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Willapa pedaling: 
State Parks makes plans for next 15 miles of cross-state trail network
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Willapa pedaling: State Parks makes plans for next 15 miles of cross-state trail network
Path follows abandoned Northern Pacific right-of-way

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Community Calendar for April 25, 2018

Wednesday, April 25

Peninsula Poverty Response hosting Cape D Sprint Triathlon
Peninsula Poverty Response hosting Cape D Sprint Triathlon

ILWACO — For its third consecutive year, Peninsula Poverty Response is hosting the Cape Disappointment Sprint Triathlon. Ocean Beach Hospital (OBH), SALT Hotel and Pub, WellSpring Community Network are among those joining together with local...

Birdwatching: 
We can be excellent landlords for our nesting birds
Birdwatching: We can be excellent landlords for our nesting birds

By Dr. Madeline Kalbach

For the Observer

Most of us know that spring is the beginning of the breeding season for the majority of our birds. A visit to Tarlatt Slough will confirm that the breeding season has already begun in...

Peninsula’s Nielson walks in Seeger’s footsteps
Peninsula’s Nielson walks in Seeger’s footsteps
Concert offers chance to sing along, revisit folk classics
Birdwatching — 
Wood ducks: A conservation success story
Birdwatching — Wood ducks: A conservation success story

Birds tell the tale when it comes to announcing the arrival of spring. It seems to have arrived. They are the beacon. The weather is warming, the robins are here in droves along with various species of waterfowl and a few songbirds such as the marsh...

Community Calendar for April 18, 2018

Wednesday, April 18

Spring Chinook fishery reopens for the day Saturday

OLYMPIA — Anglers will have an opportunity to fish for spring Chinook salmon in the Lower Columbia River this Saturday, April 14, for one day only under an agreement reached Wednesday by fishery managers from Washington and...

EAT DIRT: 
Presentation set at OP Library for next week
EAT DIRT: Presentation set at OP Library for next week
Adults will learn to maximize health benefits by changing some eating habits
Peninsula R&B Festival to return in September
Peninsula R&B Festival to return in September

NAHCOTTA — Blues drummer Clint Carter is on a roll. After pulling off the debut Peninsula Rhythm & Blues Festival last summer, he’s getting ready to do it again with seven bands lined up on Sept. 14 and 15.

The Rose City Kings...

Rethinking inking on the Peninsula
Rethinking inking on the Peninsula

Tattooing has been practiced for centuries throughout the world. The oldest mummified body, with 61 tattoos, was found embedded in glacial ice in the Alps and dated to about 3,250 BC.

But tattooing has often been considered uncivilized in the...

Writer’s Notebook: Walking in the path of glory and ruination
Writer’s Notebook: Walking in the path of glory and ruination
Lewis and Clark National Park is a great historical stage
Vegetable frights
Vegetable frights
IHS Drama Club presents Little Shop of Horrors
Community Calendar for April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 11

Birdwatching — 
Guess who: A Canada goose or a cackling goose?
Birdwatching — Guess who: A Canada goose or a cackling goose?

By Dr. Madeline Kalbach

For the Observer

As spring migration ramps up we see an increase in the numbers of migrating birds. Tarlatt Slough and the South Bay Trail are the places to be right now to see such increases, at least, in...

Community Calendar for April 4, 2018

Wednesday, April 4

Fisher-poet Martin speaking in Oysterville
Fisher-poet Martin speaking in Oysterville

OYSTERVILLE ­— Irene Martin, renowned Skamokawa author, Episcopal priest, Columbia River historian and life-long commercial fisherwoman, will don her poetry hat for an April 12 talk at the Oysterville Schoolhouse.

“This is our...

Hearthfire & Brimstone: 
Dandelions: Safe and (potentially) delicious wild food
Hearthfire & Brimstone: Dandelions: Safe and (potentially) delicious wild food
Dandelions: Safe and (potentially) delicious wild food
Director proves you can come home again
Director proves you can come home again
Flood gears up for ‘Beauty and the Beast’ auditions
Birdwatching: 
Listen for the Singer sewing machine bird!
Birdwatching: Listen for the Singer sewing machine bird!

The first day of spring has come and gone, but it sometimes hardly seems like spring. Snow on the Willapa Hills, hail raining down on the land and temperatures in the low 30s all recently reminded me that we are still on the edge of winter. However,...

‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
May 1880: How legends come to be
‘This Nest of Dangers’: May 1880: How legends come to be
Nineteen to 25 died in infamous storm, not 200 or 350
Spinnin’ wheel 
got to go ‘round
Spinnin’ wheel got to go ‘round
Peninsula Fiberistas welcome aspiring fabric artists
PAA Spring Art Show coming soon

LONG BEACH — Spring is here and that means it’s time for the annual Peninsula Arts Association Spring Art Show, set for April 6 through April 8. Hours each day are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The art show, free to attend and open to the public,...

Midshipman Bennett speaks Thursday in Oysterville
Midshipman Bennett speaks Thursday in Oysterville

OYSTERVILLE — Coast Guard Midshipman Conor Bennet will speak at the Oysterville Schoolhouse this Thursday, March 29. His topic: “Celebrating the History of the U.S. Coast Guard Rescue and Protection in and around the Columbia...

Gray whale sightings up off Northwest coast
Gray whale sightings up off Northwest coast
It may not just be the weather
Community Calendar for March 28, 2018

Wednesday, March 28

Picture Attic hosts reception
Picture Attic hosts reception

Marketplace

Celebrations

Outdoors

Willapa pedaling: State Parks makes plans for next 15 miles of cross-state trail network
Path follows abandoned Northern Pacific right-of-way
Chinook residents explore pains, pleasures of pruning

When my wife and I bought our home in Chinook across from the old Chinook school, it had three fruit trees, only one of which I decided to keep,...

Birdwatching: We can be excellent landlords for our nesting birds
Birdwatching — Wood ducks: A conservation success story
Birdwatching — Guess who: A Canada goose or a cackling goose?

Fishing

White sturgeon numbers decent; Some upriver populations show decline

COLUMBIA RIVER — After years of low abundance of legal-sized and adult-sized white sturgeon in the Lower Columbia River downstream of...

Spring Chinook fishery reopens for the day Saturday

OLYMPIA — Anglers will have an opportunity to fish for spring Chinook salmon in the Lower Columbia River this Saturday, April 14, for one...

Discovery Coast

Hiking

History

Writer’s Notebook: Walking in the path of glory and ruination
Lewis and Clark National Park is a great historical stage
‘This Nest of Dangers’: May 1880: How legends come to be
Nineteen to 25 died in infamous storm, not 200 or 350