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Alaskan high school band performs in Estacada

2002: With the failure of the $3.5 million bond levy the Estacada Fire District put before the voters on Nov. 5, Chief Larry Long says the potential future relocation of the Main Street station continues to be an issue.

“We were able to put together what we believe was a very good deal on the property we were looking at on Highway 224 and River Mill Road... We don't take the failure of the levy as a negative reflection of the citizens support of the fire district. We knew it would be a tough time for the voters to be asked to spend more money, but we felt it was timely with the tentative arrangement we had made about the property plus not needing a double majority because it was a general election...

“A bond levy is really the only way a project like this can be funded and the need for a new fire station cannot be put on the back burner. The board has not decided when to place this before the voters again, but it will likely depend on the strength of the economy.”

1992: Mayor Tom Nelson on Thursday resigned his seat on the Estacada City Council, and rumors began flying immediately that mayoral candidate David Vail would fill the vacancy by appointment.

Many people close to the city contacted by the paper said the former mayor was saying “no comment” when asked about his abrupt departure.

City Recorder Denise Carey said Nelson appeared briefly at City Hall at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and tossed a one-sentence letter of resignation on City Manger Shelly Jones' desk and left without speaking to anyone.

Carey said the letter did not give any reason for the unexpected resignation.

Nelson was nearing the end of his third two-year term. He was appointed to the position in 1985 to replace Jim Rowley. Earlier in 1992, Nelson announced plans to run again.

1982: In two stirring performances at the Estacada Junior High School auditorium, a visiting Alaskan high school concert band played a tribute to musical excellence.

“Exciting. Inspirational. The best high school band I've ever heard.”

Those were among comments heard following back-to-back concerts by the Dimond High School musicians.

Recognized as one of the best high school bands in the nation, the 60-member group won, through stiff competition, an exclusive invitation to perform at the Western International Band Clinic held in Portland. The band was brought to Estacada through the remarkable cooperation of Alaskan and local school officials, Estacada civic clubs, private businesses and public agencies.

1975: Local industry can be harmonious with the community in which it is located. This idea is apparent in the operation of the Eagle Foundry Company in Eagle Creek.

Since “pouring the first heat” in October 1974, the company and community oriented employees of the foundry have steadily increased sales and, as a result, added employees. This latter fact can be appreciated in the Clackamas County area, where the state has one of its highest unemployment rates.

“Pouring a heat” involves melting raw materials and scrap to a specific analysis (such as manganese alloys and high chrome alloys); then pouring this melted material into molds at 2,800 degrees.