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"In 1883 and 1922 Astoria had two major fires that destroyed Astoria's infrastructure," Don Kelly of the Northwest Artifact Recovery Team wrote. "To clean up this debris, some of it was pushed…

In case you've been experiencing sleepless nights worrying about the political correctness of the state song, "Oregon, My Oregon," which was adopted in 1927, you can rest easy.

On June 7, the 36th anniversary of the release of the iconic film "The  Goonies," DreadCentral.com interviewed Corey Feldman, who thinks the long-awaited Goonies 2 sequel is essentially dead i…

We often see humpback whales swimming and feeding in the Columbia River, but we mostly view them at a distance. However, a Cape Cod, Massachusetts, man had a close encounter of the worst kind.

Eight-armed rerun: Gio DeGarimore, owner of Giovanni’s Fish Market in Morro Bay, California, is also a diver, and knows first-hand how intelligent octopuses are. Therefore, he took a "moral po…

In 1909, Sonora Smart Dodd, of Spokane, Washington, wondered why fathers didn't have an official day honoring them.

At last week’s Saturday (Astoria) Art Walk the buzz downtown was about the underground,” Jeff Daly wrote. He is the maestro behind the Astoria Underground Tour at 1125 Marine Drive.

The Daily Astorian, in the June 10, 1888, edition, noted the "long and stormy voyage" of the British bark Balaklava, which finally entered Astoria after a grueling 439-day voyage.

The Daily Morning Astorian, on June 11, 1889, reported that Postmaster General John Wanamaker (1838-1922) sent a letter to postmasters of 100 of the largest post offices to find out "the relat…

Did you know there's a wind phone booth — used to help people communicate with their loved ones who are deceased — in Battleground, Washington?

OK, Oregon artists of all ages, here's your chance to put your work up on a billboard for all to see — at major intersections, highways and interstates across the state — now that the Keep Ore…

"An elephant seal, dubbed Barnacle Bill, became quite popular when he decided to haul out on multiple northern Oregon beaches over Memorial Day weekend," Tiffany Boothe of the Seaside Aquarium…

Carea Kuhn has four hanging flower pots on her porch, which looks out on her heirloom English garden in Long Beach, Washington.

Maritime Rerun: Some enterprising Philippine-flagged cargo ship crew members took a more medieval approach to weaponry while fending off an attack by pirates in the Celebes Sea, gCaptain repor…

On May 11, 1889, the 280-foot iron sidewheel steamer Alaskan left Astoria, heading for dry dock in San Francisco, even though she was not designed as an ocean-going vessel. 

When the Hudson's Bay Co. British bark William and Ann wrecked in 1829 near the mouth of the Columbia River, most of the cargo and all of the crew were lost, leaving Fort Vancouver (pictured i…

Most of those familiar with Astoria's history are aware of the 1883 fire and the 1922 fire. But there was a third fire, in early June 1877, which burned several blocks around Fifth and Astor s…

Oregon history buffs, rejoice: Portland State University's ninth annual Archaeology Roadshow is being held online via Zoom this year.

"The first chick of the season has hatched on the popular live osprey nest camera located at Broadway Park in Seaside," Angie Reseland, of the Necanicum Watershed Council, wrote.

For several years Aron Moxley, who was raised in Astoria, was the well-known lead vocalist of the Asian-American rock dance band, The Slants.

Weird rerun: Bizarre headline of the week, courtesy of the Alaska Dispatch News: "Human toe served in Dawson City's famous Sourtoe Cocktail is stolen." And, it was the bar's favorite cocktail …

The "Where are you, Astoria?" story that was published May 13 prompted Astorian LaRee Johnson to write in about another example of coastal confusion.

On May 24, 1968, U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy of Massachusetts visited Astoria while campaigning for the presidential nomination. Accompanying him were his wife, Ethel, their dog, "Freckles," a…

"Today was a day for the books!" Connor Kelly, of Seaside, wrote on May 20. "Around 2 p.m., my wife, Denise, and I took our two dog children, 'Brandon' and 'Bruce,' for our daily walk during l…

Fun rerun: The Oregon town of Pilot Rock has a problem: It's being overrun by wild turkeys, the East Oregonian reports (tinyurl.com/turkeyville).

