Fisher Poets 2010 in Astoria, Oregon

This weekend, February 26th, 27th and 28th, the Fisher Poets schedule for the 2010 event includes poetry readings, slide shows, music, workshops, an open boat tour and more.

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard features a list of lost fishing vessels from the Oregon and Washington coasts (click to see it on a chart)

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard features a list of lost fishing vessels from the Oregon and Washington coasts (click to see it on a chart)

Stay abreast of the happenings at the website above, don’t miss the rare gathering of those that live life on the edge and the writings inspired by their unique lifestyle.

Published in: on February 26, 2010 at 10:32 am  Leave a Comment  
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Peter Gearin pleads guilty

Peter Gearin

Peter Gearin

Former Port of Astoria director admits a felony charge

The Daily Astorian

Former Port of Astoria director Peter Gearin pleaded guilty to a felony violation of the Clean Water Act Thursday in the Mark O. Hatfield federal courthouse in Portland.

Gearin, who was fired from the Port in 2007, appeared in court and admitted to knowingly violating the terms of a federal dredging permit in March 2005, when he was the Port’s executive director. He was to be booked in the U.S. Marshal’s Office and conditionally released Thursday.

Gearin declined to comment on the case.

Judge Ancer L. Haggerty set Gearin’s sentencing hearing for 9:30 a.m. May 8.

Gearin’s charge carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison and fines between $5,000 and $50,000.

Haggerty told Gearin that as a felon he will not be able to possess firearms and some other weapons.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Neil Evans presented the facts of the case earlier at the plea hearing.

Because the Columbia River bottom to be dredged had tested positive for contaminants, the Port’s permit required that the dredge spoils be stored on land. The Port was required to allow that material to settle and to have it tested for contaminants before releasing it back into the river.

“The defendant was fully aware of those conditions,” said Evans. “On March 10, 2005, the defendant knowingly allowed water in the settling pond on Pier 3 to flow back into the Columbia River in violation of permit conditions.”

The Environmental Protection Agency conducted a two-year criminal investigation into Gearin’s role in the circumstances of the Port of Astoria’s 2005 dredging violation, Evans said.

Gearin had signed a plea agreement in April 2008, but the agreement had been sealed until Thursday morning.
Click here to read the rest of the article hosted at the Daily Astorian’s website
Astoria’s Peter Gearin saga featured a series of bad decisions

Published in: on February 19, 2009 at 6:39 pm  Comments (1)  
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Can you say sesquicentennial?

Celebrate statehood with a Lewis & Clark map from click pic for more info $275 as shown

Celebrate statehood with a Lewis & Clark map from click pic for more info $275 as shown

February 14th is 150 years of Oregon statehood, that is what it means to us, and of course History in VogueTM is planning something great (too bad yo have to wait nearly two more years to find out just how great…)!
We have some stellar party favors, now, though…celebrations of the rugged history of this pioneering state:
Events are planned all around the state, including the display of the most important document in Oregon history, the constitution of the state of Oregon. You can read a copy online or go to Salem to see this rarity in person on Saturday, February 14 (the official date of Oregon’s birth).
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard celebrates the NW Oregon/Lower Columbia River’s maritime heritage, and makes a great way to demonstrate your love of Oregon.
Happy Birthday, Oregon…blow out your candles, make a wish and have your cake!

Published in: on February 13, 2009 at 8:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Grand Opening-Columbia River Coffee Roaster’s Company Store

Exterior of Columbia River Coffee Roasters Company Store (doesnt show the cool weathervane, but the signs up!)

Exterior of Columbia River Coffee Roaster's Company Store (doesn't show the cool weathervane, but the sign's up!)

 Grand opening day at Columbia River Coffee Roaster’s Company Store (July 5) was great fun:
Live music, the ability to sample a multitude of delectable baked goods, ogle some fresh art and of course the aroma of freshly-roasting coffee beans is intoxicating.
The weather may have been drizzly out of doors,
but the overall mood inside the Columbia River
Coffee Roaster is always cheery and bright.  
Smells great!

Smells great!

    If not, then we know what true “liquid sunshine” really is! THUNDERMUCK!

Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart...thanks for letting us hang!

Dead Reckoning Shipwreck Chart...thanks for letting us hang!

Hanging at the Company Store

Columbia River Coffee Roasters‘ Company Store is now open at the site of Uniontown’s newly remodeled Finnish Meat Market building (most recently the home to Shanghaied in Astoria)!

Columbia River Coffee Roaster's Company Store in Astoria, OR





Don’t be so dazzled by the fresh paint and windows that you forget to step inside the new Company Store opened by Columbia River Coffee Roaster owners Tim Hurd and Nancy Montgomery: 


Coffee Roaster at the Company Store in Astoria, Oregon




The smell is amazing.



Historic signs at Columbia River Coffee Roaster in Astoria, Oregon






 On this wall is a veritable historic archive…



    Can’t leave without some of this: Coffee for sale!  Good stuff!


