passion is illogical – astoria coffee and tea company.

rick runs the astoria coffee and tea company. he speaks for coffee. his passion is so illogical it makes sense. he never sells a bean that is older than 10 days old and is always ready to talk coffee.

trust us, check his beans out, they might be the finest on the entire west coast… no joke, no sales pitch – we really do love his coffee.

astoria coffee and tea company
304 37th St, Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 325-7768

A Theater Must – Spoon River Anthology

Sofie Kline and Chuck Bassett in 'Spoon River Anthology'.

Theater can be hit or miss, not just in a small town like Astoria, but in big cities like New York and Chicago too. Of course Astoria is theater-centric more than most small towns, hell I can’t think of one that comes close, and I am told by local thespians that this is not even the heyday of Astoria theater.  It seems some ten or fifteen years ago, it was even bigger, and I was regaled with stories of the incredible River Theater. Whether the current state of local theater is a boom or a bust, I recently caught the outstanding opening of ‘Spoon River Anthology’ at the historic Liberty Theater.

‘Spoon River Anthology’ dates from 1915, written by Edgar Lee Masters about many actual people that lived in or near the real town of Spoon River, Illinois.  The play consists of a series of brief monologues – actually poems – told by various residents of Spoon River from the grave, and as director Sen Incavo says, “The dead don’t lie”.

Chuck Bassett playing guitar during the Spoon River Anthology.


The epitaphs tell of lost love, unscrupulous businessmen, cheating spouses, gold digging women, miserable marriages, young soldiers killed in battle. There are dozens of these brief admissions and a handful of songs, all performed by only four actors – Ann Bronson, Bill Honl, Sofie Kline and Chuck Bassett, Chuck Bassett also plays the guitar throughout. All of the acting is surprisingly good with Bill Honl and Ann Bronson taking on the more dramatic of the characters, literally transforming from one person to another without so much as a costume change.

The play is divided into two acts, each starting with a series of images presented on a screen hung above the actors, the first with images of Spoon River and it’s cemetery, the second moves from stalks of corn and midwestern skies to that of the Columbia River and local forest trails.  This second series of images was perhaps the only element of this show that was less than perfect, as the images of Oregon seem inexplicable and drive us right back to reality, rather than keeping us within the rich tapestry of tales told by Spoon River’s deceased. The lack of a set, lit with only single and dramatic spotlighting, no costume changes, and the fact that four actors took on some three dozen roles, still kept me firmly planted in Spoon River, but the images of the Megler Bridge brought me right back to my seat in the theater.

This play is a must for fans of theater, and even those who are skeptical of community productions will likely enjoy the rich monologues, the excellent acting, and the stories themselves which transcend Spoon River to represent all small towns at any place or time in history. See it before the dead go back to the grave, there are only three performances left.


Remaining performances: Feb. 17 at 3 pm, Feb. 22 and 23 at 7:30

At: The Liberty Theater 1203 Commercial Street, Astoria OR

Tickets are on sale at the Liberty Theatre Box Office, 1203 Commercial, Astoria 503-325-5922 Ext. 55 or through 1-800-992-8499

Sheila Garber says NO on 81 – Astoria says NO on 81 pt. 3 – Sheila Garber

Sheila Garber works sales/purchasing at Englund Marine & Supply. She gives some great reasons to vote NO on Measure 81.

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Jon Westerholm says NO on 81 – Astoria says NO on 81 pt. 2 – Jon Westerholm

Jon Westerholm is the editor of the Columbia River Gillnetter. He talks some great reasons to vote NO on Measure 81.

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Chef Daddy says NO on 81 – Astoria says NO on 81 pt. 1 – Chef Christopher Holen

Chef Christopher Holen of Astoria’s Baked Alaska Restaurant talks some great reasons to vote NO on Measure 81.

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Salmon For All, All For the Salmon

Salmon For All, All For the Salmon

On the Oregon ballot this year is a measure titled Measure 81, it was created by a Texas based conservation organization called the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) in an effort to end commercial gillnetting on the Columbia River. Gillnetting was invented by Native Americans hundreds if not thousands of years ago and taught to European settlers along the Columbia River nearly two hundred years ago. Commercial gillnetters started organizing back in the 1860s and founded the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union in 1884 which survives to this day. They have been fishing the waters of the lower Columbia ever since, catching fish to earn money to feed their families, and share a public resource with the public.

