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ASTORIA — Wauna Credit Union broke ground on its new Astoria location in April. The new branch, at 595 Marine Drive, will join the credit union’s nearly 50-year history of serving the communit…

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Vendors and market managers are gearing up for this year’s farmers market season with the hope that it will bring the community back together, while retaining measures meant to stem the spread…

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Developer Mark Hollander made little progress after being approved for two-year permits in December 2018 to build a four-story hotel along the Columbia River in Astoria. In April 2020, he aske…

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Lisa Parks had to transform Brut Wine Bar in Astoria into primarily a retail wine shop after the coronavirus pandemic made it unfeasible to let people drink inside her thin slot of a storefron…

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Privately-owned businesses in Astoria are essential for the local economy and ensuring that dollars spent here stay here. But some businesses go beyond the Columbia-Pacific region to reach a w…

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Pier 39 in Astoria will soon be home to a market with vendors selling hand-crafted products in the spirit of the area’s history of fishing and canning. The Hanthorn Cannery Market is slated to…

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Fred Mestrich spent more than 18 years teaching youths about small engine repair at a vocational campus on Youngs River Road outside Astoria before a round of layoffs had him looking for a new…

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Several businesses on the North Coast are choosing to source their coffee and cacao beans through fair trade and direct trade to ensure the farmers who produce them are adequately paid and tre…

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About 250 Jersey calves were born at Pacific Pastures this winter, joining their fellow free range cows in the largest dairy in Clatsop County.

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Carbon dioxide, the gas that gives beer its fizz, is a precious commodity breweries spend large sums to buy, despite producing tons of it during fermentation.

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ASTORIA — Melanie Kinney spends most days at a desk with a headset working dispatch for the Astoria Police Department. But each evening, Kinney, 28, retires to a dramatically different occupation.

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Corleen Mathews calls herself more of a follower than a leader. The second-generation Norwegian American has been involved with the Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival since the 1960s, whi…

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ASTORIA — Panache Hair & Nail Lounge in Astoria announces a new product line called Ouidad, meant for curly and frizzy hair. Owner of the salon, Caitlin Saraniero, has had her shop at 261 …

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Richard Bates purchased the Astoria home that appeared in the 1986 movie "Short Circuit" and is currently renovating it into a 1980s museum and a pet-friendly bed and breakfast. The museum wil…

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Andrew Mattingly of Astoria started with regional lender Craft3, then Enterprise Cascadia, in an operations and administrative assistance position in 2010. Mattingly has since grown within the…

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More than a year has passed since a log ship left the Port of Astoria for China. Pier 1 sits empty except for the Regatta, a passenger ship in lay berth since October while the industry rides …

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ASTORIA — Scott McClaine spent decades collecting coins. When he had to close his shop in 2013, he prayed the right opportunity would allow him to start again. In June, McClaine celebrated a r…

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Nominations for the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce’s George Award and Richard Ford Distinguished Service Award are open until Nov. 30. The awardees will be announced at the chamber…

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Busy roads, lines at our favorite spots, trash on beaches and trails, rudeness and entitled behavior — this summer’s tourist season had it all, didn’t it?  Despite that, what follows here will…

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CLATSOP COUNTY — In 2019, a full-time minimum wage earner in Clatsop County working a 40-hour week earned $23,400 annually before taxes, a number that will rise to $24,960 beginning July 1, 20…

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ASTORIA — The fall has historically been a brutal season for Clatsop County cannabis farmers, when a tsunami of outdoor marijuana would flood local markets and wreck wholesale prices for licen…

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ASTORIA — Along its ever-evolving edges, the lower Columbia River has changed from Chinook fishing villages to industrialized fishing. Today, there are remnants of those latter times: scattere…

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The Cannery Pier Hotel in Astoria is under contract for sale as the owners pursue a settlement with the state in a dispute over a crumbling dock.

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Bill Dodge conversed with customers at the Astoria Sunday Market in late May. Dodge routinely sells between $1000 to $2000 in artwork at each market.