Jane Barnes – The First Lady of Astoria

January 30, 2009

Astorians have been talking about Jane Barnes for nearly two centuries—and it’s no wonder, for she was the kind of woman people tend to talk about. Jane was the first woman of European descent to arrive in the Oregon Country, and it should be noted from the outset that her title as “First

Washaway Beach: The Moving Entrance to Willapa Bay

January 29, 2009

By Kathleen Sayce

In the past 150 years, the Willapa Entrance has changed dramatically. The earliest charts of this area in southwest Washington show a long spit arching down to the southeast from Cape Shoalwater, north of the entrance, and the main channel near present day Leadbetter Point, on the south end. Successive charts map the shift of the main channel northward over the next century-and-a-half. During those decades, Cape Shoalwater eroded into the surf from its south and west edges, and Leadbetter Point built up out of the surf northward. This situation is not unique to this or any other coastline, and serves as a severe reminder of the fragility of coastal lands built of sand. Similar stories could be told for Grays Harbor and Columbia Entrances. Read more

Sneak Peek: Spring 2009

January 29, 2009

Dear Readers, The Spring 2009 issue of Northwest Coast is due out March 10. Here are some of the featured stories you can expect… Sometimes a Great Party: The Lincoln County Filming of a Ken Kesey Novel by Matt Love When Paul Newman and the cast and crew of Sometimes A Great Notion

Connecting with the past in the Quinault River Valley

January 27, 2009

By Luke Wirkkala–

   Deep within the Quinault Rainforest, time slows down. Or so it seems when you enter the “Valley of the Giants” on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula.

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The Columbia River Ship Report

January 26, 2009

By Joanne Rideout- “Good morning, it’s time for the Columbia River Ship Report on Coast Community Radio, I’m your host Joanne Rideout.” For the past five years on weekday mornings I’ve greeted listeners with those words, from the station’s studios on the banks

Granddaughter of the River: Lisa Tarabochia Clement

January 26, 2009


By Donna Quinn–


   The Tarabochia fishing family is legendary in the lower Columbia River basin. Lisa is fourth generation fishing family on both sides. This is the foundation on which she has built her personality, her ethics, and her life. As a young girl, Lisa was always fascinated by family stories of the Tarabochia’s rich fishing history. Today, Lisa honors family tradition with wild Columbia River Salmon as she nourishes people at Clemente’s, the restaurant she and her husband Gordon opened four years ago in downtown Astoria Read more

On The Cover

January 20, 2009

Cape Disappointment Lighthouse near Ilwaco, Washington. Bruce Wade Peterson Originally from New England, Bruce attended the University of New Hampshire before touring and photographing extensively in both Europe and the United States. A move to the Southwest in 1979 began a 25 year career in

Matt Love’s ‘Citadel of the Spirit’ Debut, February 13th

January 17, 2009

On the eve of Oregon’s 150th birthday, you are invited to attend the launching of Northwest Coast contributor Matt Love’s most recent editorial effort, Citadel of the Spirit: Oregon’s Sesquicentennial Anthology. Mark your calendars for February 13th–Powell’s Books in downtown Portland is the location, 7 p.m. is the time. This momentous compendium contains 63 original essays by many of the state’s foremost writers as well as 61 excerpts from primary documents related to Oregon history. The title derives from a quote by Ken Kesey: “Oregon is the citadel of the spirit.” Read more

Grays Harbor Scrapbook

January 16, 2009

Enjoy a small slice of Grays Harbor’s history with photos courtesy of The Polson Museum, 1611 Riverside Avenue, Hoquiam, Washington.

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Befriending The Rain

January 16, 2009

By Donna Quinn

Whether you are a resident of or a visitor to the Columbia Pacific region, you know of our reputation. While many lament and curse our famed maritime weather, others are awestruck by our dramatic winter storms and envious of the moist bounty we enjoy, especially in the midst of global warming and climate change. The ongoing surprise about living here is that you never know, despite weather predictions, when you are going to get wet. Rain shapes our landscape, our culture, and the way we live our daily lives. Rain is part of our family. Read more