What will happen if this ban is approved is hundreds of small business owners (fishermen) will be immediately put out of business, these are often small one or two man operations, sometimes passed down for generations of families, and the families of these fishermen depend on the income. That will in turn affect every single business in Astoria and beyond, these small businesses will no longer be purchasing gear for their operations, they will no longer have that income in which to survive, this will affect fish processors, canneries, and fish markets, as well as banks, clothing stores, auto dealers, grocers and most dramatically restaurants.

Oregon restaurants will be forced to pay exorbitant prices for fish or they will have to rely on far away suppliers, often foreign and worse yet, large fishing ships that instead of catching a few fish at a time literally sweep the ocean from the water’s surface to the sea floor, destroying reefs, and creating countless tons of waste, as the marine life they are not in the market for is ground up and spit back into the ocean by the ton. Many of the local restaurants and coastal restaurants in Oregon that specialize in local fish will end up closing, many will not be able to afford the much higher priced fish shipping from Alaska, and many will not be willing to sell fish caught by China and other nations in these giant wasteful fishing ships.

This will devastate Astoria and Clatsop County, it will harm tourism, and it will destroy families, is this what we want in Oregon? You might be saying, “But the Salmon will be saved!”  Actually no, the same number of salmon will still be pulled from the river, but instead of being pulled by commercial fisherman and sportsmen, only sport fishermen will be allowed to catch salmon on the Columbia River, this may improve tourism in the short term, but when these sport fisherman pull into a ghost town with hungry unemployed people milling about and few businesses to enjoy, they will not want to return. In fact they may become a target of hostility to many affected by this change of life on the river.

Gillnetters and commercial fisherman in general have a deep love and respect for the ocean the Columbia River and the fish that sustain them, they are often the greatest conservationists when it comes to protecting fisheries, and a good portion of the costs involved in gillnetting goes into protection and conservation of these fish. If we lose commercial gillnetting or have it severely cut as Governor Kitzhaber suggests, the expenses of protecting and sustaining the fisheries will fall on the shoulders of tax payers who may or may not enjoy salmon at all, it will become a burden on the public, and if the public refuses to support such a cost, then no one will be protecting the salmon, and where will that leave these marvelous creatures?

Ending commercial gillnetting on the Columbia River serves no one, not even the fish, it destroys a culture that has survived for hundreds of years, it jeopardizes the rights of Native Americans, as eventually they too will be targeted, and it will act as a disaster to the community on which salmon is so heavily based. Astoria’s delicate economy is just gaining a footing after losing all but a few small canneries over the decades, it is building new industries and is becoming a destination for people to visit and enjoy, to eliminate gillnetting as a commercial venture will put an end to all of the progress this city has made, and it will affect all of Clatsop County and much of the coast of Oregon, as people wanting to enjoy local delicacies such as Spring Chinook will now turn to Washington and California instead.

Astoria TV stands behind gillnetters, and urges you to vote NO on Measure 81, stop the unnecessary destruction of this indigenous way of life. And, stop the Governor from making a grave mistake that will impact an entire community in devastating ways.

By Amy Bugbee

Dave Archer paints with one million volts of electricity and he’s coming to Cannon Beach…

He will be in Cannon Beach Nov. 3 – 4, 2012 at Primary Elements Gallery for the Stormy Weather Arts Festival to display how he does what he does and to introduce his protege, Brent Durand.

Dave will also be in Astoria for the Nine Days Of Pie ( ) to help celebrate the release of a book that he is featured in entitled, ‘The Suffering And Celebration Of Life In America’. ( )

Dave Archer resides in Roseburg, Oregon. He is one of three artists to ever have his paintings displayed in the USS Enterprise on the Star Trek series… Come out and meet Dave and his student and the artist who is taking over the tesla coil, Brent Durand, and see them paint with electricity live.

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Kim’s Kitchen is a gem you won’t find again…

Make a point to go, to eat, and to enjoy!

Kim’s Kitchen is a local treasure, a one of a kind place that you really need to try… Do it soon Kim’s not getting any younger!