10 years ago this week — 2005

Residents repeated strong concerns about the safety, security and economics involved in the construction and operation of a proposed liquefied natural gas receiving terminal in Warrenton Friday after a meeting of the Skipanon Natural Gas Facility project advisory committee was adjourned, and asked why committee members did not have answers to their questions.

The Flavels have their buildings back.

On Monday Harry and Mary Louise Flavel bought back the second of two downtown Commercial Street properties that were auctioned off last year to satisfy a legal judgment.

The reclusive brother and sister paid $108,000 to the Clatsop County Sheriff’s Office to regain ownership of the building at the northeast corner of Ninth and Commercial streets that was sold at auction in July to Jim Neikes.

An Astoria High School student allegedly phoned Yamhill-Carton High School on Jan. 4 with a bomb threat, hoping the school would cancel a girls basketball game with Astoria High School scheduled for that day.

His girlfriend plays on the Astoria team, and he didn’t want her to travel to Yamhill because of bad weather, said Yamhill Police Chief Gordon Rise.

The best ways to stop liquefied natural gas terminals from being built along the Columbia River were debated at the second River Vision community meeting, where attendees also heard an update on the Port Westward facility and a primer on the geology of the Skipanon Peninsula.

More than 75 people packed into the Flag Room of the Astor Public Library for Wednesday evening’s meeting.

50 years ago — 1965

Outgoing Gov. Albert Roselini of Washington has proposed to the legislature that it create a state canal commission primarily to work on the projected Puget Sound-Grays Harbor-Willapa Bay-Columbia River canal, the Longview News reports.

“While there are some persons with doubts concerning the economic value of such a waterway most people feel it would provide some real benefits to the region,” the News comments. “Interim studies of his project are under way and certainly merit serious consideration by the legislators and new governor.”

We agree, and believe that federal help should be provided for the project, which is obviously of more than statewide importance.

This canal has long been a dream of some people in this area who consider its construction quite practical by taking advantage of existing waterways and low-lying land connecting the Columbia with Willapa and Grays Harbors.

The greatest economic value of such a canal would be from the growing numbers of recreational boaters, we believe. The Columbia River and Puget Sound are two fine recreational boating grounds, each of which would obtain increased usage from a connecting canal.

Gov. Rosellini deserves commendation for pushing this project even though he is going out of office.

The Astoria High symphonic band, directed by Ted Marshall, has for the second time in four years been invited to perform at the northwest division meeting of the Music Educators’ National conference, to be held in Portland the last week in March.

This is one of the highest honors offered to any high school group in the northwest.

Summary of shipping figures for the Port of Astoria during 1964 Wednesday disclosed the year was a banner one as tonnage jumped by 25 percent over the previous year and was more than three times as great as 1960 tonnage.

WASHINGTON – Senate Interior Committee Chairman Henry M. Jackson, D-Wash., said today he was still “unalterably opposed” to any proposal to slake the growing thirst of Southern California and Arizona with water from the Columbia River.

75 years ago — 1940

Ending her four-day visit in the Columbia and Willamette rivers, the latest submarine in Uncle Sam’s navy, the sleek black Swordfish, glided seaward this afternoon, like a gigantic eel. She passed under St. John’s bridge in Portland at 9:15 a.m. and a little more than five hours later slipped by Astoria.

Supported by the Clatsop court and the Astoria Chamber of Commerce, a delegation of Nehalem Valley citizens is appearing before the state highway commission today to ask that the Jewell-Elsie road be made a part of the state secondary highway system. The road from Astoria to Jewell is already a secondary highway and, by the state taking over the sector of county road between Jewell and Elsie, there would be a continuous state highway to the Wolf Creek route.

A naval bombing plane, on unannounced mission, visited the lower Columbia today and was believed possibly engaged in calibrating the compass station at Fort Stevens. The bomber first appeared over Hammond about noon, maneuvered there for a time, and then appeared over Astoria about 1 o’clock.

The plane was seen to dip low over Tongue Point basin, but workers at the Naval Air Station site could not tell through the mist whether the plane had landed there or not.

Neither the naval radio station nor coast guard authorities had any information on the plane’s mission.

WASHINGTON Great Britain is following an underlying policy of seeking to draw the United States into the war on the side of the allies, Senator William E. Borah, R. Idaho, asserted today in discussing recent speeches of Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain and the British ambassador to the United States.

Bob Duke is the author of the weekly Water Under the Bridge column in The Daily Astorian. Contact him at beachduke@gmail.com

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