a United Nations list of people subject to sanctions for ties to al-Qaida but remains on a similar U.S. terrorist list. The U.N. Security Council committee monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida removed Soliman al-Buthe, now a deputy minister in Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Municipalities, from the list on Monday.

— From wire reports

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