Laughing Wild

Christopher Durang’s
SEPT 30, OCT 1
@ KALA Stage
in astoria

Laughing Wild
Featuring Jenni Newton & Bill Ham, directed by susi brown, photo by dinal urell

THIS SEPTEMBER, HIPFiSHmonthly announces the opening of The KALA Stage, in celebration of the continuum of locally produced theater, and the vital theatrical community of the Lower Columbia Pacific Region.

And now a word from Susi Brown – Pier Pressure Productions:
For those of you who enjoyed this past year of thought-provoking theatre at 260 10th, Pier Pressure Productions will be presenting a play just around the corner at the headquarters of KALA/Hipfish. If you haven’t taken an opportunity to attend one of KALA’s 2nd Saturday Art Walks, perhaps you will support the arts by attending PPP’s production of Christopher Durang’s “Laughing Wild”. When PPP announced that it was closing its doors, Dinah Urell graciously extended an invitation to the theatre group to use her new space for performance opportunities. Pier Pressure’s first production was performed in 2009 at the Columbia River Coffee Roaster in the area now known as 3 Cups. In addition to Urell’s offer, PPP as also been welcomed back by Tim Hurd and TJ Lackner (CRCR & 3Cups owners). It may be that PPP will be presenting something in the 3 Cups coffee shop again someday.

Curtain Everyone! By September 30, the blacks will be hung, the lighting system set, lighting technician waiting in the wings, the house full, and the diminutive black box stage will welcome two actors to enact its inaugural performance.

When we were doing the photo shoot for the PR for Laughing Wild, I was reminded by one of the actors, Jenni Newton, that we had coincidentally first met after a performance of playwright Christopher Durang’s Beyond Therapy (directed by then Clatsop College theater coach Gay Preston some 10 years ago). Ms. Newton portrayed the slightly (or is it tightly) wound psychiatrist. It was her actor-onstage introduction to the community. At an after-show party, I complimented Ms. Newton on her performance, I told her, “You’re good!” And there were numerous feelings mutual amongst attendees.

Since that time, we have not seen enough of Jenni Newton on stage, because she’s too busy being an award-winning, valuable high school drama instructor at Astoria High School, and the infrequent direction of community theater. We did see her as Annie Wilkes in Misery at the River Theater. A striking performance. Newton informs she likes a character that can take her on a ride, and an audience that’s willing to go with her. Hence, her interest in the character “Woman” in Laughing Wild.

William Ham, “Man” in the show, I have told recently, “I have a Bill Ham setting on my camera.” For Mr. Ham has been exercising his acting and comedy prowess on various stages in the region since he set foot on this coast. “Bullshot Crummond,” “Almost, Maine,” “The Zoo Story,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” and “The Seafarer.” He also wrote, directed and performed three well-received one-man shows at the former Pier Pressure Productions space. Ham is a generous performer, giving us the full extent of the spirit and energy of the role, and his gift to make us laugh.

So, as we have witnessed, the theater community just keeps growing, maturing, changing, and thriving through it transitory times. It is the nature. KALA Stage embarks on its adventure, an embrace in diversity of theater and performance.

Laughing Wild is a provocative study about the perils and stresses of modern life in urban America. Jenni Newton and Bill Ham address the audience with two comic monologues which evolve into a shared nightmare and the isolation it creates. Christopher Durang’s characters battle with desperation, alienation, and life’s brutalities in his fiercely ironic comedy. See you there.

Purchase Tickets eve of show beginning 6pm at KALA.
Sept 30 – Oct 1
Doors open 7:30pm.
Show at 8pm. $15
Beer and Wine Sold. Snacks!
FMI: 503.338.4878


Return of the Native

Justin L’Amie and Cynthia Lahti
Opening Reception: 2nd Saturday Art Walk
September 10, 5pm – 9pm through Oct 2
Speaker, Bill Ittman 7pm Ambient Music, Roge Hayes

KALA@HIPFiSHmonthly presents work by two Portland artists who have long ties to the Astoria area–Cynthia Lahti and Justin L’Amie. A special addition to the evening, North Coast art guru Bill Ittman will speak at 7pm, on behalf of the work of the featured artists. In addition, NorthCoast sound artist/painter Roger Hayes performs ambient music. Refreshments served.

Cynthia Lahti - Dolphins
Cynthia Lahti - Dolphins

Cynthia Lahti left Portland to earn a bachelors degree at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1985, and after graduating returned to Portland where she continues to live and make art. She is represented by PDX Contemporary Art in Portland and currently she is “focusing on ceramic sculpture and mixed media drawings based on expressive images of the figure. “There are so many figures out there in the world, wearing so many poses and costumes; I find those that resonate and interpret them in clay. Each artwork expresses an intense inner psychological state, its surface effecting a fluctuating quality, part beauty, part grotesque,” says Lahti of her work.

Lahti’s grandparents, Edla Soujanen and Nilo Vilulahti met and married in Astoria after immigrating from Tiavassolo, Finland in the early 1910’s. Her father Uuno Lahti was born in Astoria in 1919 and spent his childhood in Union Town and Youngs River. Her mother Janet Irving came to Astoria in the the early 1950’s. She was a home extension agent for Clatsop County, teaching women how to sew and cook. They were married in 1956 and moved to Portland. Her childhood was filled with many trips to Astoria, as well as camping adventures around the Pacific Northwest with friends from Astoria. Cynthia reports, “I continue to feel a connection to the place. It has sublime natural beauty and retains a feeling of being hidden and able to function by it’s own conventions. These are qualities that also dominate my artistic process. I am grateful to be able to exhibit my work in Astoria, a place many of my relatives and friends haunt.”

Justin L’Amie was born in Astoria in 1983, and he spent part of his childhood in the area with his grandparents Gail and David Wahlstrom, who came to Astoria from northern Minnesota in 1960. He attended Clatsop Community College for the academic year 2002-03 before moving to Seattle where he received his B.F.A. from the Cornish College of Art in 2006. He currently lives and continues to make art in Portland, OR and is represented by PDX Contemporary Art. His first one-man exhibition occurred in 2010.

Justin L'Amie - Snake
Justin L'Amie - Snake

Justin L’Amie writes about his work; “Most of my art is a tribute to that which sustains us: this amazing planet and all its beauty. Puppies, tree sap, barnacles, Queen Annes lace, rain, leaves, vitamin c, leather, fingernails, dry rot, coconut husks. As terrifying as it often is, I am still amazed at what the earth has to bare. I can’t help but be fascinated by the ways that animals (including humans) manipulate, promote, destroy and take advantage of the things that grow and exist around us. It is at once fantastic and wretched, and while it is often hard to accept the terrible in life, I try to embrace the fact that there are things I both love and hate about this place.”

