Water under the bridge: July 20, 2021 | Water under the bridge
10 years ago this week – 2011
Two hundred years to the day, prominent British surveyor, cartographer and fur trader David Thompson became Astoria’s first tourist, the 2011 David Thompson Columbia Canoe Brigade reached the docks of the Columbia River Maritime Museum.
After performing a demonstration of circular paddling expertise, the 10-canoe brigade unloaded a cartridge of black powder in the late afternoon drizzle.
A row of historical re-enactors, dressed in traditional fur trade clothing, quickly delivered a volley of musket fire from the shore, followed by a cannon shot (also black powder), granting the paddlers symbolic clearance to land.
The mayor of Warrenton, Mark Kujala, speaker at the event, highlighted the collective relief of the paddlers.
“It wasn’t just a physical accomplishment for them. It was a spiritual achievement, ”Kujala said.
The welcome reception – hosted by the city, the Astoria Bicentennial Committee and professional land surveyors from Oregon – welcomed the more than 100 paddlers as they paraded the docks at Pier 17, waving American flags and Canadian and chanting centuries-old songs about the fur trade.
“Crazy,” “sophoric” and “ridiculous” were all words used to describe the delay in the 17th Street wharf reconstruction project during the Astoria city council meeting on Monday night.
As promised by Mayor Willis Van Dusen, the project, delayed due to noise issues created by pile driving which can disrupt protected Steller sea lions and the smelt population, was discussed early on in the order. of the day of the council.
The council had a lot to say on the matter, which even caught the attention of Floyd Holcom, the chairman of the Astoria Port Commission, who encouraged every council member to fight for the permits and keep the project going. on the right track.
“I am very concerned about this problem,” Holcom said. “Over the past eight years, the power of the (National Marine Fisheries Service) has grown more than I have ever seen against our public works projects.
Holcom said he remembered the first project impacted in the region by the National Marine Fisheries Service. In Knappa, it took seven years to repair 80 feet of railroad track because the fisheries department was concerned about the salmon, he said. Today, the port of Astoria experiences a similar roadblock on its Pier 3 project.
The buildings have been called dangers and horrors, a magnet for criminals and the curious.
They could leave before the end of the summer.
The burnt-out remains of the Cannery Cafe and the No.10 Sixth Street Building, which housed a number of businesses and offices, have remained empty and have collapsed over the Columbia River for seven months – since a huge fire at the edge of the water ravaged them. in December.
But that could change soon – maybe by the end of August.
50 years ago – 1971
Astoria lost by default.
City officials were challenged to a choker contest by Cathlamet, Wash., Officials at that city’s annual logging show. But when the contest was ready to start, no one from town was there.
When asked for an explanation this morning, Mayor Harry Steinbock said their two collar-fitting experts, medical clinic director Arnold Swanson and seafood company manager Sven Lund, couldn’t not come.
Maybe they all choked on the idea of confronting Cathlamet’s “non-professionals” – the owner of a construction company and a mill owner.
A return current is a strong current which flows towards the sea perpendicular to the shore and brings back towards the sea the water brought by the waves and the coastal currents.
It can travel at speeds of up to 3 miles per hour and change position from day to day and even within the same day. The same range can have multiple return currents running at the same time and then weeks go by without any.
It can also be fatal – and it does for many beach vacationers every year.
“The killer current can occur on any ocean beach,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “It’s an insidious and powerful oceanic action that can wear down even the strongest of swimmers.”
Deaths can be prevented by learning to recognize and swim out of a reverse current.
CAMP RILEA – A unit from Salem was named the Oregon National Guard’s Outstanding Unit on Friday in a ceremony seen by some 200 spectators.
Headquarters and Company Headquarters, 1249th Combat Engineer Battalion, received the Eisenhower Trophy, presented annually to the Oregon National Guard’s top organization. This was the second year in a row that the head office and the head office company received this honor.
A quintet from the Tongue Point Job Corps Center, the Sweet Sounds of Soul, won first place in a national Job Corps instrumental music competition. The group beat the competition of some 70 male and female employment centers.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has confirmed its support for the former Hammond factory lagoon site near Tongue Point.
Steven Gilbert, Assistant District Engineer for DEQ, said “the whole department has approved the site. We looked at the site and other sites, including the Bumble Bee site, and decided the Hammond Mill was the best, ”he said.
75 years ago – 1946
Several fishermen were slightly injured and lost fish on deck in a heavy northwest blow that chased the tuna and dredger fleet on Monday. Several boats are reportedly back in port, according to the US Coast Guard watch post. A cool southwesterly wind lifted the seas.
According to Dr EW Harvey, laboratory director and assistant Virginia Kempato, canning methods for redfish were first developed at the Astoria Seafoods Laboratory at the request of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration.
As a result of this research, the lab was able to provide packers with methods of cooking redfish when a commercial market recently opened for the fish. In a report, the laboratory announced that it had been assisted in redfish research by Columbia River Salmon Co., Union Fishermen’s Cooperative Co. and Paragon Fish Co. Since the start of this study on the appropriate methods of implementation canned redfish, at least two of these companies have canned redfish on a commercial scale. The entire packaging industry is interested in the prospects for the new phase of bottom fishing.
The Prouty sawmill in Warrenton narrowly escaped destruction or serious fire damage on Sunday night when a fire at the outer edge of the mill’s dock burned for perhaps half an hour before it began. be discovered. Warrenton volunteer firefighters fought the blaze for 90 minutes before bringing it under control.
Several changes in the prize setup for the post-war revival of the annual Astoria Salmon Derby were announced by William F. McGregor, chairman of the derby. Winners will receive cash prizes in lieu of a mug, silver platter or plaque.
This change was forced due to the inability to obtain the mug, tray, and plate from the manufacturers. Difficulties in converting to peacetime production made it impossible to obtain them, McGregor said.
Fred G. Bryant, an aquatic biologist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Astoria, has had bad luck at a bad time over the past week.
He lost a wallet containing $ 40 in bills to pay the cannery workers who collect the fish tags. A run of fish has just entered the Columbia. Bryant will dig out of his own pockets unless the money is found.
After losing the wallet, Bryant took his family to dig. There, the biologist noticed a car stuck in the waves. He abandoned his clam shovel to help get the car out. When the job was done, Bryant found his missing clam shovel.
To balance things out momentarily, he found a wallet with $ 30 in his vehicle. It contained papers identifying the owner as a sailor the biologist had recently brought to Yakima. He passed the wallet and its contents to the sailor’s parents.
For the return of the scales from each of them, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, with the cooperation of Oregon and Washington State, will pay 50 cents.