Off the wire

2010 may see a record run for spring chinook
The biggest run of spring chinook salmon – almost a half-million fish – since before construction of Bonneville Dam is forecast to enter the Columbia River in 2010.
Read complete story from The News Tribune.

Longwood man charged with illegally feeding bears
A Longwood man who was injured by a black bear outside his home in The Springs community is now charged with illegally feeding bears.
Read complete story from Orlando Sentinel.

Boaters Pour $8.5 Billion Annually Into Florida's Economy
A four-year study of Florida's boating facilities and the economics of boating in this state is just in, and the numbers are enough to make your head swim.
Read complete story from Foster Folly News.

Student expelled for guns getting legal assistance
The NRA and the CRPA Foundation have joined forces under their California Legal Action Project (LAP) to provide legal assistance for high school student Gary Tudesko in his fight to be readmitted to Willows High School.
Read complete story from NRA-ILA.org.

Marines treat wounded warriors to Cherry Point deer hunt
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. — The air station's Environmental Affairs Department hosted a deer hunt for wounded warriors at Cherry Point's ordnance area, Dec. 12.

Wounded service members participating in the hunt included six Marines from Camp Lejeune, New River and Cherry Point; and two Soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C.

Read complete story from Jacson NJ Online.

2009 a deadly year for Florida's manatees
MIAMI — A record number of endangered manatees died in Florida waters this year, according to the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Read complete story from Reuters.com.