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No gusher: 
Ever-optimistic oilmen hit dry holes here
No gusher: Ever-optimistic oilmen hit dry holes here

Petroleum geology is anything but straightforward. The earth is so ancient — and has so often flopped over on itself, weathered down, thrust up, broken apart, erupted — that finding where petroleum is trapped can seem like a three-way...

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Heron sunset
Heron sunset

This Nest of Dangers: Crossing the bar, ‘alarmed and frightened’
This Nest of Dangers: Crossing the bar, ‘alarmed and frightened’
Columbia’s entrance establishes reputation for astounding violence
Low coho returns likely to constrain state’s fisheries
Low coho returns likely to constrain state’s fisheries

OLYMPIA — Returns of hatchery Chinook and coho salmon to Washington’s rivers and ocean waters are expected to vary this year, but low returns of wild salmon projected to several rivers will again make setting fisheries a challenge.

Birdwatching: 
Sparkling clean homes free for the right bird!
Birdwatching: Sparkling clean homes free for the right bird!
Western Bluebirds by Madeline Kalbach
‘Black swan’ events strike animal populations
‘Black swan’ events strike animal populations
About one species in 25 nosedives for inexplicable reasons
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Next Week: Matt Winters at the Oysterville Schoolhouse
Next Week: Matt Winters at the Oysterville Schoolhouse
Oysterville Schoolhouse Talk - M Winters
Garlic Festival seeks poster entries
Garlic Festival Poster Entries wanted
Fishermen know: Ilwaco High School #1 trophies at Regionals
Fishermen know: Ilwaco High School #1 trophies at Regionals

LONGVIEW — “Creations, for which the intellectual property rights have expired are said to be in what domain?” asked the judge during the second round of the recent regional Knowledge Bowl tournament held at Lower Columbia College...

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Calendar 3/8
Whale washes up near Iredale
Whale washes up near Iredale
Sperm whale carcass washed ashore
Celebrate the pragmatic elegance of gasoline marine engines
Celebrate the pragmatic elegance of gasoline marine engines

Gasoline marine engines revolutionized working life on the Columbia River estuary the way cotton gins did in the South, but they don’t get much respect.

In the course of a half a tide, the river can go from mirror-like lake to something...

‘Quilting at the Beach’ starts next week
‘Quilting at the Beach’ starts next week
Quilt Show
Birdwatching: Spring has sprung: The robins are back
Birdwatching: Spring has sprung: The robins are back
Red robin by Kalbach
Sea lion-salmon predation task force mulls ways to reduce impacts on endangered fish
Sea lion-salmon predation task force mulls ways to reduce impacts on endangered fish

PORTLAND — NOAA Fisheries’ Pinniped-Fishery Interactive Task Force met last week for the fifth time since 2008 to review lethal removal of sea lions and hazing operations aimed at reducing salmon predation at Bonneville Dam.

By all...

This Nest of Dangers: 
Beeswax on a lee shore: One of our enduring mysteries
This Nest of Dangers: Beeswax on a lee shore: One of our enduring mysteries

One of the joys of living at the beach is seeing what the tide brings in. Along the shore south of the mouth of the Columbia, in centuries past, in big chunks or small, it was what seemed like beeswax.

The South Bend [WA] Journal of the late...

Jim Sayce describes ‘Growing Up Local’ in March 9 O’ville talk
Jim Sayce describes ‘Growing Up Local’ in March 9 O’ville talk
Oysterville Lecture - Sayce
Moratorium continuing on sturgeon retention

Nearly a quarter million harvest-size white sturgeon were estimated to live in the Lower Columbia last year, a 56 increase over 2015 and 71 percent more than in 2014, but fishery managers will continue a harvest moratorium in 2017.

An overview...

600 empty bowls readied for annual anti-hunger event
600 empty bowls readied for annual anti-hunger event

PENINSULA — As Hilltop Middle School students rolled out two types of clay for a third time — this time together — some seemed to wonder why. But once they started cutting the logs of clay into little rounds and then smashing them...

North Head Lighthouse repairs continue
North Head Lighthouse repairs continue

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Exterior renovations continue as weather permits this winter at North Head Lighthouse in Cape Disappointment State Park.

The lighthouse, which has been fenced off from public access, was completed in 1898. Although...

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Calendar 3/1
Birdwatching: Time to observe our most iconic blackbird
Birdwatching: Time to observe our most iconic blackbird
Birding (RedWing Blackbirds) by Madeline Kalbach

Celebrations

Outdoors

Northern pintails: A population on the decline
Northern Pintail by Madeline Kalbach
Heron sunset

Birdwatching: Sparkling clean homes free for the right bird!
‘Black swan’ events strike animal populations
Whale washes up near Iredale

Fishing

Low coho returns likely to constrain state’s fisheries

OLYMPIA — Returns of hatchery Chinook and coho salmon to Washington’s rivers and ocean waters are expected to vary this year, but...

Moratorium continuing on sturgeon retention

Nearly a quarter million harvest-size white sturgeon were estimated to live in the Lower Columbia last year, a 56 increase over 2015 and 71...

Discovery Coast

Hiking

History

No gusher: Ever-optimistic oilmen hit dry holes here

Petroleum geology is anything but straightforward. The earth is so ancient — and has so often flopped over on itself, weathered down,...

This Nest of Dangers: Crossing the bar, ‘alarmed and frightened’
Columbia’s entrance establishes reputation for astounding violence
Celebrate the pragmatic elegance of gasoline marine engines
This Nest of Dangers: Beeswax on a lee shore: One of our enduring mysteries
North Head Lighthouse repairs continue