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Mother's Day tea hosted by Gresham Senior Center, get paid to fish for invasive pikeminnow

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE - The bounty on Northern Pikeminnow netted one angler more than $83,000 last year. Get paid to fish for pikeminnow

The Northern Pikeminnow Sport Reward Fishery in the Columbia and Snake rivers has started and runs through Sept. 30. The program pays registered anglers $5 to $8 per pikeminnow, nine inches or longer. The more fish an angler catches, the more each pikeminnow is worth. Plus, authorities tagged and released about 1,000 pikeminnow, each worth $500, into the rivers. Last year the top fisherman in the program earned more than $83,000 in five-months.

Northern pikeminnow gobble up millions of young salmon and steelhead each year. Since 1990, anglers paid through the program have removed more than 4.8 million pikeminnow from the two rivers, reducing predation from pikeminnow on young salmon and steelhead by about 40 percent.

Anglers must register for the program. It is administered by the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission and funded by the Bonneville Power Administration.

For more information call 800-858-9015 or visit www.pikeminnow.org.

Join Tea by the Sea for Mother's Day

Enjoy some tea by the sea during a Mother's Day event dedicated to raising funds to support programs and classes for seniors.

The Gresham Senior Center is hosting Tea by the Sea at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, at the center, 600 N.E. Eighth St. Visitors are welcome to put on their comfiest pair of sandals and other appropriate beach attire for a day filled with good food, a silent auction, dancing, a ukulele performance, hat parade and much more.

The money raised will help purchase new supplies and pay rent at the Senior Center, which is a group dedicated to supporting senior citizen's ability to remain involved and active in the community.

Tickets are $10 per person, and must be purchased or reserved in advance. Call 503-988-4860, or visit the center, for more information.

PGE pays cities taxes, franchise fees

Portland General Electric paid the cities of Gresham, Fairview, Troutdale and Wood Village more than $7 million in annual franchise fees and privilege taxes.

PGE pays a city government for the right to operate within the municipality for the calendar year.

The breakdown for money distributed in East Multnomah County for 2018:

Fairview: $365,021

Gresham: $5,830,252

Troutdale: $649,554

Wood Village: $224,020

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