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Mayor John Rowley had a bone to pick with the paper.

The incident was relayed in the paper's “Mort Report” column.

The tiff apparently started when the publisher wanted to take a photo of the mayor and his son imbibing at a local establishment.

“But look John, even Ronald Reagan has dropped into Boston bars to have a beer with working men, so there's nothing to be ashamed of,” the publisher quoted himself.

“To the contrary: A picture of the mayor in a local bar would tend to convey the message that the mayor likes all people — drunks included,” the publisher added in the column.

Rowley accused the paper of lacking the courage to report anything negative about its advertisers.

“So why don't you at least say in your newspaper that advertising revenues can effect your editorial,” Rowley was quoted.

“Okay: There it is John,” wrote the publisher. “I am a practical guy and don't want to make any more enemies than necessary. One makes enough enemies in the news business without trying. There have been threatening phone calls and a dead cat in my car. Not to mention the beatings of our former reporter who didn't have a knack for saying the right thing at the right time.”

Apparently it's much more fun being an Estacada News reporter 30 years later.

The publisher wasn't exactly contrite though.

He wrote that “...even if we were down to our last nickel here, we'd do whatever we think is right.”

Now that's a sentiment we'd like to carry on. Except for the “down to our last nickel” part.


Estacada was pounded by a winter storm with winds up to 50 miles an hour.

Power was knocked out and several power lines were downed.

One fallen power line prevented drivers from getting into George for four hours.

The paper offered a thought of the week from Colin Ward: “Every year a new cohort of five-year-olds can't wait to get into school, while another of 15-year-olds can't wait to get out. Something happened in the years in between.”


Fearless Brewing Company's Scotch Ale was on tap at the downtown Portland's Holiday Ale Festival. This was the first time Fearless had participated in an event as an operating brewery.


A Portland-based environmental nonprofit organization, Bark, filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Forest Service for the use of concessionaire management of five sites on federal land throughout the country, including the Mt. Hood National Forest.

In 2010, the Forest Service awarded special-use permits to concessionaires to manage at least 28 developed recreational sites in the Mt. Hood National Forest.

Bark representatives said that transferring responsibility to private companies allowed the Forest Service to side step the 1970 National Environmental Protection Act which requires environmental impact analysis and public input for decisions regarding activities on federal land.

After a public outcry, the forest service held open houses and invited the public to look at the proposal for concessionaire management.

The forest service awarded the contract to California Land Management, but the entity does business in Oregon under the name of Mt. Hood Recreation.

Eric Mart, president of the company, said that similar concessionaire programs had been around for more than 30 years.

“The alternative was to close the facilities. But that's difficult to do at most national forests because of the nature of how they are laid out,” he said. “The money has to come from somewhere. It's not coming from the general fund anymore. That's a problem because there are costs involved. It doesn't just sit there. The campgrounds have to be maintained.”

Olivia Schmidt, Bark's program director, told the paper that the organization's biggest concern was the potential for private companies to profit through the use of public resources.

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