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It is in these early months each year when a sense begins to emerge about the condition of forthcoming salmon runs in the Pacific Northwest. Mysterious to the uninitiated, the North of Falcon …

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Washington’s public officials — like officials everywhere in the U.S. — have an uneasy relationship with open-records laws. Even those who philosophically believe in governing in the daylight …

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If the question could be resolved via citizens’ initiatives, there’s little doubt about the outcome: Pacific Northwest states would follow California in supporting a move toward year-round day…

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A federal judge has dismissed a third lawsuit filed by an environmental group to stop the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service from shooting barred owls in an experimental attempt to boost numbers o…

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As we wish all our readers a Merry Christmas and an enjoyable holiday season, it is fitting to reflect on some positive aspects of this week and next’s week’s fresh start with the New Year.

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After a very sunny and dry start, the Pacific Northwest’s December is now expected to turn wet and windy — at least for a while.

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Elections for U.S. House are every two years but the advantages of incumbency mean real chances for change come up less often.

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This month reporters from our sister publication, the Capital Press, tried to put a dollar figure to the impact of retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. agriculture products to farmers and ranche…

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Americans have looked down our noses at the Chinese, whose dirty air we’ve seen on television — dreary gray and brown, shrouding ugly streets in a kind of sickly twilight. How disheartening it…

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The Chinook Observer is joining this week with publications around the U.S. to issue a warning about the ongoing assault on America’s free and independent press, one of the para…

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The press is not the enemy, despite what President Donald Trump has said. His relentless campaign against independent journalism is a self-serving strategy meant to shield himself from account…

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There’s a well-known story of a Long Beach mayor decades ago who unscrupulously made sure his family had the only fireworks stand in town. Such self-dealing was once all too common. Today’s Lo…

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It’s unsurprising that Cape Disappointment State Park is on the verge of losing an important campground. It’s also unsurprising — but nevertheless disappointing — that federal and state agenci…

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Giving a fresh face to a popular attraction, the Boys & Girls Club of the Long Beach Peninsula is taking the reins of the Ocean Beach Education Foundation’s 26th annual auction.

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Several recent happenings have caught the editor’s eye, but don’t require full-blown windy editorial commentary. Here are a few opinions offered about local and regional news in the past coupl…

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The fight over using man-made chemicals to control burrowing shrimp in Willapa Bay has now been going on about three times longer than the Trojan War — close to three decades. Like that classi…

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Opioid overdoses are killing an average of 115 Americans a day, with 40 percent involving prescription painkillers. Opioids accounted for two-thirds of country’s 63,600 overdose deaths in 2016.

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Both desirable and dangerous, coastlines are a front-row seat for the splendors, rewards and hazards of the living, crashing ocean. A new analysis of tsunami risks published last week shouldn’…

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A Chinook Observer editorial cartoon from more than a century ago recorded the adversarial relationship between fishermen and all the species that enjoy eating salmon. Specifically about outwa…

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The U.S. Navy is once again eying state parks on the south Washington coast and Columbia estuary as training sites for SEALs, the service’s elite special-operations group. Pacific County parks…