Bill Ittmann, born in Boston, Mass. in 1939, developed a love of art and art historical sites while traveling in Europe in his teens. After receiving a B.F.A. in Art History from the University of Kanas and working at the University of Kanas Art Museum, he pursued graduate level courses at the Courtauld Institute at the University of London in 1964. In 1966 he lived with renowned California painter, Wayne Thiebaud and his family and modeled for a number of paintings and drawings. Ittmann completed his Masters Degree in Art History at Washington University in St. Louis in 1967. Between 1967-71 he taught seminar level courses at Williams College in Williamston, Mass. on old masters drawings and 19th century and contemporary art. Two students from his program, who later gained prominence are the late Kirk Varnedoe-chief curator of the Museum of Modern Art, and Thomas Kerns-director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. After a long period of teaching, publishing and traveling he finally moved to Cannon Beach in 1978 where he currently resides and continues to be very active in art related activities-Design Review Board for the City of Cannon Beach for ten years, teaching at Clatsop Community College and former Director of the Art Center Gallery. He is an enthusiastic collector of regional and local contemporary art.

Ittman got to know Justin L’Amie while he was teaching in the CCC Art Department. “I found him to be profoundly interested in being an artist and ready to absorb every aspect of the art scene in Seattle and Portland that I could expose him to. He showed an exceptional appetite for looking at and producing art in a variety of media. His work has a deep interest and awareness of nature and shows a gentle, sometime mordant curiosity about all sides of nature, both lush and vibrant, and fragmented and dissipated,” says Ittman. The artists that L’Amie admires include Thomas Bewick, J.J. Audubon, James Ensor, Egon Schiele, David Shrigley, Raymond Pettibon, among others.”

As a curator and supporter Bill Ittmann has known Cynthia Lahti’s work through her affilation with PDX Contemporary. The artwork with very tactile surfaces stretches the boundaries between “art” and “craft”. On Lahti’s work Ittman describes, “Broken pigments, broken figures, mostly human and cats, substantially, but not exclusively female. There is a narrative quality to the work–fragments of a tale without a beginning or an end. There are many art historical references: Degas, Rodin, Giacometti, L. Freud, Francis Bacon, KiKi Smith, and Brancusi.”

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of Jane Beebe, Director of PDX Contemporary Art in Portland. Jane has frequently loaned works of art from her gallery to exhibitions at the Art Center Gallery at CCC.


Newport Celebrates the 75th Anniversary of the Vital and Iconic Yaquina Bay Bridge

Yaquina Bay Bridge ca 1936
Photo courtesy of Lincoln County Historical Society

IT WAS CONSTRUCTED in 1936 as one of five bridges completed that year along the early Oregon coast, a vital connection to commerce then and the beginning of the largest portion of the state’s tourism industry.

It’s now a major icon for the coastal town of Newport – and the Yaquina Bay Bridge is turning 75 years old.

A huge month-long celebration of the Yaquina Bay Bridge’s 75th Anniversary will take place all over Newport, starting Labor Day Weekend and continuing until Sunday, October 2. The celebration will include various events and displays throughout the month of September, culminating in a 1930’s-style Community Birthday Party on Sunday, October 2, from Noon until 4 p.m.

The Yaquina Bay Bridge opened for traffic on Labor Day in 1936, and was dedicated on Saturday, October 3, 1936. Because of this, the celebration will start slowly during Labor Day weekend – with the official commemorative events happening October 1 and 2.

Various celebrations – still to be announced – will take place throughout the month-long celebration. To kick things off, Rogue Brewery rolls out commemorative label on September 1. Over the course of the month, celebrations will include special programs such as historic walking tours, a photo contest, coloring contest, a booklet by the Lincoln County Historical Society, books on the bridge by Matt Love and Judy Fleagle, a bridgewalk, panel discussion and other fun features throughout town that will continue through the month.

Then the main event weekend happens October 1 and 2.

Saturday, October 1 features:

Farmers market until 1 p.m. on the City Hall lawn

Gallery showings in City Hall and the History Center’s Log Cabin.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. is a panel discussion located in City Hall

4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  is a history walk from City Hall to the Bridge

Sunday, October 2 features:

Sunday afternoon from 12 to 4 p.m. starts under the north side of the bridge between the bayfront and Yaquina Bay State Park. There will be a community picnic with 1930’s-style dress (optional), food, entertainment and formal ceremonies. A bridge walk is scheduled to open the Sunday event with everyone meeting on the south side of the bridge and led by a collection of 1930’s-style cars – all of which ends at the field under the bridge where the main event will occur.

11:45 a.m. Meet on the south side of the bridge for Bridge Walk.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Bridge Walk begins

12 p.m.  Entertainment and picnic begins (bring your own picnic – optional) under north end of bridge

2 p.m. Formal ceremonies

4 p.m. End of event


Revving up for the CD1 Race

t.a. barnhart talks with Jim Greenfield and Lisa Michaels for HIPFiSH

First, the personal stuff.
I do not like the politics represented by Jim Greenfield and Lisa Michaels. I think they are wrong on the facts, wrong on the theory and wrong on their conclusions about American economics and politics. I also think more Americans agree with me on the issues than with them. Should either of them get the Republican nomination for CD 1, count me among those helping whichever of the Democrats is nominated.

That said, I had a great time talking with both Greenfield and Michaels recently. Rob Cornilles, the presumptive leader of the GOP field, wouldn’t even agree to an interview for Hipfish; his deputy campaign manager made sneering, dismissive comments about both of these opponents. Yet when we spoke over the phone in late August in separate conversation, I found both to be open, personable, honest about their political aims, and full-speed-ahead conservatives. Both knew my political leanings — I informed them prior to the interview of the range of work I do — but neither was defensive or aggressive. In short, it was a pleasure to speak with them and to get the chance to ask them about their campaigns for this nomination.

Jim GreenfieldJim Greenfield
Jim Greenfield is a lawyer working in real estate investment, a radio talk show host, and he’s been through this before. In 2002, he was the Republican nominee for this Congressional seat, and he got thumped 63%-34%. But he doesn’t come across like a person who thinks about defeat. He’s also a free market fundamentalist, as he sees it:

“Adam Smith, Milton Friedman … free markets work fabulously well at creating wealth and prosperity for the entire population if they’re allowed to work without government intervening. And part of that free market system is that companies that do well and are well-managed succeed. Companies that are poorly managed or dishonest, fail. And that’s the way it should be.”

