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Amazing insights from conspiracy theorists

After the Vegas shooting, it took about 12 hours before the oh-so-edgy skeptics began posting their own “totally-legitimate” version of the massacre on the internet. From YouTube to Twitter to Reddit, they were unavoidable. And if...

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Animal Shelter Report:  
New cute doggie duo
Animal Shelter Report: New cute doggie duo

We recently received two very cute small dogs from our network of partners that rescue dogs from shelters with high kill rates or are overcrowded.

Meet Rico and Meadow! Rico is a charming neutered male Chihuahua mix who is about three years old.

Coast Chronicles: 
The not-yet-United States
Coast Chronicles: The not-yet-United States

This is a quote attributed to James Baldwin, gay, Black, American writer and thinker (1924-1987: tinyurl.com/zycmolb ) who grew up poor in Harlem and decamped to France in 1950 because he knew he needed to get out of a toxic racial environment in the...

One morning at the beach: What dawned on us
One morning at the beach: What dawned on us

The seagulls are having a convention, a thousand folded-up, gray and white bundles, everyone talking at the same time. They’re easy with each other. We’re not. “Ouches” have crept in — sneaky-like, as my Dad would...

Mayor’s Corner: Long Beach changes city codes
Jerry Phillips
Animal Shelter Report: 
Give lovable Wylie room to roam
Animal Shelter Report: Give lovable Wylie room to roam

Wonderful Blessing of the Pets

We were blessed with great weather and a good turnout for the annual Blessing of the Pets at the shelter on Saturday. The Rev. Richard Loop kindly blessed the shelter animals first, and owned pets...

GUEST COMMENT: Hold on to your hats… I mean your wallets!

Rate increases between 20 percent to 28 percent are on their way to folks under the age of 65 and who are paying for an individual health insurance plan in Pacific County for 2018.

Before I begin, I am grateful we continue to have two keystones...

Elementary, my dear… 
When the world’s in a tizzy… raise your fist!
Elementary, my dear… When the world’s in a tizzy… raise your fist!

My circuits feel overloaded these days. Incoming information arrives from everywhere all at once, sometimes disguised as news but, all too often we find it’s not really news at all and we are left trying to sort through someone’s...

Coast Chronicles: 
Turning the corner to winter
Coast Chronicles: Turning the corner to winter

Orion is in the night sky now, a sure sign that we are stepping into our winter months. The maple leaves are changing and falling; the nights are cooler — though, haven’t we had some spectacular autumn days? Jackson and I took a...

An Old Dog’s Tale: 
Cemetery visit sparks search for connections
An Old Dog’s Tale: Cemetery visit sparks search for connections
Old Dog's Tale Wayne Downing
Always remember: Nature bats last
Always remember: Nature bats last

Gaia is pissed! That’s the thought that runs through my mind in response to multiple “natural” disasters exacerbated by human behavior. First, there’s Hurricane Harvey’s impact on Houston, where I lived for a few...

Coast Chronicles: ‘Why we write’
Coast Chronicles: ‘Why we write’

Last Sunday under the guardianship of Carol and Tucker Wachsmuth, twenty or so literary fans crashed the historical Oysterville home of Sydney and Nyel Stevens to assemble for a poetry reading. (Sydney and Nyel were otherwise occupied in Portland, but...

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