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Water Under the Bridge: July 4, 2018

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on July 4, 2018 9:19AM

Last changed on July 4, 2018 10:19AM


10 years ago this week — 2008

Google has helped put Astoria on the map — the digital map.

Google, a billion-dollar company that began as an Internet search engine, has just added Astoria to the list of cities that can be viewed with the website’s “street view” function.

Street view is a part of Google Maps, which works exactly like MapQuest — a person can enter starting and ending addresses and Google will provide driving directions from one location to the next.

A total of six recreational fishing representatives are leaving the 16-member stakeholder group designed to resolve disputes between sport and commercial fishers over Columbia River salmon.

In addition to ensuring more battles over salmon fishing seasons, the departures suggest to some that the influential sportfishing groups plan to take their grievances to the state Legislature.

TV crews were in Astoria last week filming an episode of the Discovery Channel’s “Smash Lab,” a show that deals a team of engineers and designers a complicated problem and asks them to solve it in a week.

In this episode, the group is asked to redesign the trailer of a timber-hauling truck, with the goal of preventing the truck from rolling when taking a tight turn. Because these trucks are filled with loads of trees that have varying weights, the trailers can be thrown off balance on curves, easily sending the trucks rolling.

The “Smash Lab” crew is using Jim and Mike Gedenberg’s truck shop on Oregon Highway 105 as a home base for the show’s operations. The Gedenbergs own a log hauling company and know the dangers of driving logging trucks.

The U.S. Coast Guard is warning boaters to exercise caution and keep alcohol for celebrations off the water today and over the weekend following the Fourth of July, the busiest — and deadliest — boating holiday of the year.

50 years ago — 1968

Sporting the bright new paint of a major overhaul and a false bow, the Kieu Lo III is scheduled to sail from Port Docks late Tuesday on the 5,000-mile trip to Saigon.

The former ferry M.R. Chessman, built 21 years ago for the Oregon Highway commission, will go into government service on arrival in the Vietnam area.

An executive of Northwest Aluminum company said today, “We are making progress as fast as we can” on financial arrangements for the proposed $142 million plant at Warrenton.

A few spectators at the Port of Astoria’s Pier 3 witnessed quite a show late last week when the Norwegian ship Rondeggen discharged 750 tons of newsprint.

The 540-foot vessel is equipped with three innovative cranes that pick up the rolls of newsprint by suction.

A sunny Fourth of July appeared to have given the vacation season a rousing send-off Thursday in Clatsop County.

Natives, inlanders and visitors from other states went to the beaches, picnicked and watched fireworks on a national holiday which has usually been observed in fair weather on the north coast.

Workers at Fort Stevens State Park said more than 600 parties checked into the park’s camping facilities Thursday night — somewhat more than listed capacity. On the basis of four persons per party, that made Fort Stevens one of the largest communities in the county.

LONGVIEW — A wooden footbridge jammed with people watching fireworks collapsed Thursday night, plunging scores of people into a lake near the center of Longview. All apparently survived.

75 years ago — 1943

Fourth of July crowds jammed into Seaside this weekend in numbers reminiscent of prewar days, and filled all hotel, cottage and auto court facilities to overflowing in the largest vacation splurge of the 1943 season.

The crowds of Portland’s war industry workers, plain civilians and others in and out of uniform from many points in Oregon started arriving Friday night. By early Saturday evening, all housing accommodations were full, and people started wandering around looking for a bunk, bed or meal. Many of them hurried into this resort city by bus; and it was understood here that many were stymied in Portland, unable to make connections for their proposed double-holiday at the seashore.

They found sleeping space in the lobbies of the hotel; and many of them simply laid down and snoozed in chairs, davenports and even on the floor of the Seaside hotel’s main deck.

A shipment of 7,000 silk, rayon and nylon stockings recently gathered and sent from Astoria, doubles the total number of stockings contributed by local women since the campaign begun here a year ago. The stockings are used in the manufacture of powder bags for the navy.

Appeals to man the local airplane observation post and the warning center are being broadcast today by authorities. The need for personnel for both services continues to grow as more and more Astorians go into war work activities in the canneries and defense plants here.

A U.S. navy plane from the Clatsop airport plunged into the soft earth at the side of the Young’s River road near Miles Crossing on the coast highway Monday between 6:30 and 7 p.m., instantly killing its pilot and almost burying the plane, presumably a Grumman Wildcat.



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