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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.”

North Coast Land Conservancy Meet & Greet – 25th Anniversary Celebration

THE NORTH COAST LAND CONSERVANCY is taking its Anniversary Celebration to the communities who have made their work possible. From 5:00 to 7:00 pm join the staff and board for light refreshments and birthday cake and celebrate 25 years of conservation connections on the Oregon Coast. Check out photos and presentations about the conservation work NCLC is doing in the area where you live.

Speak with NCLC staff and board members about the work they do. Join the celebration, and find out more about how you can get involved and make a difference on the North Oregon Coast! FMI: (503) 738-9126 or


Stanley Marsh Stewardship

Stanley Marsh Stewardship

NCLC 25th Anniversary Celebrations:
All Events 5pm – 7pm

June 15  • ASTORIA
Columbia Room, Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue

June 16 • Cannon Beach
Community Hall, 207 N. Spruce Street

June 21 •  Gearhart
Trails End Art Gallery, 656 A Street

June 22 • Warrenton
Community Center, 170 S.W 3rd Street

June 28 • Seaside
Old City Hall Building, Corner of Broadway and Highway 101

June 29 • Nehalem
North County Recreation District Building, 36155 9th Street

ALSO: Pick up a copy of the NCLC 25th ANNIVERSARY PUBLICATION featuring stories about lands they conserve, people who have been key supporters throughout the years, and of course many stunning photos of this beautiful North Coast landscape that NCLC works to conserve and protect.

Download a PDF version at  If you’d like to get a printed copy to read, stop by Seaside office or call to find out locations around the North Coast where you can pick one up.


Tillamook Estuaries Partnership Hosts: 8th Annual Bounty of the Bay Fundraiser and Fishing Tournament
Fishing enthusiasts gather JUNE 3-4,  for the Annual Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) Bounty on the Bay.  Now in its eighth year, Bounty on the Bay has become one of the most anticipated spring events for anglers on the North Coast.

This weekend event highlights the best Tillamook Bay has to offer: amazing scenery, humongous fish, great local food, and jovial company. Now an anticipated tradition, Bounty on the Bay features two days of revelry: kicking off on Friday night with a Dinner and Salmon Fishing Demonstration, featuring tips that are bound to come in handy during Saturday’s Premier Fishing Tournament, and the grande finale: a sumptuous Seafood Feast (with fish donated by long time supporter Pacific Seafood and Oyster), Awards Ceremony, and Silent Auction.

Both events take place at the historic Old Mill in Garibaldi. TEP is proud to present local pros John Kirby and Bob Rees who will lead the Salmon Fishing Demo on Friday night during the BBQ Pork Dinner, followed by our esteemed guest speaker, Jim Martin (former Chief of Fisheries, ODFW) on Saturday night. This year is not just for the fishermen- those interested in a different bay adventure can participate in a guided kayak tour of the Garibaldi harbor.  This action-packed weekend will raise vital funds to support TEP’s local grant program that encourages research, habitat restoration, and education projects throughout Tillamook County.

Registration is open and necessary for all facets of the event.

Please register by May 31st!  Registration forms are available online by going to or, to obtain more information regarding the event, contact Sierra Lauder by phone at (503) 322-2222 or by email at

This annual fundraiser supports TEP’s efforts to implement the Tillamook Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). ##

Garage Sale
The Cannon Beach Women’s Auxiliary, American Legion, will hold their annual Garage Sale on SATURDAY MAY 21ST, 2011, from 9am to 4pm. The Sale is held at the Legion Hall in Mid-town.  This sale features lamps, furniture, bedding, kitchen wares, holiday decorations, books and much more.  Sorry, no clothing, shoes or large appaliances.

Anyone wishing to donate to the sale can bring items to the Legion Hall on Thursday or Friday, May l9th and 20th, for sorting and pricing.

Funds from the sale help the Legion Auxiliary to contribute to local high school scholarships, veterans hospitals, Xmas baskets and other community activities.

North Head Lighthouse Benefit Concert with Radio Cowboy

Radio CowboyThe North Head lighthouse is in need of restoration.  For 113 years, this iconic tower has stood watch on the northwestern headland of Cape Disappointment.  As the primary, outer coast lighthouse it has served to guide mariners safely into the mouth of the Columbia River.  Over the years, the marches of time and the elements have left their indelible marks on the lighthouse, and now its service to us must be returned.  The North Head lighthouse needs our help.

The Keepers of the North Head Lighthouse formed in 2009 to insure a steadfast vigil and sound legacy for the lighthouse.  The Keepers have been promoting awareness, raising publicity and spearheading the movement to restore the North Head lighthouse.

