Water under the bridge

1968 — This bulldozer, operated by Art McCoy, pushed the house at 10th and Grand over the bank this morning and demolished it. The ground there will be cut down and used to extend an apartment project.

10 years ago this week — 2008

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has removed the Bradwood Landing liquefied natural gas project from its Thursday meeting agenda.

North Coast residents were gearing up this week for a possible vote by the five-member commission on a federal license for the proposed Bradwood LNG project 20 miles east of Astoria on the Columbia River.

But a notice issued by email today said the project had been “struck” from the schedule of discussion items.

FERC spokeswoman Tamara Young-Allen said the commission strikes items from its agenda all the time.

In the Bradwood case, the board needed more time to review a number of new comments on the project that have been submitted since Thursday’s meeting was scheduled.

A shortage of Alaskan pollock and other white-fleshed fish from around the globe has created a supply crisis among manufacturers of surimi, the processed fish protein used to make imitation crab and other shellfish-flavored products.

Jae Park, a professor at Oregon State University’s seafood laboratory in Astoria, is working with fellow researchers to find a solution.

The Port of Astoria Commission settled six months of disagreements with Bornstein Seafoods over the proposed Pier 1 parking lot at its meeting Tuesday.

In a 4-0 vote, with Commissioner Bill Hunsinger absent, the board approved a three-year lease of .61 acres of Pier 1 to Bornstein’s beginning Aug. 1.

Hunsinger and Commissioner Larry Phund had voiced the loudest opposition to leasing parking space on Pier 1 because they said it’s the only place the Port could potentially attract water-dependent cargo business.

Andrew and Jay Bornstein argued they needed at least a three-year lease of the Pier 1 space to secure investors for the Oregon Fish Factory, an attraction that will invite visitors to tour the Bornstein fish processing plant.

50 years ago — 1968

More than 1,000 members of the Oregon National Guard arrived at Camp Rilea Saturday and Sunday to begin two weeks of intensive field training.

Largest unit at the camp is the 3rd Automatic Weapons Battalion, 249th Artillery, Salem, commanded by Lt. Col. Claude W. Biehn. The unit is made up of batteries from Salem, Coos Bay, Newport, Dallas, Albany and Lake Oswego. There are 590 officers and men in the battalion.

Businessmen along Marine Drive and 2nd to 7th laid strong protests Monday night before the City Council against elimination of parking in that area, as recommended by the Oregon Highway Department and city traffic safety committee.

The council heard the protests, agreed with many of the points made, and took no action on the no-parking proposal.

But Councilman Arnold Swanson warned that this was merely a postponement of what will undoubtedly be proposed again, and suggested that businessmen in the area get busy trying to line up off-street parking areas for themselves.

“A wave came up and there was a shark. Then I paddled in quick, he was toward me, that’s all I know,” said Gregg Gosser, vacationing in Seaside for the summer.

Gosser, surfing in the cove about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, was out beyond the last breaker waiting for a wave to ride in when he spotted the shark about 20 yards away, he estimated. He said the shark was facing him and he didn’t look back to find out where he went from there.

75 years ago — 1943

Maj. Eric K. Shilling, aviation liaison officer for Oregon and president of a special aviation cadet recruiting board, arrived here today for the first of three days of examining 17- to 26 year-olds for service in the air corps as pilots, navigators and bombardiers.

Shilling said the Army is working desperately to enlist candidates for bombardier, pilot and navigator assignments. He said it is no secret that planes are coming off production lines almost every 20 minutes, and they are rolling to fields faster than the Army is producing the men to fly them.

The wordy sham battle of Washington, D.C., was adjourned for the duration today on motion of President Roosevelt, who ordered his appointive officials to cease calling each other liars, obstructors and such-like, or to resign.

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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