Watch: Octopus released from Oregon Coast Aquarium

NEWPORT, Ore. (KOIN) — The Oregon Coast Aquarium released a giant Pacific octopus that got caught in a crab trap back in March.

A crab fisherman brought the 22-pound octopus to the aquarium. At the time, the octopus was underweight and had open wounds on her arms. Staff put her in a quarantine area and hand-fed her until she got better.

According to aquarium staff, they used sonar to find a rocky area to release the octopus.

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Whoops! State Economist Corrects Error, Says Californians Are No Longer Moving to the Oregon Coast at Higher Rates than Most Other New Arrivals

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Curaleaf CEO expects more U.S acquisitions, shares surge on US$875M deal

U.S. multi-state cannabis operator Curaleaf Holdings Inc. (CURA.CN)(CURLF) has announced an agreement to acquire private producer GR Companies Inc. in a US$875 million cash and stock deal.

Massachusetts-based Curaleaf is currently the largest multi-state cannabis operator in the United States, with a market capitalization of US$3.89 billion. The addition of GR Companies, also known as Grassroots, would boost its presence from 12 to 19 states.

Curaleaf shares listed on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE) surged 19.20 per cent to $10.12 at 2:18 p.m. more at

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Come to Pendleton and get high — marijuana tourism lifts off

PENDLETON — The parking lot at Kind Leaf in Pendleton started to fill Sunday morning after the big music festival. Most of the vehicles displayed Idaho license plates — travelers stopping at one of Pendleton’s three marijuana stores before leaving town.

Jake, his wife and their close friends drove from Idaho to take in their first Pendleton Whisky Music Fest (the East Oregonian did not include his last name due to concerns because marijuana is not legal in Idaho). They love to sightsee and travel, he said, and they stayed at a hotel in Hermiston and dined out. He said he more at

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5 Things To Do Between the Holidays Along the Oregon Coast

The forecast may be cloudy, but this is the time of year to relish the extremes, enjoy the uncrowded attractions and reward yourself with the sights and sounds of Oregon’s coastline. Whether you have out of-town-visitors, kids home from school or just taking some time off, you will find plenty of post-holiday fun up and down the Oregon Coast. We have rounded up some of our favorite things to do.

Spend an Evening Surrounded by Lights
Through December 31
Shore Acres State Park, Coos Bay
Brilliant displays of holiday lights attract visitors of all ages to the park. With more at

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Peter Courtney is Oregon’s longest serving lawmaker. Some say his time is up. Are Democrats really ready to push him out?

Oregon’s 76-year-old Senate president, Peter Courtney, was criticized by environmentalists and some fellow Democrats after he failed to marshal enough support for a climate change bill and appeared not to grasp the seriousness of sexual harassment at the Capitol.

In the final days of the legislative session, some mused that his leadership, the longest by any Senate president in Oregon history, might be over.

But Courtney, the state’s longest serving lawmaker, insisted to The Oregonian/OregonLive this week that he isn’t going anywhere.

That marked a change from the final day of the session, three weeks earlier, when Courtney wouldn’t more at

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Suspect in shooting of Turkish diplomat arrested

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Kurdish security officials say they have arrested the lead suspect in the shooting of a Turkish diplomat in Iraq’s semi-autonomous region.

The Kurdistan Region Security Council published a picture of the suspect Saturday, saying he was arrested by security and counterterrorism units following a large-scale operation. Kurdish security had identified him as a 27-year-old who hails from Turkey’s predominantly Kurdish city of Diyarbakir.

A gunman opened fire in a restaurant in Irbil on Wednesday, killing the Turkish diplomat and an Iraqi national. There was no claim of responsibility although suspicion fell on Kurdish militants, who operate in parts more at

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Yuji Haraguchi: Changing the gourmet rules

It’s surprising just how far some fishy connections can get you.

In 2004, Yuji Haraguchi, originally from Utsunomiya in Tochigi Prefecture, left his job as a salesman in Japan and headed across the Pacific to Boston to take up a position with True World Foods, one of the biggest fish distributors in the U.S. The sudden change in work turned out to be the first step toward a whole new vocation.

Like many fresh graduates, Haraguchi had quickly discovered that the first job he had landed — in this case selling complex multimillion dollar machine parts — was not something more at

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Tip of the Week: Earthquake and tsunami preparedness

Previously, we’ve covered ways you can prepare your family in case of disasters. This week we want to help you be prepared for two specific disasters that can occur on the Oregon Coast.

Prepare for the next quake or tsunami

Some people think it is not worth preparing for an earthquake or tsunami because whether you survive or not is up to chance. NOT SO! Most Oregon buildings will survive even a large earthquake, and so will you, especially if you follow these simple response guidelines and start preparing today.

If you know how to recognize the warning signs of a tsunami and more at

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