Looks like The Daily Astorian earned a new tipster this week, a 71-year-old who is moving into town and ready to clean up the city.

Future resident alerts city leaders to grafitti

Jeff Talbert was walking his dog near the community center in Warrenton, when he came across some picnic tables that left the 71-year-old grandfather in awe.

“I was appalled. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

What Talbert saw was graffiti. And not your average “So-and-so was here” graffiti. But names, first and last, of children, followed by a variety of profanities and personal information.

“Kids are carving other kids’ names on the tables, about girls being lesbians, sleeping around, and boys’ names with words about them and with pictures of boys’ body parts,” he said. “And it’s right across the street from the playground, a playground for younger kids who could see that. A 6-year-old can read it themselves and they shouldn’t have to see that. The kids who are carved into it are victims, in my opinion.”

Come on, teens, you know you should be writing that stuff on the Internet. Not outside where children or the elderly could read it.

At the Daily Astorian.


Here I am, wishing I had a nice digital voice recorder or a DSLR… and I’m forgetting the basic gadgets every reporter needs. This one is from a 1936 issue of Popular Science.


I am not an expert on news or design. But I am a consumer of news, and a worker bee in the field of online journalism. And I have an opinion.

The Register-Guard newspaper has a really pretty front page. They have good photographers, their images are great. But I have a bone to pick with them… after the jump.

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This article from the Mail Tribune is a classy feature about a “gold rush” in the local river (with gold priced at $1,250/oz, you might as well try). It’s amazing how well they manage to emulate a TV broadcast bit in print. (Ugh).

“I don’t go under water real good,” he said with a laugh.

Marchisella’s son, Julius, is an experienced member of the crew. The 17-year old said he wears up to three wet suits to protect his lean frame from the river’s cold, rushing water while using one of the floating dredges to suck gravel from nooks and crannies under large boulders.

“They call ’em pickers because they’re smaller than nuggets. But you can still pick ’em up,” said Julius, adding the Marchisella crew has sucked up a lot of lead shot, glass, trash and other metals.

“We’ve found bags of fishing lures. And even some socks,” the teen said.

The Statesman Journal has the most interesting business section.

Inside Business: Internet offers many distractions at work

No man, it totally doesn’t….

If you do not have ad blocker, you may recognize this woman as the one who shows up in online ads all over the Internet.

At first I thought she might be a fake news reporter who actually reported on whatever products she’s hawking.

But actually, she’s a real news anchor. Her name is Mélissa Theuriau.

Theuriau became an internet sensation for being a hot hot lady. There is a video of her broadcasts with sexy music called “beautiful news anchor” that apparently went viral a while back (I somehow missed this). As a result of that, and assorted photos fans posting of her, she is now a top result when you search google images for “news reporter.”

This, I suspect, is how it all went wrong. Now Theuriau’s face promises $20 iPads, miracle cures and investigative reports on Acai berries.

Ah well, as long as we’re all making money.

Apparently this news broadcast was presented on “The Soup” as being from Oregon. Come on, the Soup. Our “self-proclaimed mountain men” have way more facial hair.

For those of you afraid to click: it’s a local news station (in South Carolina) presenting a man who says he saw bigfoot. He drew a picture to demonstrate, since he didn’t have a camera.

There are some pretty delicious reenactments and dramatic editing in the bit: somebody had a lot of fun making fun of the mountain man.

Thanks to Scott Moore for the link.

Can anyone really explain the Goonies phenomenon?

CANNON  BEACH – Even the “richest man in Astoria” doesn’t really know what all the fuss is about.

“It’s kind of a phenomenon,” said Curt Hanson, who played Mr. Perkins in the 1985 film “The Goonies.” His character was a wealthy man who wanted to foreclose on the Goonies’ neighborhood and turn the area into a golf course.

It’s the kids themselves, Hanson concluded. “Otherwise, I don’t really get it either,” he said.


The Church of Scientology of Portland says old digs don’t work, buys bigger digs downtown

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Three fourths of an inch of rainfall breaks record, tree

The rain had tapered to showers by Wednesday afternoon, but not before it caused a big problem at a north Corvallis house: An oak tree at Kate Field’s house at 2777 N.W. Rolling Green Drive uprooted and fell across the attached garage. Field was at her job at Oregon State University when the tree fell a little after noon. Her son, Mick Giovannoni, 18, was home at the time and heard a “tremendously loud” noise and called her at work.

He said, ‘Mom, I think you better come home,’” she said.

Also: it’s not raining today! Huzzah! But it will tomorrow, I bet. Stupid tomorrow.