Greenfield opposed the TARP bailout, calling it and other taxpayer-funding rescues of corporations “corrupt” — the recipients of that funding in turn give campaign contributions to those who bailed them out. This opposition to targeted government spending that benefits specific individuals is one example of the kind of spending Greenfield opposes.

“All the functions that the government is now spending on that are not authorized by the Constitution, we should look at cutting back and save there. And that’s most of the federal domestic budget.”

As the CD 1 Representative in Congress, Greenfield said he would not be working to bring “pork” back to the district. He feels the system is corrupt, with each Member voting for other Members’ pork in order to get their own. For Greenfield, this is “politics as usual” and he would instead seek to reduce federal spending.

“We could save trillions of dollars off our military budget if we’d just start fighting the war on terrorism intelligently. Instead of having huge armies fighting wars in foreign countries, if we just started targeting terrorist groups, that would save our Treasury hundreds of billions of dollars a year in the military budget.”

This would also include closing down bases in Europe and Japan: “We can’t afford [to station troops there] anymore.”

Greenfield does not accept the argument that raising the debt ceiling was necessary: “Debt is the problem”. True to his conservative ideals, he argues that government needs to eliminate regulations that hamper the free market. The housing market implosion, he said, was caused by regulations aimed at universal home ownership that forced banks to lend to anyone, regardless of ability to pay. He would privatize Freddie Mae and Freddie Mac and let the free markets fix the damage done to housing.

Greenfield argues that his stands on the issues “are much stronger, much clearer” than Cornilles’. His strategy is to position himself on the right and give the voters a real choice. He is clear on where he stands: “liberal governmentalist policies don’t work”. Liberalism creates bureaucracy and higher taxes while preventing the free enterprise system from working. He believes voters in both parties are coming to this understanding; so by campaigning on that basis, he believes he’ll provide the winning alternative to liberal politics-as-usual that he sees as the greatest problem facing the country.

Lisa MichaelsLisa Michaels
Lisa Michaels is a local tv and radio host, a consultant and entrepreneur, and, like Greenfield, a veteran of political campaigns. In 2000, she lost the HD 8 race to Mark Hass by 10 percentage points. In 2008, she again challenged Hass, this time for his Senate seat. She didn’t fair so well in this second race, getting steamrolled 68%-32%. But, again like Greenfield, you don’t hear anything defeatist from her despite those tough losses.

But while Greenfield is running to take on federal domestic spending, Michaels’ aims for Congress are less clear. She’s unfamiliar with the issues facing the North Coast region. A long-time resident of Beaverton who pulled her kids from public schools, the basis of her campaign stems from her broadcasting experience:

“I try to talk with my audience, not at them. … I’ve been studying the issues and talking with the community about them for years” on her radio show. Her strategy is simple: Go out and meet as many voters as possible. She believes she is “in touch” with her community, and, if elected, will maintain that contact by conducting a weekly interactive town hall with constituents to get their perspective.

“I’m not going to be owned by anybody,” she declared.

Taxes and Regulations
Although not running explicitly as a Tea Party candidate, Michaels reflects those politics. She opposes anything that infringes on the property rights of the individual. Part of this stems from a land dispute involving her family, and part of it is simply the ideology of the far right:

“I just really want to get government off of people’s backs so they can start making more money and so we can free ‘em up to hire more people.

“Business owners don’t know what state and federal governments are going to hit ‘em with next. Measure 66 & 67 was just the death knell to a lot of business owners.”

Over the course of an hour’s conversation, she offered no specifics about these issues apart from a few personal anecdotes. Her views are similar to Greenfield’s; he presents the free-market-libertarian perspective in a more sophisticated way. If he’s running for the distinctly right, that’s turf he shares with Michaels.

She also opposes “green solutions”, charging that they cost more than what is returned on the investment — not a very encouraging message to those seeking the development of wave energy facilities off the Clatsop County coast.

In fact, she’s a proponent of “clean coal gasification” and other energy resources that she says “we know work, like oil and gas”. She called “green energy” a “big scam” that allows the federal government to take away people’s lands, lets environmental lawyers file frivolous lawsuits, and otherwise deprive Americans of their private property, thereby enslaving them.

These are not fringe or radical views, of course. I assume in the course of the campaign, she’ll provide more detail as she meets voters;

“Designated Losers”
“I think it’s a big power trip on both parties, and I’m fed up with it.”

Michaels initial reason for seeking the nomination was to expose voter fraud, something she has taken on in the past. But even more than tackling voter fraud — a big challenge given the paucity of evidence in Oregon for anything worse than incompetence — she now wants to win to prove a point:

“I especially want to win it because of the attitudes and the things that have happened with the Cornilles campaign. … We’ve got some insiders in the Republican Party, the elite group that is supposed to run all the campaigns…. I think it’s a big money-making endeavor for people that run campaigns.”

Michaels cited her various forays into the electoral waters, either being thwarted by the party pushing forward candidates they had no intention of backing — “designated losers” she calls them — or refusing to provide her with fundraising and other resources. She pointed to the Dudley gubernatorial campaign as a prime example of this GOP elite caring more about money than winning:

“If you can gin-up fear of government to the extent that you can raise eleven million dollars with the right kind of high-profile guy like Chris Dudley, and you can get commission on eleven million dollars, despite the fact that his opponent … only raised $4 million, and he beats him? Do you really care if your candidate loses if you’re able to gin-up that kind of angst to generate that kind of donation level?”

Michaels’ anger at the GOP seems to be as much a driving force as Greenfield’s is towards federal domestic spending. And while it’s evident she cares about the general issues of reducing regulations and taxes, and that she would be an advocate for resource extraction within the country and an opponent to developing sustainable energy sources; it’s also clear she’s running to win for another very strong reason.

To spite the Oregon GOP.

“Are we really going to nominate the guy who lost by double-digits to the crazy guy less than a year ago? Does that really make sense to anybody?”

Rob Cornilles
I extended the same invitation to the Cornilles campaign as I did to Greenfield and Michaels. I spoke to his Deputy Campaign Manager who, when told I would be interviewing those two, was dismissive about their politics. Cornilles “declined” to be interviewed, whether because of the inclusion of Greenfield and Michaels, or because I was the interviewer, I don’t know.

Jim Greenfield’s website is Lisa Michaels’ can be found at


5th Annual Spirit of the River Set for September 24

Robert Michael Pyle
Robert Michael Pyle guset hosts Spirit of the River. Photo courtesy of the Natural Histories Project.

