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Not so high times: Marijuana glut stunts local sales

ILWACO - After about five years of producing increasingly higher yields and record sales, one of Pacific County's fastest-growing cash crops is showing signs of slowing down, with... — Updated 5/4/2023


Fore! New disc golf course tees off in Long Beach

LONG BEACH - A budding sport with a broadening base is now teeing off on the Long Beach Peninsula. In October, the Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach officially opened a new... — Updated 11/11/2022


Willapa Bay green crab war enters new phase

OCEAN PARK - They can crawl, but they can't hide. The war on an invasive crab wreaking havoc on Willapa Bay has entered a new phase, with scientists implementing an innovative inter... — Updated 10/27/2022


Sand & 'aardvark snot': The not-so-fine art of sand sculpting

LONG BEACH - All you need is sand and water - and a little bit of aardvark snot. The multi-day summer Sandsations event delighted onlookers last week as several sand artists... — Updated 7/28/2022


History comes alive: Lewis and Clark

KNAPPTON COVE - A pair of moccasins might only last a couple days and buffalo meat was much desired after a diet too rich with roots and salmon. The daily lives and dining... — Updated 7/14/2022


Joyful champs: Comets win first-ever state championship

Naselle Comet baseball players threw their hats and tossed their gloves in sheer jubilation as they flooded the infield in a rain-soaked celebration last Saturday in Ridgefield.... — Updated 6/2/2022


Holy halibut: Local charters relish bottom fish bonanza

ILWACO - Fishing roughly 20 miles off the Washington coast near a vast submarine canyon, it took the bait more than two minutes to reach the bottom in an ink-black abyss. It's in th... — Updated 5/26/2022


Calling all fin clippers: With a record 5 million Chinook to mark, Naselle Hatchery is buzzing

NASELLE - It's a simple snip that happens in seconds, a distinguishing mark that lasts a lifetime for salmon providing crucial insight for fishery management across the Pacific... — Updated 4/13/2022


'Magic': Peninsula gains acclaim as psychedelic 'shroom' capital

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - There's something magical happening in the sprawling sand dunes in Pacific County. During the dreariest days of fall, an army of furtive fungal foragers... — Updated 12/2/2021


Joy of clamming: Bivalve beach bounty astounds diggers

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - The first recreational razor clam digs of the 2021-22 season commenced over the weekend with thousands of diggers descending on the bountiful sands along the... — Updated 9/23/2021


Long Beach celebrates 40th annual international kite festival

LONG BEACH - Kite fanatics from around the world made their way to Long Beach for the 40th annual Washington State International Kite Festival last week. The week-long spectacle,... — Updated 8/26/2021


Big Risk, Big Clams

WILLAPA SPITS - On isolated, shifting spits in seemingly perpetual fog, some dig their living from the sand. Razor clammers each collected about 110 pounds per day on average last... — Updated 8/12/2021


Local restaurants reel after food distributor severs service

LONG BEACH PENINSULA - Several local restaurants are searching for a new wholesale food supplier after a distributor unexpectedly severed delivery services to the Long Beach... — Updated 7/30/2021


Tuna too few: Commercial season off to standard slow start

ILWACO - Commercial albacore tuna season swam into action last week with the first official landings hitting local docks. Safe Coast Seafoods and Ilwaco Landing each recorded their... — Updated 7/23/2021


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