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never say die
142nd YEAR, No. 242
THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015
Goonies? For many, a shrug
Death of two
at-risk sea otters
at Long Beach
By KATIE WILSON
and MATT WINTERS
EO Media Group
LONG BEACH, Wash.
— Two dead northern sea ot-
ters have washed up on Long
Beach in recent weeks, a sur-
prise since the marine mam-
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as endangered in Washington
state — are not known to live
Biologists with the U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service,
the lead agency looking into
the deaths, believe the otters
likely picked up a deadly pro-
tozoa and may not have died
here at all.
A mature female sea otter
school group just north of
Cranberry beach approach is
frozen and now on its way to
Madison, Wis., where it will
be examined at the National
Wildlife Health Center lab run
by U.S. Geological Survey.
They will test the organs and
look for lesions on the brain.
It could be months before
people here know exactly
how or why the otter died.
Another otter washed
ashore about a week or 10
days earlier closer to down-
town Long Beach and was too
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up north,” said Fish and Wild-
life Services Biologist Dean-
Though some people sus-
pected recent high levels of
a marine toxin called domoic
acid off the Long Beach Pen-
insula could have contributed
to the otters’ deaths, Lynch
says it is far more likely to
be protozoal encephalitis,
a disease otters can pick up
through their food.
Most of the world’s sea
otters live in coastal Alaska,
according to the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service. They have
only recently started making
a comeback in Washington
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Signs directing people where to park and walk to find the Goonies house adorn Duane Street.
By DERRICK DePLEDGE
The Daily Astorian
ome things that are popular are hard to explain: Justin
Bieber. Kale. “The Goonies.”
Wait, Goonies? Heretical as it may seem, plenty of
people in Astoria never got the allure around the 1985 adven-
The novelty, even pride, that a charming, coming-of-age
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Beach is easy to understand. The international cult following
— 30 years after the movie was released — is something else.
Chris Wood, a production manager at Video Horizons,
was a teenager in the 1980s and remembers the buzz around
Video Horizons features “The Goonies” in a “Made in As-
toria” section near the front counter, along with “Kindergarten
Cop,” “Free Willy” and “The Ring.” Goonies T-shirts are on
“It didn’t get robbed of any Oscar nominations that year,”
Wood said of “The Goonies.” “But it was still a decent picture.”
Wood said he does not really understand the cult following
or why, whenever people from Astoria travel and say where
they live, the response is often so predictable.
See GOONIES, Page 4A
Movie fans converge on Astoria
this week for the 30th anniversa-
ry of “The Goonies,” the lovable
1985 adventure comedy about a
ragtag bunch of youngsters who
save their Uppertown homes
from being razed for a country
club golf course.
The Daily Astorian has
planned a week’s worth of cov-
erage. Visit www.dailyastorian.
com for updates.
• Today: Plenty in Astoria never understood
the cult following around the movie; a trea-
sure hunt using geocaching.
• Friday: A peek inside The Goondocks,
the nerve center of the celebration; a recap
of the beach party and bonfire in Cannon
• Monday: Scenes from a long weekend of
• Tuesday: An Ecola State Park ranger
opens a behind-the-scenes window into the
park’s cameo in the movie.
Share your favorite moments on The Daily
Astorian’s Facebook page at www.face-
Hunt for Goonies gold on your phone
Eric Schudiske, a spokes-
man for Geocaching, said there
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A Seattle company is help- around Astoria in the hunt, in-
ing fans of the “The Goonies” cluding six movie shoot loca-
search for One-Eyed Willy’s tions and 14 businesses with
treasure using their smart- puzzles to solve for hidden
phones as a map.
Geocaching, a compa-
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hobby, created the One-Eyed you’ll be able to click on them
Willy Treasure Hunt for this individually and get informa-
weekend’s 30th anniversary of tion,” he said.
the movie, along with a related
“The treasure hunt was de-
brewery and distillery tour of signed to accentuate and high-
light aspects of the movie that
To access either, visit www. were the most memorable.”
The geocaches all link to
The hunt starts at noon to- parts of the movie and land-
day and runs until 5 p.m. Sun- marks around Astoria, with
day. Treasure hunters can win names like Jail Break, Mr.
Goonies-related prizes when Walsh & The Museum, Police
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ing’s information booth at the Beware.
Goondocks — inside the Asto-
ria Armory at 1636 Exchange
St. — get a free tasting glass
Amy Faulkner, an events
for the brewery tour.
By EDWARD STRATTON
The Daily Astorian
See OTTERS, Page 4A
JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian
Amy Faulkner, event production manager at Geo-
caching, holds a replica copper bones movie
prop. Several Goonies props including the copper
bones, the doubloon, and the map will be used in
the geocaching event.
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2240 COMMERCIAL ST. ASTORIA
Formerly at 1055 Marine Drive
Astoria Janitor & Paper Supply
The sa m e grea t Service, Pa in t a n d Ja n ito ria l Sup p lies
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Check out The Goondocks, a
website from the Astoria-Warren-
ton Area Chamber of Commerce,
at www.thegoondocks.org for a
full list of activities.
• Today: One-Eyed Willie
Treasure Hunt, all day, Astoria
• Beach gathering and bonfire,
7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Ocean Lodge,
• Friday: Shot in Astoria bus tours, 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m., Astoria Armory.
• Block party and concert, 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.,
Astoria Event Center.
• Saturday: Growing up Goonie with Jeff
Cohen (Chunk), 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.,
Autograph signing with Jeff Cohen
(Chunk), 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Liberty Theater
Farewell to Warren Field with a group Truf-
fle Shuffle and outdoor movie screening, 6
p.m. to 11:30 p.m., John Warren Field.
• Sunday: Truffle Shuffle 5K Fun Run,
8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Tolovana Park, Cannon
800-344-1943 • MON-FRI 8-5pm
production manager for Geo-
caching, is behind the props
and other clues hunters will
look for at each geocache.
“This is my childhood
dream,” she said Tuesday at
Astoria Coffee Co., one of the
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working with to make the trea-
sure hunt and brewery tour a
Faulkner said that with
15,000 people expected to visit
Astoria for the Goonies cel-
ebration, she conservatively
estimates about 10,000 people
will take part in the treasure
The businesses she worked
with have a connection to the
movie, such as the Astoria
Coffee Co. at 36th Street and
U.S. Highway 30 that stood
in as a convenience store in a
deleted scene after the Goonies
found the treasure map in the
See HUNT, Page 4A
TH I N G TH AT H AS CH AN G ED I S O U R N AM E !
IS NOW KNOWN AS-
Walter E Nelson Co.
Janitorial & Paper Supplies