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The award-winning sports photography of long-time Chinook Observer photojournalist Damian Mulinix will be featured in an exhibition at Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco. The opening r…

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I always look forward to the annual Christmas Bird Count. This year it happened on Dec. 21, 2019. Part of the area me and my friends Susan and Bette Lu were assigned to was a 14-acre piece of …

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Even from a distance, a bobcat resting near Chinook Valley Road became aware of having its photo taken on Jan. 4 near Chinook. Though not rare in Pacific, bobcats are rarely observed, being sh…

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PENINSULA — A type of fish rarely found north of San Francisco washed ashore on the Long Beach Peninsula during recent heavy surf.

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After four decades in the newspaper business, I am supposed to be an idle beach bum, enjoying a leisurely retirement, drinking Tetley tea and eating Walkers shortbread cookies.

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OLYMPIA — Razor clam diggers can return to ocean beaches for five days of digging beginning Dec. 23 and continuing through Dec. 29 with a break in the middle for the Christmas holiday.

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One challenging thing about being an artist is how to react when, in the course of following your imagination, you find yourself shocked by your thinking. (Do I inhibit this? Follow the though…

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I pulled up a chair to see what excitement the November “king tides” would bring. They did not disappoint! A ribbon of water snaked its way inland from the bay up the path that was visible and…

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OLYMPIA — After a brief scare in October when levels of a marine toxin ticked slightly upward — though still well within safety limits — razor clam season on the south Washington coast has bee…

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Tom Hallman Jr. was walking the streets of Seaside talking to people about fallen Sgt. Jason Goodding while other reporters were inside the convention center listening to the governor. His sto…

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Not that long ago, in February 2019, I wrote about the Sandhill cranes that overwinter on the Columbia Land Trust property on the Lower River Road in Vancouver, Washington. They were exciting …

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RAYMOND — Jerry Bowman begins each tour by eagerly creating a perspective for what life was like in the late 1800s. He proceeds to draws visitors into the time period with the infectious manne…

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RAYMOND — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has closed Willapa Bay and its surrounding tributaries to all salmon fishing for the second year in a row.

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CHINOOK — Al Venter is at it again. The former Chinook author now has an East Coast home base. His new book, “The Last of Africa’s Cold War Conflicts,” to be published within the next two mont…

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ILWACO — As they rehearse under the patient baton of director Rachel Lake, the sound of brass and woodwinds engulfs the cramped Ilwaco High School band room.

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When I walk in the yard or the field, around the wetland or among the trees, I learn more than just being stationary and looking out the window or from the deck at these habitats. So, I do a w…