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Chowder and garlic highlight last weekend of spring 2017
ROBERT HILSON/For the Observer
Chowder and garlic highlight last weekend of spring 2017
Photos tell the story of Northwest Gralic Festival in Ocean Park and the Beach-to-Chowder Run in Long Beach

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Community Calendar
Calendar of Events 6/21
Birdwatching: 
Backwoods relative of the rock pigeon: The band-tailed pigeon
Birdwatching: Backwoods relative of the rock pigeon: The band-tailed pigeon
Band-Tailed Pigeon by M Kalbach
Sea nymph promises to be a popular kite poster
Sea nymph promises to be a popular kite poster
2017 Kite Festival Poster
Honor Flight: One Last Mission
Honor Flight: One Last Mission

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Puget Sound Honor Flight is part of the Honor Flight Network, which was established in 2004. The nonprofit organization transports veterans, at no cost to the veteran, to visit and reflect at the memorials built in their...

It’s My Thing: 
Pacific County clerk has a song in her heart
It’s My Thing: Pacific County clerk has a song in her heart

By DAMIAN MULINIX

For the Observer

SOUTH BEND — When Virginia Leech took office as the newly elected county clerk in 1999 — her first and only elected office — it wasn’t long before she began to be drafted to...

2017 Oysterville Vespers will make the rafters ring
2017 Oysterville Vespers will make the rafters ring
Vespers Kicks off new season
Community Calendar
Calendar of Events 6/14
Community Calendar FOR JUNE 7, 2017
Calendar of Events 6/7
Slow start to sturgeon season: 
Few keepers come to docks during opening day
Slow start to sturgeon season: Few keepers come to docks during opening day
Few keepers come to docks during opening day
Sights & Sounds of Student Music
Sights & Sounds of Student Music

ASTORIA — With a half hour to kill before taking the stage for their concert at Astoria’s historic Liberty Theater, members of the Ilwaco High School jazz band, choir and symphonic band were busy backstage — busy chatting, joking,...

White pelican ‘pod’ visits Ilwaco harbor
White pelican ‘pod’ visits Ilwaco harbor

Happy 80th birthday, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Happy 80th birthday, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge

LONG BEACH — This Sunday, June 11, the Friends of Willapa National Wildlife Refuge are having an 80th birthday party at The Cove restaurant for the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge.

The Willapa National Wildlife Refuge (WNWR) is part of...

Birdwatching: 
There’s a new kid on the block: the evening grosbeak
Birdwatching: There’s a new kid on the block: the evening grosbeak

The new kid on the block is heavy set and yellow bodied. The male has a large, dark head, a huge conical bill and a yellow eye stripe that makes for a fierce looking bird. This bird, the evening grosbeak has been seen in our area on occasion since...

State safeguards for large whales and weasel up for review
State safeguards for large whales and weasel up for review

OLYMPIA — State wildlife managers want citizen opinions on whether to continue endangered species protection for large whales sometimes present in the ocean off Pacific County.

In addition, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Birdwatching: The mallard — duck extraordinaire
Birdwatching: The mallard — duck extraordinaire
Mallards by Madeline Kalbach
Minke whale carcass washes ashore
Minke whale carcass washes ashore

KLIPSAN BEACH — A deceased Minke whale washed ashore midway up the Peninsula over Memorial Day weekend. A team from Portland State University and the Seaside Aquarium planned to preform a necropsy this Wednesday to determine the whale’s...

Peninsula pioneer gets his due
Peninsula pioneer gets his due
Jonathan Stout Story by Joan Mann
It’s My Thing
Lisa Nelson: Naselle Grays River Valley School District superintendent can’t get enough of the outdoors
It’s My Thing Lisa Nelson: Naselle Grays River Valley School District superintendent can’t get enough of the outdoors

NASELLE — While she may spend her days in offices and classrooms, where Naselle Grays River Valley School District Superintendent Lisa Nelson really wants to be is out in the forest.

Nelson, a lifelong resident of Naselle who graduated...

Community Calendar for May 31, 2017
Calendar 5/31
NW Artist Guild Art Show set to start June 9
Art Show 5/31
Spectacular May sunrise over the Columbia River estuary
Spectacular May sunrise over the Columbia River estuary

States may OK sturgeon retention for 1st time since 2014

OLYMPIA — The Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will invite public comments at an informational meeting scheduled May 30 to discuss to possibility of opening limited recreational sturgeon fisheries next month in the Lower...

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Hiding in plain sight: New species of flying squirrel discovered

For hundreds of years, a species of flying squirrel was hiding right under (actually, above) our noses.

A new study published May 30 in the...

Birdwatching: Backwoods relative of the rock pigeon: The band-tailed pigeon
Band-Tailed Pigeon by M Kalbach
White pelican ‘pod’ visits Ilwaco harbor
Happy 80th birthday, Willapa National Wildlife Refuge
Birdwatching: There’s a new kid on the block: the evening grosbeak

Fishing

Slow start to sturgeon season: Few keepers come to docks during opening day
Few keepers come to docks during opening day
States may OK sturgeon retention for 1st time since 2014

OLYMPIA — The Washington and Oregon departments of fish and wildlife will invite public comments at an informational meeting scheduled May...

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History

This Nest of Dangers: All hell breaks loose

About the time Congress was reading Lt. Howison’s recommendations of 1848 — those calling for a lighthouse, lighted and unlighted...

Peninsula pioneer gets his due
Jonathan Stout Story by Joan Mann