Category Archives: Daily Astorian

In One Ear: ‘Pennoyer’s Thanksgiving Howl’

Oregon Gov. Sylvester Pennoyer was at best eccentric, but the word cantankerous fit him better more often than not. After all, he was the creator of the “Two Thanksgivings” debacle http://tinyurl.com/turkeyduet. On Nov. 1, 1893, he proclaimed that “a day of Thanksgiving” would be celebrated the fourth Thursday in November, Nov. 23. Source: In One […]
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Business Oregon pushes Port of Astoria to think strategically

Business Oregon has lent the Port of Astoria about $20 million to expand and repair its aging infrastructure since the 2000s.Chris Cummings, the deputy director of the state’s economic development agency, told the Port Commission on Tuesday that the agency might not loan any more money until the Port’s strategic plan is updated. Source: Business Oregon […]
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Our view: ICE goes too far in carrying out Trump’s immigration policies

Is the wholesale destruction of families an appropriate consequence for someone who came across the border without filling out the right paperwork? There is growing discomfort about recurring news of immigration arrests in sensitive places and circumstances in the Pacific Northwest. We expect agencies including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI to actively […]
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Astoria drops behind Washington port in commercial fishery landings — still ahead of Newport

Westport ranked 10th in nation, Astoria 12th. A port in Washington state beat Astoria at commercial fishery landings and the value of the catch last year. Westport, Washington, came in 10th on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s annual report on fisheries. The report includes information about the quantity and value of commercial fishery landings, […]
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North Coast planners question development in tsunami zone

What does and doesn’t belong in the areas we know will be underwater? This fall a child care center moved into a building in Astoria that Oregon State Police had left because it was in the tsunami inundation zone. This summer, Patrick Corcoran, a coastal hazards specialist with Oregon State University’s Sea Grant program, circled […]
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States seek candidates for fishery advisory groups

Committees provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues. Oregon and Washington state fishery managers are looking for candidates for advisory committees that provide guidance on sport and commercial fishing issues on the Columbia and Snake rivers. Each term is for three years, beginning in 2018. The groups meet two to four times a year […]
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Cougar suspected of snatching pets from Seaside apartment complex

Cougar said to have snatched cats. Seaside Heights Elementary School moved all student activities inside Monday after a reported cougar sighting. Staff escorted students home and monitored crosswalks. Residents of Creekside Village Apartments are being warned their small pets could be in danger. Source:  Cougar suspected of snatching pets from Seaside apartment complex

Car and wildlife crashes peak in fall, but roadkill dinner can wait

Salvage rules expected in 2019. Collisions between vehicles and wildlife peak in the fall, but drivers won’t get to harvest what they hit until 2019. Ever since a rule passed earlier this year allowing drivers to keep roadkill deer and elk in the future, law enforcement and fish and wildlife officials say drivers frequently ask […]
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Our view: ICE goes too far in carrying out Trump’s immigration policies — Opinion

There is growing discomfort about recurring news of immigration arrests. There is growing discomfort about recurring news of immigration arrests in sensitive places and circumstances in the Pacific Northwest. We expect agencies including U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the FBI to actively seek out and interdict threats to internal security. Competent national law enforcement […]
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Columbia dredging keeps open last interstate ferry between Oregon, Washington

Corps has overseen maintenance of the channel for Wahkiakum County’s ferry since 1994. Eric Ferguson is one of three full-time captains with Wahkiakum County who ferry about 80,000 people a year between Puget Island, Washington, and Westport on the Oscar B, the only remaining interstate ferry on the Columbia River. Running perpendicular to the flow […]
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