Water under the bridge: March 9, 2021 | Water under the bridge
10 years ago this week – 2011
In Japan, it was a disaster.
In Hawaii, this has raised serious concerns.
On the North Coast, it felt more like an exercise – except it was real.
Tsunami warnings – long overdue in Wheeler’s locations in Ocean Park, Wash. – were sounded early this morning after the earthquake hit Japan. There have been hundreds of deaths in Japan.
Emergency services teams on both sides of the Columbia River have sprung into action.
People were evacuated from the Cannon Beach and Seaside areas. As reports came in that Clatsop County would only expect waves of 1-4 feet, officials relaxed a bit but still advised people to stay away from beaches, rivers, bays and other low-lying coastal areas.
The first wave hit the county between 8 and 9 a.m. Further waves followed every 18 minutes or so.
It was a battle the leader was fighting from the front lines.
Astoria firefighters were called in on Friday to put out a fire aboard the Lady Rosemary in the East End mooring basin in Astoria.
The call arrived at 11:50 a.m.
The fishing vessel report indicated that smoke was coming out of the cockpit.
Due to the limited weight of the East End Mooring Basin trestles, Fire Chief Lenard Hansen, one of the first to arrive, boarded the boat with a portable water extinguisher and released the flames for that his firefighters were packing fire equipment on the fishing boat.
A portable water pump was installed on the dock to pump water from the Columbia River for firefighters to put out the fire. Firefighters used a thermal imager to verify that there were no hidden heat sources.
The fire was brought under control at around 12:15 p.m.
WARRENTON – The weather. Floating in the frozen ocean off the north coast, just having a little extra could save your life.
This is a fact well known to the crew who run the new command center in the Columbia River sector of the US Coast Guard.
Indoors, center staff must make split-second decisions with speed and precision when wasted time can mean paying the ultimate price.
“Minutes are the difference between life and death,” said Luke Cutburth, senior operations specialist and command center supervisor.
After months of working in a temporary home, the centre’s staff are back to work in their new forward command center. The space and its design helped speed response times and maximize efficiency, saving minutes when a wasted moment could spell disaster, Cutburth said.
An American Metal Climax official said today that the company will perform on-site work and test drilling this summer at its Warrenton plant and the docks in the Port of Astoria. The company said on Friday it was delaying the start of construction of an aluminum plant until 1972.
Residents of Astoria and Warrenton interviewed randomly on the streets of the city on Monday reacted somewhat negatively to news that the company was postponing construction of the plant.
American Metal Climax said “environmental concerns” played a big role in their decision to postpone construction of the plant, but general citizen reaction favored immediate construction to alleviate the unemployment problem in Clatsop County. .
The construction of a full cabin that could be erected on a beach lot could be part of a class at Astoria High School during the school year 1971 to 1972.
John McRae, director of education, told the Astoria school board on Monday evening that the course guide for a building trades program was developed by Chuck Raymond, director of vocational training for the education district. Clatsop intermediary, and George Huhtala, high school carpentry teacher. The prerequisites for entry into the program are being developed.
McRae said the idea of building a cabin suitable for a beach lot had been suggested as a major project for students and he wanted the council’s tentative reaction. He said they would seek a loan from one or more local lending institutions to finance the purchase of materials, with the repayment to be made on the sale of the cabin.
Adult Student Housing, Inc. is re-advertising offers on its 100 planned apartments in Astoria due to a federal construction wage directive.
Fred Bender, of Adult Student Housing Inc., said today from Portland that new offers will be open next Wednesday. The company plans to build apartments for students at Clatsop College on a property just north of the Astoria approach to the Old Youngs Bay Bridge. The funding comes from a $ 1 million loan from the US Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.
A fishing boat sank in the Columbia River east of Sand Island on Thursday following a storm that lashed the area with high winds Thursday afternoon. An old dairy has been blown from its foundations in Seaside, but little other damage has been reported.
Three men from Seaside, returning from crabbing off Seaside in their 35-foot fishing boat, were rescued by the United States Coast Guard after their boat separated and sank at the east end of the Sand Island early Thursday afternoon.
Astoria ranked 11th among Oregon cities in home construction volume in 1945, according to figures released by the Equitable Saving & Loan Association in Portland.
Astoria had $ 51,000 in home construction in the war-ending year, out of a total of $ 6.1 million in home construction for the state.
The cities at the head of Astoria included Portland, Eugene, Salem, Medford, Klamath Falls, Grants Pass, Corvallis, Albany, Pendleton and Coos Bay, the report says.
Running a “duck” for a mile and a half at sea during winter waves and coming back to probe on the way to shore may seem like a particularly nasty job, but it is the job of a crew of four and two ducks. along the north coast this winter.
They work under what they call the “WOBS Project”, to study wave action along the coast.
The four-man group is currently operating around Astoria and will be there for another two or three days.
The project takes its name from Wave Observation, Bureau of Ships. The aim of the study is to determine the nature and causes of wave action.
The party has two ducks supplied by the US military. Ducks, for the uninitiated, are 2.5 ton amphibious trucks, with a sea body instead of a regular truck body. The duck is a sturdy contraption and able to withstand considerable blows from the sea – as it would be necessary to make frequent trips through the winter surfing on the north coast.
PORTLAND – Herbert West, Mayor of Walla Walla, Wash., Defended the development of navigation on the Upper Columbia and Snake Rivers by building a series of dams on Monday at the Portland Chamber of Commerce forum meeting . Dams, which will allow proper navigation by boat and barge, are to rise at The Dalles, Arlington, John Day, Umatilla and on the Snake River.
By agreement reached yesterday, The Astorian-Budget Publishing Co. will take ownership of the Troy Laundry Company property at 10th Street and Duane Street. The purpose of the acquisition is to reshape the structure to accommodate the expanding activities of the newspaper printing and works department.
Members of the newspaper industry touring the Northwest as guests of the National Manufacturers Association have shown a more intimate personal interest in Clatsop Industries than in many of the larger companies they had seen elsewhere.
They worried about what happened to the wood and what is happening to the fish. Driving along the Sunset Highway, they inquired about the possible use of land which they saw as an ulcer on the economic body of the country.
In Astoria, the party was aware of the practical problems of the annual handling of 35 million pounds of fish by James H. Cellars, public relations manager of the Columbia River Packers Association.
They visited the freezers and other units of the company’s facilities. Later, individual members of the group became interested in the by-product phases of the industry. They saw significant possibilities in the use of the new Carruthers can filling device, the Pac-E-Lector, which has been installed in several canneries.