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Warer Under the Bridge: Sept. 13, 2017

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on September 13, 2017 12:01AM

Last changed on September 13, 2017 9:22AM

Reservoir 2, adjacent to Shively Park, holds 6 million gallons of water and serves most of the city below the elevation 190 feet. The reservoir, built of brick in 1895, must be covered to meet federal drinking water rules.

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Reservoir 2, adjacent to Shively Park, holds 6 million gallons of water and serves most of the city below the elevation 190 feet. The reservoir, built of brick in 1895, must be covered to meet federal drinking water rules.

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10 years ago this week — 2007

The sparkling blue water that fills Astoria’s Reservoir 2 at Shively Park will disappear beneath an ugly rubber “floating” cover by this time next year. Either that, or the water could be stored inside a tank underground.

The reason: Federal standards no longer allow treated drinking water to be stored in the open.

“Uncovered drinking water reservoirs are a thing of the past. They’re just not safe,” said Peter Kreft, principal engineer with MWH Americas, the city’s consulting firm for designing the federally-mandated improvements. “You’d probably see birds swimming around in it, algae, maybe some frogs.” he said.

A rule finalized by the federal Environmental Protection Agency in December 2005 requires that reservoirs throughout the United States be covered or additional water treatment facilities be installed at each reservoir by April 1, 2009, or that a state-approved construction schedule be in place for either requirement.

When publishers of Oregon Business magazine decided to organize a tour of Oregon businesses for its 25th anniversary, 40 communities clamored to be considered for one of 18 visited.

A combination of enthusiasm, a sense of organization and many engaging activities got Astoria selected for the tour, and set it apart as the kickoff location for the three-week event.

Thirty-five business leaders from across the state crisscrossed Astoria and Warrenton Monday, touring Englund Marine & Industrial Supply, Bornstein’s Seafood processing plant, Pier 39, Liberty Theater, Lektro and the Oregon State University Seafood Center.

The idea was to see how businesses are branding their products, innovating and preparing themselves for the future.

50 years ago — 1967

Rainfall totaling 1.37 inches fell at Clatsop airport station of U.S. Weather Bureau over the weekend and comparable amounts fell all through the lower Columbia area, terminating one of the driest summers in years and putting at least a temporary end to serious forest fire danger.

The Port of Astoria Commission took some important steps Monday night toward readiness to sell bonds and build an aluminum plant for Northwest Aluminum Co.

One major step was approval and signature of the text of a “statement of controversy” to be filed in Circuit Court this week. This statement constitutes the legal test action to determine validity of the Oregon Legislature’s port bonding act of 1967.

A second step was approval and signing of a letter of intent or agreement with Northwest Aluminum, setting out in general terms what the Port proposes to do and what Northwest proposes to do in establishing a $142 million aluminum plant here.

A third action was adoption of a resolution asking the Clatsop County commissioners to turn over to the Port Commission a tract of land on the right bank of Skipanon River.

Salem house painter and treasure hunter Tony Mareno has discovered four links of anchor chain in his search for the legendary Neahkahnie treasure.

Earlier, he said he found a marlin spike off an old vessel, a hand-fashioned wooden spike with writing on it, a small rock with a cross on it and pieces of china.

75 years ago — 1942

R.R. Barlett, manager of the Port of Astoria, told the Port Commission last night that representatives of Russian shipping, seeking dock space on the West Coast for lend-lease cargo, had reviewed Astoria’s facilities and were favorably impressed for possible use of this port to handle this vital war cargo.

The fall run of salmon on the Columbia River, which has been subject of excited speculation among the entire river’s $10 million dollar industry, today materialized in proportions almost equal to the record-breaking volume of 1941.

After a 24-hour fishing period starting Thursday noon, the weighted opinion of Astoria canneries is that returns from the lower river are as great and probably greater than those of last year, while there is no question the volume of fish in the middle and upper river is off, perhaps as much as 60 percent.

The drag boat Sunset of Warrenton, en route from Newport to its home port Thursday, bagged a 1,000-pound sea turtle measuring 6 feet long, 2 feet wide and almost 2 feet in depth, it was learned today.

Capt. Clifton Christiansen of Warrenton said the huge turtle was sighted by Claude Elley, a retired Los Angeles policeman, who was in the crow’s nest off Smuggler’s Cove near Tillamook Head when he thought the saw a submarine. Elley directed the hunt while the Sunset maneuvered around the huge turtle for two hours. Finally Christiansen shot it with a .44-40 caliber rifle and they hoisted the big fellow aboard, finishing him off with a .22 caliber pistol.

The turtle measured 6 feet, 10 inches from flipper to flipper and was 6 feet across its shell-covered back.


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