DETAILS HAVE been announced for the 5th annual Spirit of the River!  The highlight of this year’s event on September 24th, will be the river paintings of Noel Thomas. Thomas work can be seen in Astoria at the Riversea Gallery. One of his paintings will be featured on the poster and a selection of Thomas’s paintings will appear on the 12’ x 12’ screen on stage at the Clatsop College PAC as background for the performers.  This year’s special guest is the estuary’s favorite author, Robert Michael Pyle, who has just published his 15th book, Mariposa Road: The First Butterfly Big Year.

SPIRIT is scheduled at the end of September, a month earlier than in the past, so put it on your calendar now. This ever-successful and always inspiring fundraiser is for Columbia Riverkeeper ~ Funds are used for legal costs to fight proposed LNG terminals and pipelines and to protect the Columbia River Estuary.

This annual event features the best of local and regional performers, musicians, poets, painters and artists.  A silent auction takes place across the street at the  Masonic Lodge Hall at 6:30pm – with numerous artist pieces donated. Bidding begins at 6:30 pm and closes at 7:50, just before the start of the program.  This year the silent art auction WILL NOT continue during the intermission, all bidding will be concluded prior to the program.

If you have not previously attended SPIRIT OF THE RIVER, you are in for an incredible evening in as well as an opportunity to support the ongoing work to protect our magnificent river!  If you have attended in previous years, you already know to put this on your calendar and invite your friends!!

Performance at the PAC at 8pm include: Willapa Hills, Jennifer Goodenberger, Knappa Marimba Band, Fisher Poet – Patrick Dixon. Beginning at 8pm. Coordinator of the event is Cheryl Johnson.


Great Columbia Crossing

HAVE YOU signed up for the Great Columbia Crossing 10k run/walk across the Astoria-Megler Bridge?  One third of the participants (1,017 as of 7/27/11) have already registered for the Sunday, October 2 event that allows you the once a year opportunity to cross the bridge on foot!  You can register for the 30th Anniversary of the Great Columbia Crossing at the Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce or online at  But, you better hurry if you want the 30th Anniversary special registration rate of only $30!  The cost increases to $35 on July 31.

Great Columbia Crossing, Sunday, October 2, 2011, 10k Run/Walk over Astoria Bridge. Registration required in advance, will close on 10/1 or at 3000 participants.


Clatsop County Legal Clinic Free Legal Services

THE OREGON LAW CENTER will provide free legal services in August and September in Clatsop County. For legal advice on civil matters stop by in the morning at the Walk-in Advice Clinic, or if you would like to schedule an advance, please call the Oregon Law Center at (503)640-4115, or 1-(877) 296-4076. OLW does not give advice on criminal matters.

At Clatsop Community Action, Conference Room, 364 9th St., Astoria. (503) 325-1400

August 25
Walk-in Advice Clinic: 10am-12noon
Community Education: Public Benefits/Social Security, 1pm-2pm
Appointments: 2pm- 3:30pm

September 22
Walk-in Advice Clinic: 10-12pm
Community Education/Divorce, Custody and Child Support: 1pm-2pm
Appointments: 2pm-3:30pm


Oregon Governor Signs Legislation to Protect Shark Populations

Oceana Commends Action to Prevent Shark Fin Trade

Salem, OR- On August 4, 2011 Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed a bill banning the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins within the state. The bill (HB 2838) passed the State House of Representatives and Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support.  The bill’s passage moves the U.S. West Coast closer to a full ban on the trade of shark fins, thereby helping to protect global populations of at-risk shark species that are being targeted in unsustainable and unregulated fisheries worldwide. Oceana commends Governor Kitzhaber for his extraordinary leadership to protect a species that has been swimming the world’s oceans for more than 400 million years.

Shark“With the global trade in shark fins pushing sharks toward extinction, it will take strong actions such as this to prevent us from making irreversible changes to our ocean ecosystems,” said Whit Sheard, Senior Advisor and Pacific Counsel for Oceana. “The bipartisan support for this bill once again demonstrates that support for healthy oceans is a non-partisan issue,” added Sheard.

Each year, tens of millions of sharks are killed for their fins, mostly to make shark fin soup. In this wasteful and cruel practice, a shark’s fins are sliced off while at sea and the remainder of the animal is thrown back into the water to die. Without fins, sharks bleed to death, drown, or are eaten by other species. In recent decades some shark populations have declined by as much as 99%. Removing sharks from ocean ecosystems can destabilize the ocean food web and even lead to declines in populations of other species, including commercially-caught fish and shellfish species lower in the food web.

While shark finning is illegal in the U.S., current federal laws banning the practice do not address the issue of the shark fin trade. Therefore, fins are being imported to the U.S. from countries with few or even no shark protections in place.

Governor Chris Gregoire of Washington State signed similar legislation into law on May 12, 2011 and a bill in the California legislature passed the Assembly and is currently under consideration in committee in the Senate. “The bipartisan passage of these bills in Oregon and Washington provide an example that we hope California will follow,” said Sheard.  “Protecting species being driven to the edge of extinction by unsustainable human consumption should be a commonsense priority for legislatures across the country.”


Farmer’s Markets

Food, flowers, and plants only

Columbia-Pacific Farmer’s Market.
Fridays, 3 – 7pm, May Through September. In downtown Long Beach, WA

River People’s Farmer’s Market.
Thursdays, 3 – 7pm, June 23 through September, possible into October. At the parking lot in front of Astoria Indoor Garden Supply on 13th St in Astoria.  The market accepts EBT, and WIC and Senior Nutrition coupons.

Seaside Farmer’s Market.
Saturdays, July 2 – September 24 (excluding August 27), 1 – 4pm at the TLC Credit Union Parking Lot.

Cannon Beach Farmer’s Market.
Tuesdays, June 14 – September 27, 2 – 5pm. Located in the Midtown area of Cannon Beach. EBT, Visa, and Mastercard accepted.

Tillamook Farmer’s Market.
Saturdays, June 11 – September 24, 9am – 2pm. At Laurel & 2nd St in Tillamook.

Open Air Markets

Food, plus handicrafts, art and more

Cowlitz Community Farmers Market.
Saturdays, through October, 9am – 2pm. At the Cowlitz Expo Center in Longview, WA.

Kelso Bridge Market.
Sundays, May – September, 10am – 3pm. At Rotary Spray Park, on the lawn of Catlin Hall in Kelso, WA.

Two Islands Farm Market.
Fridays, 3 – 6:30pm, May – October. 59 W. Birnie Slough Rd on Puget Island. Trolley shuttle available from the Elochoman Marina at 3, 4, & 5pm and stops at the Chamber of Commerce in Cathlamet, WA.

