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D AILY A STORIAN
Founded in 1873
STEPHEN A. FORRESTER, Editor & Publisher
LAURA SELLERS, Managing Editor
BETTY SMITH, Advertising Manager
CARL EARL, Systems Manager
JOHN D. BRUIJN, Production Manager
DEBRA BLOOM, Business Manager
SAMANTHA MCLAREN, Circulation Manager
Compiled by Bob Duke
From the pages of Astoria’s daily newspapers
10 years ago this week — 2005
ILWACO, Wash. — Efforts were being made today to salvage the barge
Millicoma containing as much as 5,000 gallons of diesel that broke free
from a tugboat and ran aground near the North Head Lighthouse north of the
mouth of the Columbia River Saturday.
OK, so maybe the plot was corny, as 12-year-old Helen John-
son, an extra in The Ring Two, deemed it. And maybe the special
effects were, well, amateurish.
But Johnson and other locals who saw the sequel to the horror
hit couldn’t argue with the setting: their very own Astoria.
The Ring Two, starring Naomi Watts, opened Friday, and cu-
rious Astorians turned out to see how their city would fare on the
“I loved the shots of the city,” said Wendy Berezay, “It really
shows the lovely place we live.”
The family had just moved to Astoria from the Midwest.
As they stood on the corner of Eighth and Commercial streets, they were
stunned to see a huge log truck making the sharp turn, its giant tires nearly
running up on the curb.
downtown street, the wife wondered? No, she later learned, that was the
normal way through town for trucks large and small.
It still is.
50 years ago — 1965
The biggest hangar at Tongue Point housed a distinguished
gathering of state, federal and educational dignitaries Saturday
for the formal dedication of the new Job Corps Training Center.
The coming summer should see a high peak of activity in construction of
the Astoria interstate bridge.
Five major contracts totaling $21 million will be in progress through all
or most of the summer. Two of the biggest will be either completed or almost
completed by next fall.
Completion of the whole bridge is still more than a year away. Most ex-
pert guesses among the bridge builders and engineers indicate August 1966,
Dismayed Coast Guardsmen at Tongue Point depot learned
Wednesday morning they have an extremely unwelcome visi-
tor, a dead whale that somehow has become soundly entangled
Presence of the creature was discovered when crewmen of the
cutter Mallow, moored beside the pier, began smelling something
Looking over the side, they discovered the whale right beside
the ship. With an east wind blowing, the whale was to windward.
As the tide dropped, more whale was exposed and the smell be-
Apparently the whale had been there several days. How it got
itself completely entangled with the piling was a mystery. Anoth-
er, more crucial mystery was how on earth to get the creature out
75 years ago — 1940
Those Astorians who have made it their pastime or even chief pursuit
during the past week to watch the seaplanes from the Tongue Point air-
base towing targets must have felt rewarded for their efforts this morn-
One of the planes returning home from sunrise exercises over the
for the airmen was also broken in two by what may have been bunched
Installation of 356 parking meters in the business section
of Astoria will be completed within 30 days after the passage
regular meeting of the city council Monday night.
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urged the house merchant marine committee to approve a bill by Rep.
James E. Van Zandt, R., Pa., to provide them with modern training ships
at a cost of $2,500,000 each.
Rep. James W. Mott, R., Ore., also appeared in support of his own bill
to make Astoria, Ore., one of the ports where a nautical school, which he
said Oregon wanted to establish as part of the State university, would be
eligible for the loan of a training vessel from the navy.
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aboard inter-coastal vessels calling at the Columbia River was
felt in Warrenton this week when the Warrenton Shingle Co.,
closed its mill, throwing 42 men out of work, because the mill
could obtain no cargo space for its products.
furs were their main objective.
But for many years after the Astor enterprise folded up meager mar-
lower Columbia district turned to other means of livelihood.
But today the fur trade is making a revival in Astoria and its tributary
area, and amounts to an estimated $60,000 annually from sale of mink
furs alone, in addition to some $15,000 a year paid out to trappers for
Today the fur business is a renovated industry, with the vast ma-
jority of furs produced on scientifically managed fur farms where
the fur bearing animals are raised in captivity.
THE DAILY ASTORIAN • WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2015
years ago, Lewis and
Clark left our region. They had
intended to leave on March
22, but heavy winds prevented
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remained, so the 23rd was their
Two members of the Corps of
Discovery were ill or in pain, but
there was no emergency room.
Leaving them behind was out of
So at 1 p.m., the party brought
cargo from Fort Clatsop to the
Netul River (now named Lewis
and Clark River). Canoes were
loaded and the party left for a ren-
dezvous with elk hunters who had
been sent ahead to what we call
Tongue Point. They had named it
late November, the March depar-
anniversaries in the Columbia-Pa-
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visitors have come our way and
no such consequential mission has
LAST FRIDAY AT NOON, IT
was brisk under the picnic shelter
at Fort Clatsop National Memorial.
Superintendent Scott Tucker and I
chided ourselves for noticing the
chill in the air as we pored over the
record of that day in 1805. The ex-
plorers were wearing buckskin and
not much more. And here we were
with modern outerwear — feeling
Over 26 years I have enjoyed
the custom of marking Lewis and
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Fort Clatsop superintendents. My
Walker. He and I sat on tree stumps
in the sunlight. The weather mark-
‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said,
‘To talk of many things;
Of shoes — and ships — and sealing wax —
Of cabbages —and kings —’
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of Cabbages and Kings
minder — by Pvt. Joseph White-
house — is that the expedition will
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boundary of their nation — to a
region inhabited by the Chinooks
and other tribes — Sgt. Patrick
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Chin-ook, Cath-la-mas, Cal-a-mex
and Chiltz — nations who inhabit
the seacoast, all dress in the same
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for the long walk to the Missouri
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for the trip
383 pairs of
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three-month residence. To a wall
they nailed a proclamation of their
time at Fort Clatsop and their gift
of it to Coboway. It disappeared in
the mist of time.
course and headed east.
not fared sumptuously this win-
ter and spring at Fort Clatsop, we
have lived quite as comfortably as
we had any reason to expect we
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picture of that moment when the
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Media and the snookered Isle
years, is now growing
are at their lowest level in
history. Even debt-crisis
countries like Italy and
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rates than Britain pays.
What about growth?
When the current British
suggests, this is what you
There is, however, another im- hear all the time on TV
government came to power
in 2010, it imposed harsh
portant election in just six weeks, as and read in British news-
austerity — and the British
Britain goes to the polls. And many papers, presented not as
economy, which had been
of the same issues are on the table.
recovering from the 2008
political debate but as sim-
Unfortunately, economic dis- ple fact.
slump, soon began slump-
course in Britain is dominated by a
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cits. Worse, this bogus narrative ruled Britain before the crisis prof- government backed off, putting plans
has infected supposedly objective ligate? Nobody thought so at the for further austerity on hold (but with-
reporting; media organizations rou- time. In 2007, government debt as a out admitting that it was doing any
tinely present as fact propositions percentage of GDP was close to its such thing). And growth resumed.
If this counts as a policy success,
that are contentious if not just plain lowest level in a century (and well
below the level in the United States), why not try repeatedly hitting yourself
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all pretense of neu-
in which investors States, and we know how that doc-
trality and cheer on
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Britain was at imminent risk of a long-term at an interest rate of just variety of reasons — among them,
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By PAUL KRUGMAN
New York Times News Service