10 years ago this week — 2005

The trail system promoted by Warrenton Police Chief Robert Maxfield is one of the best ideas anyone has floated on the North Coast. As described in Friday’s front page article by Sandra Swain, this network of trails would capitalize on Warrenton’s proximity to the Columbia River and other nature sights. It would also be a conceptual, if not direct link to Astoria’s trail system and the fort-to-sea trail of the Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

Cities and town that make it easier for citizens to become pedestrians are healthier places to live. It sounds obvious, but many of America’s newest suburbs and towns don’t provide sidewalks or trails.

Warrenton can become much more than a home for big box stores. The trail system that Maxfield and his Warrenton Trails Association are promoting has that potential.

Something fishy was in the air Tuesday night at the Oregon State University Seafood Consumer Center.

Hundreds of samples of two dozen kinds of canned tuna sat in little containers, ready for sophisticated palates to select the best tasting albacore tuna from a micro-cannery.

“I’ve picked my favorite already,” Larry Mason said, having only smelled the six different selections in front of him. Number 238, however, had a “light and refreshing”odor he reported.

The taste-off competition was part of the Community Seafood Initiative’s First Annual Micro-Cannery Conference.

The snowpack in the Willamette River basin is alarmingly low for this time of year, researchers say, and the situation is not likely to improve any time soon as temperatures around the region hit record highs for January.

50 years ago — 1965

The Oregon Highway Department will bring a survey crew into Clatsop County within two weeks to survey the 10-mile Tongue Point to Svensen section of the Lower Columbia highway for relocation, state Rep. Holmstrom announced during a weekend visit here from Salem.

Dean Paul Jacobson of the University of Oregon, quoted last week as saying President Johnson would visit Astoria in February, said today that “as far as I know it’s just a rumor and I’d forget it.”

This community had considerable maritime excitement Saturday, with one ship nudging a corner of the cofferdam of Astoria bridge Pier 169 and punching a hole in itself, then another ship running aground apparently in mid-channel.

With two ships helpless in mid-channel on a foggy night, the Coast Guard and bar pilots agreed it was desirable to halt all navigation, and did so for most of the night. The channel is enough for safe navigation but not when blockaded with helpless ships.

We presume the Astoria bridge will be the target of some jibes from the upstate press as a menace to navigation.

Want to buy one of the city’s old ornamental street lights, pole and all, for $10?

The city council voted Monday night to make these lights available at that price, first come, first serve. The light globes alone will go for $2 each.

The S.S. Elaine, 492-foot converted Liberty vessel, was listing quietly in Astoria harbor just south of Tongue Point Monday afternoon following an emergency return from 175 miles at sea with a dangerously shifted million dollar cargo of grain.

75 years ago — 1940

Captain George Moskovita, skipper of the deep sea trawler New Zealand, and his crew of two knew they had some big fish in their drag seine Monday afternoon off the mouth of the Columbia River. When they finally succeeded in getting their catch aboard the 66-foot trawler, the fish proved to be a 300-pound soupfin shark, probably the largest ever landed here. It was more than eight feet long.

Calling for bids on parking meters was authorized by the city council Monday night, following a report by the city manager that the 1940 budget would not permit hiring of extra policemen to regulate traffic congestion in this city.

Figures showing that Seaside’s population has doubled since 1931, that her tourist trade is growing rapidly, and that it will continue to grow in the future were presented to Major C.R. Moore, district U.S. Army engineer, Portland, at a hearing in Seaside Tuesday afternoon.

The bill introduced by Congressman James Mott for establishment of a nautical school at Astoria is result of an idea originating with O.D. Adams, Oregon state director of vocational education, for a school here, to train merchant marine seamen, fishermen and others engaged in nautical trades in the Oregon-Washington area.

Mr. Adams was informed by the national maritime commission that the number of such stations was limited by statute and hence a special act of congress was needed to provide for one here.

Astoria probably leads the nation in per-capita contribution to Finnish relief.

This fact came to light this afternoon when the Finnish Relief Fund reported through the United Press from New York that Virginia, Minn., with 12,000 population, led the nation with contributions of $4,200 to January 4, or 35 cents per-capita.

But here in Astoria the per-capita contribution is considerably higher.

Before the Finnish Relief Fund began its national drive under leadership of Herbert Hoover, the Knights of Kaleva lodge here had conducted a campaign of its own which brought in some $5,000 before the Hoover-headed drive even started.

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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