Water under the bridge: May 11, 2021 | Water under the bridge
10 years ago this week – 2011
For Karen Eland, it was the first time she was one of the 150 vendors lining the streets on the opening day of the Astoria Sunday Market.
“Love it! There are so many stalls and the weather is wonderful,” Eland said as he watched hundreds of people obstruct a busy 12th Street on Mother’s Day.
CANNON BEACH – With all the new information coming out of Japan about the damage that can be caused by earthquakes and tsunamis, should a building moratorium be passed at Cannon Beach?
Local resident Charles Hillestad thinks so. Until scientists can analyze the data that surprised even experts and use it to update local building and zoning codes, a building moratorium should be enacted, he said.
But a moratorium should go even beyond Cannon Beach and extend to tsunami-prone areas all along the coast, he added.
“If a house is already built, okay,” Hillestad said. “On the other hand, should we increase the danger (by constructing additional buildings) until we have more information?”
A real estate attorney in Cannon Beach, Hillestad is at the center of an opposition involving the construction of a small vacant lot just south of his downtown home, one block from the beach.
He asked City Council to reverse the Planning Commission approval to allow the front and rear setbacks to be halved so that a 1,029 square foot two-story house could be built on land. of 1,750 square feet. The council, however, voted unanimously to uphold the commission’s decision.
The usual land at Cannon Beach is 5,000 square feet. But Hillestad fears that the city’s lots are getting smaller and more housing densities.
Ryan Barnes and the rest of the crew aboard their 38-foot sailboat had just hit their stride when this happened.
They were half an hour into an offshore race about 2 nautical miles southwest of the tip of the South Pier and were heading towards Victoria, B.C., moving rapidly north in a southerly wind, when a crew member saw a dark mass underwater near the side of the boat, Barnes said.
In an instant, a 30-foot whale catapulted out of the rolling swell on the starboard side of the boat, coming out of the water almost entirely.
“He hit his head halfway up to three quarters of the mast,” Barnes said.
The eight people on board watched from the cockpit, stunned as the whale landed on top of the boat – water dripping off the enormous mammal – before it rolled off and back into the sea.
It was a fluke that no one was in the whale’s path at the exact moment, Barnes said.
“It turns out that we had no problem on the bridge,” he said.
50 years ago – 1971
The spring commercial fishing season opened Sunday evening on the Columbia River. Return packers have signaled a disastrous start.
Salmon were scarce from the mouth of the river until the cut-off date downstream from the Bonneville Dam.
Margaret Maki, 17, from Svensen, was named Clatsop County Rodeo Queen in 1971. She is in her final year at Knappa High School.
Vladimiar Nuraev, 43, of Sverdlovsk, Russia, was in good condition at Columbia Memorial Hospital after an elaborate rescue operation involving two federal agencies.
Nureyev, a refrigeration engineer on the large Russian trawler Pechenga, fell from a ladder, making a cut in the back of her head and another in the back, while the Pechenga was about 600 miles offshore.
Nureyev reached the hospital after a helicopter trip to the US Coast Guard airbase, where he was transferred to a city ambulance.
When John Jacob Astor VIII arrives in Astoria tonight with his wife, Fiona, it will be 10 years since his last visit.
Then 14, John was here in 1961 with his parents and grandparents for Astoria’s 150th birthday celebration. In a historic photo, John, his father, Gavin, and his grandfather, John Jacob Astor V, posed with descendants of native Chinooks. The Chinooks lived at the mouth of the Columbia when the first John Jacob Astor landed men to establish a fur trading post on the site of what is now Astoria. The meeting took place, with then-Gov. Mark Hatfield, at the site of Fort Astor, commemorated by a marker at 15th and Exchange streets.
A “mini-ship”, the new 1,586-ton Greek freighter Mini Leaf, has been at Pier 1 of the docks in the port of Astoria, loading a full cargo of 3,000 tons of wheat for Corinto, Nicaragua, in recent days. .
The 214-foot-long Mini Leaf is powered by two automatic diesel engines of 750 horsepower each that run on two screws.
The small ship carries a crew of nine. These include three officers, three sailors, a cook and two engineers.
The Knappton Towboat Company tug Louie III sank in front of Samuel Elmore Cannery. Larry Morgan, a crew member, fell into the water but was rescued, reports said. There was no loss of life. Company officials said they had no further information yet.
The Louie III was busy towing another vessel at the time.
A first edition of “Astoria” by Washington Irving was presented this week at the Astoria Library by Joseph Saari of Vancouver, Washington. Coinciding with the visit of John and Fiona Astor, the gift is a significant addition to the library’s rare book collection and a fitting way to celebrate the 160th anniversary of Astoria’s founding, librarian Bruce Berney said.
Published in 1838 in Philadelphia in an edition of 5,000 copies, time has considerably reduced this number. Saari purchased this two-volume book in 1950 from a burnt down bookstore in Yakima, Washington. The volumes miraculously escaped with little water damage.
75 years ago – 1946
Captain EF Galkpen, Inspector General of the 13th Naval District, was the third high-ranking naval investigator of food waste charges from U.S. Representative Walter Norblad in Astoria to visit the city. He came down from Portland and is expected to return there soon to continue his investigations in that area. Admirals Van Hook and DW Mitchell continued to interview Navy personnel and made plans to visit junk dealers and anyone else they can locate who have recovered materials thrown by the Navy in the landfill. the city.
Northwest industrialists and civic leaders had a strong warning that an electricity shortage had already manifested itself north of Puget Sound and that there would be severe shortages throughout the Bonneville Power Administration system until ‘in 1952 at the current rate of installation of generators and construction of dams.
With warships coming from the sea to be decommissioned at a rapid rate, there were now 84 such craft in the port of Astoria, naval authorities reported.
Ten ships were anchored in the creek off the Astoria waterfront. The rest moored at the naval station of the port terminals.
Sixteen classifications of warships, mainly auxiliary craft and landing craft of different types, were included in the 84 ships. In addition, other ships are temporarily moored in the port of Portland.
Decommissioning continues on a regular basis, with 60 vessels at a time in the process.
The first action to bring Astoria airport back under civilian control was taken on Tuesday evening by the Astoria Port Commission by passing a motion asking the US Navy to declare the airport with all of its facilities as surplus.
If the requested action is taken by the Navy, the Port must then indicate to the Civil Aviation Administration its desire to sponsor the airport as a public project. The Civil Aviation Administration, once the sponsorship has been accepted, will inspect all the airport properties and hand over to the sponsor all those useful for the maintenance of the airport.
The request to the US Navy to show the city of the same name to the cruiser Astoria on May 30 and 31 instead of June 10, as planned, will be made through US Senator Guy Cordon by the Chamber of Commerce.
House officials wrote Cordon today to request the change of dates to allow the cruiser to participate in Memorial Day celebrations in Astoria. The chamber is planning a big celebration on Friday 31 in collaboration with the local naval authorities.