Dramatic color photographs of the Columbia River by Astoria photographer DAVID LEE MYERS graced the stage at the successful "Spirit of the River" benefit Sept. 22 at Astoria's Performing Arts Center.

Pictured above, sampling Columbia River salmon hors d'oeuvres, are (from left) CAROL CARVER of Puget Island, Wash.; DR. ROBERT MICHAEL PYLE, a naturalist and author from Grays Harbor, Wash., who was the featured speaker; and JUDY GARDNER and EDWARD PANCOAST, both of Danville, Calif.

"We are heartened that opponents of the proposed liquefied natural gas terminals on the Columbia River gathered from Oregon, Washington and California to raise money for Columbia Riverkeeper," said CHERYL JOHNSON of Brownsmead. She chaired the evening of entertainment and a silent art auction.

Pictured at right, (from left) artist DIANE SPEAKMAN, a contributing artist; FLORENCE SAGE; and fisher poet JAY SPEAKMAN, who performed one of his poems, enjoy the art donated for the silent auction.

Several dozen performers and artists donated their talents to raise money for the ongoing battle against LNG, including ROBERT ADAMS, SHARON AMBER, VICKI BAKER, JAMIE BOYD, TOM BURGESS, ANDREW CIER, ROGER HAYES, LAREE JOHNSON, PHILIP JOHNSON, ANDREA KOSHAREK, SALLY LACKAFF, DAVID LEE MYERS, DARREN ORANGE, SCOTT REUTER, JOHN RIPPEY, KRISTIN SHAUCK, DIANE SPEAKMAN, DEBORAH STARR, NOEL THOMAS, EILEEN TRUDEAU, JUDY VANDER MATEN and MARY TANGUAY WEBB.

Volunteers who helped with the event included HOLLY ABNEY, RHONDA ALDERMAN, VICKI BAKER, JAMIE BOYD, BOBBI BRICE, SUSI BROWN, LAURIE CAPLAN, DEBI DONNELLY, LORI DURHEIM, PAULA DUNCAN, DAVE GAGER, JOSEF GAULT, CINDY HEISTER, SCOTT HOLMSTEDT, McLAREN INNES, ROSE MESSING, TED MESSING, JEFF MILLER, CAROL NEWMAN, DONNA QUINN, DAN REILEY, NANCY SPAAN, LUCIEN SWERDLOFF and DEBBY TWOMBLY.

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