Weekend Market.
Fridays and Saturdays on the first and third weekends of the month, 10am – 4pm. At the Long Beach Grange on Sandridge Road in Long Beach, WA.

Saturday Market at the Port.
Saturdays, April – September, 10am – 4pm. Along the waterfront in Ilwaco, WA.

Astoria Sunday Market.
Sundays, May 8 – October 9, 10am – 3pm. On 12th St in downtown Astoria.

Manzanita Farmer’s Market.
Fridays, June 10 – September 23, 5 – 8pm (5 – 7pm after September 9). At the Windermere parking lot on Laneda in Manzanita.

Saturday Farmer’s Market.
Saturdays, May 7 – October 29. 9am – 1pm at City Hall in Newport. EBT, WIC,  Senior Nutrition, credit and debit cards accepted.


Community Volunteer Opps!

Sixth Annual Citizen Police Academy
The Astoria Police Department will host the sixth Citizen Police Academy this fall. Classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday evening, beginning SEPT. 22 AND ENDING OCT. 20, and are open to community members who are interested in how their Astoria Police Department works. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.

The goal of the Citizen Police Academy is to form and maintain partnerships between the community and the police by educating community residents about the role of law enforcement, and encouraging citizens and the police to work together.

Those attending will have the opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day operations of the department, tour the department, learn about criminal investigations and the functions of patrol, see basic defensive tactics, tour the jail and shoot various department firearms.

All applicants are subject to a criminal background investigation. FMI: contact Officer Kenny Hansen or Det. Andrew Randall at (503) 325-4411.

CCC Volunteer Literacy Tutor Training
Native Spanish Speaker Andreina Velasco Leads
There will be a Volunteer Literacy Tutor training, SATURDAY, JULY 16 at Clatsop Community College.  The training will be held in Columbia Hall, room 219 from 11:00-1:00 pm. The focus: a toolbox of strategies for tutors working with ESL and other students of English.  The training will be provided by Andreina Velasco, a native Spanish speaker who graduated from Reed College and now works as a Spanish Immersion teacher in Portland and Beaverton public schools.  She also has worked with Adelante Mujeres, a nonprofit based in Forest Grove, whose mission is the holistic education and empowerment of low-income Latina women and their families.   During her work as a Migrant Education recruiter for the NWRESD, she continued this work with Latina women here on the North Coast.

Participants will have an opportunity to role play, observe an authentic literacy tutoring session and have a chance to examine new texts and study materials.  To reserve a spot, please call 503-338-2557 or  This training will assist working tutors and provide new volunteers with valuable techniques to help students.  All are welcome and participants are not obligated to volunteer.

Be a Compassionate Companion • Clatsop Care offers Training
Are you looking for a meaningful way to give of your talents and time? Do you want to be a part of a caring community?  Clatsop Care Center is accepting applications for Compassionate Companion volunteers.

Compassionate Companions have the opportunity to contribute to the quality of life of our residents by befriending them in times of need.  Volunteer roles are flexible and can accommodate many schedules and interests.  Current needs for the Compassionate Companion program include volunteers for regularly scheduled supportive one-on-one visits with residents in emotional crisis, and volunteers for short term commitments to support residents and their families who are in the terminal process.  Specialized training and ongoing support to volunteers will be provided.  Volunteers will work on an on-call basis and may be placed with residents living at Clatsop Care Center or Clatsop Retirement Village.
Attendance at a training workshop on SATURDAY, JULY 16TH is required. 8:30 to 12 PM will orient those volunteers who wish to provide a comforting presence for residents in final stages of terminal illness. 1:00 to 4:00 PM will orient those interested in providing regular companionship for residents with dementia.
Qualities that will make a successful volunteer include compassion, patience, good listening skills, and ability to maintain confidentiality laws.

FMI:l Rosetta Hurley, Life Enrichment Coordinator at (503) 325-0313 ext. 222 or Mandy Brenchley, Community Outreach Coordinator at (503)325-0313 ext. 209, weekdays.


From Finland – The Kauhava Big Band In Concert, Friday July 22

Kauhava Big Band

THE FINNISH American Folk Festival, Naselle, WA and The United Finnish Kaleva Brothers and Sisters Lodge #2, Astoria, OR present in concert Kauhava Big Band from Kauhava, Finland.

Kauhava Big Band was formed in 1986 by “gentlemen musicians” from all of the regions of Finland.  The band is comprised of five saxophonists, four bassoonists, four trumpets, an accordionist, pianist, bassist and a drummer.  The conductor is Jukka Lumme.  Soloists are Seinajoki (tango finalist), Erkki Mustikkamaki, and jazz soloist Helena Taijala.  With their black tie attire and nostalgic concerts, they bring big band culture to life, Finnish style. The traditional 18 piece big band program features lots of swing classics, evergreens and dance music. Kauhava BB also has a strong tango repertoire – and will be doing several tango tribute concerts at Finn West 2011 in Vancouver BC this summer.

Kauhava Big Band posterA correlating theme of the concert is “Kiel on Jaahyaiset,” which translates to “Farewell to My Lily of the Valley – a Finnish War Pilot’s Story”.  The story is based on an actual Finnish couple during WWII in Finland.  Olli Nieminen, the concert’s manuscript writer, wrote this story because his father was a pilot at Finland’s Air-Pilot School Base in his hometown of Kauhava, Finland.  Each year over 10,000 people gather at the base, during the Midsummer celebration, to watch an annual air show.  Olli states that the dramatic story is tightly connected to the music.  Some of the story will be translated into English and you do not need to be of Finnish decent to enjoy the big band sound.  Swing music is universal!
The United Finnish Kaleva Bros and Sis’ are dedicated to keeping the culture and heritage alive in the Columbia Pacific Region. The Kauhava Big Band in addition to its performance is also spending time in Astoria to get acquainted with the Finnish heritage here.  A reception to meet the members of the band will be held at the Fort George Brewery. This is a wonderful opportunity to commune with Finns and enrich cultural ties.

The performance begins at 7:00 pm, Friday, July 22, 2011 at Clatsop Community College’s Performing Arts Center, 588 16th Street, Astoria, OR.  Immediately following the concert a no-host reception will be held at the new Fort George Brewery Building.  The staff at the Fort George Brewery will be preparing a traditional Finnish Sausage meal.  Tickets for the meal can be purchased at the reception.

