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1983: President Clinton promises solutions for timber-dependent communities

1983 — Staff reductions at the Clackamas County District Attorney’s Office meant many crimes were set to go un-prosecuted.

The office lost four assistant district attorneys, one investigator, five secretaries and a program supervisor. Of 15 attorneys, only 11 remained.

Assault charges were set to be lodged only in cases of “significant physical injury.” Minor traffic infractions and driving while suspended cases wouldn’t be prosecuted unless accompanied by other major traffic offenses.

But a representative from the sheriff’s office said that despite the cuts in the DA’s office, deputies would continue to write tickets and enforce the law.

1993 — President Bill Clinton held a forest summit in Portland, with the intention of ending the political and legal gridlock over public forest lands in the Pacific Northwest.

Also attending were Vice President Al Gore, many cabinet officials and representatives from the timber industry, environmental groups and academia. Molalla resident Tootie Smith was among them, as she was the co-owner of Nathan Smith logging along with her husband. She also was active with the Molalla Timber Action Committee.

After the summit, Clinton pledged to produce a policy within 60 days to resolve the situation.

Logging in the Mt. Hood National Forest had decreased 67 percent over the previous four years. Around 60 percent of the forest in the Estacada Ranger District was in spotted owl habitat.

Timber sales on the national forest were down to 129 million board feet from 207 million. Receipts from timber sales dropped from $55 million in 1991 to $41 million in 1992. The Estacada Ranger District produced 13.9 million board feet of timber in 1991, down from a high of 69 million in 1990. That plunged to 4 million in 1992.

2003 — Estacada city councilors discussed possible changes to city codes during a workshop. City Manager Randy Ealy explained the city’s enforcement policies, and described the first step as a “warm and fuzzy” approach. Verbal contact is made with an offender, if possible, or a nice letter is sent explaining the problem.

Ealy said 80 percent of the time, people don’t know they are in violation and have a positive reaction.

The next step is another letter asking for resolution. After that is a letter setting a deadline to resolve the issue. If that doesn’t work, the city attorney sends a letter. Ealy said that usually solves the problem, and only one percent of cases end up being cited into municipal court.

Councilors scheduled another workshop to continue their review.

2008 — A 22-year-old Estacada man was arrested after being accused of making harassing telephone calls. He was taken into custody at his home and lodged at the Clackamas County Jail on 31 counts of telephonic harassment, a misdemeanor. Six victims claimed that a male called them and made lewd comments.

The suspect had no prior established criminal history. He spent the night in jail and was released, with a court date scheduled.

2012 — Estacada Mayor Becky Arnold filed a report with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, claiming that threats were made against her at a council meeting.

The Sheriff’s Office determined the actions involved were not criminal, but documented them as “alarming.” Arnold said she had been confronted outside of council meetings before.

Also making headlines, police discovered an underground marijuana grow at an Eagle Creek residence. Approximately 72 plants were found, valued at $216,000. A couple was accused of manufacturing and distributing marijuana. The plants were found in a bunker underneath a garage.



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