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  • COOS BAY — The state has reopened a portion of the Southern Oregon coast to recreational mussel harvesting.
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  • COOS BAY — The state has reopened a portion of the Southern Oregon coast to recreational mussel harvesting.
    Shellfish samples taken from the area between Cape Arago to the California line show levels of paralytic shellfish toxins have dropped below the alert level.
    The area was closed to recreational mussel harvesting Oct. 18.
    SALEM — The Oregon Army National Guard welcomed home about 20 soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Kuwait.
    The Statesman Journal reports the soldiers, of Charlie Company, 7th Battalion, 158th Aviation Regiment, were part of a forward support medical team providing air ambulance coverage in Kuwait using UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.
    Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown and Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees attended Saturday's demobilization ceremony in Salem.
    CORVALLIS — Oregon State University is offering beer courses that include in-class lessons at the campus brewery in Corvallis.
    The Gazette-Times reports the classes are for professional and hobby brewers seeking to refine their technical skills.
    The lead instructor is professor and fermentation scientist Tom Shellhammer, who designed the curricula after consulting with industry leaders.
    The first course starts May 15 with two days of online instruction on microbiology to be completed by June 10. It will be followed by in-class lessons at OSU's brewery June 17-18 in Corvallis.
    The second class focuses on beer analysis and also starts May 15. Students must complete online lessons by June 10. Then they can take on-campus instruction at OSU's brewery June 19-20.
    The classes are each limited to 24 students.
    CANNON BEACH — The city of Cannon Beach is pursuing a zoning amendment that would allow it to expand its emergency storage program.
    The program lets people store food, clothing and other basic supplies in shipping containers that are far enough inland to be safe if a tsunami strikes.
    The Daily Astorian reports that the city's goal is to place 20-foot-long metal shipping containers at three sites outside the tsunami inundation zone.
    The first is already on the eastern side of Cannon Beach within city limits.
    Two others are planned for the city's north and south ends, but are outside city limits in areas zoned for forestry.
    Next week, the Clatsop County Planning Commission will consider whether to allow the storage structures on forestland.
    SAN FRANCISCO — A bicyclist who killed an elderly pedestrian while racing through a busy intersection here nearly a year ago, igniting debate about who owns open space in the famously congested city, will be tried for felony gross vehicular manslaughter.
    Superior Court Judge Andrew Y.S. Cheng ruled Thursday that Chris Bucchere, 36, should face the felony charge, believed to be a rarity for a bicycle collision that resulted in a death.
    If convicted, Bucchere could face a maximum of six years in prison.
    Sutchi Hui, a 71-year-old San Francisco resident, was walking with his wife through the busy intersection of Castro and Market streets when he was hit by Bucchere in March 2012. He died of his injuries four days later at San Francisco General Hospital.
    Ted Cassman, Bucchere's attorney, argued during the preliminary hearing that the charge should be reduced to a misdemeanor. He could not be reached for comment on the judge's ruling.
    "Court testimony indicated that (Bucchere) was going at least 30 mph and that he ran two red lights and a stop sign prior to going through the intersection where the collision occurred," said San Francisco Assistant District Attorney Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office.
    "Today the judge reaffirmed our decision to charge this case as a felony," said District Attorney George Gascon. "I hope this case serves as a reminder to all that there are life-altering consequences to not following the rules of the road."
    Compiled from wire reports
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