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Money cliff nears for county
Money cliff nears for county

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County leaders are brooding over how they can cut yearly expenses by about half a million dollars without tax hikes, layoffs and scaled-back services.

In 2016, the county spent about $500,000 more than it brought in.

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Crab & commiseration
Crab & commiseration

SOUTH BEND — At Saturday’s annual Pacific County Democratic Crab Feed, federal, state and local leaders vowed to dig their heels in and fight for progressive policies during Republican Donald Trump’s presidency.

In keeping...

Astoria Bridge money included in Senate budget

LONG BEACH — Compared to the past couple years, 2017-19 transportation spending may seem like a drought for the southwestern tip of Washington state.

The state Senate transportation budget proposal released Monday morning contains about...

Senate leaders reject WDFW fee increase
Senate leaders reject WDFW fee increase

OLYMPIA — The Senate budget proposal on March 21 “marks the beginning of a positive turnaround of the troubled Department of Fish and Wildlife, according to a press release from the Washington State Senate Majority Coalition Caucus, the...

Cantwell casts a net for fishing advice
Cantwell casts a net for fishing advice

ILWACO — “This is the culture of our state, this is about a way of life,” U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell told a packed house of about 30 Pacific County fishing/shellfish industry representatives Saturday in the Port of Ilwaco’s...

ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants spark concerns
ICE arrests of undocumented immigrants spark concerns
Workers and to some degree employers are concerned about ICE arrests of criminal illegal aliens, say some at a labor conference.
Trump’s proposed budget would hit Coast Community Radio hard
President proposes eliminating federal funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Walsh focuses on jobs, schools in 1st legislative term
Walsh focuses on jobs, schools in 1st legislative term

OLYMPIA — State Rep. Jim Walsh, R-Aberdeen, has faced frustration and protest as the first Republican to serve his rural Southwest Washington district in decades. But the Aberdeen lawmaker isn’t dodging the people he represents.

Hero cleanup more complex than anticipated
Hero cleanup more complex than anticipated
Despite efforts to contain and clean up oil spilling from the sunken R/V Hero, contaminants are still leaking into the Palix River and Willapa Bay.
Refuge seeks input on new HQ plans
Refuge seeks input on new HQ plans

LONG BEACH — Officials with the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge want people to weigh-in on plans for a new headquarters and visitor center on the federal preserve that spans almost 17,000 acres.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the...

New cutter visits Columbia River
New cutter visits Columbia River
Named for man involved in daring rescue
Alleged OP house wrecker arrested
Alleged OP house wrecker arrested
A deputy in rural Northern California did a bit of sleuthing about a suspiciois man, and ended up catching one of Pacific County's most wanted.
Cops strive to ID drowning victim

CHINOOK — A part-time Chinook resident discovered the body of a young woman while walking on the beach on Tuesday, March 7.

An autopsy over the weekend revealed that the woman died in an accidental drowning, Pacific County Coroner Mark...

Kevin Acdal graduates from Corrections Officer Academy
Kevin Acdal graduates from Corrections Officer Academy
PCSO New Corrections Officer
Off duty Coast Guardsmen rescues kayaker near Grays Harbor

WARRENTON — An off-duty Coast Guardsman rescued a kayaker beset by weather near Grays Harbor on March 11.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River watchstanders received a report of a kayaker in distress from local 911 dispatch stating that two...

Farm Service Agency proposes boundary changes

CHEHALIS — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee that serves farmers and ranchers in Grays Harbor, Lewis and Pacific counties has proposed a boundary change for local administrative areas (LAA)...

Spring Fling raises money for new Ocean Park clinic
OBH Spring Fling
South Bend traffic stop leads to drug arrests

SOUTH BEND — A middle-of-the-night traffic stop resulted in a recent drug bust, according to a Pacific County Sheriff’s Office press release.

At about 12:30 a.m. on March 6, South Bend Police Officer Eric Fuller pulled over a car...

Axing Tokeland expansion on PUD board’s March 21 agenda

LONG BEACH — The Pacific County Public Utility District commissioners are considering pulling the plug on a project to expand power to the Tokeland area.

They’re scheduled to discuss shutting down the proposal during a public...

Superior Court Update

SOUTH BEND — Significant Pacific County Superior Court Cases in January and February included a magic mushroom-hunting dad, a woman who pulled a gun on her ex, and an intoxicated man who got pushy when he was caught stealing beer.

All...

Ilwaco council considering two for open seat

ILWACO — Two candidates for an open seat on the City Council are lined up to answer questions during a public meeting at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Community Building, 158 1st Ave. N.

Matthew Lessnau and Linda Marsh are interviewing for an...

South Bend traffic stop leads to drug arrests

SOUTH BEND — A middle-of-the-night traffic stop resulted in a recent drug bust, according to a Pacific County Sheriff’s Office press release.

At about 12:30 a.m. on March 6, South Bend Police Officer Eric Fuller pulled over a car...

Columbia River delivers mystery body to Pacific County
Authorities say IDing female remains might take a long time
Bucket of rain ahead for Pacific County in next two weeks
Bucket of rain ahead for Pacific County in next two weeks

Seaside looks at ‘RescuePod’ as tsunami-survival option
Seaside looks at ‘RescuePod’ as tsunami-survival option
A tsunami pod challenge
Hero sinks
Hero sinks

BAY CENTER — A ship that was built to withstand some of the most brutal weather conditions on earth went down on a rainy day in early spring.

On Saturday, March 4, the R/V Hero, a famous but neglected research vessel, sank into the South...

State! Peninsula people savor Spokane experience
State! Peninsula people savor Spokane experience

SPOKANE — As the clock ticked down the final seconds of the Ilwaco Lady Fishermen’s state tournament quarterfinal game last Thursday, their fans were holding their collective breath. Lining the first few rows of stands at the Spokane...

Lisa Olsen brings hometown manner to new courthouse job
Lisa Olsen brings hometown manner to new courthouse job

SOUTH BEND — Lisa Olsen has done a lot of listening since taking the helm in January as the first Republican elected to the Pacific County Commission in almost half a century.

Before she defeated incumbent Steve Rogers in November, county...

Pacific County power usage reaches 15-year peak: Cold weather commands higher energy demands
Cold weather commands bigger energy demands
Cathlamet’s place to go for mail-order divorces
Wahkiakum County has a divorce rate that's magnitudes higher than the state average — but it's actually a good thing.
Tina McGuire appointed to Long Beach City Council

By AMY NILE

anile@chinookobserver.com

LONG BEACH — The City Council has appointed Pacific Avenue businesswoman Tina McGuire to fill its empty seat until the 2017 election.

The council voted 3 to 1 for the Corral...