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NW crabbers working to save whales
NW crabbers working to save whales
Northwest crabbers try to dodge California’s fate by addressing whale entanglement issues early
Herrera: Assault survivors in military deserve better
Herrera: Assault survivors in military deserve better

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler said last week she is standing up for survivors of sexual assault who have received a “less than honorable” discharge from military service. The Camas Republican added two...

Correction

A July 12 article, “Prime LB asset awaits new fate,” erroneously included an extra member in the Merrill Partnership, the legal entity that owns a downtown entertainment complex. The only members of the partnership are Eldora and Robert...

County tightening rules for getting public records
County tightening rules for getting public records

More than 500 requests made so far in 2017

By Amy Nile

anile@chinookobserver.com

SOUTH BEND — It’s a matter of public record. But, just how the people can get their hands on government documents is changing.

EWU Honor Roll

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the spring 2017 quarter (which ended June 16) included several students from Pacific County:

Michaela Huber, Lauren Archer and Dominic Delong, all of Menlo; Katelyn...

State added to fisheries disaster legislation

ILWACO — Relief is making its way from Washington, D.C. to coastal communities facing economic hardship from tough fishing seasons.

U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, and Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, have tacked $20 million for...

Jail Bookings
Jail Booking
Long Beach Police Blotter
LBPD Blotter
The accent is on service
The accent is on service

‘You can’t pass the buck to someone else. … You have to cope.’

— Agnes Waliser

2017 Washington Firefighter of the Year

By PATRICK WEBB

Observer correspondent

Agnes Waliser didn’t...

Mandatory 10-digit dialing starts next week

OLYMPIA — Callers in western Washington will have to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call beginning July 29.

The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission approved a new area code...

New LB sign helps promote north end
New LB sign helps promote north end

LONG BEACH — A week after he was installed in office in 2015, Mayor Jerry Phillips met with current Port of Peninsula Commission Chairman Chris Anderson, who represents Long Beach on the commission, and current Port of Peninsula General Manager...

Superior Court adopts new online record system
Superior Court adopts new online record system
A new computer records system is bringing the superior court system into the 21st century, on ecase at a time.
Legal battle drives dam managers to extraordinary salmon research
Legal battle drives dam managers to extraordinary salmon research
Millions spent to help fish
Burn ban now in effect in Pacific County
Outdoor Burn Ban
Year three soon to begin for the Oysterville Science Academy
Year three soon to begin for the Oysterville Science Academy
Oysterville Science Academy
Big bucks go toward maritime sciences
Big bucks go toward maritime sciences

ASTORIA — Clatsop Community College has secured $8.1 million in state bonds to renovate and expand its maritime-science program, which serves dozens of students from Clatsop and Pacific counties and beyond.

State Senate Bill 5505 provided...

Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction
Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction

Before the 1940s, as many as half a million to one million Columbia River chum salmon returned to the river to spawn as far up the river as Celilo Falls.

With the loss of habitat and overfishing, the total population in the Columbia dropped to...

July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month

OLYMPIA — The Department of Social and Health Services continues to see a sharp increase in the number of cases of adult abuse reported statewide. Adult Abuse Prevention Month is intended to raise awareness and remind everyone to remain...

Preview of July 19 Dispatch Reports: Beaver in distress

At 10:45 p.m. on July 13, a live beaver was reported midway through the Chinook tunnel. Caller advised to let nature take its course, but flagged traffic to slow down and eventually managed to herd the beaver to safety near Fort Columbia. See video at...

Key votes this legislative session

“How did my state lawmakers vote in Olympia?” WashingtonVotes.org provides a free periodic roll call service to media outlets as long as the legislature is in session.

Lawmakers remained in their home districts for most of the...

Prime LB asset awaits new fate
Tony Merrill is missing, but his business may move on without him.
New Christmas toy program off to a hot start
New Christmas toy program off to a hot start
Christmas in July 7/12
(Pacific) Dream rescue: 
Charter skipper and crew saves trio off Cape D
(Pacific) Dream rescue: Charter skipper and crew saves trio off Cape D
Charter skipper and crew saves trio off Cape D
Inslee vetoes anti-shrimp legislation
Inslee vetoes anti-shrimp legislation

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee on June 30 vetoed legislation that would have required the Washington State Department of Ecology to report where it is in the process of issuing a new permit to spray burrowing shrimp, and “to identify the...

