Coalition sues state over salmon — A coalition of environmental and fishing groups have sued Oregon over allowing logging on state forest lands and allege the activity is damaging streams used by coho salmon. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene challenges the state’s logging policies in the Clatsop State Forest and the Tillamook State Forest — Oregon’s two largest state forests. The groups allege the Oregon Department of Forestry is violating the federal Endangered Species Act, which lists the coho salmon in that area as threatened. The lawsuit asks the court to find Oregon in violation of the Endangered Species Act and to put a stop to logging until the state submits an acceptable plan to guarantee better protections for salmon.
Bank executives sentenced — The two top executives of the now-defunct Bank of Oswego caught a huge break Wednesday, when a federal judge in Portland gave them far less prison time than prosecutors wanted. Former CEO Dan Heine and CFO Diana Yates were found guilty late last year for misrepresenting the bank’s financial condition and faced as much as 30 years in prison for each of the 13 counts. Though prosecutors recommended eight years for Heine and more than six years for Yates, U.S. District Judge Michael H. Simon settled on two years and 18 months, respectively.