10 years ago this week — 2008
What was described as an old-time-hippie outdoor festival made a quick transition into an indoor rock show, when downpours washed the Concert for Big Red out of the Clatsop County Fairgrounds and into the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center.
After battling with rain for a few hours, festival organizers moved the final few bands playing in the Concert for Big Red fundraiser into the PAC in the late afternoon. The indoor environment provided a much more intimate atmosphere for some of the event’s big-name acts.
A crowd of more than 200 roared for the Airplane Family Reunion, a group of four original members of Jefferson Airplane, including founders Marty Balin and Signe Anderson Ettlin. The musicians received multiple standing ovations, and onlookers danced in the aisles as the band played classics such as “3/5 of a mile in 10 seconds” and “High Flyin’ Bird.”
Though they have been known to cause headaches in the Columbia River estuary, dredge spoils aren’t all bad.
In fact, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has a list of beneficial uses for the sediment it removes from the Columbia River shipping channel each year to clear the way for river commerce.
Case in point: This week the federal agency is spreading 125,000 of dredge material — approximately 12,500 dump truck loads — behind the North Jetty on Benson Beach in Cape Disappointment State Park in Ilwaco, Wash. The $1.7 million project is a quick fix for December storm damage to a protective sand berm behind the jetty.
In the long run, experts say ongoing erosion at the site will continue to weaken the jetty and eat away at the beach.
Labor Day Weekend is ahead and it’s one of the top boating weekends of the year in Oregon and the Oregon State Marine Board wants to encourage boaters to hit the waterways and invite friends or family along for the ride.
Marine officers will be on the water to assist boaters and keep the waterways safe. “The top violations so far this summer involve not having life jackets, a boater education card or current boat registration. Other violations include reckless operation and alcohol,” says Massey.
50 years ago — 1968
Astoria’s greatest festival, the annual Regatta, is coming this week, and there was increasing hope that favorable weather will arrive along with it.
The festival will open with arrival of USS Colonial (LSD-18), and USS Frank Knox (DDR-742) at Pier 2 of the port docks. The two Navy ships will remain for the Regatta and the Colonial will act as Regatta flagship.
The subject of Indians fishing in the Columbia River was under examination today in the Astoria area.
Russell Bristow, executive secretary of the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union, said he had received some calls recently from Indians saying they had been questioned by Oregon State Police about fishing in the river without a license.
Bristow said he called the Washington Department of Fisheries and was informed that Washington is giving Indian permits, free of charge, to fish the lower Columbia providing they fish in season.
The brief Columbia salmon season continues to be “terrible,” in the view of Russell Bristow, executive secretary of the Columbia River Fishermen’s Protective Union.
Bristow said one boat took 1,500 pounds of salmon Monday night, but other catches ranged from 25 to 200 pounds.
75 years ago — 1943
The first big circus, entirely under canvas, to play Astoria for several years, will be presented at Tapiola park under sponsorship of the Astoria Regatta association.
This is the first time that Tapiola Park has been used for such an event. Use of Gyro field, customarily employed for circuses, was refused several weeks ago by vote of the City Council. The council denied Gyro field because a circus would damage the turf.
Though most famous for its highly-trained elephants, Arthur Bros. Circus also includes other specialty acts. Among them are Captain Van der Wall and his black-maned African lions; the great Sing Lee Sing troupe of Chinese wonder workers who came to the United States from China for the San Francisco world’s fair; the Olvera troupe of head and high perch balancers; Miss Eleanor, trapeze artist; Ryans Liberty horses; three rings of educated dogs; Mel Henry and his Funsters; and many other famous circus names.
With 322 exhibits entered, the Clatsop County 4-H fair began this morning in the 4-H building. Featured event of the day will be the pet show this evening.
High among other events of the day is to be the Mutt Dog and Pet show, sponsored by the Kiwanis club.
The long-awaited directive order of the 12th regional war labor board in the dispute of Columbia River Cannery Operators and Cannery Employees was received here from Seattle.
Features of the order are endorsement of the check-off system for collection of union dues by cannery operators, denial of the workers’ representatives at hearing of the board in Seattle for a 44-hour work week, and authorization of a pay increase for fishing industry workers here of approximately 15 percent, retroactive to May 1 of this year.