10 years ago this week — 2007
Officials from both sides of the Columbia River gathered near the South Jetty Friday to celebrate the completion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ interim repairs to both jetties at the mouth of the river.
The $30 million in repairs to the two jetties were needed to halt extensive erosion of the rock structures and preserve the river’s navigability. However, the repairs, which began in 2005, are only designed to last eight to 10 years. The project completion event also marked the beginning of an effort to rehabilitate the aging North and South jetties.
The structures were built in the late 1880s and extended in the early 1910s and experts at the Corps say they’re in need of a total overhaul, a project that is estimated to cost between $150 million to $200 million and is being compared in scope with the channel deepening project. Without the overhaul, a very large storm — the kind the North Coast only sees once every 100 years — could breach the jetties and quash a $14 billion segment of the regional economy.
There’s no guarantee of a liquefied natural gas terminal being sited on the Columbia River’s banks.
And while the Coast Guard has kept secret many of the security issues associated with LNG shipments up the Columbia River, local residents need to “trust their Coast Guard” and understand those resource gaps will be filled before any LNG facility is built, said Capt. Patrick Gerrity, Coast Guard Sector Portland’s captain of the port.
“The bottom line, folks: The Coast Guard will make an unbiased recommendation regarding the suitability of this proposed project on the Skipanon Peninsula,” Gerrity told about 75 people at a Tuesday night meeting.
50 years ago — 1967
Things are progressing well on Northwest Aluminum Co.’s $142 million aluminum plant project at Warrenton, executive Vice President Richard Peck, New York, reported on a visit here Tuesday.
Peck had also visited in Portland with Glenn Jackson, Medford, board chairman of PP&L Co., which owns the 880-acre site where the company hopes to build, and in Salem with members of the Oregon State Sanitary Authority.
Peck said it will be several months yet before plans are well enough along to submit to the Sanitary Authority for detailed study.
The controversial relocation of U.S. Highway 101 over the Nestucca sand spit may not be dead after all.
Gov. Tom McCall announced today three relocation proposals are being considered for the highway – including one over the spit.
Clatsop County communities don’t want the state government to take control of the beaches completely away from cities and counties in any future amendments to the Beach Bill, it was generally agreed at a meeting of the Clatsop Inter-Governmental committee Wednesday evening in Cannon Beach’s Driftwood Inn.
Consensus Wednesday evening was that such matters as permission or refusal to permit motor traffic on a beach should be left to the local community; it was felt that setting speed limits should be a state function however.
Zoning of the coast area should be left to local government, speakers said.
75 years ago — 1942
Astoria was a deserted city for an hour and fifteen minutes Tuesday night as rules went into effect for the test air raid that gave civilian defense officials a chance to mobilize their equipment and manpower for emergencies that might arise during a real air raid.
The streets were silent and empty except for block wardens wearing official bands on their sleeves who strolled their beats and ordered off the streets the few people or from the curb the few cars that were caught out when the police sirens started to blow at 7 p.m.
A few times ambulances sped through the streets, heading for scenes of disaster reported by the wardens, or fire engines or police cars to spots where incendiary bombs were supposed to have fallen where help was needed.
Dr. Edward Harvey, superintendent of the Food Industries Laboratory in this city, proved very conclusively Thursday evening that it is possible to fool the palate of the best of epicures when at a dinner at the laboratory he served as the piece de resistance roast sea turtle which some of his guests ate as beef, others as bear meat.
The turtle, served with dressing, was a part of the thousand pound “Tom Turtle” recently shot off the Oregon Coast and brought into Astoria.
The dinner was in honor of Dean William Schoenfeld of Oregon State college, Prof. George Hystop of the same college and Dr. Willis H. Rich of Stanford, director of research for the Oregon fish commission. They not only ate turtle and liked it but they also ate fried salmon milt as a hors d’oeuvre with a good deal of relish and they had a lot of other strange dishes, including shredded porpoise meat and crab paste.
This was Dr. Harvey’s way of proving that there is a lot of palatable food in the sea which has never been considered as edible.