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Animal Shelter Report: 
These cute little pups are looking for their forever homes
Joyce Lang photos
Animal Shelter Report: These cute little pups are looking for their forever homes

“Dalton “and “Leslie” are two tiny and very adorable lap dogs who are looking for your love.

Dalton is a playful and prancing black Chihuahua mix who just about turns himself inside out when anyone approaches his...

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Coast Chronicles: 
Snowbirds and roadrunners
Coast Chronicles: Snowbirds and roadrunners

A couple days ago I visited Gary and Marla McGrew who are rethinking what retirement looks like. For us baby boomers, “retirement” isn’t even the correct term for whatever comes after working for others for money. The...

Guest column: 
Celebrate our Peninsula’s ‘Seven Wonders’
Guest column: Celebrate our Peninsula’s ‘Seven Wonders’

Oh, yeah! What’s so special about your Peninsula?

A visitor to the Peninsula recently teased me with that query.

Having resided in Ocean Park for 18 years, I told him about seven special sites that make a visit to our...

Sisu and the Third Golden Cuckoo: 
A tribute to Finland’s centennial, 1917-2017: Part 1
Sisu and the Third Golden Cuckoo: A tribute to Finland’s centennial, 1917-2017: Part 1

Publication of the Kalevala, Finland’s epic, helped inaugurate Finland as a nation

By Ruth Elaine Jutila Chamberlin

Observer columnist

How cuckoo is this? Life goes cuckoo, and a golden cuckoo sings,...

Coast Chronicles: Is the two-party system bankrupt?
Coast Chronicles: Is the two-party system bankrupt?

I’m guessing that many Americans — Republicans and Democrats alike — have been pulling their hair out lately. What has become of our America, the America we thought we knew and loved?

Those of us on the left were horrified...

Pay attention to marine zoning
Pay attention to marine zoning

Washington state agencies have ideas for how to accommodate future requests for a host of new projects along the Pacific coast — tidal, wave and solar energy, dredging disposal, mining, marine product harvesting, military uses and offshore...

Our view: Peninsula is ‘sensitive location’ when it comes to ICE arrests

There is growing discomfort about recurring news of immigration arrests in sensitive places and circumstances in the Pacific Northwest.

We expect agencies including Customs and Immigration Enforcement and the FBI to actively seek out and...

Coast Chronicles: 
Meanwhile, back at the ranch
Coast Chronicles: Meanwhile, back at the ranch

“Meanwhile, back at the ranch” is the phrase you hear after the movie has taken you to a remote location while the plot has been thickening back home. The only thing I found thickening after my road trip to the Midwest were the...

Elementary, my dear…
Chasing the begats and finding the renegades
Elementary, my dear… Chasing the begats and finding the renegades
Chasing the Begats
Unsung heroes get their due

The 10 people receiving awards at the American Legion banquet in Ilwaco last week all had a couple of things in common: service to their agency and their community.

But there were other themes running through the nominations at the 30th annual...

Work together on behalf of sensible immigration policies

A search Tuesday of the Chinook Observer’s online archives for the word immigration found 135 stories in recent years — 75 in the past 12 months. References before this troubled year were close to 100 percent positive, celebrating...

Information & Assistance: Conversation is key to successful aging

Conversation.

Words carry weight. Helping isn’t helping if it doesn’t help. Fear, frustration and worry can bring an unwanted edge to our conversations.

And we all know that if anyone disagrees with us, it’s just...

Letters of Thanks for Nov. 1, 2017

On behalf of WellSpring Community Network, I want to thank the Rotary Club of SW Washington for their generous donation. Their support helps sustain and grow our efforts into the future.

Since our founding in 2006, WellSpring has worked to...

Animal Shelter Report: 
Fall kittens, five new dogs available for adoption
Animal Shelter Report: Fall kittens, five new dogs available for adoption

We have some darling “fall crop” kittens at the shelter right now, with more coming in from foster care very soon. Most of these kittens were home-raised by our dedicated and loving foster folks and come to the shelter fully socialized...

