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The famous quote from the Dustin Hoffman movie, ‘The Graduate,’ is not wasted on Duane Snider: Read more

“Trauma creates change you don’t choose. Healing is about creating change you do choose.” Read more

“The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet.” Read more

One never knows where a story about a “character” and a “celebrated” artisan will take both writer and subject. Read more

I first met him near Devil’s Punchbowl, screening beach debris — microplastics — during one of his weekly Otter Rock shore cleanups. On this day, 12 volunteers were genuflecting and prostrating themselves using shovels and screens to tease out the white and bright-colored particles of modern… Read more

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This story starts with a neon bullwhip of lightning, knocking a pregnant woman off her feet and sending her into labor right then and there at the edge of a Guatemala sugarcane field. I guess it was time. Read more

We named him Jack. When he was in his kennel, he was a Jack in the box. Once, he threw up and it looked like a Jack-son Pollock. Until he was fully potty trained, he had a few Jack-sidents. And sometimes, like most puppies, he can be a real Jack…. well, you get the idea. Read more

“A slow, tacking flight: float then flap. Then a pirouette and it has swung on to a different tack, following another seam through the moor as if it is tracking a scent. It is like a disembodied spirit searching for its host...” — description of the strongest of all harriers, the goshawk, by… Read more

The announcement that Chinook Winds Casino Resort is extending its closure until at least April 15 is the latest indication that the impacts of COVID-19 on the Oregon Coast economy will be significant and sustained. Read more

“There is truth and then again there is truth. For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they've got you or your neighbor figured out, there really is no bottom to what is not known. The truth about us is endless. As are the lies.” — “The Human Stain” by Phillip Roth Read more

I first met him near Devil’s Punchbowl, screening beach debris — microplastics — during one of his weekly Otter Rock shore cleanups. On this day, 12 volunteers were genuflecting and prostrating themselves using shovels and screens to tease out the white and bright-colored particles of modern… Read more

“A slow, tacking flight: float then flap. Then a pirouette and it has swung on to a different tack, following another seam through the moor as if it is tracking a scent. It is like a disembodied spirit searching for its host...” — description of the strongest of all harriers, the goshawk, by… Read more

The announcement that Chinook Winds Casino Resort is extending its closure until at least April 15 is the latest indication that the impacts of COVID-19 on the Oregon Coast economy will be significant and sustained. Read more

“There is truth and then again there is truth. For all that the world is full of people who go around believing they've got you or your neighbor figured out, there really is no bottom to what is not known. The truth about us is endless. As are the lies.” — “The Human Stain” by Phillip Roth Read more

“At 550 percent of daily value cumulative nutrients, broccoli [microgreens are] the king of nutrients. It has the most complete nutrient package of any vegetable on this list. It is packed with Vitamin A, B, C and K. Plus, it has a significant amount of as iron, magnesium and phosphorus.” Read more

“The work that you do makes a huge difference. Our community and victims are beyond blessed to have you and Oregon Coast Therapy Animals. I think we should utilize therapy dogs more.” Read more

"I keep going to a lot of places and ending up somewhere I've already been." Read more

When I first moved to Lincoln County it took a little while before I stopped questioning the decision to pack up all of my belongings, my mother and the person to whom I would later be married and move 600 miles for a job. Read more

My dog Scout is helping me be a better driver. Because she gets nervous if I exhibit any aggressive behavior in the car, including speeding, passing or simply cussing aloud when another driver does something I don’t like, I have been working on being calmer in the car. As a result, my time o… Read more

“Teaching kids how to feed themselves and how to live in a community responsibly is the center of an education.” — Alice Waters Read more

Continuously, discussions focusing on degraded ecosystems and tipping points forcing climate change to ramp up to chaos many times center around the “C” word. Read more

“The word was the ember and the forest was my life.” Read more

“Social capital provides the glue which facilitates co-operation, exchange and innovation.” Read more

Though some are more complicated than others, every person in the US has a story and I was grateful when Joel Lorenzo agreed to tell me his. I met him shortly after he’d been chosen to be the keynote speaker for the 2018 graduating class from Oregon Coast Community College’s GED program. Read more

“New information breakthroughs for me are exhilarating. Working with all that whale data is like looking into the dark with a flashlight. It’s work that is able to contribute new information to the field.” — OSU Whale Researcher, Daniel Palacios Read more

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(Written under the influence of Wagner’s “Gottedammerung,” a wet November wind, and 400 milligrams of Advil PM) Read more

I hadn’t meant to make Jill Morris cry. But when I went into her business, Jillian’s Hair Salon, to talk about her annual fundraising and supplies drive to support dog rescues, I did just that when I showed her a picture I took of her last year with her beloved dog Rocky, who passed away ear… Read more

Facts about orcas abound in Colleen Weiler’s brain, because her role is to lead policy research and engagement around what we call the Southern Resident Orcas (SROs). Read more

If the best way to become a big part of a small town is to dive headfirst into volunteer opportunities, Donna Morris operates at an Olympic level. Read more

One big dude, former Emo, ex-football player, advocate for LGBTQ peers and anti-bullying leader, or just known as Nicholas Grant-Grierson. Read more

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“Scientists working on the issue have often told me that, once upon a time, they assumed, if they did their jobs, politicians would act upon the information. That, of course, hasn’t happened. Anything but, across much of the planet. Worse yet, science failed to have the necessary impact in s… Read more

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“Albacore tuna has a mild flavor that's delicious served raw or seared briefly on the outside so that it's still rare on the inside.” — Tom Douglas, Seattle-based chef, has been cooking up Pacific Northwest cuisine since 1984 Read more

