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Water Under the Bridge: Oct. 18, 2017

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on October 18, 2017 12:01AM

Cruiser Astoria, shown here alongside the dock at Puget Sound Navy Yard, following impressive launching in December 1933. Then 85 percent completed, she was having interior fittings installed. The vessel was commissioned April 28, 1934.

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Cruiser Astoria, shown here alongside the dock at Puget Sound Navy Yard, following impressive launching in December 1933. Then 85 percent completed, she was having interior fittings installed. The vessel was commissioned April 28, 1934.

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10 years ago this week — 2007

Once again, the Clatsop County staff is recommending denial of the application from liquefied natural gas developer NorthernStar Natural Gas Co. for land use at Bradwood Landing

Astorians will have another chance to consider adding an interpretive center at the Astoria Column.

The idea has been controversial since it was first proposed, with many fearing it would spoil the view, increase traffic at the Column and otherwise change the peaceful ambiance at the site. Although many favored an architect’s concept for an interpretive center presented in 2004, many others did not, and the project was put on indefinite hold.

The rain continues to come down — with the prospect of more on the way.

Wednesday night, the National Weather Service in Portland issued a high surf advisory to be in effect from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. today for the south Washington and north and central Oregon coasts as the impending storm moves in.

Crew members aboard the educational historic tall ship Hawaiian Chieftain tested out their sea legs Tuesday when heavy winds forced them to lower the sails and 14-foot seas threatened to sink the 65-foot-long topsail ketch.

50 years ago — 1967

The biggest, least known and potentially one of the finest of Oregon state parks in the coastal area is Saddle Mountain park, deep in the hills of central Clatsop County and accessible to motorists only by one road.

It is only slightly developed and little known, despite the fact that it has great natural beauty and is capable of much greater recreational use than it now has.

Saddle Mountain park contains approximately four and a quarter sections — some of them oversize sections — or about 2,900 to 3,000 acres. Only facilities that have been developed in the park are a small picnic and campground at the base of the 3,000-foot high mountain, and a trail to the summit from which there is a magnificent view of the coastal mountains and the distant ocean.

It happened again this year … the Astoria High School homecoming bonfire pile was burned down Wednesday night about 8:15.

A lot of guessing is going on, but no one, at least not school officials, knows who destroyed the hours of effort put into gathering material.

High school vice principal Doug Clark said it was too bad the fire occurred, but students were asked not to begin the bonfire pile until Thursday afternoon at 3.

“There hasn’t been a bonfire built early that hasn’t been burned down,” Clark said.

Oregon Highway Commission has no plans for any change in routing Highway 30 through Astoria, Gov. Tom McCall informed Mayor Harry Steinbock in a letter received Monday.

The governor wrote in answer to requests made at a town meeting session he held here several weeks ago.

Cursory attention was given some years ago to a bypass from John Day River to Youngs Bay, the governor wrote, but this was before the decision to build the Youngs Bay Bridge in the present locality and before the Astoria Bridge across the Columbia was built.

75 years ago — 1942

Vice Admiral C.S. Freeman, commander of the northwest sea frontier and commandant of the 13th naval district in Seattle, today sent a special message to Astoria, following the Navy’s disclosure of the loss of the 10,000-ton heavy cruiser Astoria, named for this city.

Admiral Freeman said: “I should like to join the people of Astoria in their pride at the part the USS Astoria played in the battle of the Solomons. I know that those men from Astoria now on the high seas are waiting anxiously to avenge her loss.”

The big ship was launched at the Bremerton navy yard Dec. 16, 1933 and christened by Leila C. McKay, lineal descendant of the founders of Astoria. The $8 million ship carried to her grave last August a silver plaque formally presented by John C. Ten Brook, then Astoria mayor and purchased from funds raised locally during the depression.

A few loyal and faithful, both truck drivers and helpers, added several thousand pounds of scrap metal to the growing central salvage pile at 17th and Commercial streets Sunday, filling up some holes left by last week’s work of scrap dealers in hauling almost 100,000 pounds from the Astoria center.

A high-running freak wave shortly after noon Wednesday struck the 70-foot tuna and drag boat Amak in the turbulent waters of the Columbia bar, carrying away the pilot house and all but swamping the craft.

By a seeming miracle Charles Ells of Gearhart, skipper of the Amak, and his crew of four men, escaped without a scratch.


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