Guest column: 
Ilwaco mayor urges better plan to cut carbon emissions
Guest column: Ilwaco mayor urges better plan to cut carbon emissions

Abundant fisheries are the lifeblood of llwaco, so I take a professional interest in cutting the carbon emissions that now are undercutting the ocean’s ability to produce seafood. I own a charter fishing operation and currently serve as mayor...

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 1, 2017

Kemmer for council

Holli Kemmer has been a great addition to the Long Beach City Council since her appointment in February 2016.

She has been consistent and thoughtful in her decision-making and seems to go out of her way to “do her...

Take me out to the ballgame … and not just the Yankees
Take me out to the ballgame … and not just the Yankees

Just as Astro’s center fielder George Springer went up for the ball, the screen went black. “I’m not watching that, I’m not watching them jumpin’ around, celebrating.” My sister-in-law Judy is an avid New York...

Letters of Thanks for Oct. 25, 2017

Wahkiakum County 4-H appreciates the generosity of all those that attended the 10th annual Covered Bridge Dinner and Auction. A special thank you to the following for your support in making it a successful event: Amber Eaton, Amy, Lindsay and Grace...

Animal Shelter Report: Sweet Maggie loves to play with cats

We recently got in this nice dog from owner surrender — for the reason we hear so often: “Moving and can’t take with us.” This reason is unfortunately quite common and it results in countless pets surrendered to shelters.

Mayor’s Corner: 
Mayor reports on Long Beach financial status
Mayor’s Corner: Mayor reports on Long Beach financial status

It has been a challenging year with the financial changes by state legislators, mandates from the Department of Ecology (DOE), and challenging opportunities facing Long Beach.

In December 2016, we adopted the 2017 budget for Long Beach. This...

Letters to the Editor for October 25, 2017

Approve Ballot Measure Prop. #1

Your ballot should have arrived for this November’s election. One item to look for is Proposition #1, Real Estate Excise Tax. If enacted by you, as a Pacific County voter, this measure will provide much...

Vote in favor of LB’s low-cost street plan

There are plenty of frustrations about taxes in the U.S. and so there should be. Although we are far from the most taxed people even among highly developed nations, much resentment is caused by the complexity of the federal tax code and perceptions of...

Stop jerking healthcare around in U.S.

Open enrollment for Affordable Care Act coverage starts Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 15 for healthcare policies starting Jan. 1, but it would be understandable if many Americans are unaware of these important dates. They should at least review their...

Coast Chronicles: Home on the Range
Coast Chronicles: Home on the Range

Home, home on the range,

Where the deer and the antelope play,

Where seldom is heard a discouraging word,

And the skies are not cloudy all day.

— Brewster M. Higley, 1872

Brewster was right and it’s...

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Animal Shelter Report: These cute little pups are looking for their forever homes

“Dalton “and “Leslie” are two tiny and very adorable lap dogs who are looking for your love.

Dalton is a...

Coast Chronicles: Snowbirds and roadrunners

A couple days ago I visited Gary and Marla McGrew who are rethinking what retirement looks like. For us baby boomers, “retirement”...

Guest column: Celebrate our Peninsula’s ‘Seven Wonders’
Sisu and the Third Golden Cuckoo: A tribute to Finland’s centennial, 1917-2017: Part 1
Coast Chronicles: Is the two-party system bankrupt?

Editorials

Let’s help each other cope with the perils of aging
Planning and communication are key to keeping people with dementia safe.
Pay attention to marine zoning

Washington state agencies have ideas for how to accommodate future requests for a host of new projects along the Pacific coast — tidal,...

Our view: Peninsula is ‘sensitive location’ when it comes to ICE arrests
Unsung heroes get their due
Work together on behalf of sensible immigration policies

Letters to the Editor

Letter of Thanks

Juan Albelo Martinez Auction was a huge success

Thank you to all the individuals, families and businesses that participated in the Juan...

Letters to the Editor for Nov. 15, 2017

Local generosity shines bright

Northwest Harvest, one of the main sources of food to the Ocean Park Food Bank, recently conducted a focus...

Letters of Thanks for Nov. 1, 2017
Letters to the Editor for Nov. 1, 2017
Letters of Thanks for Oct. 25, 2017