A Tribute to the Columbia River Registration

Clatsop Community College will host A Tribute to the Columbia River on Friday evening July 18 from 7 to 9 pm and Saturday morning July 19 from 9 to 11 am in Columbia Hall, Room 219 on the CCC main campus in Astoria. This year’s tribute, as well as future annual tributes to the river, are collectively designed to:

  • Celebrate the impact of the Columbia River on the Pacific Northwest,
  • Examine ways in which the river has evolved,
  • Anticipate and reflect on how the river is likely to change and stimulate change, and
  • Promote the Columbia River as a symbol of strength and influence for the area.

A Tribute to the Columbia River is open to the public. Participants may register for one or both sessions for a modest fee of $10 per session. In addition, a catered dinner will be held on Friday, July 18 at 6 pm, and a breakfast will be available on Saturday, July 19 at 8 am, prior to the morning session. The cost for each meal is $15. Meal options are:

  • Dinner – Friday, July 18, 6 p.m:  All-natural chicken brie and berries with garlic mashers and seasonal vegetables; Peruvian root stew and macaroni and cheese; Caesar salad; buttermilk biscuits; Fruit platter for dessert; Lemonade, iced tea, water, and coffee
  • Breakfast – Saturday, July 19, 8 a.m: Coffee, tea, and juice; Scrambled eggs, bacon, waffles, Pastry platter; Fruit platter; Yogurt and granola station

Speakers for Session 1 – Friday evening, July 18, 7 to 9 pm

Featured speakers on Friday evening, July 18 include Katy Barber, Associate Professor of History at Portland State University, Irene Martin, fisherman, writer and Board member of Salmon for All and the Columbia River Maritime Museum, and Captain Robert Johnson with the Columbia River Bar Pilots Association.

Katy Barber received her Ph.D. in American Studies from Washington State University in 1999, joined the Center for Columbia River History as a Fellow in January 1999 and the faculty of the History Department at Portland State University in 2001. Her fields of expertise include the Pacific Northwest, the Columbia River and Public History. Barber’s book, Death of Celilo Falls, was released in October 2005. It examined the impact of The Dalles Dam on the communities of Celilo Village and The Dalles, particularly the loss of sustainable Indian fishing and the gain of both modern hydroelectric power and increased river navigation.

Irene Martin lives in the fishing village of Skamokawa. She and her husband have fished in Alaska, on the Columbia River and in Willapa Bay. She has been a writer for over 40 years, specializing in Columbia River and regional history, especially fisheries history. Her latest book is a small volume of poems, The Family that Never Threw Anything Away, published in 2014. Her other books include Legacy and Testament: the Story of Columbia River Gillnetters, Sea Fire: Tales of Jesus and Fishing, and The Flight of the Bumble Bee: The Columbia River Packers Association and a Century in the Pursuit of Fish.

Captain Johnson has been involved in the maritime industry since his graduation from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1971.  Eventually he became a Master (Captain), carried a wide variety of cargoes, and called on ports throughout the world.  In 1987 he was accepted into the Bar Pilots and has been a bar pilot for 27 years.  Currently, he is the Bar Pilot representative on the Oregon Board of Maritime Pilots.


Speakers for Session 2 – Saturday evening, July 19, 9 to 11 am

Featured speakers on Saturday morning, July 19,  include Denise Löfman, Director of the Columbia River Estuary Task Force (CREST), and Chris Clatterbuck, Chief of Resource Management, Lewis and Clark National Historic Park.

Denise Lofman is the Director of the Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) and is dedicated to working with communities to find solutions for their natural resource issues.  Her key responsibilities include administering and directing CREST activities on behalf of member cities, counties and ports in the region: environmental planning and management, habitat restoration and assessment, and estuarine research and monitoring.  She works closely with partner agencies, universities and non-profits in striving to further CREST's mission and services.

Chris Clatterbuck is the Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at Lewis and Clark National Historical Park. The park is composed of 7 units in the lower Columbia River in Oregon and Washington totaling 3,400 acres. An ecologist, Chris has worked on two wetland restoration projects near Fort Clatsop at Otter Point and at Colewort Creek.

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