Wednesday, March 27
EDITOR’S NOTE: I wrote this column 15 years ago. It came back to mind last Thursday after encountering a brilliantly colored frog on my evening walk.
‘Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
The Pacific County Checklist of birds has various abundance categories. One of them is rare which means that less than five records exist for the bird. This is the case for the black phoebe. I…
Wednesday, March 20
- All aboard! Family takes homeschooling on the road
- Landlubbers for now: Halibut poachers sentenced to jail time, fines and a boat-ban
- 67-year-old kayaker hoisted by Coast Guard aircrew on Long Island
- Three arrested in South Bend drug raid
- Mobilize, don’t euthanize
- LB’s July 4 fireworks might happen this year
- Naselle clinic takes over former bank building
- Local women join in worldwide dress goal
- 'Incredibly rare' find: Snake eel rescued in Long Beach
- Raymond woman charged with dealing meth
RIDGEFIELD — Smelt are running up the Cowlitz River, but not in substantial enough numbers to justify a fishery this year, according to state fish managers.
There is a Northwest saying on a bright and cloudless day: “The mountain is out.”
As spring approaches my mind begins to turn to migration with great anticipation. It happens every year for me. However, it isn’t quite spring migration time yet, so I am concentrating on watc…
Grace Hunt surveys the mountain before going downhill.
Grace Hunt’s run down the hill at Mt. Hood.
Grace Hunt at Mt. Hood’s Cooper Spur.
Grace Hunt, left, and Lindsay Hunt cross-country skiing.
Ed Hunt, foreground, and Grace Hunt.
Cooper Spur Lodge at Mt. Hood is one mile from downhill skiing.
American scientists declared victory over the measles virus 19 years ago. It was gone for good, they said. But as any child of the 1980s knows, villains never really die — they just keep on te…
Just after moving to Ocean Park, I became a habitue of its fine library. In my search for local information the staff directed me to regional files where I read everything, including newspaper…
One of my favorite birds is the Sandhill crane. They are rarely seen on the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge or on the Peninsula, but they can be seen in Vancouver, Washington, on the Lower Ri…
ILWACO — The Peninsula Quilt Guild 24th Annual Quilt Show, hosted at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum on Lake Street in Ilwaco, is coming March 15, 16 and 17, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., each day.
Wednesday, March 6
ILWACO — No one was present to record the conversation, but it was presumed to go like this:
Independent filmmaker Aria is looking for a petite shady lady to appear in the final scenes of her movie, “Grayport.”
OLYMPIA — Washington state’s fishing seasons for coastal bottomfish and lingcod will open March 9 under new rules that reflect stronger growth in two rockfish species in recent years.
OLYMPIA — Deer and elk hunters have until March 31 to enter their names into the drawing for a 2018 multiple-season tag, which can greatly increase the opportunity for success in the field.
öCEAN PARK — Family Worship Center pastors, Don and Brenda Mower, saw a need in the community for people with aspirations of creating arts and crafts to learn skills from those with more exper…
This is the story of the excitement on one day during the higher tides of February.
Wednesday, Feb. 27
VANCOUVER, Wash. — Fishery managers from Washington and Oregon today approved a sport fishery for spring Chinook salmon on the Columbia River that reflects a significant reduction in the numbe…
The Great Backyard Bird Count, or GBBC as it is called, began in 1998. The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society were instrumental in launching this first annual online c…
Some birds are downright cute! Black-capped chickadees, Anna’s hummingbirds, and dark-eyed juncos seem to me to be cute! The fluffing out of their feathers on cold days give them a little butt…
COLUMBIA RIVER — More than 1 million adult coho salmon are expected along the Oregon coast and Columbia River in 2019. Some 905,600 of those are forecast to enter the Columbia, where they are …
The official U.S. Life Saving Service report of 1883 tells a story about the wreck of the Fernglen which differs considerably from that of Captain Bubb.
When we drive north over the Astoria-Megler Bridge at dusk and look off to our left at the colorful evening sky, the Cape Disappointment Light blinks at us. Its distinctive white-pause-red-pau…
”When I run, the world grows quiet.”
February 7, 2019
Owls are mainly birds of the night! They live in the magic and mystery of the darkness. J.K. Rowling gave owls a central place in the Harry Potter books, because they have always been associat…
Left to right, Bette Lu Krause, Rita Smith and Christl Mack are the Oyster Crackers. The musical trio will perform a concert to benefit the Ocean Park Food Bank at the River City Playhouse, 12…
The World War II-era craft could be an asset
The Salvage Chief docked at Tongue Point is captured in a high-elevation drone photo.
RAYMOND — The Amish are famous for their low-tech lifestyles and elegant designs, and now a Pacific County museum has a wonderful example of one of their most iconic objects.
The woods can be pretty messy, with all of those leaves, branches, twigs and logs falling over and cluttering up the forest floor, making it hard to walk around.
Judge Doug Goelz spent decades dealing with other people’s problems. After he stepped down from the bench last month, he quickly discovered retired people have problems of their own. Suddenly …
NORTH HEAD — Stone masons continue work on North Head Lighthouse restoration in Cape Disappointment State Park, aided by unusually gentle January weather.
OLYMPIA — Razor clam diggers can return to various ocean beaches (but not Long Beach/Ocean Park) for a three-day opening beginning Friday, Feb. 1.
As winter’s weather blows close in offshore, those tumults of wind and rain and waves meet up with the uneven topography of the nearby ocean floor, and watery chaos breaks out. (See Google Ear…
With sunny skies and temperatures in the 50s, spring 2019 is gaining momentum this January on the south Washington coast. Evergreen blackberries, crocuses, early daffodils, some rhodies and pl…
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Lately, on my travels up and down the Peninsula, I see killdeer everywhere. They seem to have taken up residence in the short-grass fields, on mudflats when the tide is out, on roadsides, on t…
During the annual Christmas Bird count in December 2018, my friend Susan and I were lucky enough to be able to drive the beach and count the different species as well as the number of individu…
OLYMPIA — The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted last week in support of fishery managers’ plans to consider the dietary needs of endangered orcas when they set this year’s salmon-f…
SEAVIEW — If you drift at the whims of the sea, sometimes things aren’t going to work out so well. Large numbers of jellyfish have been paying the price in recent weeks.
January surf has driven large numbers of moon jellyfish onto local beaches.
Wednesday, Jan. 16
Since at least Nov. 15, 2018, a lone snow goose has been keeping company with a small flock of about 21 greater white-fronted geese. They seem to have chosen our area for their winter place of…
If you have ever had the urge to contribute to science, a total lunar eclipse offers a great opportunity.