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A crowd of onlookers gathers at the edge of a landslide on the corner of First and Commercial streets that worsened significantly last night.

10 years ago this week — 2007

As the landslide at First and Commercial continues to move, it is wreaking havoc on streets in the vicinity.

So far, no homes have been damaged, but huge cracks and fissures appeared on Duane Street during the weekend and a stretch of Bond Street below the slide has been closed by falling debris.

Clatsop Community College will serve pie in honor of Pi Wednesday.

There will also be plenty of pies for pitching at “favorite” teachers on Pi Day, a celebration of the circle, according to CCC.

Organized by the math department, the event brings together pie and Pi — about 3.14 — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. It recognized the mysterious mathematical constant, a number no one has ever found the end of, with various quizzes and activities, including pie-throwing.

In other words, on Wednesday you can have your Pi and eat it, too.

A self-described “ham family” in Gearhart will again be able to send and receive radio broadcasts from its home, thanks to action by the Clatsop County commissioners Wednesday.

The board voted to grant an exception to Steve and Kelly Larkins for a tower supporting a ham radio antenna that violates the county’s zoning ordinance.

The lattice-frame tower, erected last year, exceeds the county’s 35-foot structure height limit for residential zones. But the Larkinses argued that state and federal rules should allow them the use of the tower, without which their radio signal can only reach a short distance.

50 years ago — 1967

The historic log at the courthouse, marked with dates of events in the county’s past, is being replaced by a new one. The log was beginning to fall apart due to rot.

County commissioner Hiram Johnson said a new log has been purchased from Crown Zellerbach Corp. and will be put in place under the also rotted wooden cover soon. The pole-support roof will have to be replaced, Johnson said.

Fifty-nine girls, aged 16 to 21, all from Western states, were getting acquainted with things at Tongue Point Job Corps Center Wednesday.

Most of them arrived by bus Tuesday evening, the rest came in by later bus Wednesday morning.

Hopes for barge traffic on the Lower Columbia River are much brighter than ever before as result of the double-barreled announcement by Port of Astoria officials this week.

One barrel was the negotiation for a lease with Waterway Terminals to establish a marine terminal for handling barge or ship cargo in part of the big Pier 3 warehouse.

The other barrel was the announcement that Western Transportation company and Milwaukie Railroad have established a joint rail-barge rate for handling canned goods by barge between Astoria and the Milwaukie line’s tracks at Longview.

These two actions put a barge line into service, with a terminal here to handle its cargo, and a competitive rate that should attract freight movement, particularly of canned fish.

75 years ago — 1942

Twelve boys in the Astoria High School manual training department are constructing model airplanes of wood for the Navy bureau of aeronautics, along with students in numerous other U.S. high schools.

The local class, directed by William Cox, will turn out 50 of the solid wooden models of one 30th scale size for the Navy and probably build a few additional models for study by local airplane spotters.

The planes are intended for identification, range estimates and gunnery practice by the Navy. They include models of principal Allied and Axis war plane types.

The price of crabs to fishermen advanced Tuesday from $1.25 to $1.50 a dozen and packers said it might remain there or near there through most of the coming crab fishing season.

Packers said the canned market was such as to justify the boost and they hoped to try to maintain the price.

If and when Astoria is bombed from the skies, the sensation will be nothing new to City Attorney James L. Hope. They’re telling the story on him and the facts are verified.

It occurred during the recent blackout in the city. The city attorney had gone to bed when the lights of the city were shut off but he noticed the blackout from his bedroom window. He hurried downstairs in the dark to dial KAST to learn the cause. He bumped into a chair and the chair bumped into a stand lamp equipped with a huge bulb. The stand lamp fell to the floor and the bulb exploded in the room like a thousand pound bomb. Hope covered his head and waited for the house to fall apart.

Yessir, he knows all about the sensation except extricating himself from the ruins.

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