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Water Under The Bridge: 2007 storm knocks down millions of board feet of lumber

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on December 27, 2017 7:39AM

H&H Wood Recyclers works to clear away wood debris piled in Gearhart.

H&H Wood Recyclers works to clear away wood debris piled in Gearhart.

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10 years ago this week — 2007

More than 340 million board feet of lumber were knocked down in Clatsop County by the Dec. 2-3 storm. Of that, 100 million board feet is considered unmarketable because of damage.

And estimates have reached 25 to 30 million board feet of lumber down in the Clatsop State Forest alone. The December 2006 storm knocked down 20 million board feet.

The timber revenue is significant to local governments because of the revenue derived from harvesting, as well as the implications for jobs and local economy.

Devastated by the December storm, leaders in Tillamook County are looking at options to dig themselves out of a giant mess caused when the railroad line was ripped up by hurricane-force winds.

Several hundred jobs are tied to the line, which hauls grain to Tillamook and lumber to Portland.

One solution could involve Astoria, although Ron Larsen, executive director at the Port of Astoria, considers it is a long shot.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski met last week with shippers and others interested in the line. Kelly Taylor, administrator of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s rail division, said the governor asked for a task force to consider the most reliable, affordable options.

LONG BEACH, Wash. - The Nature Conservancy and the Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge praised Congress for including $990,000 for spartina eradication in the federal spending bill that Congress passed last week.

“Spartina eradication is an important effort that has involved the federal government, state agencies, local oyster growers, as well as landowners around Willapa Bay, and it’s been very successful,” said Kelly Rupp, a member of the board of trustees for the Friends of the Willapa National Wildlife Refuge. “Both the environmental and economic interests of people who depend upon the bay are united in this effort.”

50 years ago — 1967

A storm front that brought snow and hazardous driving to much of Oregon including Clatsop County was moving into Nevada Monday after snarling traffic on the Wilson River highway and causing numerous autos to skid on the Sunset highway.

Chinook’s new post office is a big improvement over the one vacated in November after completion of the new building. The well-lighted structure is modern in every detail.

Washington Hall was first postmaster in Old Chinookville near Fort Columbia before Washington became a state, then Roger Ducheney and John McClure. The office was terminated in 1860.

At the present site of Chinook, Matt Friedinberg was appointed in 1892. Then Charles Davis operated the post office in his home for six years.

During this time W.R. Williams delivered mail between Ilwaco and Chinook by horse and buggy. Later Tony Gavin added passenger service.

In those days postmasters were much like the old country doctors, performing many services beyond the line of duty.

75 years ago — 1942

Astoria stood on the threshold of a major housing crisis this week as plans were prepared to obtain federal attention to a need for some temporary housing facilities in accommodating an immediately expected influx of construction labor.

It is estimated that within three months a minimum of 800 to 1000 workmen will be attracted to the Astoria-Warrenton region from the outside. The demand is arriving from developments at the Clatsop airport, the Columbia River Packers shipyard, the Astoria-Warrenton shipyard and the Astoria Marina.

Launching of the first of a series of eight 136-foot minesweepers now under construction at the Astoria Marine Construction company plant is scheduled for Saturday afternoon, December 26, at 4 o’clock.

A plea for typewriters was forwarded by rationing headquarters here today for industrial firms in this region faced with a shortage of the machines and unable to buy new or used ones during the period that typewriters are frozen.

A particular need has been expressed by shipyards in this territory. Rationing officials asked that persons with a typewriter in reasonably good condition or not too ancient make them available through the rationing office for private companies — on loan, for rent or for sale. They said there is a very great need and calling for immediate action.

It used to be coffee and doughnuts.

Then came the coffee shortage.

Now it’s no doughnuts.

Portland wholesalers who supply many sections of Oregon said today they had notified customers they will stop shipments outside the local area in an attempt to supply the bulk of home needs.

The producers said the shortage of cottonseed oil, a vital ingredient of ammunition, had left bakers with insufficient shortening to cook their product.


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