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Water under the bridge: 1943 — farm labor situation in Clatsop County is dark

From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers

Published on July 11, 2018 10:24AM

1968 – The USS Frank Knox will be the largest of four ships to put in at Astoria for the Regatta next month. The 2,200-ton radar picket destroyer provides fast carrier attack groups with air early warning capability.

1968 – The USS Frank Knox will be the largest of four ships to put in at Astoria for the Regatta next month. The 2,200-ton radar picket destroyer provides fast carrier attack groups with air early warning capability.

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10 years ago this week — 2008

The time has come.

Over the past three years, North Coast residents have seen dozens of public meetings on the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project come and go. They’ve read volumes and volumes and volumes of documents. They’ve stood at protests and rallies and written countless letters.

Next week the divisive project will come before the five-member Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, a board of presidential appointees that issues LNG licenses.

At a regular meeting Thursday, FERC staff will summarize the public record, which has grown to many thousands of pages. Board members, who are expected to have read the whole thing, including all the public comments, will discuss the case with staff and ask questions.

“Afterward,” the agenda says, “Chairman Kelliher may call for a vote.”

New homes along the shore at Arch Cape are blocking the views from second-tier homes — and Joanne Johnson wants something done about it.

She said residents of the tiny coastal community are divided, and people building and adding onto the houses along the shore are insensitive to the concerns of their neighbors.

“There’s anger, there’s pain and maybe a little bit of revenge — who knows?” she said.

Johnson said 31 residents of the community had “risen up” and signed a petition asking the county to intervene and change ordinances to restrict houses on the coast to a single story.

Ollies, kickflips and rail grinds officially have a new home in Cannon Beach after the Friday opening of the Cannon Beach Skate Park.

According to Rich Mays, Cannon Beach city manager, the city believed the previous park was the oldest and smallest park in the state. The park was built in 1988 and was a mere 3,900 square feet.

After the remodel, the park spans 5,800 square feet and runs parallel to the right-field line of the field next to the park without encroaching upon it.

50 years ago — 1968

An exceptional number of distress calls were received from pleasure craft operating outside the Columbia River bar during the holiday weekend, according to warrant officer Stan Mead, commanding Cape Disappointment Coast Guard station.

Twenty-nine of the 650 to 700 boats reported outside the bar were towed to safety by Coast Guard rescue boats, Mead said. He reported that on normal holidays about 1 percent of boats fishing in the area become disabled.

Plans for development of Port Westward, a new industrial area on the deep water navigation route of the lower Columbia River, were announced Tuesday by Westward Properties Inc., a subsidiary of Kaiser Aluminum and Chemical corporation.

The plan for Port Westward calls for its development into a modern, planned industrial area oriented to its location on the Columbia River shipping route for industries utilizing water transportation.

The Oregon Highway Commission decided today in Salem to buy 1,466 acres of federal land to be added to 800-acre Fort Stevens state park.

The commission said the $117,500 price for the land is only half the appraised value.

The commission said Fort Stevens park will be one of the finest in the nation.

Clatsop County’s house boat population is up against it.

The state Sanitary Authority says all houseboats must cease putting untreated toilet wastes and garbage into rivers by Sept. 1. Otherwise, it’s a fine of not more than $1,000 or imprisonment for not more than a year.

The statewide deadline affects some 95 houseboats in Clatsop County on sloughs, the Columbia River, and the John Day River, said county Sanitarian Buckley Vaughan.

75 years ago — 1943

The state highway commission today blamed failure of the federal government to approve a $500,000 extension project of U.S. Highway 101 between Seaside and Astoria for possible failure to complete the road before the fall rains.

The road, commission members said, was necessary because of the construction of the Astoria airport extension.

The farm labor situation in Clatsop County is dark, Don Jossy, acting agricultural agent said today. Enlistment of local part-time, weekend and vacation labor has been slow and inadequate.

The general scarcity of farm workers throughout the state makes it imperative that all sources of local labor be exploited to the full before labor is sought from outside sources, Jossy said. With this in mind the county has sought to recruit people to work on days off, weekends, and vacation periods, and even in the evening. Women and young people may in many cases be used.

Thousands of people flocked to Long Beach to spend the Fourth of July holiday weekend, crowding all available accommodations beyond capacity.

Unidentified pranksters, believed to have been service men, “borrowed” the wrecker car from Gallant Auto company parking lot Sunday night and before abandoning the machine at 27th and Franklin streets virtually wrecked the wrecker.


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