From the paes of Astoria’s daily newspapers

10 years ago this week — 2003

State representatives Elaine Hoppson and Betsy Johnson had few encouraging words about Oregon’s encouraging words about Oregon’s budget woes for citizens at a forum Saturday at the Astoria Library.

The two area lawmakers gave updates on the budget process in Salem, and some of the tough choices the Legislature faces trying to spread limited dollars among schools, public safety, social services and other programs in what some are calling the “shock and awe budget.”

CANNON BEACH – The city will recognize Earth Day on Tuesday as part of its Earth Week celebration running today through Friday.

Mayor Dave Rouse was scheduled today to issue a proclamation launching Earth Week, joining students from Fire Mountain Elementary School as part of a Weyerhaeuser Co. tree seedling giveaway.

What Portland architect Thomas Hacker said he wants people to notice most about his firm’s proposed interpretive center for the Astoria Column is nothing at all.

“We’re planning to build a building that’s not a building,” he told an audience of about 25 at the Columbia River Maritime Museum Monday night.

The presentation included several conceptual drawings of what a finished building and column site would look like, as well as an opportunity for Astoria residents to offer their suggestions. For the most part the reception was positive, though some community members still question the need for an interpretive center.

50 years ago — 1963

Amos Heacock, Seattle, told the city council Monday night the three-cornered transaction to transfer Tongue Point from the federal government to the city to Tongue Point, Inc., is illegal and hasn’t a chance of getting past Congress.

Heacock urged the council to call the whole thing off and get behind his own program which involves acquisition of Tongue Point by the state, a lease to the Port of Astoria and lease from the port to Heacock’s International Transport Equipment Lessors enterprise for establishing a container transfer center.

The council declined to cancel its bid for Tongue Point on behalf of Tongue Point, Inc., but took Heacock’s proposal under advisement.

The Columbia River Maritime Museum association Thursday launched a project to buy the former Columbia River lightship, old N. 88, as a major artifact for the museum here.

Price of the vessel is $21,000 and already more than half this amount has been raised by a group of Clatsop County citizens, with more coming in all the time, the association reported.

SALEM — Sen. Wayne Morse, D-Ore., says the General Services Administration (GSA) does not plan to sell the Tongue Point Naval Station to an Astoria group for slightly under $1 million.

Morse addressed some 300 Democrats Saturday night.

The Oregon Democrat said he was informed in a letter from the GSA that the agency now intends to put the abandoned $14 million naval station on public sale about June 24. Morse said he will continue to battle for a federal use for the property and buildings. He served notice that he will carry his fight to the floor by trying to attach riders to an appropriations’ bill calling for new buildings where Tongue Point might be used instead.

75 years ago — 1938

WARRENTON – Dutch Halferty and Elmer Hicks, local anglers, while tramping through the woods south of Seaside Saturday afternoon and discussing bears generally, suddenly accosted the topic of their conversation in the form of a 320 pound black bear. As neither of the men was carrying a gun, Halferty seized a stout club and finally succeeded in killing the bruin. A close examination proved that the two hind legs of the bear were securely caught in a steel trap, but as Halferly received only a few minor scratches and has the bear to prove his story he has an appreciative audience.

The queen of the Columbia River gillnet fleet, a 29-foot craft fitted out like a pleasure cruiser, is being built by Gregory Vlastelicia, young fisherman, at the Altoona station in Uppertown.”

The hull is of seven-eighth inch white cedar and the deck of stripped inlaid white and red cedar. A shapely bow and concave hull, streamlined cabin, give the boat an appearance of a smart sport cruiser. It will have a 70 horsepower motor.

Born at Pillar Rock, Wash., Vlastelicia has been on the Columbia all of his life except for a short residence in Everett, Wash. He learned fishing and boat building from his father, Max, who owns a fine gillnet boat himself.

A giant of the forests has fallen before two “giant-killing” loggers in the watershed of the city reservoir, being logged by the Crown Willamette Paper Company. It is a huge yellow fir, measuring 13 feet at the butt. The 17-foot first cut of the timber is 12 feet in diameter at the smaller end.

This stick is believed to be one of the largest ever found in the forests of Clatsop County, city officials are said to be eager to save the monarch of the woods for the wonderment of posterity.

James Mackey, 88 W. Bond Street, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by city police and charged with assault and battery for allegedly striking his mother, Mrs. Hilda Mackey, with a frying pan in the their home.

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

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