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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…

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A century ago the economies of rural areas were held back by lack of electricity, phone service and adequate highways. Nowadays, slow internet connections can be a similar handicap — one the P…

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Washington’s Legislature has a split personality when it comes to government openness: Good for everyone else, but not for themselves.

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Tuesday’s pre-dawn tsunami watch was a useful reminder of the need to be a well-educated and prepared coastal resident.

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For all who care about the fishing industry and Columbia River heritage, the end of The Gillnetter is a sad occasion marking the close of an era. Combined with the atrophying of the Columbia R…

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A public-private collaboration between Peninsula Pharmacies, Ocean Beach Hospital and Willapa Counseling Center, the new medical facility in Ocean Park has to be counted as one of the Peninsul…

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It’s good that the city of Long Beach acknowledged reality and stepped away from a flawed plan to build what amounted to a small hill for tsunami evacuation. At a cost of $4 million and a heig…

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The detention of 15-year Ocean Park resident Baltazar “Rosas” Aburto Gutierrez by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ought to worry even those who vigorously defend the Trump administrat…

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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…

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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.

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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 b…

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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…

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“Words spoken by the President of the United States matter. Are you tonight recanting the oath you took on January 20th to preserve, protect, and defend the First Amendment?” U.S. Sen. Ben Sas…

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In Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, citizens and authorities had several days to brace for a looming disaster in the form of this year’s horrendous hurricanes. In hindsight, they didn’…