Tickets for the concert may be purchased at the door, Finn Ware (Astoria), Creative Flaire (Naselle), or by sending a check made out to FAFF, to Anita Raistakka, 92 Big Hill Rd, Naselle, WA 98638.  Adults $10.00 and students $5.00. This event is sponsored by One Five Six Bond Salon, Salon Verde and North Coast Mini Storage.

For more information  visit:, kauhava Big Band on You Tube or call 503.791.9156.


New Print Format

HIPFiSHmonthly prints locally at the Daily Astorian. Recently, there was a change in paper size, to the 23″ width that is now being utilized by most daily newspapers in the nation. Because the paper supply house to the DA no longer carries the former width, and with rather short notice, we at hipfish had little time to ponder.

With the new paper size, a smaller square, we have lost several inches of page space. However, working with the same design format, we hope it still does the job. We welcome all comments, questions, complaints. Please let us know at or 503.338.4878.


First Annual Astoria Open Studio Tour July 30-31

Isabelle Johnston-Haist
Isabelle Johnston-Haist, sculptor

On Saturday and Sunday, July 30-31, 33 Astoria-area artists will open their studios to the public.  The event is sponsored by Astoria Visual Arts and is Astoria’s first city-wide studio tour, designed to showcase the scope and variety of artwork that is produced here.  The event is entirely free to the public. Self-guided maps for the tour, which will include images and descriptions of the art at each location, will be available in mid-July at RiverSea Gallery, Old Town Framing, Dots ‘N Doodles, Lightbox Gallery, Cargo, Astoria Public Library, and KALA@HIPFiSHmonthly.

Studios are in 18 locations around Astoria, with one studio located in nearby Svensen.  Some studios are in private homes, some above storefronts downtown, and others in businesses located downtown, including Dots ‘N Doodles on Marine Drive. The artists will have their studios open both days of the tour from 10 am to 4 pm. Painting, ceramics, fiber art, sculpture, assemblage, wearable art – a wide range of items in various media will available for viewing and purchase

Artists participating in the studio tour include noted Astoria artists such as Darren Orange, Noel Thomas, and Sheila Brown, as well as artists new to Astoria, such as Charles Schweigert, Roxanne Turner, and Isabelle Johnston-Haist. Two well-known local artists, Greg Darms and Susan Darms, will open their popular studio in Svensen.

“Astoria Visual Arts has been actively promoting the arts in Astoria for over 20 years, but this is our first bicentennial!  As part of the year-long celebration of Astoria’s history and culture, 33 local artists invite you into their creative space. Please join us on July 30th and 31st for this very special art event.”

Participating artists include:  Sally Bailey, Vicki Baker, Susan Bish, Louise Birkenfeld, Sheila Brown, Chris Bryant , Shirley Dahlsten, Greg Darms, Susan Darms, Lori Durheim, Agnes Field, Judith Fredrikson, Mary Ann Gantenbein, Ireta Sitts Graube, Jane E. Herrold, Jeannean Hibbitts, K. A. Hughes, Debbie Janssen, Isabelle Johnston-Haist, Sally Lackaff, Gin Laughery, Linden, Joan Masat, Darren Orange, Jo Pomeroy-Crockett, Kimberly Reed, Jessica Schleif, Charles Schweigert, Cheryl Silverblatt, Margaret Thierry, Noel Thomas, Roxanne Turner, Ellen Zimet.


Legislative Update

From the Trenches: play “Taps” in May for many a good bill

APRIL might be the cruelest month, but it’s got nothing on May in the Legislature. May was a month of deadlines, and, as a result, it’s the month in which bills died by the hundreds. Many of those bills never had a chance of passing in the first place, and by May 31st, their fate became official: toast. Policy committees ended all work on June 1st, so unless a bill had been passed out of committee or moved to one of the non-policy committees (Rules, Revenue or Ways and Means), the bill was dead for this session.

May’s work centered around holding any remaining public hearings and then scheduling work sessions so that committees could vote on the bill, as well as deal with amendments. By May 23rd, bills that had not been scheduled for a work session were done for 2011. Hence, throughout May, a common refrain heard in testimony before committees was “I urge you to schedule this bill for a work session”. The usual committee response was to smile, thank the witness for their testimony, and say nothing more.

In the first three months of the session, a rhythm had been established that carried everyone through the day: Committee hearings, floor sessions, more committee hearings, and, in between, people meeting in offices, hallways and even the basement cafeteria. In May, all that ended as bill sponsors and supporters (and, conversely, opponents) scrambled to get their bill to a committee vote so it might survive. The work in June is to complete work on bills and, more importantly, pass the remaining budgets.

The first of the major budgets, for education, happened in April; the others probably won’t be completed until the end of the session, possibly the last few days. Sen Betsy Johnson is a member of the budget-writing Ways and Means Committee; she works on social service issues rather than education, so her efforts are still undergoing. She did acknowledge that getting the education budget done early got one of the most contentious issues “off the table” far earlier than in any previous legislative session.

“As a budget writer,” she said in a phone interview, “this is the busiest phase for me.” Some of the budgets nearing completion include ODOT and public safety. Human services is facing some of the most severe cuts due to the projected revenue shortfall of $3.5 billion the state faces in 2011-13. Sen Johnson said that she and members of the Ways and Means Subcommittee On General Government, which she co-chairs, are hopeful they can “close some of the holes”.

When the State Economist delivered his forecast for the coming years on May 12th, it appeared the state would have $40-80 million more than previously anticipated. In addition, not all reserve funds have been allocated. A variety of options to use additional funds are being developed to curtail some of the more drastic cuts facing vulnerable populations throughout the state. It’s not likely that a clear picture will emerge on what programs will be preserved and which will be cut until late in June.

Redistricting finally took center stage in May with the release of the initial maps. Both parties released their proposals for state and Congressional districts; all versions ran into serious critiques. The Democrats have already dropped a version that would have moved CD 3, now represented by Earl Blumenauer, extend far up the Columbia River towards the coast. Rep Boone is attempting to keep Tillamook County in a single district, something the proposals would change. The Legislature is hoping to come up with a set of maps both parties can agree on. As with most redistricting efforts, that is unlikely, meaning the Secretary of State will end up drawing new state House and Senate lines and a judicial panel the Congressional lines.

(The various redistricting maps are available on the Legislature’s website:

One of the outcomes of passing the final deadlines to move bills forward is that planning begins immediately for the 2012 session. As one of Rep Boone’s legislative assistants noted, anyone who has an idea for a bill for next year should begin work now. The process is lengthy, and getting from idea to law is far more complicated than we learned from Schoolhouse Rock. Even good bills can take several sessions to pass; Rep Boone has been working on a bill to support 911 service, but was unable to get it passed. The idea is not dead — she will be part of a work group that will bring the bill back in 2012 — and this experience is not uncommon. All three legislators and their staff are glad to meet with citizens to talk about ideas for future legislation.

