Talk about a down economy: Even the pikeminnow anglers are seeing their earnings decline.
Nikolay N. Zaremskiy of Gresham, Ore., is the top earner for 2011 in the northern pikeminnow sport reward program, having caught almost 8,000 fish and cashing them in for $66,478.
But while that's not bad for a six-month season, it pales to his record performance in 2010, when Zaremskiy caught more than 10,000 fish and earned $81,000.
Zaremskiy is no stranger to cashing in on pikeminnows. He set the previous earning record of $58,000 in 2008.
David R. Vasilchuk of Vancouver, Wash., was the No. 2 angler, earning $60,742 for the season that ran May 1-Oct. 16.
The program pays $4 for the first 100 fish, $5 for fish Nos. 101 through 400 and $8 per fish after 400.
As an incentive, some fish are tagged and worth $500 apiece to the lucky angler who catches them.
Permits to cut trees in Umatilla forest available
Permits to cut Christmas trees on the Umatilla National Forest now are available at all forest offices and at several local businesses.
Permits are valid on Federal Forest Service lands only and do not authorize tree cutting on private, State or other federally managed lands.
Permits can be purchased for $5 each and are limited to one per household. Christmas tree permits and forest maps are available during regular office hours, Monday through Friday, at the Supervisor's Office in Pendleton, Oregon, and at the four Ranger District offices in Ukiah and Heppner, Oregon; and Walla Walla and Pomeroy, Washington.
Local businesses set up to sell permits include:
* Ace Hardware, Hermiston
* PGG, Milton-Freewater
* Columbia Grain and Feed, Pasco
* Farmer's Exchange, Kennewick
* Conoco General Store, Dayton
* Pomeroy Foods, Pomeroy
* PF Express, Pomeroy
* Last Resort, Pomeroy
Stakeholers group for Umatilla forest to meet
PENDLETON -- The stakeholders group formed to work with the Umatilla National Forest on forest management issues will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Red Lion Inn, Umatilla Conference Room in Pendleton.
The meeting will include discussions of the group's organizational structure and how it will move forward with two proposed forest initiatives.
All interested parties are invited to attend.
Fewer nonresidents hunting Idaho game
IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- The amount of money taken in through the sale of nonresident deer and elk tags is down almsot $3 million from its peak in 2008, state wildlife officials say.
Jim Unsworth, deputy director for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, said the agency has put in place a six-month hiring freeze on all open positions, eliminated at least two high level positions, and is looking at cutting some programs.
"It's hard to put a finger on specifically what's not happening," Unsworth told the Post Register. "What's happening is just less of everything. At some level, somewhere, something's not getting done, and eventually the public's going to notice it."
Next clam dig starts Friday in Puget Sound
The next razor clam dig will open on an evening tide Friday at many Puget Sound beaches.
Digging will be allowed after noon Friday at Long Beach, Twin Harbors, Copalis and Mocrocks.
On Saturday, just Long Beach, Twin Harbors and Mocrocks will be open after noon.