Water Under the Bridge

Knappa's Chad Arnold, 18, sends chips of wood flying as he quickly ascends one of two towering poles in the tree climbing competition as Knappa High School hosted its first forestry skills competition in 2008.

10 years ago this week — 2008

DeLaura Beach. Those are fighting words for some folk.

More and more people along the North Coast are frustrated that the 423-acre parcel owned by Clatsop County has for 25 years come right to the edge of being sold, and then the deal’s fallen through.

The frustration comes from the county having a suitor for the property — one that’s desirable to many folks.

And, last year when the Oregon Parks and Recreation offered $1.32 million for the property, it almost looked like a done deal. The plan was to add the parcel to its neighbor, Fort Stevens State Park. That would have been the perfect groom for this old-fashioned shotgun wedding.

But the deal hit a snag, and fell off the radar for a while.

Not enough? Looks like there might be a blood feud brewing between the Clatsop County Recreational Lands Planning Advisory Committee and the Board of Commissioners.

Members of the board directed the committee to give input into what they’d like to see in the request for proposals.

In essence, it responded, “Naw, not gonna do it.” The citizen committee’s argument is that it’s been studied enough.

KNAPPA — The work of a logger is not for the faint of heart. There are dangers at every turn involved in felling a tree at a remote location. However, there are some experiences that cannot be found in the forest.

For example, speaking in front of judges armed with stop watches and taking detailed notes or scaling a tree with a crowd circled around shouting your name as you try and concentrate on the job at hand could hardly be considered part of your daily tasks.

For the first time, Knappa High School hosted a forestry skills competition Thursday with an estimated 150 students from Sweet Home, Scio, Philomath and Sabin–Schellenberg Center in Clackamas County competing in a variety of physically and mentally challenging events.

It was Knappa’s second forestry skills competition in its first year as a club since Jeff Skirvin, a world champion in lumberjack sports and Clatskanie graduate, joined the school to teach art and forestry.

50 years ago — 1968

SALEM — Atty. Gen. Robert Y. Thornton left today for Astoria to file suit enjoining a developer from further removal of beach sand at the Necanicum River.

Thornton left following a telephone conference with agency heads concerned with natural resources and Gov. Tom McCall.

The suit will be filed to “find out what rights belong to the public” in the area being excavated.

Pacific Development Co. has excavated 450,000 cubic yards of sand as fill for a subdivision at the mouth of the Necanicum.

The Daily Astorian has obtained confirmation from unidentifiable but highly reliable sources that Mitsubishi Company, a $500 million Japanese industrial giant, has joined other sponsors of Northwest Aluminum company as guarantor of the proposed $152 million bond issue to build a plant in Warrenton.

Both sides won something at the conclusion Thursday of the state’s case against a Seaside development group before Tillamook Judge J.S. Bohannon in Clatsop circuit court.

Judge Bohannon’s ruling, termed the most equitable decision possible by interested lawyers listening periodically to the arguments, was as follows:

• Defendants may continue excavating sand in the disputed beach area but not beyond the marked “500-foot line.”

• Defendants may not lower the beach under the “six-foot level.”

75 years ago — 1943

SEASIDE will be featured in the “Eyes Aloft” program that will be broadcast Monday at 6 p.m. over the NBC network, according to a communication received by Mike Cosovic, chief aircraft observer for the county. The program is dedicated to the voluntary aircraft observers.

More than 250,000 civilians were stabilized in their war industry jobs in Washington and Oregon today, with the privilege of switching jobs only if they have a certificate of availability issued by their employers.

The plan was drafted along the lines of procedure already in force in the shipbuilding industry, at Boeing aircraft company, and in agriculture, lumber, and non-ferrous metals industries.

The Astoria Marine Construction company’s sixth minesweeper slid into the Lewis and Clark River this week, marking the company’s second launching in a week on their second series of minesweepers.

An urgent call for laborers, carpenters, plumbers, painters and auto mechanics is being made by the local United States employment office in connection with building expansion plans at the Tongue Point Naval Air Base.

A Clatsop County boy, Ted Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. B.C. Anderson of Hammond, was featured in Captain Eddie Rickenbacker’s thrilling story of the South Seas in last week’s Life magazine.

Senior nursing students at St. Mary’s hospital are the first of any school in Oregon to sign 100 percent with the American Red Cross student reserve, Margaret Woodruff, nursing consultant for Oregon, here from San Francisco revealed today. These young women will enter the armed forces upon their graduation.

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

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.