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Water Under the Bridge: Nov. 15, 2017

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on November 15, 2017 12:01AM

On Monday afternoon at the South Jetty at Fort Stevens State Park four people enjoyed playing in a pool of foam created by waves breaking over the jetty as Mother Nature showed its power.

Hugh McKenna

On Monday afternoon at the South Jetty at Fort Stevens State Park four people enjoyed playing in a pool of foam created by waves breaking over the jetty as Mother Nature showed its power.

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10 years ago this week — 2007

Thousands living at the North Coast were powerless for a time today as a heavy storm rocked the region. High winds caused hazardous driving conditions, and there were warnings to residents and visitors to stay out of the dangerous surf.

Trees fell on powerlines and emergency crews were kept hopping around Clatsop and Pacific counties.

The worst report of damage came from Gearhart where the roof was blown off the Gearhart Fire Station. Gearhart Fire Chief Bill Eddy was out on a call and unavailable for comment as the edition went to press.

Powerful wind gusts continued to pummel the north Oregon and southwest Washington coast today, as a very strong Pacific frontal system moved through the area. Cape Meares and Clatsop Spit were slammed by gusts as high as 84 mph, the National Weather Service in Portland reported. A 77– mph gust hit Toke Point in Washington.

The North Coast woke up to a less blustery day today, with the prospect of sunshine — although the Columbia River and Pacific Ocean were still hazardous.

Power crews worked throughout a stormy Monday to restore electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

Because outages were still widespread on the central Long Beach Peninsula, all Ocean Beach School District schools, including Ilwaco Middle and High schools, were closed today.

Pacific County Emergency Manager Stephanie Fritts said residents in areas north of 227th Street in the Klipsan Beach area may be without power for as long as the next 48 hours while crews from the Pacific County Public Utility District No. 2 work to repair a downed transmission line.

50 years ago — 1967

Saturday morning, a flash of color, a star spangled, red-and-white striped, unfurled above the tree tops and white tower at the Clatsop County Historical Museum as the American Legion dedicated the flag pole they installed on the grounds.

OLYMPIA — Opponents of proposed water quality standards urged today that water temperature restrictions for the Columbia River be eased to avoid adverse effects on nuclear operations at the Hanford Atomic Works.

First use of the Port of Astoria’s new $30,000 electrically operated steel barge loading ramp is expected Sunday.

The new ramp has been installed on Pier 3. “Bugs” were being worked out Friday to have it in operating condition Sunday when the Norwegian motorship Hoyanger will call to discharge 130 tons of general cargo for Portland.

The cargo is to be trans-shipped via Western Transportation Co. barge to Portland.

75 years ago — 1942

Recent losses of men from the fishing industry into the armed services resulted in a meeting this forenoon of representatives from both union and packers to work out some agreement on requests for deferrals of skilled employees.

It was pointed out that the fishing industry would be seriously handicapped if many more men in skilled positions enter the service, since replacements cannot be readily trained for many of the men nor can the jobs be filled by women.

The canneries will ask deferment for bona fide fishermen who were in the trade before Dec. 7, but no blanket deferments will be asked. Neither will deferments be asked for men unless they work in essential industry during the seasons when they cannot fish and return to fishing at their usual times with the reopening of season. No deferments will be asked for boat-pullers. It is expected that boat captains will ask deferments for those of their men, such as engineers, who are irreplaceable on tuna or drag boats fishing offshore.

The latest unusual take of the city’s parking meter machines on display at the City Hall today is a bronze locket piece, the size of a dime, evidently of some worth at least as a keepsake. For the time being, the locket will go into the two year’s accumulation of odd coins, tokens, slugs and metal washers, kept by City Treasurer Oswald Gustafson.

Ralph R. Bateson of Seaside was arrested Nov. 15 on a charge of driving 35 mph in the dim-out zone. He will appear for hearing on Nov. 21.

Roscoe L. Shreve, of Portland, was arrested on Nov. 14 for driving in the dim-out zone with improper lights. He was released on $12.50 bail.

An Army bomber carrying five men plunged into breakers of the Pacific Ocean off Gearhart beach this morning, in full view of many eyewitnesses who watched the big plane glide into the surface and go under shortly after in about six fathoms of water.

One of the crew members was rescued by a Navy plane from the Tongue Point Naval Air Station, that landed on the ocean, picked him up and returned him to the air station for treatment. The pilot, W.S. Southern of Allenwood, Kansas, and an unidentified member of the crew, made their ways to the beach through the breakers and are hospitalized at Fort Stevens. All the rescued men were reportedly recovering satisfactorily.


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