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Chinook fishing opens March 1 on Lower Columbia

PORTLAND — Salmon managers from Washington and Oregon have approved sportfishing seasons for spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River, setting the stage for the first major salmon fishery of the year.

Anglers are already catching a few...

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Under the microscope they go
Under the microscope they go
Creepy crawly wiggly swimming microbes take stage at the OP Library on Friday
Webster ‘Talking Tides’ in Oysterville
Webster ‘Talking Tides’ in Oysterville

OYSTERVILLE — On Thursday, March 1, State Parks Interpreter Aaron Webster will talk about “Waves Tides and Currents” at the Oysterville Schoolhouse. His will be the third talk in this spring’s lecture series Celebrating the...

Community Calendar for Feb. 21, 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 21

WDFW announces preliminary clam dates on Long Beach Peninsula: March 17, April 21 and 22

WDFW tentatively plans 8 days of razor clam digging in March, April

OLYMPIA — State shellfish managers have tentatively scheduled razor clam digs through April on four ocean beaches.

Final approval of all scheduled openings on the...

Keeper sturgeon season possible this spring
Keeper sturgeon season possible this spring
Limited retention sturgeon season similar to last year being considered for lower Columbia
Licensed practitioner: ‘Massage should never hurt’
Licensed practitioner: ‘Massage should never hurt’

OCEAN PARK — From the outside, the two-story home on 272nd looks like a residence only, but inside, it houses Paul Estrella’s home-based business, Zephyr Massage Therapy. In the expansive downstairs area there is his office, plus a...

Zephyr Inn acts a Peninsula concierge
Zephyr Inn acts a Peninsula concierge

OCEAN PARK — Together. Brad Browning and Paul Estrella also operate Zephyr Inn, a B&B in their same home that houses Estrella’s massage operation. Just east of the new North Beach Water Co. building, on 272nd Street, Zephyr Inn is...

On running, run on
On running, run on

I am not fast.

In high school, I got the nickname “Fast Eddie” because I was a sprinter. Short distances, I guess I was pretty fast. Fast enough to go to state on relay teams and in the 200 meters.

However, it was well...

Hearthfire & Brimstone: 
A bag of bones — How to eat in a ‘flupocalypse’
Hearthfire & Brimstone: A bag of bones — How to eat in a ‘flupocalypse’

In early February, one out of every 13 doctor visits in the U.S. was for flu symptoms. A dear friend was among the casualties. As she convalesced in California, I threatened her with sickbed dishes from the 110-year-old cookbook she bought me while...

Community Calendar for Feb. 14, 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 14

‘This Nest of Dangers’: 
S.O.S. — Federal help arrives on our deadly shore
‘This Nest of Dangers’: S.O.S. — Federal help arrives on our deadly shore

By the second half of the 19th century in the Oregon country, most business was well established up-river in Portland. Astoria had lost its late, brief battle to supplant the inland city as the regional shipping center.

At the same time, the...

Photographer witnesses wildlife drama at the beach
Photographer witnesses wildlife drama at the beach

OCEAN PARK — This photo essay documents a life-and-death struggle by a western grebe vs. two bald eagles.

I was at the beach near the beach approach road in Ocean Park on Jan. 18 watching the storm surge, as were many others. I was...

Garvey, Gable present Oysterville performance
Garvey, Gable present Oysterville performance

OYSTERVILLE — Mary Garvey is a songwriter; Cate Gable is a musician. Together they will “Celebrate the River” with stories and songs at the Oysterville Schoolhouse Thursday, Feb. 15, beginning at 10 a.m.

The hour-long...

Birdwatching: 
Charismatic pileated woodpecker hunts for bugs
Birdwatching: Charismatic pileated woodpecker hunts for bugs
By Madeline Kalbach
Community Calendar for Feb. 7, 2018

Wednesday, Feb. 7

York’s saga an underreported chapter of Lewis & Clark story
York’s saga an underreported chapter of Lewis & Clark story

York is not a household name, except perhaps to Pacific Northwest history buffs. He was the black slave who accompanied his master, William Clark, on the 28-month trek to explore the Louisiana Territory and find a direct water route across the...

Clay artist combines many techniques to make unique pottery pieces
Clay artist combines many techniques to make unique pottery pieces

OCEAN PARK — Danni Pederson is equally comfortable sitting at a potter’s wheel or on a sofa in either of her Klipsan or Kalama homes. She is one of those adaptable, easy-going people who doesn’t seem to become rattled at much of...

Latest stranded turtle dies
Latest stranded turtle dies
Turtle was found on Sunset Beach
Community Calendar for Jan. 31, 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 31

Birdwatching: 
Western meadowlark: A popular state bird
Birdwatching: Western meadowlark: A popular state bird

By Dr. Madeline A. Kalbach

For the Observer

The western meadowlark is an interesting bird that is rare on the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge and the Peninsula. This means that we see it, but only at intervals of every two to five...

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Puget Sound orcas again sighted in outer coast waters

LONG BEACH — Members of the L pod of Southern Resident Killer Whales were observed off the south Washington coast near Westport on Feb. 13,...

Birdwatching — Black-legged kittiwake: An unexpected beach treat!

Imagine driving on the beach and seeing a pale gull that looks small and overweight at the back end. What came to mind as my friend, Susan, and I...

WDFW announces preliminary clam dates on Long Beach Peninsula: March 17, April 21 and 22
Photographer witnesses wildlife drama at the beach
Birdwatching: Charismatic pileated woodpecker hunts for bugs

Fishing

Chinook fishing opens March 1 on Lower Columbia

PORTLAND — Salmon managers from Washington and Oregon have approved sportfishing seasons for spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River,...

Keeper sturgeon season possible this spring
Limited retention sturgeon season similar to last year being considered for lower Columbia

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‘This Nest of Dangers’: S.O.S. — Federal help arrives on our deadly shore

By the second half of the 19th century in the Oregon country, most business was well established up-river in Portland. Astoria had lost its late,...