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Astoria, OR

Nation's tallest Sitka spruce felled by storm

Huh? How old are you? I'm also in shock that it's gone, but to me, this was a nobler death, and just glad noone got taken out with it. Probably the tree equivalent to dying behind the wheel of a sports car, or skydiving?  (Dec 29, 2007 | post #2)

Astoria, OR

911 Calls Show Oregon Crash Reported Within Minutes

Why didn't he go back and point it out, or check to see if he could help? Surely he realized it would be a while until rescue arrived, even if they found the car. If you're not familiar with this area, it's hard to explain the terrain, and I have to say I'm extremely sorry for their loss, and not entirely sure of every aspect, this is just my perception. The reporting party should have stood by/gone back to help identify the scene. It's just the decent thing to do.  (Jul 28, 2007 | post #17)

Astoria, OR

Yet another condo project proposes to obliterate Astoria ...

The vote is split, and for now it is on hold as a "no". I for one think that the city of Astoria needs to stop any further construction of any of these large (three to four stories is the newest one in the proposal), view-hogging condominiums especially in the core area of the city. There is one going in at the foot of Sixth in the near future, and an existing one down at the end of 3rd. The newest would be on the site of the old Englund Marine building just West of the Maritime Museum, at the foot of 15th. One of the main features of our city, the view of the river and all that it brings into our daily lives, is in danger of disappearing behind walls of human storage units. It has to stop. There are other beautiful sites that won't destroy the view for everyone. Surely another use for the site won't be as lucrative, but when is too much not enough, anyway? You can read about it here: http://www.dailyas sp?SectionID=2 &SubSectionID= 398&ArticleID= 44058&TM=9396. 974  (Jul 27, 2007 | post #1)

Astoria, OR

Sunday Market brightens rainy Astoria day

I love the Astoria Sunday Market! It's grown so much, and well worth a few hours' browsing, even if you've been. There's somethings new every week.  (Jul 27, 2007 | post #1)

Astoria, OR

911 Calls Show Oregon Crash Reported Within Minutes

I don't believe the outcome would have changed, though it's too bad the call and the ATL (attempt to locate, which I began hearing over the scanner about two weeks prior to their finding the vehicle) weren't put together sooner. It was an unfortunate series of events, and from the sounds of it, reasonable efforts were made to find them from the call. I don't understand why the original caller didn't help the dispatcher/police find the site. THAT is who dropped the ball, for whatever reason. This county and that part of it, is quite remote and filled with thousands of similar places to "disappear. " It's barely possible that a 30 OSP or Sheriff units could cover all of it and be within a few minutes of every emergency, let alone the few that exist.  (Jul 27, 2007 | post #15)

Astoria, OR

Dont kill it.

I, too, would like to see it die a natural death, not being cut down.  (Apr 9, 2007 | post #2)

Astoria, OR

Wherefore art thou, Astoria?

Come see the riverwalk, and maybe start at the East End (at the old 39th st. cannery) and have coffee at Coffee Girl. Along the riverwalk, there's much to see and do, and even places to eat. The Rio Cafe is great Mexican food (located on 9th st. near the Sunset Empire Transit Center (across from the Merry Time Tavern)), and the Columbian Cafe on 11th and Marine is a leisurely and very "local" experience, too. Urban Cafe on Commercial (mid-block between 11th and 12th) is another good lunch or dinner visit. The Maritime Museum at the foot of 17th has been remodeled since you visited, and worth a visit, also. Even living here all these years, I still enjoy the Flavel House for its historic photos and local history. Don't forget to check out how much more of the Peter Iredale's been nibbled away by the sand and sea, out at Fort Stevens. You can see the rebuilt Ft. Clatsop and also hike the Fort-to-Sea trail if you're so inclined and the weather is agreeable. Even the Column has new attractions. Buy a few balsa gliders and launch them if you dare. On the Washington side, I like Long Beach itself for the Boardwalk. Or hike up to North Head and Cape Disappointment, visit Waikiki Beach, and all the attractions within the park. I'd skip Marsh's Free Museum in Long Beach, though, it's really gone downhill and isn't too much more than average compared to what it used to be. In the Nahcotta area, there is Ledbetter Point and the hiking trails. Whatever you choose to do, I think you'll like most of the changes, but do come see Astoria's quaint waterfront soon, as it's quickly disappearing into condominiums which of course will destroy the feel as well as the look.  (Apr 9, 2007 | post #1)

Astoria, OR

Time for lunch

Great coffee and free wireless!  (Apr 9, 2007 | post #2)

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