Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.

The Portland Tribune

  • This year’s Dungeness crab season in Oregon and Washington has been significantly delayed. It was pushed back from Dec. 1 to Jan. 15 due to the fact that the crabs needed to fill out with more meat. (Industry standards dictate that a two-pound crab must yield at least a half-pound of meat.) Now, the season is being further delayed by price negotiations between crabbers and processors as well as a big storm brewing off the Oregon coast this week. We talk with crab fisherman and Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission chair John Corbin about the impact of the delayed season on crabbers and the coastal economy writ large.
  • A petition filed in Multnomah County Court Tuesday demands County Commissioner Loretta Smith resign from office because she declared her candidacy for Portland City Council position before she was legally allowed to do so. Smith joins us to respond.
  • The Oregon and Washington legislatures are both taking up carbon taxing proposals this session. Austin Jenkins and Cassandra Profita fill us in on how the proposals are similar, and in some ways very different.

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