Shipwreck chart by NW Limited...History in Vogue of Astoria, Oregon







  <—Look what’s here!

 They’ve got great WiFi access, too!
Annnd….soon to come, a filtered water fountain where you can re-fill your water bottle. Nice!!!
Just one more (important) reason to love Columbia River Coffee Roaster:

We also believe strongly in the notion that one’s work should build one’s community, so we put a high percentage of our profits into the local arts scene, specifically The River Theater in Astoria, a vibrant venue for diverse performing arts.”

NW Limited…History in VogueTM wishes you great success in your newest venue!

The beautiful windows and the rarely blue sky in Astoria

Though they are open for business, now, the official grand opening is scheduled for July 5, 2008, and everyone’s welcome!


Columbia River Coffee Roaster’s Website

Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart at NW Limited

Published in: on June 19, 2008 at 2:04 pm  Comments (2)  
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Four days ’til the Crab Festival

from now, and NW Limited…History in VogueTM will be there!
Astoria-Warrenton Crab & Seafood Festival. (Click for more information on the festival)
Taste some wine, get crabby and sample the BEST our region has to offer, for example:
Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart will be available there.
We will also have a wide range of products available for purchase.
From Star Wars, American Motorcycle, the Jamestown Map to The Beatles, we have something spectacular for everyone!
If you’re super quick, (and worthy), there may just be an Evel Knievel American Motorcycle complete with certified, authentic autograph on a photo of the man himself performing a wheelie on his Harley Davidson! Must have!

Website update is in the works!
Stop by!

On the radio today KAST 1370

Did you catch it?
Tuned to KAST am Radio 1370  from 4 pm to 5 pm, you would have heard Bill Brooks of NW Limited as a guest on the Dezmo Zone.

Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay

March 7, 2008 marked Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay’s 100-year Anniversary!
On this date in 1908, Barview Lifesaving Station was established on the then-largest unprotected section of Oregon coastline. 
Capt. Robert Farley was the Keeper, beginning Mar. 7, 1908 and served in that capacity until May of 1934.
The original station was located one and a half miles north of Garibaldi.  Sold to a private party in 1942, another was then built. 
In 1981,  Station Tillamook Bay was inaugurated along with a boathouse and haul-out facility.
Historic photographs, movies, and the station’s scrap book were displayed as part of the celebration.  A search-and-rescue demonstration was planned as well as tours of boats, station and equipment. 
NW Limited was there to honor this prestigious occasion!  
Here are a few pictures:

A memorial to the 11 lives lost on the Taki Tooo and other boats and lives lost on the Tillamook Bar (seen in the distance behind the memorial itself on the horizon)

The bell from the wreck of the Glenesslin, one of the most famous shipwrecks along this stretch of coastline.

SAR demonstration, which is tricky in any kind of weather…just imagine the wind blowing 70 knots and swells of 30 ft. It happens! These are the guys to call!

Just one of the many pages of memorabilia representing events these men and women have responded to. If you click the image above, it should bring up a readable image.
The personal notes from the loved ones of the lost lives are heartbreaking, but represent the very real risk in light of life amidst the elements of the Oregon coast.

NW Limited’s “Dead Reckoning” chart was one of the stars of this presentation of Oregon coast and Coast Guard history, and received much admiration for the sheer volume of history presented in such a beautiful manner.
(Click on the above photo to be taken to a slide show with more photos from the event.)
The United States Coast Guard provides our country with priceless dedication to patrolling our waterways, performing above and beyond the call of duty to ensure safety of boaters, the public, also security of country.
We at NW Limited…History in VogueTM thank you for that, and for including us in your special day.

The United States Coast Guard History in the Columbia River Area
U.S. Coast Guard Station Tillamook Bay to Celebrate 100-year anniversary March 7 (Daily Astorian)
USCG Station Tillamook Bay Area Familiarization Photo Gallery

161 candles

The father of the telephone was born this day in 1847. He passed away in 1922, but his telephonic contribution to our society continues to be a tremendous factor in everyday life. Not as many of us realize that Mr. Bell was also considered to be influential in aeronautics as well as a founding member of the National Geographic Society.
Use that famous, historic invention of his to make a date with destiny and experience History in VogueTM for yourself.

In Portland, Oregon

Happy Leap Day from NW Limited…History in VogueTM!

Our weekend at the Portland Expo-Mart is now complete.

There was lots of greatness displayed to the teeming masses, including Dead Reckoning of the Pacific Graveyard shipwreck chart:   The ultimate in shipwreck memorabilia; tales of tragedy and intriguing mysteries are presented within this four-year gathering of history.
The Beatles, James Bond, American Motorcycle, Jamestown, VA, Lewis & Clark, DC and Marvel Comics, USS Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Stewart…and the boxes!!! (Click for a slideshow of examples of each)
Each piece is off the chart cool, and it’s as always: First-come, first-served!
Call for your chance to view, and have:
503-338-6056 or email Bill:

(Paul sends a shout-out to his homies…’cuz)