Festivities smolder long after July 4 crowd leaves
Festivities smolder long after July 4 crowd leaves

PENINSULA — The Fourth of July came and went without much trouble this year, but the crowds left smoldering fire pits and tons of trash along Long Beach Peninsula beaches.

About 500 people pitched in during the annual July 5 cleanup. A...

County: Time to trust farmers to make sensible land stewardship decisions

SOUTH BEND — Pacific County leaders want to rollback environmental regulations and manage farmland in a more organic way: through the mighty sway of peer pressure.

Public comments are being taken until Friday on the county’s...

Wahkiakum citizens air concerns about draft shorelines plan
Wahkiakum citizens air concerns about draft shorelines plan
Wahkikum Shoreline Mgmt Plan
Trailer hit-and-run case ends in guilty plea
An Ocean Park man who fled after destroying another family's home has pleaded guilty to DUI, hit-and-run and witness tampering.
Rod Anderson is visitors bureau volunteer of the month
Rod Anderson is visitors bureau volunteer of the month
LBPVB Volunteer of Month Rod Anderson
Long Beach Police Blotter
LBPD Blotter

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Business

2016 a good year for most parts of county economy

LONG BEACH — Some key parts of Pacific County’s economy reported all-time record sales in 2016, according to data compiled and...

Coast Guard

Huge tanker runs aground near Skamokawa

WARRENTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a vessel aground in the vicinity of Skamokawa after the vessel Argent Cosmos lost the use of a...

Three rescued at Cape D after vessel sinks

CAPE DISAPPOINTMENT — Passengers and crew of the Ilwaco charter boat Pacific Dream came to the rescue early Monday morning after a man and...

Three survive fishing vessel sinking Monday
Coast Guard, local agencies conduct joint exercise around base in Warrenton

Fishing & Aquaculture

Local charter suspected of ‘high-grading’ prized halibut
A prominent local charter company is suspected of "high-grading" fish during the heavily regulated halibut season.
NW crabbers working to save whales
Northwest crabbers try to dodge California’s fate by addressing whale entanglement issues early
State added to fisheries disaster legislation
Legal battle drives dam managers to extraordinary salmon research
Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction

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Correction

A July 12 article, “Prime LB asset awaits new fate,” erroneously included an extra member in the Merrill Partnership, the legal...

Mandatory 10-digit dialing starts next week

OLYMPIA — Callers in western Washington will have to dial the area code along with the seven-digit telephone number to make a local call...

Burn ban now in effect in Pacific County
July is Adult Abuse Prevention Month
Preview of July 19 Dispatch Reports: Beaver in distress

Local News

Shredding truck catches fire

Go-cart gang: Where are they now?
An update on the suspects in the case of the gun-dealing go-cart operator.
Local charter suspected of ‘high-grading’ prized halibut
Sand-sational
NW crabbers working to save whales

Naselle-Grays River

Good returns for Grays River chum in 2016; most others still at risk of extinction

Before the 1940s, as many as half a million to one million Columbia River chum salmon returned to the river to spawn as far up the river as Celilo...

Wahkiakum citizens air concerns about draft shorelines plan
Wahkikum Shoreline Mgmt Plan
It’s official: Naselle Youth Camp will live to see another biennium
Naselle test scores meet or exceed state standards

News of Record

Jail Bookings
Jail Booking
Long Beach Police Blotter
LBPD Blotter
Preview of July 19 Dispatch Reports: Beaver in distress
Long Beach Police Blotter
Jail Bookings

Northwest

People News

EWU Honor Roll

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the spring 2017 quarter (which ended June 16) included several...

The accent is on service

‘You can’t pass the buck to someone else. … You have to cope.’

— Agnes Waliser

2017 Washington...

New Christmas toy program off to a hot start
Rod Anderson is visitors bureau volunteer of the month
Locals serve on crab board

Schools

EWU Honor Roll

CHENEY — Eastern Washington University’s dean’s list for the spring 2017 quarter (which ended June 16) included several...

Year three soon to begin for the Oysterville Science Academy
Oysterville Science Academy
Big bucks go toward maritime sciences
Grays Harbor College honors county residents
EOCF offers free complete preschool for eligible families