SATURDAY, MAY 14TH, the Keepers host musical trio, RADIO COWBOY, at the Columbia-Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, WA.  All proceeds from the concert will go to the restoration of North Head. 7pm, $10.00 suggested donation.  Refreshments will be provided and also available by donation.

RADIO COWBOY includes national FROGTOWN recording and touring artist Heather Christie, Emmy-Winning musician Philip Pelletier, and San Francisco based singer/songwriter David Miottel. Radio Cowboy combines sounds inspired by artists like Joni Mitchell, Rickie Lee Jones, Gillian Welch, Counting Crows, Emmy Lou Harris, Mark Knopfler and Dead Can Dance, creating a harmony loaded, atmospheric twang that everyone enjoys.

FMI: Steve Wood, Cape Disappointment State Park, (360) 642-3029,

United Paws Offers New Program: “A Trip to Snip!”


In addition to regular financial assistance to low-income residents for their cats and dogs and to the caregivers of feral cats, United Paws of Tillamook is adding a new service thanks to a north county veterinarian.  The most effective way for United Paws to spend supporter donations is to have what are called “clinics,” when at least one veterinarian performs spay/neuter surgeries all day.  United Paws is now able to hold such clinics approximately once a month for the pets of the economically disadvantaged and for those residents who care for feral cats.  Regardless of income, anyone wishing to help feral cats may take advantage of this service.  Trapping assistance and humane traps may be available, depending on volunteer and trap availability.  In addition, if clients cannot take their cat or dog to the clinic, because they cannot drive or do not have access to transportation, volunteers will pick up and transport the animals to the clinic, then back home again.

Each clinic will focus on one part of the county: south, central, or north.  United Paws is therefore calling upon all low-income residents with dogs or cats in need of spaying or neutering and all residents feeding feral cats who haven’t been sterilized to call the United Paws hotline and leave a message to make a reservation for an upcoming clinic: (503) 842-5663.

Not just spay and neuter
In addition to spay/neuter surgery, cats and dogs will receive pain medication and, if necessary, antibiotics.  Cats will receive mandated inoculations as well as flea and ear mite treatment; and they’ll be wormed.  Dogs will receive a distemper vaccination and will be wormed if necessary.  Rabies inoculations for either dogs or cats are the responsibility of the owner or caretaker.

“A Trip to Snip!” is not free.  United Paws will work with clients to establish an affordable fee, due when the client delivers the animal to the clinic or when the animal is picked up by volunteers.  This is to ensure appointments are kept.  The veterinarian is giving up one of his free days, so United Paws must ensure his time isn’t wasted as a result of no-shows.  Another reason United Paws must ask for payment toward this service is that all funds to carry out United Paws’ programs are raised by volunteers through private donations from the general public, grants, fundraising events, and adoption fees.  Volunteers receive no compensation, not even for gas.  United Paws receives no financial support from the county or any national group, and not one cent goes to salaries.  United Paws endeavors to get the most out of every dollar, and “A Trip to Snip!” guarantees that.  The more clients using this service can pay, the more United Paws can help others who also need the program.

Successful history
United Paws has been operating and offering critical animal services in Tillamook County since 2003. To date, United Paws has spayed and neutered more than 4,650 county cats and dogs who would not otherwise have been sterilized.  The group has thereby reduced the number of unwanted and abandoned animals, as well as alleviated and prevented animal suffering as a result of homelessness.  Since January 1, 2011, United Paws has sterilized more than 280 cats and dogs.

Emergency care
In addition to spay/neuter services, United Paws also runs Annie’s Emergency Fund to provide veterinary care for those animals in immediate need of help, such as to treat pain resulting from a traffic accident.  In 2010, United Paws paid more than $61,000 to local veterinarians to cover spay/neuter and emergency services.

Exploring Our Oceans: The Mysteries of the Tides and Tidepool Life

BootsA new temporary exhibit opens at the Cannon Beach History Center

The Cannon Beach History Center and Museum will host a dedication reception and lecture for the new temporary exhibit “Exploring our Oceans: the Mysteries of the Tides and Tidepool Life” on Wednesday, May 11, at 7 p.m.

Donna Lenius, Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) Marine Educator and Volunteer Coordinator, will explore the vibrant world between the tides and the extravagant wildlife visitors can see in the intertidal zone in her lecture “A Walk in the Tidepools: A Glimpse of the Ocean.”

The dedication reception will begin at 7 p.m., and will feature wine and refreshments. The reception will allow attendees a chance to view the exhibit, which was produced in partnership with HRAP and features historical artifacts, photography, and sea life specimens from tidepools.

