Bruce McCune, a lichenologist and professor at Oregon State University, analyzes a sample of fruticose lichen through a small eye piece at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. McCune and other lichenologists travelled to survey more species of lichen on the national park's grounds.

The Secords

Astoria Deputy Fire Chief Terry Corbit hands Rachel Williams the football-shaped urn of Trevor Secord’s ashes and his Warrenton football jersey, which had been rescued from his family’s burning house in Warrenton, Ore. on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. Williams is a longtime friend of the Secord family, who lost 15-year-old Trevor in early 2017 when he was hit by a pickup truck on Highway 101. (The Astorian)

Growing hemp

A farmworker prunes leaves and checks on the hemp prior to harvesting the plants at CB Dilley farm in Forest Grove, Ore, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. With the legalization of hemp the growing popularity of CBD products, more farms, like this one, have begun cultivating these plants. (The Astorian)

Día de los muertos

Cristal García-Álvarez, 8, performs with Mi Cultura, a Latino folkloric dance group, at the Día de los muertos celebration Saturday at the Barbey Maritime Center hosted Lower Columbia Hispanic Council. Día de los muertos is a holiday originating in Mexico and Central America that celebrates the spiritual journey of family and community members who have passed. (The Astorian)

Queen Mara

Mara Dowaliby, 17, was crowned queen of the 125th Astoria Regatta at the Liberty Theatre on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019. The annual Regatta festival selects a queen from royalty and celebrates the history and heritage of Astoria, Ore. (The Astorian)

What does God want?

Girlfriends Molly Parker and Gillian Conkling kiss in Red Square in response to the preaching and shouting of two Christian men on Monday, May 13. In the spring time, Red Square, a designated free-speech space on campus, is regularly visited by groups of Christians, seeking to convert the students. (The Western Front)

Spiraling High

Fay Sizemore, 14, of the Wentachee Youth Circus practices rope dancing before her evening performance at the Skagit County Fair in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Thursday, August 9, 2018. Sizemore joined the circus a year ago after years of ballet training. (Skagit Valley Herald)

The Astoria Bridge

Spanning the Columbia River, the famous Astoria-Megler Bridge shines brightly on the evening of Sept. 4, 2019. The bridge opened in 1966 and is part of U.S. Highway 101. (The Astorian)

Big Green Tractor

Herk Sorsdale, 67 stands with his 1949 standard-frame John Deere tractor at Schuh Farm in Mount Vernon, Wash., on Saturday, July 21, 2018. Sorsdale was part of a procession of 23 antique tractors from the Cascade Two-Cylinder Club that drove from Mount Vernon to La conner and back in celebration of the club’s 125th year. All the big green tractors were built between 1949 and 1965. (The Skagit Valley Herald)

Big brews

Landon Churchill folds boxes together to hold fresh beer cans in the production room of the Lovell Taproom at Fort George Brewery on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019. The production center will move to what is now Astoria Warehousing to increase the distribution of the popular beer. (The Astorian)

Sea Lion

A sea lion scratches its face with a rear flipper while resting on the structure beneath Buoy Beer off 8th Street on Friday, August 30, 2019.

Not for Home Use

A woman lays on the ground with a chalk outline surrounding her still body at the March for Our Lives protest in San Francisco, California, on Saturday, Mar. 24, 2018. An estimated 10,000 people attended the march in response to an influx in school shootings in recent years.

The Red Mosquito

Riley Marshall climbs the For Handel sculpture after graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education on Saturday, Mar. 23. The 15-foot sculpture, known as "the Red Mosquito" by students, is a popular climbing obstacle despite the university's attempts to discourage the slightly-dangerous activity. (The Western Front)


A monsoon approaches over the Tonlé Sap river, home to a floating village, outside of Siem Reap, Cambodia on Thursday, July 7, 2016.