Heavy 2008 snowfall in Astoria

2008 — A pedestrian trudges across Commercial Street through a heavy snowfall that quickly came and went in Astoria.

10 years ago this week — 2008

The good news was that the cold and ice took a bite out of crime overnight. There were very few incidents on the North Coast and no one was booked into the county jail between Sunday afternoon and this morning. The bad news was that this morning’s commute was slow and dangerous on the icy roads.

The North Coast slithered through the snow to work today and residents braced for more of the white stuff on its way — and accompanying treacherous highway conditions — later in the weekend. The potential for a significant weekend winter storm along the North Coast has prompted the National Weather Service to issue a winter weather advisory.

The old Franklin Avenue Bridge over 38th Street in Astoria’s Uppertown neighborhood is the only link to the rest of the city for about 40 households on the Hillside above it. Now plans are in place to replace the deteriorating 220-foot long, timber-truss bridge, which was built in the 1920s and completely reconstructed in 1949.

Operators of the Worldmark Wyndham Vacation Resort in Seaside closed all of the resort’s balconies and roped off the sidewalks under them after pieces of concrete started falling from some balconies Tuesday. No injuries were reported from the falling pieces, said a spokeswoman at the company’s headquarters in Florida.

The Naselle Youth Camp in Washington state may close in a year. Facing what some estimate to be a $6 billion budget deficit in the next two-year budget cycle, Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire’s budget released Thursday proposes a number of cuts, including closing Naselle Youth Camp.

50 years ago — 1968

This year’s highest tides are expected this week on the Oregon and Washington coast and storms at sea could cause flooding in coastal cities.

The Weather Bureau said storms change ocean levels and could add as much as two or three feet to the heights predicted on tide tables.

The Oregon Highway commission today in Salem approved a route survey for reconstruction of 2.83 miles of Columbia River highway between Tongue Point and Fernhill. It will cost $5 million. The road will be built when funds become available.

In Days Gone By column: The Astorian-Budget, Dec. 18, 1933 — Ninety-mile-an-hour winds and high waters ripped the lower Columbia area, starting a slide that blocked the highway to Portland and knocking out communication wires. Capt. Elfving of the Astoria-North Beach Ferry company said the wind and waves destroyed the slip at Megler. Railroads and other roads were badly damaged. Short-wave radio was the only communication between Astoria and the outside world.

75 years ago — 1943

The Oregon Pine No. 1 rode at moorage on the waters of Young’s Bay today with its identical sister ship, the cargo barge Oregon Pine No. 2. The Pine No. 1 slid easily down the CRPA shipyard’s ways Saturday at about 1 p.m. — the second barge to be launched by the yard — adding 5,854 displacement tons to the ship production of the Astoria area.

Power-hungry war plants of the Pacific Northwest today received a huge increase of electrical energy when the 10th and final generating unit at Bonneville dam was completed, marking the end of 10 years of construction.

Enrollment of boys and girls in Oregon’s vocational work program has more than doubled in recent years, Walter W. Morse, state supervisor of trade and industrial education, told members of the Astoria apprenticeship commission Monday night at the regular monthly meeting at the Imperial grill.

The war emergency has shown the need for vocational training and planned assistance for the youth of the state, Morse said, as he complimented the local commission on its work among Astoria boys and girls.

“We hope that the war will be over before the 16-year-old boys now in vocational work programs reach the age for military service,” said Morse, “but if it isn’t, the training they are receiving here in Astoria industrial plants will stand them in good stead when Uncle Sam needs them.”

The mysterious and rare white beaver has been found in Clatsop County. Three of the animals were trapped in this community this week by a predatory hunter and trapper sent by the state to check damage to the dike by beavers.

The white animals weighed about 35 pounds apiece and were a clear white when their pelts were cleaned of the dirt and discoloration of water. No estimate of the value of the white beaver furs can be made, but their rarity would make it prohibitive to most persons.

The sport of basketball — longtime king of sport in Astoria — will ascend to new heights here Friday and Saturday nights, when the best intercollegiate athletes of Oregon and Washington gather for the intercollegiate hoop jamboree at the USO pavilion at 8 o’clock.

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

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