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Woman, dog rescued

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Search and rescue volunteer Ryan McGinnis helps stranded April Sachanowski and her dog climb nearly 200 feet up an oceanside cliff Monday. A small army of about 10 people are pulling on the ropes from the top of the cliff.

A Brookings woman and her rottweiler who spent the night trapped by the high tide at the base of a seaside cliff were rescued Monday afternoon by a search and rescue worker who rappelled down to her.

April Sachanowski, 34, and her 100-plus-pound dog, Achilles, were exhausted but otherwise uninjured after the ordeal, which began when the pair took a walk late Sunday evening at Mill Beach.

According to her boyfriend, James, the couple and their dog were staying at nearby Blue Coast Inn when April decided to take a walk. The extremely low tide that afternoon allowed her access to a boulder-strewn area north of Mill Beach, below Collis Lane. As the tide came in, she scrambled to a ledge about 50 feet above the water, where she stayed overnight.

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Governor OKs scenic designation for Chetco

Gov. Kate Brown has designated a portion of the Chetco River as a State Scenic Waterway for its outstanding scenic, fish, wildlife, geological, botanical, cultural and outdoor recreation opportunities.

The Chetco River, which divides the communities of Brookings and Harbor, and the Molalla River in Clackamas County are the first waterways to be designated under the Scenic Waterways Act in almost three decades.

“Their inclusion into Oregon’s network of Scenic Waterways is a fitting way to reinvigorate a valuable state program,” John DeVoe, executive director of WaterWatch, wrote in a newsletter. “One of the most important benefits of the State Scenic Waterways designations for fish populations in the Chetco and Molalla are the protection of scenic flows against future developments.

“This is a big win for Oregon’s rivers deserving of celebration,” he said.

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