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1974

Smokey Bear, the actual bear, was nearing his 24th birthday. Back in 1950, the badly singed, 5-pound bear cub had been nursed back to health by a forest ranger’s daughter. He had been found “clinging to a burnt tree in New Mexico’s Captain Mountains.”

Once the cub regained his health, he flew to Washington in a plane with his picture painted on the fuselage.

His story was immortalized by “The True Story of Smokey Bear,” which had distributed more than 1.5 million copies by 1974.

The now elderly Smokey Bear was beset with problems, including arthritis and complications from his old burn injuries.

“Besides that,” lamented the paper, “new residents of the National Zoo, mainly Hsing-Hsing and Ling-Ling, the pandas from China, are getting all the limelight.”

1984

Thirty years ago, Estacada was struggling with unemployment.

In January 1984, the then Clackamas County News offered free job-wanted ads to the unemployed. Eight Estacada residents took up the offer, but only a few of them received calls as a result of the ad.

The paper profiled four of Estacada’s unemployed.

The paper painted a portrait of “hardworking people” who were only out of a job because jobs themselves were scarce.

For example, the paper featured, Pat Leonard, whose restaurant in an industrial area of Portland went out of business a year and a half before the publication of the article.

At the time of the article, Leonard had 20 years of experience in inventory and data control, data processing, payroll, pricing and scheduling but was still struggling to find a job.

1994

Tom Rastetter resigned as city attorney, but agreed to stay on until the city council found a replacement. He was hired as the city’s attorney in 1987 and “guided the City Council through everything from Store Wars to gay rights struggles.”

The thought of the week came from figure skater Tonya Harding: “I finally get to prove to the world I can win a gold medal.”

2004

City Manager Randy Ealy told the paper the city was considering adopting a stricter dress code for its employees.

Ealy summarized comments he’d heard over the years about city employees’ dressing habits like this: “Fairly nonspecific, almost anecdotal, but they usually have something to do with lack of shoes being worn, blue jeans or sweat-suit type leisure outfits. Some organizations have casual Friday, but you’re really not supposed to have casual Monday through Friday.”

2013

Three months after Japtheth Daniel Stalcup called police to report the brutal killings of two of his dogs, police arrested the killer, Stalcup himself.

On Nov. 15, 2012, Stalcup told authorities he had found the bodies of his dogs, Buddy and Duke, in a wooded area behind his property.

News media descended on the property to interview Stalcup and his family about the family pets. Rewards for information about the killings were offered by the Oregon Humane Society and California-based nonprofit organization In Defense of Animals.

“I want them to find the guy,” Stalcup had told the Estacada News.

Stalcup eventually confessed to slaying the dogs himself. According to a press release issued by the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Stalcup had said he no longer could afford to care for the dogs and knew of no other alternatives.

Stalcup was arrested Feb. 6 on two counts of first-degree aggravated animal abuse and initiating a false police report.




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