But wait until July. This Legislature has a few more weeks to go.

Modernizing the Bottle Bill: It’s a Pass.

REP. BEN CANNON (D-Portland) hailed the Senate passage of a major update to Oregon’s pioneering Bottle Bill.  HB 3145B, chief sponsored by Rep. Cannon and Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem), represents the most significant expansion of the Bottle Bill since Oregon adopted the redemption system in 1971.

“With today’s vote, the Bottle Bill is finally on its way to the 21st Century,” said Rep. Cannon.  “By expanding the redemption system to cover all beverage containers, we will save more than 72 million containers per year from landfills.  By encouraging the development of redemption centers, we are making the system more convenient for consumers.  And by increasing the deposit if redemption rates fall, we are ensuring that Oregon will restore its place as a national leader in container recycling.”

Recycle BottlesUnder HB 3145B, juices, teas, sports drinks, and other beverage containers will carry a deposit by no later than 2018.  “Oregon history is littered with unsuccessful attempts to modernize the Bottle Bill,” said Rep. Cannon.  “Our success today stands on the shoulders of many.  The 2007 expansion to water bottles, led by Rep. Vicki Berger and Sen. Jackie Dingfelder, helped create the conditions that made further expansion possible.  The Bottle Bill Task Force established the policy framework for this bill.  Senate leaders, including Sen. Peter Courtney and Sen. Mark Hass, played an important role in getting HB 3145B across the finish line.  And it has been particularly important that Oregon’s grocers, distributors, and recyclers are finally working hand-in-hand to improve the Bottle Bill for Oregonians.”

“For Oregon, the Bottle Bill is about more than recycling beverage containers,” said Rep. Cannon.  “For 40 years, it has stood as a potent symbol of what is possible when Republicans and Democrats work creatively together to solve a common problem.  It has stood as a symbol of what it means to be an Oregonian: wasting little, tending carefully to our resources — leaving the campsite better than we found it.  It is exciting that the Legislature has managed to rekindle that spirit this year.” 3145B now heads to the Governor for his signature.

Bill to Close Market for Shark Fins Clears Final Hurdle

THE HOUSE provided final passage to HB 2838, chief sponsored by Representative Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie), which outlaws the marketing of shark fins in Oregon.  Shark fins are an expensive, in-demand item used in shark fin soup.

“All too often shark fins are obtained by means of a barbaric practice commonly referred to as finning.  This involves the taking of sharks solely for the purpose of harvesting their fins, while the rest of the fish is usually wasted,” said Rep. Witt.  “Worse yet, sharks are often finned alive, only to die an agonizing death of starvation, drowning or bleeding.”

Some estimates show that internationally approximately 73 million sharks are finned and killed each year.  Oregon fisheries regulations conform to federal requirements prohibiting the removal of shark fins or tail at sea.  However, there is no Oregon law that bans the possession, sale, trade or distribution of shark fins in state.  HB 2838 changes that.

To provide final passage the House concurred with Senate amendments to the bill.  The Senate amendments add exemptions for a person who holds a license or permit under commercial or recreational fishing laws or a fish processor who holds a license.

In the wake of Oregon action on this issue, similar legislation is now being considered in California, Washington and Canada.

HB 2838 now moves to the Governor’s desk for his signature.


Rural Oregonians “Foreclose” on Congressman Walden in grassroots protest campaign

Forecloses on Walden
Kjerstin Gould (center) of Astoria represents Clatsop County.

ON SATURDAY, MAY 7TH, over 150 rural and small town Oregonians from 25 counties convened in Bend, Oregon to issue Rep. Greg Walden a “Notice of Foreclosure.”

Rep. Walden voted in favor of the “Ryan” budget in the House of Representatives, which allocates over $700 billion to the military while cutting billions in community service needs across the state. A protest organized by the Rural Organizing Project convened to declare that Rep. Walden’s support of the “Ryan” budget is a violation of his duty to serve the public good, and that he is therefore in default.  Modeled after the foreclosure notices that plague homeowners in crisis, the “Notice of Foreclosure” issued by the people claims:

  1. Repossession of the political trust that the people have vested in Rep. Walden.
  2. A deficiency judgment.
  3. Such other equitable relief as the people may deem necessary.

Attendees rallied in Bend’s downtown shopping district, at a park located in front of the Bend La Pine School District Building and the Public Library.  Cara Shufelt, of the Rural Organizing Project, declared “These are the kinds of services our communities need: good schools, libraries, vibrant local businesses.  When Rep. Walden supports over $700 billion for the military while cutting billions to our communities, he is no longer representing the common welfare of our communities.  We are here to repossess the public trust vested in him.”

Community members shared testimony on the impact of these misguided priorities.  Nancie Koerber of Central Point talked about losing her small business and her home going into foreclosure.  When she visited Washington DC and tried to meet with Rep. Walden, his office told her that “foreclosures were not a problem they were hearing about in his district.”  Deschutes County alone faced over 3700 foreclosures in 2010.

Betsy Lamb of Bend shared the story of a local immigrant family who faced deportation.  On average 2.5 people are deported from Deschutes County each week.  Kathy Paterno of Powell Butte shared the story of trying to discuss the war budget with Congressman Walden several years ago and continually being ignored by his office.  Paterno was one of seven people who decided to stage a “sit in” at Walden’s office as a last resort to get his attention.  They were eventually arrested and hauled off to the Deschutes County Jail.

Ralliers then marched through downtown Bend to Rep. Walden’s office chanting “Foreclose on Walden.”  Koerber, whose home is currently in the foreclosure process, posted the Notice of Foreclosure on the door of Rep. Walden’s office while the full notice was read aloud.

Foreclosure on WaldenTo ensure Rep. Walden will hear this message, the grassroots protest action will sent “Notice of Foreclosure” from all over the state during the month of May, with the concept that Walden will experience what homeowners in foreclosure face over and over in the foreclosure process: humiliating notice after notice and call after call.

Astoria resident and committee member of the Clatsop County Marriage Equality Project, Kjerstin Gould attended the protest, “The diverse groups that met in Bend have in common a primary goal – to speak out against unfair treatment, to speak up and educate our friends and neighbors, and to do our part to promote human dignity.  I was moved by personal stories, and inspired by the great achievements made by “regular folks” like us who carve time out of their busy lives to help make the world a more fair, humane place.”
The concept of the “People Foreclosing” on those elected representatives who violate the public trust is already gaining traction, according to Schufelt.