“It’s about being really committed. I tell students who are not any smarter than their peers that this takes hard work . . . to work on one question for five to seven years.” — Sarah Henkel Read more

It’s not easy to get Tony Molina to talk about himself. He’ll shyly admit to pride in his years of volunteer work, military service and legacy as an advocate for veterans, but if you really want to get him talking, ask about his wife, Sue Bradle Molina, with whom he shares four children, 11 … Read more

We meet at Oceana Natural Foods Co-op. Maria Sause will turn 77 December 9. Her face reflects five or six iterations of her life’s journey. Read more

The lifeblood of alternative radio is sometimes the celebrity that they create among themselves. And on Monday, Oct. 7, Lincoln County’s KYAQ radio station will welcome one of the biggest stars from the bottom of the dial as David Barsamian visits Newport on his Rise Up and Resist tour. Read more

I believe water will be the defining crisis of our century — from droughts, storms, and floods to degrading water quality. We'll see major conflicts over water and the proliferation of water refugees. We inhabit a water planet, and unless we protect, manage, and restore that resource, the fu… Read more

Without going into potentially embarrassing detail about my mid-20s, I will at least share that I have extreme gratitude for the healing power of surfing. The ocean calms and humbles, and the act of riding a board down the face of a perfectly curling wave can have the effect of a weekend at … Read more

It’s a modest apartment in Newport where I sit with Susan Swift to go over “quite the life” as any listener might say about this feisty, spiritual and articulate, world-traveling woman. Read more

In 2006, I stopped in to the Newport Animal Shelter because I had time to kill and thought it would be nice to “visit” a few dogs. 12 hours and lots of fencing materials later, my husband and I were the proud owners the first dog for us both, a shepherd mix who is still with us. In gratitude… Read more

Even in the vast and mysterious reaches of the sea we are brought back to the fundamental truth that nothing lives to itself. Read more

I fell into conversation with the older gentleman after asking to pet his dog, as I do. We were at the start of a trail race, his first ever and something he’d long wanted to do but was unable to until he was matched with a particular type of companion; a PTSD service dog. Read more

"A lot of students who have been really good at science and English have always been told they are sort of odd or that they don't fit. But the truth is they fit better than anybody else. They understand there is no division between science and the humanities because they're both deeply human… Read more

If you remember learning how a bill becomes a law by rooting for a sad little animated roll of paper named Bill, who just really wanted to get off of Capitol Hill, or learned the grammar rules of “if,” “but” and “and” by singing “Conjunction Junction,” you grew up with Schoolhouse Rock as pa… Read more

“If the Bill of Rights contains no guarantee that a citizen shall be secure against lethal poisons distributed whether by private individuals or by public officials, it is surely only because our forefathers, despite their considerable wisdom and foresight, could conceive of no such problem.… Read more

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I spent 30 years dealing with people on the worst day of their lives, and now I get to be with people on the best day of their lives . . . visiting the Oregon Coast to relax, recreate and learn about our marine life. It’s the best job ever. – Era Horton, 30-year firefighter Read more

“I don’t want to go out without feeling I’ve done something to keep this ship on course.” Read more

True, I was scrounging for mushrooms at the time — fairy rings, angels wings. chanterelles — up in the windblown, bonsai-lookin’ trees there above the South Jetty of the Columbia Bar, the very gateway to the Pacific Graveyard, but on my honor, I had not ingested anything that might have thro… Read more

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“I made a pact with myself, maybe 25 years ago: Whatever concessions I have to make in life, I have to at least live by water.” – Mark A. Marks, PhD Read more

I’ve only written one farewell column. That was in Denver when I left the Rocky Mountain News to move here. It was a tough one because as much as I wanted to live here, I didn’t want to leave Colorado. Read more

I was in the middle of a phone conversation with a friend when talk turned to TV. “I don’t watch a lot of TV,” I said. “I get most of my news from the internet and have a few favorite shows, but late at night when it’s just me, I tend to tune into one of two preferred home shopping channels.” Read more

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Having been a fan of phone conversations since I was old enough to use one, I was both surprised and saddened when my pedicurist confided that she’d recently chided her husband for calling his friends. “People don’t like talking on the phone,” she told him. Read more

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I found the bank statement in my mailbox as we headed out to watch Monday night football. It was growing dark, so I couldn’t see it that well, but well enough to note that it was from Chase Bank and apparently they had wiped out my savings account. Where once there had been $17.31, there was… Read more

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In 2014, Veronica Willemin hung nearly four dozen individually painted banners from street lights all around the oceanside neighborhood of Nye Beach. It was the sixth year of the Nye Beach Banner Project. Read more

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Earlier this month, the hubs and I sat down to eat for what we expected would be the last time at our absolute favorite Newport restaurant, Saffron Salmon. The restaurant was closing in October and I couldn’t say so long without one last dish of calamari. Read more

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On Dec. 26, 2004, Steven Eberlein was coming out of a shopping mall restroom in Sri Lanka when a local man approached him warning there had been a massive earthquake off the coast of Sumatra and that a tsunami was coming. Eberlein caught up with his wife, Lydia, and relayed the message. Read more

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I have mixed feelings about traveling back east to my old hometown. I love seeing my family, of course, but it’s hard to escape that sense of been there, done that. Read more

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I was at a writing workshop on the coast when I first heard of the Cascadia Subduction Zone. That was nearly 20 years ago so the details are fuzzy, but I don’t recall being all that concerned. I understood it was real, but it didn’t feel like a threat to me personally, rather a distant dange… Read more