From 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Lenius will examine what lives in the tidepools, the great lengths that life goes to exist there, and how the tidepool ecosystem is translated into a classroom.

This event is free and open to the public. Call 503-436-9301 for more information, or visit

Garage Sale

The Cannon Beach Women’s Auxiliary, American Legion, will hold their annual Garage Sale on SATURDAY MAY 21ST, 2011, from 9am to 4pm. The Sale is held at the Legion Hall in Mid-town.  This sale features lamps, furniture, bedding, kitchen wares, holiday decorations, books and much more.  Sorry, no clothing, shoes or large appliances.

Anyone wishing to donate to the sale can bring items to the Legion Hall on Thursday or Friday, May l9th and 20th, for sorting and pricing.

Funds from the sale help the Legion Auxiliary to contribute to local high school scholarships, veterans hospitals, Xmas baskets and other community activities.

Tillamook Estuaries Partnership Hosts: 8th Annual Bounty of the Bay Fundraiser and Fishing Tournament

Fishing enthusiasts gather JUNE 3-4,  for the Annual Tillamook Estuaries Partnership (TEP) Bounty on the Bay.  Now in its eighth year, Bounty on the Bay has become one of the most anticipated spring events for anglers on the North Coast.

This weekend event highlights the best Tillamook Bay has to offer: amazing scenery, humongous fish, great local food, and jovial company. Now an anticipated tradition, Bounty on the Bay features two days of revelry: kicking off on Friday night with a Dinner and Salmon Fishing Demonstration, featuring tips that are bound to come in handy during Saturday’s Premier Fishing Tournament, and the grande finale: a sumptuous Seafood Feast (with fish donated by long time supporter Pacific Seafood and Oyster), Awards Ceremony, and Silent Auction.

Both events take place at the historic Old Mill in Garibaldi. TEP is proud to present local pros John Kirby and Bob Rees who will lead the Salmon Fishing Demo on Friday night during the BBQ Pork Dinner, followed by our esteemed guest speaker, Jim Martin (former Chief of Fisheries, ODFW) on Saturday night. This year is not just for the fishermen- those interested in a different bay adventure can participate in a guided kayak tour of the Garibaldi harbor.  This action-packed weekend will raise vital funds to support TEP’s local grant program that encourages research, habitat restoration, and education projects throughout Tillamook County.

Registration is open and necessary for all facets of the event.

Please register by May 31st!  Registration forms are available online by going to or, to obtain more information regarding the event, contact Sierra Lauder by phone at (503) 322-2222 or by email at

This annual fundraiser supports TEP’s efforts to implement the Tillamook Bay Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP).

Oregon LNG Hearing on Friday the 13th

THE OREGON LNG legal saga will enter a new phase in May. In late April, the company withdrew their argument that all of Clatsop County’s judges are biased. As a result, Clatsop County Circuit Court Judge Phillip L. Nelson will hold a hearing on May 13 to evaluate the arguments being put forward by Clatsop County, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Northwest Property Rights Coalition in defense of Clatsop County’s right to make a final land use decision about Oregon LNG and its pipeline.

The County is asking the court to dismiss Oregon LNG’s claims that the county no longer has jurisdiction over the land use decision on the Oregon LNG pipeline due to the clock running out after the previous county commission’s decision last October.

The hearing will begin promptly at 9 am in courtroom 200 at the Clatsop County Courthouse in Astoria.

The Clatsop County Commission made a preliminary decision in March to deny the Oregon LNG pipeline project. Leucadia National Corporation, which is the NY-based financial backer for Oregon LNG, is indicating that community opposition is prompting Leucadia to reconsider its investment in Oregon LNG.

In other LNG news, local residents celebrated the 1-year anniversary of Bradwood Landing’s decision to pull the plug on their LNG terminal and pipeline project on May 4. Over 4 years of protests and legal action, and countless thousands of hours of volunteer time were required to cause the project to run out of money in attempting to procure local, state and federal permits. The project was scrubbed despite the backing of the previous Clatsop County Commission, and moves by the company to integrate into the local community.

Oregon House Bill 2700 (HB2700), which would allow a person that proposes removal or fill activity for construction or maintenance of a “linear facility” (read pipeline) to apply for a removal or fill permit, instead of the owner of the property, continued to move through the legislature in April and early May. The bill, called the “LNG fast-track authority bill” by anti-LNG activists, is currently being considered by the Senate Business, Transportation and Economic Development Committee. The bill passed the House 40-18 in March. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) voted for the bill, while Debbie Boone (D-Cannon Beach) voted against it. This is the 3rd attempt to pass this legislation in recent years.