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Herrera, Kilmer team up on ocean acidification issue

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Two U.S. representatives from Washington state, Derek Kilmer and Jaime Herrera Beutler, have reintroduced bipartisan legislation to help fight ocean acidification. The bill, entitled the Ocean Acidification Innovation Act...

Broad stripes and bright stars
Broad stripes and bright stars

LONG BEACH — The correct protocol with which to retire and dispose of American flags which have become worn or damaged is to burn them, with appropriate ceremony.

Leaders of the the Long Beach Elks Lodge 1937 hosted Flag Day observances...

East Sand Island cormorant cull called off, for now
East Sand Island cormorant cull called off, for now

After resuming culling of double-crested cormorants in the Lower Columbia River estuary on April 11 for the first time this year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s contractor abruptly stopped the boat-based shooting of the birds April 27 after...

Strong spring wind and rain storm predicted Thursday
Strong spring wind and rain storm predicted Thursday

LONG BEACH — Though it won’t amount to much by winter standards, a spring Pacific storm predicted for Thursday will be intense enough to damage hanging baskets and deck umbrellas. Residents in coastal Pacific County should take...

Ocean claims life off North Cove
A young Snohomish County man drowned while swimming in "Washaway Beach".
Students record veterans’ stories for Library of Congress
Students record veterans’ stories for Library of Congress

ILWACO — “When you go (into battle for the first time) you’re very naive. You train as if you’re going, but when you get there it’s a whole different ballgame,” explained U.S. Army veteran Forrest Desperate...

Sturgeon resurgence: 
Fishing heats up as six-day season provides a ‘shot in the arm’ for local business
Sturgeon resurgence: Fishing heats up as six-day season provides a ‘shot in the arm’ for local business
Fishing heats up as six-day season provides a ‘shot in the arm’ for local business
New fun rides coming to downtown Long Beach
New fun rides coming to downtown Long Beach

LONG BEACH — The Rides at Long Beach isn’t getting a free ride on the city, at least not anymore.

The City Council approved a permit earlier this month that allowed the for-profit amusement park free use of a public space to expand...

State lands boss listens to rural concerns
State lands boss listens to rural concerns
During an early-morning forum in Raymond, the new Commissioner of Public Lands said she was ready to listen. Locals gave her an earful about a variety of local issues.
Run of Many Colors
Run of Many Colors
Runners ran through a rainbow of paint during the color run at Black Lake.
Pride without prejudice: LGBTQ party draws hundreds
Pride without prejudice: LGBTQ party draws hundreds
Astoria holds its second LGBTQ party
Major rivers heating up, endangering fish

PACIFIC NORTHWEST — The Snake, Columbia, Willamette and other major Columbia Basin rivers are warming faster than previously realized. Experts say this trend is concerning, because it can be lethal for salmon and steelhead.

Overall,...

Two dozen Comets shine
Two dozen Comets shine

NASELLE — Stepping up to the microphone in the Lyle Patterson Gymnasium on June 3, Superintendent Lisa Nelson recognized retiring longtime teachers Bruce Wise and Scott Smith. Combined, the two have 68 years of teaching in the Naselle-Grays...

As reserves sink, county looks to tax hikes

SOUTH BEND — Two proposed tax hikes could help Pacific County dodge a looming budget crisis. If sales and real estate tax increases are approved this year, the money would help the county get its finances back on track and bring in money for...

Local court declares June 21 ‘Amnesty Day’
South District Court is offering a rare opportunity for people to take care of warrants without fear of arrest. The June 21 event will also feature help from experts, discounts on fees, and a chance to get suspended licenses back.
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
It’s a wild world of environmental education out there
It’s a wild world of environmental education out there

While I am talking about the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge, I truly am thinking back to the conclusion of this year’s Environmental Education Program. Yes, that pristine refuge of forest, estuary, streams and grasslands was invaded by 233...

As mosquito species multiply, take care to avoid bites

By AMY NILE

anile@chinookobserver.com

PENINSULA — Mosquitoes are not only a bother this time of year, the blood-feeding insects can infect people with diseases and put public health at risk.

Pacific County has at least...

Don’t kiss that chick! Salmonella spreads in Washington
Don’t kiss that chick! Salmonella spreads in Washington

WASHINGTON — For the time-being at least, the Evergreen State is not a good place to pick up chicks.

Washington is part of a multi-state salmonella outbreak that has been linked to backyard flocks of chickens and ducks, the state...

U.S. reps: Don’t sell off regional power provider
U.S. reps: Don’t sell off regional power provider
Trump wants to privatize the Bonneville Power Administration, but a bipartisan coalition of Oregon and Washington leaders thinks that's a very bad idea, especially for rural communities.
News from the county assessor: Annual revaluation notices mailed

The 2017 revaluation notices have been mailed. These are the new assessed values which will be used to calculate the 2018 property taxes. Any property which had a value change will receive a notice. If you do not receive a notice then the assessed...

Weather forecasts accurate nearly 80% of the time
Weather forecasts accurate nearly 80% of the time

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Make fun of the weatherman if you want but modern forecasts have quietly, by degrees, become much better.

Meteorologists are now as good with their five-day forecasts as they were with their three-day forecasts in 2005.

Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery OK’d
Columbia River estuary sturgeon fishery OK’d

ILWACO — Starting Monday, June 5, anglers can catch and keep white sturgeon in the Lower Columbia River for the first time in three years under an agreement reached Thursday by fishery managers from Washington and Oregon.

The two states...

Driver castaway on tiny Willapa island
Driver castaway on tiny Willapa island

LEADBETTER POINT — Pacific County Technical Rescue was called out Monday when the driver of an SUV got his vehicle stuck in the sands of a tiny sand island off the Peninsula’s far northern tip.

The tide began coming in,...

Charges piling up against go-cart guy
Charges piling up against go-cart guy
Long Beach Go-Karts owner Tony Merrill has vanished. Meanwhile, the charges are piling up, after police linked him to a major burglary and a failed $15,000 sale of stolen guns.
Domoic acid hurt jobs, along with clams

OCEAN PARK — It’s sometimes asserted that a butterfly flapping its wings in China can cause a hurricane in the U.S., describing how small events can lead to large effects. Last spring a short algae bloom off Oregon may have contributed...

Peninsula Memorial Day: Tallying the price of freedom
Peninsula Memorial Day: Tallying the price of freedom

PENINSULA — Long Beach Peninsula residents and visitors gathered Monday to remember and honor all those who have fallen in defense of our country.

Ron Robbins, commander of the Don R. Gable American Legion Post 48, presided over events...

Almost there: College’s Patriot Hall nears completion
Almost there: College’s Patriot Hall nears completion
Clatsop Community College’s leaders hope to have the building available for graduation June 16
One killed, several injured in Highway 101 crash
One killed, several injured in Highway 101 crash
Crash happened early Sunday
Carbon cap rule in Washington  faces legal clash with industry
Carbon cap rule in Washington faces legal clash with industry
Changes to combat climate change

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