10 years ago this week — 2008

After the rain, more snow.

That was the warning from forecasters as the North Coast started to dig itself out of the weekend snowfall.

Coastal communities woke up to just one extra inch of snow overnight in Astoria today, but city snowplow crews were out bright and early scraping it off the downtown streets. There was considerably more snow overnight in Knappa and Svensen, however, which made traveling on U.S. Highway 30 hazardous.

The prospect of buying North Tongue Point has captured the imaginations of Port of Astoria leaders, who see the industrial property as the key to future economic growth in Astoria.

Before they can dive into development, however, they need to work out a way to finance the multimillion-dollar purchase.

Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen will be watching TV on Christmas Day.

That’s because his daughter, Kristin, will be featured cheering on her husband, Matt Zedwick, as he takes part in “Deal or No Deal.”

Snow and ice trapped people in their homes in southern Clatsop County over the holiday. Roof collapses under snow loads, the inability of people to travel because of deep snow on private driveways and roads, and highway closures have led the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners to declare a state of emergency.

50 years ago — 1968

SPACE CENTER, Houston – The Apollo 8 astronauts swept today into an orbit around the moon and as they gazed back at their troubled home planet, a quarter-million miles away, flight commander Frank Borman offered a Christmastime prayer for peace.

More tourist facilities, including motels, restaurants, moorage and related accommodations, are needed by the Peninsula and Pacific County, according to a preliminary report of the office of the state of Washington Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

The opening of the Astoria Bridge was cited as one of the factors in the influx of tourists, as well as the expanding tourist fishing.

Another trial in which the state is trying to have the ocean beaches set aside for the pubic opens in Clatsop County Circuit Court Friday.

The state is trying to force Surfsand Motel, Cannon Beach, to remove an enclosure by which it is claiming 15,000 square feet of the beach for exclusive use of its guests.

The motel claims it owns the dry sand area involved.

Fred Andrus, a prominent figure on the Astoria newspaper scene for some 40 years, will retire as editor of The Daily Astorian Jan. 1, the paper announced today.

Andrus, who joined the former Morning Astorian in 1927, will be succeeded in the editor’s post by Mike Forrester, 30, who came to The Daily Astorian seven months ago.

An icy blast of Arctic air moved south out of the Gulf of Alaska over the weekend, blanketing the Sunset Empire with a coating of snow and tumbling thermometers to an official low of 19 degrees at the airport weather bureau Monday morning.

75 years ago — 1943

Shells from a coastal steamer engaged in routine gunnery practice landed accidentally near a military establishment Saturday night, causing an alert on Vancouver island and along the Washington coast.

Casablanca class

First picture released of new Casablanca-class Navy aircraft carrier. Forty of these carriers have been added to Navy in last 11 months. They’re being turned out by Kaiser Shipbuilding Co.

The Navy today put into commission the Kaiser company’s 18th fighting aircraft carrier, the USS Tulagi – dedicating the sleek flat top to the ending of the war, and in tribute to Kaiser’s Vancouver shipyard workers who successfully met their goal of “18 or more by ‘44.”

In accepting the Tulagi from Capt. J.D. Barner, (for commandant, 13th naval district) commanding officer of the per-commissioning detail at the Astoria Naval Station, Capt. Joseph C. Cronin, the ship’s skipper, said: “There is lots of war left and lots of glory. Today the Tulagi serves notice to the world in general, and to the Japs in particular, that we are out after our share of what’s left.”

WANTED: One “wind-up” Victrola for music-hungry men aboard an American aircraft carrier about to put to sea.

Allen W. Hazen, of Boston, Massachusetts, a bluejacket aboard the carrier USS Tulagi at the Astoria Naval Station, ambled into the office here this week, with a proposed advertisement for Victrola. He said the boys were willing to pay, “but not too much.”

When the Astoria Marine Construction company slides five boats into the Lewis and Clark River Friday, the event will mark the yard’s completion of 33 craft since they launched the first minesweeper, the YMS 100, in June of 1942. Since 1941, they have turned out work valued at $10,000,000.

From paper carrier to circulation manager and assistant manager of the Astorian-Budget and back to paper carrier is the experience of John Verschueren, longtime employee of this newspaper, this week. Verschueren was on the job delivering no less than three city routes Tuesday night, where illness had laid the regular carriers low.

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