Domoic acid high

Domoic acid levels in crabs tested Dec. 8 off the southernmost coast of Oregon are still too high to open the season; the next testing will begin Dec. 17, the Oregon Department of Agriculture said Thursday.

Zone L, from Gold Beach to the Oregon-California border will remain closed until the domoic acid levels return to safe levels. The zone above it, from Gold Beach to Cape Blanco, will remain closed as a buffer zone, as well.

Domoic acid levels in two tests were at 30 and 40 parts per million (ppm); the top limit for food consumption is 30 ppm. Tests of crab in the zone north of Brookings tested at 2 to 7.2 ppm.

Free holiday dinner

The Curry Fair Friends and Curry Fair Board will host its annual free Community Christmas Banquet noon to 3 p.m. Dec. 25th in Docia Sweet Hall at the Curry Fairgrounds in Gold Beach.

The meal is hosted to thank the community for the support of the Curry Fair Friends catering events during the year.

More than 400 people attended the event last year.

The menu includes roast turkey, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, yams, fresh cranberry sauce, vegetables, salads, homemade hot rolls, pumpkin and apple pies and other traditional desserts, all served buffet style.

The event is open to everyone. Donations of turkeys, canned food items or financial

contributions are also appreciated. And volunteers are needed to help set up, serve, greet and cleanup.

For more information, call 541 247-4541 or .