There's a move afoot by Justin Grafton and Emily Engdahl to renovate and remodel the old Clarx Confectionary into the couple's live and work studio and more. The 1920s era general store at the…

"This actually happened yesterday," KAST 1370 posted on Facebook May 18. "According to the police dispatch log, a person called in to complain about people blowing bubbles in the street at Ens…

Goonies fans rejoice: A new board game, "The Goonies: Never Say Die," developed by Prospero Hall, and published by Funko Games, is on the horizon. The image shown is courtesy of Funko.

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, after the Civil War ended, in 1868, it was decided that Decoration Day, a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with …

Fun rerun: Denny Tibbetts, of Berkeley, California, visited the Astoria Column recently, and wanted to know the story behind the bronze relief map donated by the Angora Hiking Club in 1966. Pa…

Marine oddity: In March, a furious octopus leapt out of the water, lashing out with its tentacles, trying to smack Lance Karlson while he was walking in shallow water on a beach in western Aus…

A few nuggets from the Saturday, May 20, 1882 edition of The Daily Astorian:

For marine biology fans: A very rare fish washed up on a California beach on May 7.

So many people have worried about John Wedell, aka Helmet John, living on the street here in Astoria, especially during the long, wet, bone-chilly winters.

"Travis Oja was transferred late last night via Life Flight (to Portland)," Kendra Cavett wrote on May 16. "He suffered from a spontaneous bleed in his brain caused by a clot. He had emergency…

For six years now, construction of a Chinese tourist destination theme park, an exact full-scale replica of the ill-fated ship Titanic, has been underway in Sichuan Province, according to the …

In April 2017, this column ran a story about the tiny unincorporated town of Tiller, in southwest Oregon, most of which was for sale for $3.85 million (bit.ly/YTTiller).

For the flocks of North Coast bird lovers: A woman's property in Tehachapi, California, was recently besieged by a pack of 15 enormous (10-foot wingspan) endangered California condors, Smithso…

"Last week our staff naturalist Jenny W. found this stunning juvenile giant Pacific octopus in the tide pools at Haystack Rock and notified Education Coordinator Lisa Habecker," the Haystack R…

A disappointment is in store for "The Goonies" fans: The TV series about three student filmmakers trying to produce a faithful shot-for-shot redo of the beloved 1985 movie, which was under ser…

In Bigfoot news, Oregonian Mike Bodewitz, of Springfield, has published four short videos on TikTok of the critters, who are quietly watching him through the bushes out in the woods (tiktok.co…

TheTravel.com had some flattering, albeit rather puzzling, things to say about Astoria in its "These U.S. Movie Filming Locations Are Just As Amazing In Person As They Are On Screen" story.

A letter to the Oregon Historical Society, dated June 7, 1979, recently rediscovered in the Oregon State Archives, concerns Oregon U.S. Sen. Edward Baker (pictured), the only member of Congres…

Melancholy rerun: This is a little late for the anniversary of the Titanic sinking on April 15, but the Ear just found this little nugget: Did you know there was a message in a bottle sent fro…

Bill Nix of Underwood, Washington, wrote in about the fate of the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk (CV-63), which has been docked at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton, Washington, sin…

The Daily Morning Astorian, in late April 1885, provided another glimpse of Capt. George Flavel's life, not just as a Columbia River bar pilot par excellence, but as a man of varied interests,…

"I just knew the last time we went to this old park there had to be other old items there to be found," Don Kelly posted on the Northwest Artifact Recovery Team Facebook page (https://bit.ly/N…

On the subject of coins and history … the copper prototype of the first silver dollar, the "No Stars Flowing Hair Dollar" pattern, struck by the U.S. Mint in 1794, was sold by Heritage Auction…

"On Thursday, April 22, at about 10 a.m., a domestic rabbit was located in the yard of a homeowner near Third Street and Niagara Avenue in Astoria," the Astoria Police Department posted on its…

Some tidbits from the May 6, 1885, and 1887 editions of The Daily Morning Astorian:

When a dog gets lost, in many cases he or she can be reunited with their owner if the dog was microchipped or tagged with the owner's information. But what about dogs that haven't been chipped…

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