Team is currently seeking team members who live, work, and play in Clatsop County, Oregon.  We are looking for smart, motivated individuals who love to share positive stories about the communities within Clatsop County.  To apply to be a freelance writer, send your resume along with a 200-word writing sample about why you love your community to

Lisa Lamping, CEO

Lisa, married with two grown children, has been living in Clatsop County for over 50 years. She graduated from Warrenton High School in 1976 and has owned and operated three business within the county.  She served as a city councilor in Warrenton for eight years.  She is a nationally awarded Master Craftsman Certified Professional Photographer who has traveled worldwide for photographic assignments as well as owning and operating a full service photography studio for nearly 30 years in Warrenton.

In college Lisa started as a journalism major but was soon distracted by other directions in life.  Fast forward 40+ years – In early 2016 an opportunity presented itself for her to own a local news publication. It was a catalyst to begin Clatsop Current News in September 2016, launching the first edition in February 2017.  Just eight short months later, Clatsop Current News joined forces with NorthAmericaTalk, a much larger digital media company based in Washington State. The collaboration resulted in ClatsopNews, bringing an amazing team of experts to the community social network.

Lisa is very proud to deliver positive, encouraging, and engaging local information, shining a spotlight on the wonderful place we live, play and work.

Dan Jones, Board Member

Dan has been running his own businesses in the technology realm for the last 13 years. He currently has around 50 team members working between his six organizations.  After receiving his Bachelor of Science in Engineering degree from Western Washington University and Master of Science degree from City University, he focused on building products that create long-term impacts in the marketplace.  When not working long hours as an entrepreneur, Dan enjoys skiing, wind surfing, and spending time with his wife and twins in Olympia.

Amy Rowley, Publisher

Born and raised in western Washington, Amy Rowley earned her bachelors degree from the University of Washington before heading east to earn a Masters in Business Administration. After a career in human resources, she has found a niche in operations of small businesses and a sincere love of non-profit management. She has written numerous articles, newsletters and fundraising brochures and translates these content development skills to LewisTalk and NorthAmericaTalk. Beyond volunteering as a board member for three local, non-profit organizations, you will find Amy shuttling her two young daughters, sewing a quick project, or paddle boarding.

Jared Paul Acuña

Jared Paul Acuña is a travel enthusiast and writer. He’s been to 14 different countries, but his favorite place is Oregon. Jared loves to meet new people and to tell their unique stories to the world.

Wendi Agalzoff

Born and raised in Clatsop County, Wendi returned to the area after receiving a Bachelor’s of Science from Oregon State University. She has always had a passion for writing and continues to pursue it as she raises her two children with her husband Zach and operates their small family farm in Astoria.

Gretchen Anderson

Gretchen Anderson was born in Clatsop County and has lived here most of her life. She is a recent graduate of Concordia University-Portland, and currently lives in Warrenton.

Hannah Dankbar

Hannah is a recent transplant to the West Coast. Born and raised in Iowa, she moved to Oregon after finishing graduate school. She enjoys exploring local parks and trails and bookshops; when it’s raining she plans vegetable gardens and frequents local breweries and coffee shops.

Sandi Harrington

Sandi Harrington has lived in the Seaside area since 1977 and loves the fresh beachy air, quite a difference from what her home town of Portland provides. What brought her here at age 24 was a career move, but what keeps her here are the beaches, the family-centered lifestyle, and the compassionate people who live and work here.
Sandi retired in 2015 after 40 years in the Health Information Management profession, then volunteered at several charitable organizations before becoming involved with the Seaside School District. She currently works part-time as a Special Education Assistant at Seaside Heights Elementary School, the school where her granddaughter attends.

She enjoys playing the piano and singing, editing stories for other authors, and writing short stories of her own, but spending time with her grandkids is what she loves most. The arts, music, entertainment, and laid-back lifestyle are intoxicating and she is truly blessed to be living here.

Nancy Keaton

Nancy Keaton earned her associates degree at Centralia College and then went on to earn her BA and MPA from The Evergreen State College. Her work has appeared in Southwest Washington Family Magazine, Northwest Meetings + Events, Meeting News Northwest, OutdoorsNW, The Chronicle, and Western Shooting Journal, among others. Nancy and her family look for every opportunity to get out and enjoy the Pacific Northwest through its great people, history, and outdoor activities.

Justine McDonald

Justine McDonald is a writer originally hailing from northern Virginia. She graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor’s in English in 2015. Justine began working as a technical writer out of Washington D.C. before moving to Astoria, Oregon.

In her spare time, Justine enjoys a wide range of interests from trail running and hiking to photography and cooking. She is also passionate about traveling and experiencing new places and people.

Annamaria Morrill

Annamaria Salin Morrill was born and raised in Finland and moved to USA in 1996. With her husband, Greg, the couple is raising three daughters.

Annamaria has always loved writing. When she was younger, she wrote poetry and placed first and third in school district competitions. After moving to the USA, she has taught art for home school students and and volunteered as an art teacher at a local Christian school. When not writing, she is passionate about creating digital photobooks.

Isabella Morrill

Isabella Morrill is a sophmore at Warrenton High School. Living on the coast her whole life, she has always enjoyed writing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction works. She spends most of her time at the beach or with a good book. Aside from writing, Isabella also enjoys playing instruments to create music.

Shalan Moore

Shalan is a writer and photographer living in Astoria, Oregon. Having lived all over the country, she has found her home in the Pacific Northwest. When not writing, she spends her time having adventures with her best friend – her Border Collie, Gypsy.

Douglas Scott

Douglas Scott is nationally recognized outdoors writer, with works appearing in publications all over the country. Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, his passion for the wilderness of the region spills into everything he does. He is a trail runner, avid hiker and guidebook author, focusing on the Public Lands of America’s West. Douglas strives to share his experiences with like-minded modern adventurers hoping to get to know their own backyards a little better. If there is a question about nature, chances are that Douglas will know the answer and a few other quirky and important facts about the region. Need a guidebook, go to

Emily Townsend

Emily is an educator with a passion for writing and language.  She grew up in the Midwest and has been slowly moving west ever since.  She now resides in Astoria with her husband.  They enjoy the rain and love to hike, camp, and play on the beach.  Emily received her bachelor’s degree from Drake University with a minor in English.  She currently teaches English Language Development and has taught students from kindergarten through adult learners over the course of her career.

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