10 years ago this week — 2004

Are you free around the middle of November? November 2005, that is.

It may be more than a year away, but organizers of “Destination: The Pacific” are recruiting volunteers for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial event.

Organizers want to get a jump on the recruitment process for what they expect will need to be a several-hundred-strong team of volunteers to handle the many tasks involved with the Bicentennial commemoration.

“The Columbia Crossing probably has 150 volunteers, the Crab and Seafood Festival has more than 200 — we’re doing five or six of these kinds of events all at once,” said Jan Mitchell, chairwoman of the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Association. “We need a lot of people from the community.”

Clatsop County may file suit against Ballot Measure 34 if the initiative restricting logging on local state forests is passed in the Nov. 2 election.

The board of commissioners has hired a Portland law firm to research possible legal challenges to the “Tillamook 50/50 Plan” measure, which would place half the land in the Clatsop and Tillamook state forests off limits to timber harvesting.

Are wild salmon runs destined to die away in the next century? Or can they be sustained, but only at a punishing cost? And what do we all think about this dilemma?

It will come as a surprise to most Northwesterners that the end of wild salmon runs is even being discussed, but that is indeed the premise of the Salmon 2100 Project, which brings together a group of experts to bluntly evaluate the fate of our region’s most potent living symbol.

The demise of wild salmon isn’t a foregone conclusion among those who most closely study the issue, but it is sobering to learn that experts are contemplating the end game for naturally spawning salmon after eons of vibrant life.

50 years ago 1964

Big runs of silverside salmon swam up the Klaskanine River and Big Creek Sunday to the Oregon fish commission hatcheries on those streams.

Taking of eggs was beginning at both hatcheries Monday morning.

Hordes of red-streaked salmon, impelled by the spawning urge, began climbing the two streams following rains Saturday night.

Sunday at the Klaskanine hatchery the stream for many yards below the dam was thick with writhing, fighting salmon. Continually they fought their way up the dam spillway only to fall back into the pool below.

George Samley, hatchery superintendent, said that all the fish that could be accommodated were taken into a holding pen for egg taking.

“We couldn’t let in any more,” he said, “for fear they would all suffocate.”

Political prognosticators and amateur pollsters in Clatsop County were having a heyday Monday as estimates of the local voter turnout ranged as high as 85 percent of the 13,977 registered to cast ballots.

Despite hot campaigns for the first district congressional seat and a bitter presidential campaign on the national level, locally the prime interest was focused on the battle to defeat Initiative No. 4 on the state ballot.

Clatsop County, with its economic stake in maintenance of the Columbia River salmon fishing industry, has taken the lead in the battle to defeat the measure which allegedly would cancel out the industry if passed.

Despite the overwhelming community support thrown behind efforts to defeat No. 4, it is believed there would still be many Clatsop County voters who would vote in favor of the initiative, according to comments from campaign workers.

Last month was Astoria’s driest October since 1952, the U.S. Weather Bureau reported today.

Rainfall totaled 2.61 inches, 5.17 inches less than normal. In October 1952 there were only 2.42 inches.

75-years ago 1939

John Jacob Astor III, great grandson of the New York merchant who financed and directed through his agents the fur post on the Columbia River in 1811, will arrive here in a special car, coupled to the regular noon train Friday. It will reach Astoria at 11:35 in the morning.

What the young multi-millionaire, and scion of the great financial family, will do in Astoria could not be definitely ascertained today. The Astoria Chamber of Commerce is considering some form of reception. It is surmised that the young descendant of the head of the Astor expedition will visit the Astor Column which is well know in New York.

Astor will return to Portland on the later afternoon train. His half-brother, Vincent Astor, contributed to the restoration of the column and the family donated generously toward its erection.

Sorting letters this morning, an Astoria post office clerk came upon a card with the picture of a man in a smart and dashing uniform for an address. On the bottom of the picture, also with the space allowed for the address, was “Astoria, Oregon.”

One good look at the officer in blue, who wore his cap in a stunning style, was all the clerk needed. The picture had been out of a newspaper

The card was delivered to John Acton, chief of police.

Halloween comes Tuesday night and Astoria police are going to be extra vigilant that evening to prevent any undue outbreak of vandalism, according to Chief John Acton, who today asked parents to cooperate with police in holding down destructiveness.

“We request that parents cooperate with this department by arranging parties and different kinds of amusement for their children during Halloween,” Acton said. “This department does not object to any kind of innocent fun, but it is the duty of parents to assist in preventing anything that might result in damage to property or persons.”

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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