Written by Linc Bedrosian
Gov. John Kitzhaber has repeated his promise to help gillnetters being moved off the main stem of the Columbia River.
But state Sen. Betsy Johnson and others are still not relieved by the comments.
The governor made the remarks at a gathering of Associated Press editors in Salem Tuesday. His remarks can be viewed in full in a video on The Daily Astorian's website.
Kitzhaber unveiled his proposed budget Monday, although it must be approved by the Legislature. It includes money for gillnetters to change their gear and some reimbursement for lost income, as well as investment in hatcheries.
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