10 years ago this week — 2007
Staff at the Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and The Daily Astorian held a book signing Saturday.
But, they received more than they bargained for.
They produced the catalyst for a celebration of community and the spirit to rebuild what a fire had destroyed.
People involved in the reconstruction of the Fort Clatsop replica — following its fire — took advantage of a chance to gather again and share memories of what they’d created.
Rather than simply a historical record and anthology of news reports, the book became a sort of yearbook for people attending the book signing.
People of all ages passed copies of “Fort Clatsop: Rebuilding an Icon” back and forth for signatures to memorialize their efforts in restoring the fort to its current condition.
The battle lines are drawn for the next two years of Columbia River salmon fishing seasons, which are up for review by Oregon and Washington state fish and wildlife commissions.
Tensions are so thick between the sport and commercial gillnet fishing industries — which have to split the highly coveted allocation of spring Chinook salmon — the state has called in a professional mediator to guide negotiations leading up to the February decision on how to divvy up the valuable species.
A new group, the Coastal Conservation Association, is expected to add its political clout to the recreational fishing industry’s fight for more fish this year. Gillnetters say the CCA’s long-term aim is to get commercial fishers banned from mainstem Columbia River salmon fishery.
50 years ago — 1967
Northwest Aluminum company officials in New York could not be reached today for comment on statements by Gov. Thomas McCall this week that the company must come up with “foolproof” anti-polution plans for its proposed $140 million Warrenton plant, “or draw a State Sanitary Authority goose egg.”
However, local people who have been closest to Northwest Aluminum all noted that the company has given assurance that it would provide the best available air and water pollution control program.
The refrigerated freighter Har Ramon, first vessel flying the flag of Israel to visit Astoria, was here Sunday discharging 1,000 tons of frozen tuna from Shimizu, Japan.
The Har Ramon normally operates in the banana trade, carrying fruit from Central and South America to European ports and sometimes bringing automobiles back again.
Sometimes it is chartered for other voyages, such as the present one.
Richard F. Corlett, a Battelle Institute engineer, said here Thursday Oregon should develop a plan for locating clusters of nuclear electrical generating plants on the oceanfront instead of on rivers.
75 years ago — 1942
At least five Astoria church pastors have expressed their opinions on the war song “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” over which a controversy was created last week by condemnation of the song by Seattle clerics. The clerics of Astoria are widely divergent in their views of whether or not, as claimed by one Seattle pastor, the song is a “jazz tune of blasphemy against Christ and the church.”
“Wartime rationing has just started,” Neil Morfitt, chairman of the Clatsop County civilian defense, told members of the Woman’s Club Tuesday in a talk which was part of the “patriotic” program of the afternoon.
Morfitt declared that shortage ahead would include many items of the daily diet. He said that women will have to learn to use substitutes for common consumers’ commodities and that they should accept these shortages cheerfully.
“Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition — we need more of this kind of thing, not less!” shouted Rev. John Magoon of Gresham, state American Legion chaplain and speaker at Astoria’s big community Armistice Day observance program in the USO house Tuesday evening.
The speaker charged his hearers to lend a willing hand in the great war program of America against the Godless Nazis and the pagan Japs, saying: “We need more people who know the difference between religion and Christianity. It’s religion that makes the Indian mother cast her babe in the waters of the Ganges River, but it’s Christianity that makes a man shout ‘Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition’ when the forces of evil are on the loose in the world and very foundations of his faith are attacked and in the balance.”