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  • Tsunami Debris Information
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    Debris from Japan’s 2011 tsunami has begun washing up on Oregon’s shores. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s website lists important resources for visitors to the coast, including drop-off sites and key phone numbers. It also features links to detailed information on tsunami debris, including maps and photos.

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  • Land Board Presents Annual Awards
    At their April 8 public meeting, the State Land Board recognized two projects for their responsible, sustainable stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources. The Sandy River Basin Habitat Restoration Project was honored with the 2013 Stream Project Award for their efforts to restore native fish habitat in the Sandy River near Welches. The Partnership for Coastal Watersheds received the 2013 Partnership Award for their collaborative work in the Coos Bay area.
     
  • Emergency Permits for Flooding
    In response to flooding, Oregonians may attempt to control streambank erosion through actions that could require emergency approval under Oregon’s removal-fill law.
     
    In general, any new riprap, gravel-bar removal or moving a stream channel will require an emergency authorization from the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL).
     
    To obtain an expedited permit or for more information, Oregon property owners should call DSL during regular work hours at 503-986-5200 (Salem). During non-business hours, and on holidays, call Oregon Emergency Response at 1-800-452-0311. 
     
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  • Auction nets nearly $200,000
    From Arabic coins to a Nineteenth Century book, the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes brought hundreds of bidders and thousands of dollars to White City, Oregon on April 4 and 5.
     
    “We had an extremely smooth-running, successful auction this year,” said Pat Tate, unclaimed property manager. “One ring fetched $8,000 and several silver bars yielded $1800 apiece. We had lots of people – dealers and folks just having fun – vying for the most interesting pieces in the nearly 1400 lots we put up for bid.”
     
    Every year, the Department of State Lands receives hundreds of boxes, envelopes and packages containing the contents of abandoned safe deposit boxes. Financial institutions must turn over the contents to the state when owners have not kept up rental payments and when they are not able to be located.
     
    The state auctions the items and holds the proceeds in the owner’s name. The funds are held in the Common School Fund whose earnings are sent twice a year to Oregon’s 197 public school districts.
     
    After auction expenses were paid, the proceeds totaled $196,000 for the school fund, Tate said. The auction was conducted by Grants Pass-based Liska Auctioneers.
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