Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde purchase Willamette Falls

Sep 27, 2021

Some traditional native lands were returned to tribal jurisdiction this month, after the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde purchased the Willamette Falls. The change means good things for all: a coalition of organizations and regional tribes will demolish an abandoned paper mill on the site and restore the area, allowing public access to one of Oregon’s natural wonders, something not possible before.

Photo: Willamette Falls. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde purchase Willamette Falls

Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde purchase Willamette Falls

Some traditional native lands were returned to tribal jurisdiction this month, after the Confederated Tribes of the Grande Ronde purchased the Willamette Falls. The change means good things for all: a coalition of organizations and regional tribes will demolish an abandoned paper mill on the site and restore the area, allowing public access to one of Oregon’s natural wonders, something not possible before.

Photo: Willamette Falls. Courtesy Wikimedia Commons.

Let’s compare Puget Sound and the Columbia River

Sep 24, 2021

A look at the backlog of containerships anchored in Puget Sound right now, and a look at how Puget Sound and the Columbia River compare as waterways: they’re quite different in interesting ways and surprisingly similar in others.

[Photo Credit: The MV Aurora Explorer cruises toward the Seymour Narrows in Discovery Passage between Vancouver and Quadra islands north of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Photographer David Stanley, https://flickr.com/photos/79721788@N00/50260397688]

Let’s compare Puget Sound and the Columbia River

Let’s compare Puget Sound and the Columbia River

A look at the backlog of containerships anchored in Puget Sound right now, and a look at how Puget Sound and the Columbia River compare as waterways: they’re quite different in interesting ways and surprisingly similar in others.

[Photo Credit: The MV Aurora Explorer cruises toward the Seymour Narrows in Discovery Passage between Vancouver and Quadra islands north of Campbell River, British Columbia, Canada. Credit: Wikimedia Commons, Photographer David Stanley, https://flickr.com/photos/79721788@N00/50260397688]

Ship air pollution linked to increased lightning

Sep 23, 2021

More today about lightning and ships: Studies have shown a clear link between ship particulate air pollution and increased lightning activity. Scientists have tracked significantly more lightning strikes in known shipping lanes worldwide.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Ship air pollution linked to increased lightning

Ship air pollution linked to increased lightning

More today about lightning and ships: Studies have shown a clear link between ship particulate air pollution and increased lightning activity. Scientists have tracked significantly more lightning strikes in known shipping lanes worldwide.

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Astoria East Mooring Basin causeway collapses

Sep 22, 2021

Today a story about a local waterfront causeway and breakwater that finally gave way after years of deferred maintenance, collapsing part of the dock into the water and making it completely unusable. It shows how powerful water and the elements are, and how any structures, whether they be vessels or docks, require constant upkeep.

Astoria East Mooring Basin causeway collapses

Astoria East Mooring Basin causeway collapses

Today a story about a local waterfront causeway and breakwater that finally gave way after years of deferred maintenance, collapsing part of the dock into the water and making it completely unusable. It shows how powerful water and the elements are, and how any structures, whether they be vessels or docks, require constant upkeep.

Lightning strikes on ships

Sep 21, 2021

Today, a listener question about lightning and ships. What happens when a ship is struck by lightning? As it turns out, cargo ships are often good conductors because they are made of metal that is mostly wet. But that doesn’t mean ships are never damaged by a direct hit.

Lightning strikes on ships

Lightning strikes on ships

Today, a listener question about lightning and ships. What happens when a ship is struck by lightning? As it turns out, cargo ships are often good conductors because they are made of metal that is mostly wet. But that doesn’t mean ships are never damaged by a direct hit.

Remembering the wreck of the Oriole

Sep 19, 2021

Today, we commemorate the wreck of the sailing cargo ship Oriole, which sank 168 years ago Saturday on the the Columbia River Bar. She was carrying the materials to build the Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

We’ll hear an account from Long Beach Peninsula historian Frank Lehn about what happened to that ill-fated ship (her crew and captain were saved by the quick thinking of her bar pilot, the famous Captain George Flavel).

And we’ll talk about how the region has changed since sailing cargo ships plied its waters, and how  it still remains one of the most dangerous river entrances in the world.

[Note: image courtesy of the Columbia River Bar Pilots. The buoy is about 16 feet high, so those waves are mighty big!]

Remembering the wreck of the Oriole

Remembering the wreck of the Oriole

Today, we commemorate the wreck of the sailing cargo ship Oriole, which sank 168 years ago Saturday on the the Columbia River Bar. She was carrying the materials to build the Cape Disappointment lighthouse.

We’ll hear an account from Long Beach Peninsula historian Frank Lehn about what happened to that ill-fated ship (her crew and captain were saved by the quick thinking of her bar pilot, the famous Captain George Flavel).

And we’ll talk about how the region has changed since sailing cargo ships plied its waters, and how  it still remains one of the most dangerous river entrances in the world.

[Note: image courtesy of the Columbia River Bar Pilots. The buoy is about 16 feet high, so those waves are mighty big!]