Between a rock and a hard place

Between a rock and a hard place

It's been a backdrop for movies, TV programs and commercials, and a favorite subject for painters and photographers. It's also been the setting for novels and music videos — check out country singer Tim McGraw's "Not A Moment Too Soon."

But the Battery Point Lighthouse in far Northern California's Crescent City has served a starring role as a literal beacon of hope for sea vessels since its lights were first lit in December 1856. Although it was decommissioned by the U.S. Coast.....

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Halibut in the Hood

Halibut in the Hood

BROOKINGS — Larry Hood had already caught three halibut and released a smallish one when his lead weight and herring bait stopped bouncing along the ocean's sandy bottom near the California border.

"The halibut jerk on the line a few times, but this time there was no jerking," says Hood, 76. "This one felt more like a skate, which is a trash fish."

Several minutes later, the trash turned to treasure when Hood gaffed and boated son-in-law Mike Morroll's 84-pound Pacific...

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The best view on the Oregon Coast

The best view on the Oregon Coast

The stone shelter on top of Cape Perpetua — touted as the best viewpoint on the Oregon Coast — was built by young men of the Civilian Conservation Corps, serving their country for one dollar and three meals a day during the Great Depression. As glad as they probably were to have the job, any job, they must have scratched their heads over this project.

After all, Cape Perpetua in 1934 was hardly the popular tourist spot it has since become. It was remote — still is.....

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Beach treasure

Beach treasure

My daughter and I once created the world’s grooviest peace sign out of sand dollars. We mounted the design onto an 18-by-18-inch square of plywood, painted blue, then propped it in the garden, next to the daisies.

I hadn’t shown such artistic brilliance since cutting paper doilies in second grade.

I give the sand dollars all the credit for stimulating the right side of my brain. I’m a sucker for these delicate beachcombing treasures. Whenever I spot one while....

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Lingcod rebound

Lingcod rebound

BROOKINGS — Don Stroh dropped a large herring over the side of the boat and let it strut its stuff along the ocean bottom, but when his rod doubled over he had no idea what big bottom-dweller had swallowed his bait.

"We didn't know what the hell we had on," says Stroh, 66, of Central Point.

Eventually the enormous head of a big lingcod broke the surface, with all 28 pounds of ugliness eventually flopping into guide Andy Martin's boat for the catch of the...

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Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

Staring into the depths of Thor's Well

The Oregon Coast has a geological feature that seems co-authored in design — a shared effort between J.R.R. Tolkien and Marvel Comics.

This fantasy oracle of olde is a short drive south from Newport, maybe a half hour, a landmark just off the shore of Cape Perpetua.

My uncle told me about it last weekend during a family gathering. Thor’s Well (or the Spouting Horn if it please ye), he said, looks like a hole in the ocean when the tide’s high enough. Think of.....

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