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High winds predicted later Saturday

LONG BEACH — The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high-wind warning from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday for Raymond, Long Beach, Ocean Park, Naselle, Cathlamet and Cape Disappointment.

Wind gusts Friday night and Saturday...

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Autumn 2017’s first wind warning issued

LONG BEACH — The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a high wind warning for areas near beaches and headlands from noon to 11 p.m. this evening. South winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts 60 to 65 mph are predicted.

Coastal...

Chinook responds after a death on deck
Chinook responds after a death on deck

CHINOOK — He was learning the ropes as a deckhand during his first season at sea.

Juan Albelo Martinez died on Sept. 3, a few days shy of heading home after months of fishing for albacore.

He apparently lost his footing and fell...

County’s cost of living up 66% in 10 years
County’s cost of living up 66% in 10 years

LONG BEACH — The cost of getting by just keeps going up. A Pacific County family of four must bring in about $57,000 annually to pay for basic housing, food, transportation and health and child care — an increase of 66 percent or $22,526...

Bus drop: Two kindergartners left by LB park by mistake

LONG BEACH — Kindergartner Lukas Talancon-Williams had worried about a lot of “what-ifs” by the time the smudged glass doors of the school bus swung open for him to climb on board. But, unlike many first-timer riders, the...

New PUD boss starts with rate hike
New PUD boss starts with rate hike

LONG BEACH — The Pacific County Public Utility District’s new boss started the job with a 3 percent hike in power rates that took effect on his first day.

Jason Dunsmoor is replacing longtime General Manager Doug Miller, who is...

Willapa oyster growers bracing for overseas virus
Willapa oyster growers bracing for overseas virus

It’s called Pacific Oyster Mortality Syndrome. It poses no health risk to humans. However, it’s destroying oyster businesses in Western Europe, China and the South Pacific, and growers are now bracing for it on the U.S. West Coast.

County mostly dodges upward STD trends
Rates for several sexually transmitted diseases are climbing in Washington state.
Stories from the Heart: “I’ve never had a good experience with a cop…”

Forthright. Down-to-earth. Outspoken. These descriptors immediately come to mind when talking to Armida. “Yes, of course use my name. I’m legal. I was born in the United States. In El Paso, Texas.” She exudes confidence and...

Observer wins top state newspaper award
Observer staffers and contributors won numerours awards in an annual contest, including a first-ever first place for overall quality of the publication.
Large waterspout photographed off Surfside
Large waterspout photographed off Surfside

Voters vet hopefuls for Ilwaco mayor
Voters vet hopefuls for Ilwaco mayor

ILWACO — The two candidates for mayor both want to bring the once-bustling small town back to life.

That’s why Gary Forner and challenger Sam Lund are competing for a four-year term at Ilwaco’s helm, they said during an...

Seeking cash to ease ICE impacts

PENINSULA — Neighbors are trying to come up with cash to help families of immigrants who’ve been rounded up in federal raids across Pacific County.

A newly-formed local group, the Immigration Assistance Committee has given more...

Ex-aide accused in Hilltop sex case

ILWACO — A former Hilltop lunch lady is accused of making sexual advances toward a middle-school boy via cell phone and social media.

According to court and police documents, the Pacific County Prosecutor’s office on Sept. 25...

Can’t ‘clam-plain’
Can’t ‘clam-plain’

PENINSULA — As night fell and the tide receded, people armed with shovels and flashlights descended on Peninsula beaches Friday and Saturday in search of razor clams. For those who braved darkness and bouts of rain, it was a successful start to...

Poverty exercise hints at real hardship
Poverty exercise hints at real hardship

Poverty Simulation at Peninsula Baptist Church was “an evening of experiencing poverty in a safe, active, and educational atmosphere.” It was sponsored by Peninsula Poverty Response, Nazarene Compassionate Alliance-NW, Peninsula Baptist...

Rape-kit testing aided by fed grant

OLYMPIA — In Washington, there are thousands of rape kits that have never been processed. A new $3 million federal grant for the state Attorney General’s Office could help fix that.

The U.S. Department of Justice grant will help...

Sacrificing for the sake of Family: Part 2
A Historian Speaks addition to Column
by Sydney Stevens
Library of Congress seeks war stories in SW WA

PENINSULA — Southwest Washington veterans are invited to tell stories of their service during two live recording sessions on Oct. 16 that will be preserved in the Library of Congress.

The Veterans History Project and Congresswoman Jaime...

Cities seek advice on $7 million sludge plant

PENINSULA — Long Beach and Ilwaco leaders have a plan to turn sewer sludge from both cities into something people might be willing to pick up, pay for and take back home.

Public input is being taken on a $7 million proposal to build a...

Former GOP candidate charged with felony vote fraud
A former local political candidate is suspected of committing ongoing voter fraud.
Solar power gain converts in rainy Pacific County
Solar power gain converts in rainy Pacific County

Based on this year’s sunny fall weather alone, few would question the decision to begin installing solar panels on the roofs of a Long Beach home in late September or of Astoria’s historic Alderbrook Station at the end of...

Fireworks flip-flop unlikely
Fireworks flip-flop unlikely

PENINSULA — A recent survey that showed 80 percent support for changing the rules for Fourth of July fireworks hasn’t swayed elected leaders, at least not for now.

Almost 600 people answered an informal questionnaire by the Not a...

Clear channel: Dredging projects preserve shipping in the Columbia River
Clear channel: Dredging projects preserve shipping in the Columbia River
An estimated 10 million cubic yards of sediment is removed from the shipping channel each year
Stories from the heart: Two men, two stories, one message
Two Men Two Stories
Clatsop County conducting needle exchange

ASTORIA — The Clatsop County Public Health Department will be holding its first syringe exchange event on Thursday, Oct. 5.

The exchange will take place at two locations:

• Astoria, at the corner of 16th Street and Marine...

First fall clam dig OK’d for Friday, Saturday
First fall clam dig OK’d for Friday, Saturday

OLYMPIA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife on Tuesday announced the razor clam dig scheduled for this Friday and Saturday on the Washington coast will go ahead, after this Monday’s third round of marine toxin testing found...

Woman pleads to heroin charges in Long Beach Go-Kart case
Woman pleads to heroin charges in Long Beach Go-Kart case

SOUTH BEND — In Pacific County Superior Court Friday, Doreen Marie Morris, 51, of Long Beach pleaded guilty to 10 counts of possession of heroin, ending her direct involvement in an undercover narcotics investigation of her boyfriend, Robert...

Burn ban over for 2017

SOUTH BEND — This year’s dry-season burn ban was lifted at midnight, Sept. 30, Pacific County officials announced.

Residents should still exercise extreme caution while burning and contact local fire districts for information for...

Another wait ahead before clam-digging decision

LONG BEACH — The Washington State Department of Health has asked the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct another round of tests before making a decision about whether to allow clam digging Oct. 6 and 7 on the south Washington...

NOAA pegs La Nina at 55-60% this winter

NOAA is reporting the summer of 2017 was the third warmest on record globally, with the Pacific Northwest feeling the same heat, but the region may be in for another cold, wet fall and winter.

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center’s most...

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