“People in the states of Washington and New York are already making plans to “Foreclose” on their Representatives who have made poor choices that harm the common welfare of our communities.”
For more info on the follow-up to “Foreclosure on Walden,”  and to be a part of the next steps – from sending in a local Letter to the Editor to distributing “Foreclose on Walden” stickers to mailing a Notice of Foreclosure to Walden’s office – contact Cara at the Rural Organizing Project:, 503-543-8417.

• The Rural Organizing Project is a statewide organization of locally-based groups that work to create communities accountable to a standard of human dignity: the belief in the equal worth of all people, the need for equal access to justice, and the right to self-determination.

Today, ROP works with 65 member groups to organize on issues that impact human dignity and to advance inclusive democracy.


Be in a Guinness World Record Swimming Event – Sunset Park & Rec Hosts!

SwimmerOn Tuesday, June 14th, 2011, thousands of kids and adults at aquatics facilities around the globe will unite to set a new global record for The World’s Largest Swimming Lesson™ (WLSL). Sunset Empire Park & Recreation District is an official Host Location for the 2011 WLSL record-setting event, taking place at 3pm GMT, 8 am Pacific.

The inaugural WLSL event established the Guinness World Record for the largest simultaneous swimming lesson ever conducted in 2010 when almost 4,000 participants across 34 states, five countries and 3 continents participated to build awareness about the vital importance of teaching children to swim to prevent drowning.
Tragically, drowning is the second leading cause of unintended, injury related death of children ages 1-14 in the US. In fact, more than one in four fatal drowning victims are children 14 and younger.  And, research shows if a child doesn’t learn to swim before the 3rd grade, they likely never will. The threat of childhood drowning is even greater around the globe.

The WLSL program works to promote drowning prevention through education by focusing the energy of thousands of participants on a clear and specific message all at the same time. In 2010, aquatic facilities, from Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon near Orlando, Florida to swim schools in Orange Country, CA, to parks & recreation centers in the Bronx, to locations in Mexico, Dubai and the USAG Humphreys in South Korea, all taught the same swimming lesson at the same time with one goal in mind  – send the message that Swimming Lessons Save Lives™.

Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon water park near Orlando has been designated as the official headquarters location for the international event for the second year.

Gold Medalists’ Rowdy Gaines and Janet Evans are official spokespeople for the WLSL event for the second year to help convey that loss of life from drowning can be prevented through awareness and training.  As parents, both athletes feel a strong commitment to teaching children how to be safe in and around the water.  Gaines, 11-time world record holder and “voice of American swimming” for the Olympic Games, will be master of ceremonies for the WLSL event at Typhoon Lagoon.

For more information on this important and fun event, to find out how you can join the WLSL record breaking call 503-738-3311 or via e-mail Aquatic Manager Genesee Dennis: or visit


Garden Tour July 9 – Fundraiser for the Lower Columbia Preservation Society

The Lower Columbia Preservation Society’s 11th annual garden tour will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2011.  The self-guided tour is from 10am to 3pm. A reception will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. The tickets can be purchased on the day of the tour at 690 17th Street in Astoria, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Raffle tickets can also be purchased at this time: $1 each or 15 for $10.00.  Winners need not be present to win.  Admission is $15.00 for nonmembers and $10.00 for LCPS members. For information call 503-325-8024.


Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event to be held in June

Hazardous Waste Collection DayCLATSOP COUNTY, in conjunction with Western Oregon Waste (WOW), will be holding a household hazardous waste collection event at WOW headquarters on Airport Road near the Astoria Airport in Warrenton on Saturday, June 11, from 9 am – 3 pm. Wastes such as used or leftover pesticides, paints, poisons, fertilizers, solvents, batteries, automotive fluids, thermometers and light bulbs will be accepted for free from Clatsop County residents only. No medications, medical sharps, explosives, radioactive waste or waste from businesses will be accepted. For more information, contact the county at 503-325-8500.


Free workshop – Become a licensed child care provider

On Tuesday, June 7th, from 6:00pm – 9:00pm, the Child Care Resource & Referral in Clatsop County will hold a class for individuals interested in becoming Registered Family Child Care providers. The informational session will cover the rules and regulations for state registration, the services of the Child Care Resource & Referral, the business aspects of child care, information on quality child care, and other agencies that work to support child care providers. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions you might have about providing child care.
vBeing a child care provider is a very important job. Clatsop County’s workforce includes increasing numbers of working parents who must have child care in order to go to work and keep their jobs. Providing quality child care is a vital service for parents and employers and an important part of improving the economic development of our county.

The class will be held at OSU Extension Service, 2001 Marine Drive in Astoria . To register for this class, or for more information, please call the Child Care Resource & Referral at 503-325-1220 or 877-333-4960.


LNG Fast Track Bill HB 2700 Passes

Pipeline graphicOn Tuesday, May 31, 2011 the state Senate passed HB 2700, the bill that allows a company to apply for and receive removal/fill permits on private property without landowner knowledge or consent. The current bill would allow out-of-state profit-making corporations to obtain dredge-and-fill permits on private land without the permission or even knowledge of the landowner. The passage of this bill infringes on private property rights by allowing companies building LNG-related pipelines to begin the state permitting process without landowners having a say about proposed activities on their property.

In the media over the last three years, this has been called the “LNG fast-track bill,” and NO LNG activists have been working hard to fight the passage of this bill. The bill’s backers in the legislature have refused requests to amend it to exclude LNG pipelines.  The bill already passed the House, it now sits on Governor Kitzhaber’s desk awaiting his signature.

The bill passed the Senate 20-9. No votes were: Senators Atkinson, Johnson, Bates, Bonamici, Dingfielder, Ferrioli, Girod, Prozanski, and Whitsett.

If you are a landowner along the pipeline route and you receive notice from LNG companies or the Department of State Lands that they issued a permit for your property, please let us know immediately. If you receive a notice of a pipeline permit on your property, please contact Monica Vaughan at (541) 521-1832;, or Dan Serres at (503) 890-2441;

The passage of HB 2700 does not mean that LNG projects will prevail, but it does make the job of stopping these projects more complicated and difficult. Yes votes on this bill do not represent a yes vote on LNG.

Many legislators believe that this bill is needed for municipalities and believe that it does not impact LNG, that LNG is no longer a threat to Oregon or that the LNG proposals are already dead.

According to River Keeper representative Monica Vaughan, “while it is unfortunate that some of the legislators are misinformed, that does not mean they support the LNG projects.”