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The Coastwatch Blog

http://coastwatch.blogspot.com/

Located in Astoria

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Coastwatch in the morning

The Oregon Land Use Board Of Appeals agrees with the attorney representing the anti-Walmart group in Clatsop County.  Warrenton can't break it's own codes.There were several issues brought forth at the planning commission level during public hearings about the permit to build the

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I don't know about you but when I was a kid everyone was paying attention to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We were actually sending men into space! We were going to go to the moon! We didn't ask how much. We didn't question.

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I just couldn't help myself.  I wanted to wait but this news is just too good not to share right away.Astoria city staff have really pulled off something major for us by putting in the effort to show up at the right place at the right time.  The result means $10 million dolla

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First, let me say that I don't have anything against Facebook.  I started a FB page a few years ago and at times it's been interesting but for the most part more demanding of my attention than I would like. It was an interesting experience but I'll just have to make do with my cel

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I've just been informed that Clatsop Community College has put $5000.00 into a study on the feasibility of placing a "Wellness Center" for it's students inside the Astoria Aquatic Center.  This week the Astoria City Council approved a contribution of $2000.00 to the study and Columbia M

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Using a study that the FBI discounts, the City of Beaverton is making much of it's ranking in a national crime study released today.The city of Beaverton is the safest city in Oregon and the second safest in the Pacific Northwest according to the CQ Press pu

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Senator Merkley's office sent out this news release this morning:Merkley: Stop the Sequester, Avoid “Politician-induced Recession”Oregon’s Senator says drastic cuts would hu

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I missed it.  But I love what I'm seeing.  For the most part.A scheduling conflict prevented me from being at the dedication for the new Barbey Center at the CRMM on Friday.  That's okay.  I drive past it every day.  That old railroad station in Astoria has alw

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This week a group of local business people and government representatives took a little bus trip over the mountain to visit a North Portland neighborhood.  The tour was guided by Michele Reeves who is an urban planning consultant.  Reeves has given a couple of well attended talks in Asto

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That was a long drive home this afternoon.It just seemed to me that everybody in Astoria decided to go for a drive just so they could get in front of me and take it slow.  Very slow.By the time I reached the 8th and Commercial turn it seemed like I'd been driving throu

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Please note the following story.  It is typical this time of year.A Pasco man is refusing to take down a Christmas decoration that his neighborhood association says violates its rules.It's a sign that says "Jesus is the reason for the season."

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Last night the Astoria City Council held a public hearing on a zone change sought by the owners of Astoria's Fultanos Pizza and the room was packed.  It was an excellent example of what can happen when a successful local business that contributes to the community sees some payback from all th

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People on the east coast are paying attention to the complete lack of assistance they have been getting from the Red Cross.  So far the organization has raised 160 million dollars in donations that are supposed to be going to help Sandy victims but reportedly few if any Red Cross people have

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I don't love all animals but I'm pretty much sold on dogs and cats.  Even my teenage cat who can't seem to stay out of trouble for more than five minutes at a time. He is a rascal.I bring this personal confession about my love for pets to light in the interest of full di

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People are taking their frustration out on political signs...People are putting signs up for candidates, sometimes in the wrong place, without the candidate having any control of the activity..Stealing the signs is pretty popular and, of course, taking creative licence with some signs is less than

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For those who may have missed it this link will take you to this morning's interview with Astoria City Council Ward 2 candiates Peter Roscoe and Drew Herzig

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I'll admit right away that I'm no gambler.  I've played on occasion for fun at a fundraiser or to pass some time on a cruise ship sea day.  It gets boring quickly.  With that said, I've been to Vegas and Reno and visited tribal casinos in Oregon, Washington and, Arizona.  The b

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When my kids were small we took a family vacation to Oahu.  It was memorable for many reasons not the least of which it was the first time for my kids to travel by air.  It was a different world and I'm not just talking about the lack of airport security and body scans, and having to get

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Here's an Idea...

Sisters, Oregon is a small touristy town with a state highway for the main drag, much like Astoria. Like our town, Sisters gets some heavy traffic in the high season which invites pedestrian accidents.The Astoria Traffic Safety Committee has been discussing pedestrian safety lately and it occurs to me that we mi

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An event on the Port Docks in Newport last weekend was very cleverly done.  It was the inaugural year for The Great Albacore Tuna Barbecue Challenge and it was a big hit by all accounts.  I say it was clever because the event managed to accomplish several things.  First, for many pe

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Let's take a moment to explore the qualities of a great...No, "great" would be setting the bar too high.Let's explore the qualities of a good organization. Shall we start with civility? This is usually present when people respect each other and have some manners. &nb

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I've given this a lot of thought since I talked with Congresswoman Bonamici last week.  I just don't have a logical answer.Why was there such a rush to move that derelict dock off the beach down in Newport?  Really. How come?I was doing a phone interview with Bonamici talking about a new bi

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Published reports that assure residents of Astoria that their Mayor and City Council are not in jail provide an important service to the community I had not considered before now.I think it's comforting to know that some elected officials in this country are still not under investigati

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Mary Louise Flavel was in Portland all along.At least according to published reports today, since the early 90's Mary Louise has resided somewhere in the Portland area in what was described as a nice home surrounded by neighbors who look in on her from time to time.  That's nice.

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I was having lunch with an old friend yesterday when he told me I should go take a look at what the city had done at the old Flavel family home.  He said they went in and cut all the brush and were doing some repairs. He was quite pleased.As it happens when he was a kid he grew up

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I swear that the last time I paid any attention to a birthday I was turning 30 and getting a hard time from my 20-something friends about being the "old" man.  At 59 it's remarkable how I now catch myself in the mirror at times trying to reconcile the image I see with the person residing behi

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Two weeks ago Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici called a meeting in Cannon Beach on tsunami debris.Our State Senator Betsy Johnson was clear as crystal about what Oregon needed to do as soon as possible. Today the Governor announced a plan that includes nearly everything  

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It was a sunny day in Cannon Beach Friday.  Perfect.  People were walking the beach, exploring the main street stores and holding on to excited children.  Some people were playing tennis on the courts behind the chamber building.  Inside the building in the rustic meeting hall

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The residents of Arch Cape would like to have the following as soon as possible:A personalized set of tsunami sirens.Four semi trailers full of supplies, fancy tents and comfy furniture set up on a high ground location.Two large generators to power everything.

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City Councilor Peter Roscoe says it's time for the community to have a conversation about where Astoria is heading.  It comes down to whether the city becomes a place reserved for the wealthy or remains a place where people of more modest means can still afford to live.  This might be a

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