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I was recently invited to take a “loon-atic” trip on a freshwater lake to observe and photograph a family of common loons. My friend, Dr. Wayne Lynch, a world-renowned science writer and photo…

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Paint a nostalgic picture: two boys in a boat, first light, gray as a tarnished coffee pot. Hard wind out of the north, incoming tide rising steadily on Willapa Bay. A light rain begins to fal…

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ILWACO — The all-depth halibut fishery in Marine Area 1 (Ilwaco/Chinook) and Marine Area 2 (Westport) will reopen for the day on Friday, Sept. 4, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife…

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A bat-killing fungus has been found in two more Washington counties, indicating white-nose syndrome is spreading on both sides of the Cascades, according to the Washington Department of Fish a…

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On March 16, 1915, around 10,000 people gathered at the mouth of the Columbia River to welcome the Great Northern, a palatial high-speed cruiser. The ship had been built, along with its sister…

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Some years ago, Deep River resident and part-time Chinook Observer correspondent, Richard (Nick) Nikkila, began to write down his memories of growing up in Deep River during the 1950s and earl…

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A tidbit for history buffs: An interesting but sad website, “Death Certificates of Finns in Pacific County, Washington, 1908-1950,” excerpted from files belonging to the Family History Center …

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COLUMBIA RIVER — Kent Craford’s wife used to joke that she’d probably have to bury him in the old gillnet boat he bought on a whim when they were young and broke and that for years his childre…

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PACIFIC COUNTY — There is a new routine in 4-H homes throughout Pacific County.

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Some years ago, Deep River resident and part-time Observer correspondent, Richard (Nick) Nikkila, began to write down his memories of growing up in Deep River during the 1950s and early 60s. E…

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Many, many years before the coming of the white man, the Indians travelled over a route leading from the mouth of the Columbia River to Puget Sound, by the way of Shoalwater Bay and Grays Harb…

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“He always went by J.A., never by John or Alvin,” said Morehead’s granddaughter Dorothy Trondsen Williams. “In later life, his pride and joy was Morehead Park. He constructed picnic tables, co…

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It really doesn’t matter if you’ve been reading about the great health benefits of blueberries, the unique taste or you just plain have a passion for blueberry muffins, these multi-purpose pla…

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For the past two weeks suet filled with insects and mealworms was no longer a hot commodity. The species that favor it were no longer coming to the yard. They were hanging out in the location …

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PACIFIC COUNTY — From a vast flock of brown pelicans that congregates near Fort Columbia to swirling clouds of seabirds above the Columbia River plume, there are ample signs in the air of what…

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Down these country roads, the natural world seems to seep in. The boys — Matt, Bob and I — were engaged in our Sunday walk and found ourselves hiking along West Deep River Road, a few miles ea…

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The year 1889 was a big one for B. Aksel Seaborg of Ilwaco. In January, at the Pacific County Courthouse in Oysterville, he filed the plat for his newly created town of Sealand. As a major sto…

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Up to that four-float day in May 2020, beachcombing had been bountiful compared to years past. I’ve done very well with combing a good amount of long-range debris, from many different-colored …

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ILWACO — A popular Chinook salmon fishery is opening later than normal on the Columbia River over concerns about the run size.

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Comet Neowise seems to glide over the Willapa Hills and the Columbia River estuary in this photo taken from Astoria last week. For the first time in 6,800 years, the comet has entered the inne…

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PULLMAN — The current SARS-CoV-2 pandemic has a likely connection to bats, and the next viral outbreak probably will too, unless scientists can quickly learn more about the thousands of viruse…