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New U.S. marshal for Oregon sworn in

PORTLAND - A 27-year veteran of the Portland Police Bureau has become the new U.S. marshal for Oregon.

Dennis C. Merrill took his oath of office Tuesday from U.S. District Judge Ancer Haggerty to confirm his appointment by President Bush.

Merrill is the 36th U.S. marshal for Oregon and will oversee 27 deputies, 10 administrative staff and 63 court security officers in Portland, Medford and Eugene.

Merril also is a brigadier general and a commander of the 82nd Brigade of the Oregon Army National Guard.

In addition to federal courthouse security, the U.S. Marshal's Service handles federal prisoner custody and fugitive investigations, and protects federal witnesses. It is the nation's oldest law enforcement agency.

Suit seeks to bar foe from voters' guide

SALEM - A lawyer for a property rights activist who's challenging an appeals court judge in the May 21 election went to court Wednesday seeking to prevent the judge from having his photo and statement appear in the Oregon Voters' Pamphlet.

Portland attorney John DiLorenzo, in a lawsuit filed in Marion County Circuit Court, said Appeals Court Judge David Schuman missed the March 14 deadline for submitting his materials and thus shouldn't be included in the booklet.

The lawsuit came a day after Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced he would allow Schuman to appear in the pamphlet because the judge had received faulty advice from a state elections worker that had caused him to miss the deadline.

DiLorenzo maintains that Bradbury nonetheless lacked authority to waive the deadline.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of David Hunnicutt, the legal director for the property rights group Oregonians in Action who is challenging Schuman in next month's election.

Whiting fishery to be reduced 32 percent

PORTLAND - The federal government plans to order a 32 percent reduction in the harvest of whiting, dealing another blow to Oregon's offshore fishery.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council, a regulatory body that advises the federal government, recommended last month that the National Marine Fisheries Service cut the whiting harvest by 20 percent.

The fisheries service is rejecting that recommendation.

``We're overruling the council reluctantly; it's a hard thing to do,'' said Bill Robinson of the fisheries service. ``But we take our resource stewardship responsibilities very seriously, and we believe in a precautionary approach.''

The fisheries service will issue an emergency rule declaring whiting overfished and ordering the 32 percent harvest reduction, Robinson said. He said the action will reduce the West Coast whiting harvest from its 2001 level of 190,000 metric tons, worth $13.42 million at the dock, to a 2002 level of 129,600 metric tons, worth $10 million at the dock.

Whiting, the main ingredient in artificial crab, is a mainstay of the Astoria and Newport trawling fleets. Some fishing industry representatives called the decision to further cut whiting harvests both unnecessary and potentially harmful to other fish.
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Title Annotation:General News
Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Apr 4, 2002
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