Category Archives: Daily Astorian

Oregon looks to shake up development rules in tsunami zones

A potential change to the law. Sooner or later, the offshore Cascadia fault zone is going to unleash a monster earthquake and tsunami. When that day comes, you hope that coastal schools, fire stations and hospitals are located high enough so that they don’t get washed away just when you really need them. In Oregon, […]
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Spruce aphids found on central Oregon Coast 

Pests have attacked Sitka spruce. Spruce aphids are at work beyond the North Coast. The small, invasive insects have caused Sitka spruce trees in neighborhoods and on commercial timberlands from Arch Cape to Ocean Park, Washington, to turn brown this spring. On Monday, Christine Buhl, a forest entomologist with the Oregon Department of Forestry, investigated […]
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Summer, fall fishing seasons set for Columbia River

Chinook salmon returns to the Columbia River will be the lowest in almost a decade this summer. As Oregon and Washington state fishery managers set seasons for the summer and fall, they had to balance below-average projections for a number of salmon stocks with what is expected to be a better run of coho. Source: […]
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Legislature approves environmental ‘rollback’ bill

A message to Trump. Critics and proponents agree that recently passed legislation intended to shield Oregon from federal “rollbacks” of environmental regulations is meant to send a message. While supporters claim House Bill 2250 signifies the state government’s stand against weakening protections for air, soil and water at the federal level, opponents argue it amounts […]
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Elk project receives state support

Problem gets an Oregon Solutions tag. Gov. Kate Brown gave her stamp of approval to a project that will look for solutions to elk and human conflicts in Gearhart and Warrenton. The governor designated the Clatsop Plains Elk Collaborative as an official Oregon Solutions project at the end of April, opening the door for state […]
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Our View: Leave artifacts in place for real fun and learning

‘Looting” isn’t a word that crops up very often in local news coverage, so it caused a degree of consternation last month when it was applied to a theft inside Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. Thefts from recognized and unrecognized archaeological sites are, however, a pressing concern all around the world — one that […]
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Port of Astoria finance committee says outlook is dire

Agency must rebuild credibility. The finance committee convened to help the Port of Astoria find more money finished its work Friday, finalizing a list of strong recommendations meant to help the agency dig out of an estimated $20 million maintenance backlog and build more credibility with other governments and the public. The committee is comprised […]
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Warm weather increases fire danger on North Coast

<Entire Story Below> Warmer temperatures and strong, dry winds are increasing fire danger on the North Coast, according to the Oregon Department of Forestry. People are advised not to burn debris on windy days or leave burns unattended until the fire is completely out. The department also recommends having a garden hose and shovel near […]
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Elk project receives state support

Gov. Kate Brown gave her stamp of approval to a project that will look for solutions to elk and human conflicts in Gearhart and Warrenton. Source: Elk project receives state support

With climate change, coastal parks face a new norm

Severe weather and rising sea level. Trees lining the path to Arcadia Beach slant back against the hillside as if permanently enduring invisible gale-force winds. The path down to the beach buckles and drops. A winter storm first washed away access to Arcadia Beach in 2015 and landslides and erosion continue to warp the path. […]
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