Janet Filips is a former staff writer and editor at The Oregonian newspaper, the (Eugene) Register-Guard and the Dayton Daily News. Her travel, food and health pieces have appeared in Sunset, Cure, MIX and Shape magazines and newspapers including the Denver Post, the Palm Beach Daily News and San Diego Union-Tribune. A magna cum laude graduate of the University of Dayton, Janet has won numerous national and regional awards in Oregon and Ohio for her journalistic work. The Portland resident is now a writer for CareOregon, where her focus is Oregon’s Health CO-OP. Janet is a member of Women in Portland Publishing and Portland Culinary Alliance.
The Astoria Column is an art-covered pillar made of concrete that reaches 125 feet skyward from Coxcomb Hill, overlooking Astoria and the Columbia River. Its observation platform offers a panoramic view for the many visitors who climb the 164 steps of its winding staircase. At its dedication on July 22, …