The Human Beat

The Human Beat January 10 2022

On the north side of Commercial Street in Astoria – between 10th and 11th streets – is a building housing the Beacon Clubhouse and Filling Empty Bellies. The two organizations are filling gaps in the community – meeting vital needs – but they serve and attract homeless people and that has caused concern from some neighbors….

The Human Beat December 13 2021

Welcome to the Human Beat!  I’m Roger Rocka. Clatsop Community Action is a non-profit agency that has been providing services to low-income residents of the county for over 30 years.  CCA tries to help people meet their critical needs like shelter and food.  Their clients include people who are homeless. The executive director of Clatsop…

The Human Beat November 08 2021

In Clatsop County, the primary provider of mental health services is Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare.  We sat down with CBH executive director Amy Baker to talk about the growing mental health problems in the county and across the country, and what’s needed to provide adequate treatment.

The Human Beat, August 09 2021

Finally, two weeks ago, the overture began and Astoria’s Cascadia Chamber Opera Company emerged from the long pandemic shutdown. The new season began with a performance at the Performing Arts Center of the comic opera, The Old Maid and the Thief. I talked with opera Artistic Director Bereniece Jones-Centeno about how things went.  

The Human Beat, June 14 2021

He is Oregon’s all-time winningest high school baseball coach. He has five state titles and seven state championship game appearances. 18 league titles, including 5-for-5 with Astoria High School. In 30 years of coaching, his teams never missed the playoffs. He took the Astoria baseball team to the state championship game four times and won…

The Human Beat, May 10 2021

For more than 40 years, Economist Ernie Niemi has investigated and described the relationship between the natural environment and local economies, in Oregon and elsewhere. Niemi, President of Natural Resource Economics, spoke before North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection recently about some of the economics of logging in Oregon. He discussed logging profits, taxes, jobs,…

The Human Beat, April 12 2021

The subject of this Human Beat is a new exhibit at the Heritage Museum called “Away from Home.”  It’s quite a coup for them to have it since it’s booked out for five years, largely to major metropolitan museums like the Autry in L.A. The exhibit tells the story of the Indian schools that were…

The Human Beat, March 08 2021

When Duncan Law was a baby, his aunt and his single mother launched their beauty parlor by serving as beauticians to Astoria’s bordellos.  He worked his way through school in Astoria’s canneries under the old Chinese Contract Labor system.   The Chinese lived at the cannery bunk house, and in the cannery dorms he learned…