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

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

Who is Charlie Choker?

October 26, 2008

In Aberdeen, Grays Harbor College is home to the Chokers, one of the most appropriate yet misinterpreted names in the annals of collegiate history. The Chokers are not stranglers with a homicidal bent or athletes foreordained to implode at crunch time. Instead, the Chokers and their burly mascot, Charlie Choker, are named for the rugged men who wrestled giant logs out of Northwest forests. Charlie’s full name-though seldom used-is Charlie Choker Setter. Read more

All Things Chinook

October 12, 2008

Chances are good that you’ve seen Chinooks on the road, in the air, or on the water. You may have spoken to a Chinook, spoken Chinook, or been to Chinook. Perhaps you’ve even had occasion to pet, catch, or taste a Chinook. Most dictionaries have at least four entries for the word and a Google