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1992: PGE goes after Clackamas water right

2002: Estacada's Skip-A-Week Quilt Club, which had been active since 1921, held a combination potluck lunch and businesses meeting and stitched a centennial quilt as a gift to the city of Estacada for its 100th birthday celebration.

The 60 member club, boasting members ranging in age from their late 80s to 9 years old, came together during the week of Nov. 13, 2002, and started making designs for the quilt. Copies of old photographs began moving around the table as quickly as ideas on how the group should best showcase some of the historical highlights of Estacada over the past 100 years.

One member started making a list of many historical landmarks in the area and her quilting friends wanted to see included. Among some of those were a logger, a fisherman and a train.

The quilters decided their project would consists of appliqued and embroidered elements. It was decided the quilt would have a muslin background with a green border and each square would be done separately by individual quilters.

1992: Portland General Electric was preparing to file for “massive” water rights on the Clackamas River in a move that city officials said could require smaller water districts to curtail use in the future. City attorney Tom Rastetter told the Estacada City Council about the development and said it might affect Estacada when the river was low.

According to PGE spokeswoman Roxanne Bailey, the power company was preparing to file for water rights it acquired prior to 1909. State law required those who own water rights dated prior to 1909 to register them before the end of 1992 or lose them. City officials and Bailey both noted that the action doesn't mean PGE would actually use all the water it's filing for.

1982: Revenues for Publishers Paper Co. and affiliates fell to $62.9 million for the third quarter of 1982, when compared with $80 million recorded in 1981. An operating loss of $5.7 million occurred during the quarter, compared with an operating loss of $2.4 million in 1981. Revenues through three quarters reached $191.9 million, down from $254.4 million in 1981. An operating loss of $14.2 million was recorded, compared with an operating profit of $2 million in 1981.

Jack E Meadows, president of Publishers Paper Co., commented that “Our wood products operations continue to suffer from the weak housing market that has extended for nearly three years. Newsprint results have been depressed by production curtailments due to weak newspaper advertising demand.”

1972: The local Estacada citizens were treated to a spectacular house burn when over 25 fire personnel from Estacada, Oregon City and Sandy took part in a special house burn drill. The controlled fire was handled by Capt. Charlie Leeson and his staff of trained firefighters. The fire was stopped or controlled several times to give firefighters valuable experience.

1962: More than 100 people were present at the high school cafeteria to hear discussion of the much discussed Teen Club for the Estacada region. The bulk of those attending were naturally the teens themselves. There were enough parents present at the meeting, however, to give the result a worthwhile public sanction.

The purpose of the organization was to give the young folks a place and a cause to work for in which the benefits would be earned by them rather than given to them. They would also provide their own supervision, under the watchful eye of a board.




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