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10 years ago this week — 2006

Astoria City Council goals for 2006-2007, in no particular order:

Complete a buildable lands inventory to include infill opportunities, urban growth boundary expansion possibilities and adjacent lands.

Develop and implement a strategy to redevelop the former Safeway site (soon to be renamed) and vacant buildings located in and adjacent to the downtown area.

Develop and implement a plan for improvements to the city hall building, with a focus on enhancing both customer service and the physical appearance.

Resubmit and secure the inclusion of the Astoria Bypass into the Oregon State Transportation Improvement Plan.

Attract commercial passenger air service to the Astoria Regional Airport in Warrenton.

Study feasibility of municipal investment in the development of renewable energy sources, with a focus on hydroelectric and wind power.

Two groups opposed to liquefied natural gas terminals along the lower Columbia River claim that the city of Warrenton didn’t adequately consider the impact on the local fishing economy, public safety and quality of life when making land-use changes to the Skipanon Peninsula

People for Responsible Prosperity and Columbia Riverkeeper have filed an appeal with Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals to challenge the zoning change.

“We’ll see you back in St. Louis!”

Casting off from the same shore his ancestor left exactly 200 years before, Peyton “Bud” Clark offered a farewell to the hundreds of spectators on shore who watched as he and the rest of the Discovery Expedition of St. Charles, Missouri, paddled down the Lewis and Clark River Thursday.

50 years ago — 1966

Weekend vacationers and curious motorists comprised several huge traffic jams Sunday on snowbound Highway 26 west of the Sunset summit.

State and county police reported Monday homebound weekend travelers and “a flock of curious sightseers out to take a look at the snow” caused the gnarled traffic situations that prevailed throughout Sunday afternoon on the heavily traveled Highway 26.

Need of a dock for the Coast Guard cutter Yocona became apparent Wednesday when the port docks had so much shipping that there was no place left to tie up the Yocona. The cutter went to sea for maneuvers until the traffic thins out a bit.

There were five ships loading cargo and an oil barge discharging petroleum.

The glut of log ships apparently is due to end of a Japanese seamen’s strike that released a flock of ships all at once, port official said.

Officials of the Washington State Parks commission this week decided to take under advisement the proposal to make a narrow 29-mile stretch of land along the North Beach Peninsula a state park, according to Eldred Pentilla, chairman of Pacific County commissioners.

75 years ago ­­­­— 1941

Three crimes, believed by city police to have been committed by one man, swelled the minor crime wave which has hit Astoria in the past two weeks when the Youngs Bay dairy and the Seeborg Transfer company offices were entered and an automobile belonging to the Lovell Auto company was stolen Sunday night between 6 and 9 o’clock.

Patriotic literature published by the United States Flag association will be distributed in Astoria schools upon settlement of an agreement between school authorities and UJ.W. McKrill, one of 35 representatives of the association now in the northwest in interest of the program.

The books deal with aspects of American life and are designed to sell democracy and the American way of life to school children through stories on such subjects as “U.S., a Presentation of Americanism.” “Our Country’s Flag” and “Your Rights Under the Constitution.”

The books are marketed through memberships sold locally and the literature is distributed freely among the schools.

The association is unofficially sponsored by the government and President Roosevelt is honorary president.

Two husky U.S. Navy men were in town today arranging for receiving applications for the service in Astoria, Seaside and Tillamook. They also were making arrangement for showing motion pictures at various lodges, civic organizations and schools that are interested in viewing scenes of navy life.

A 16-year-old youth arrested Monday night less than three hours after he burglarized the Finnish meat market on Taylor Avenue, confessed to Chief of Police John Acton he committed that and the Sunday night burglaries of the Youngs Bay dairy and the Seeborg Transfer company offices.

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