1984: Trestle Trail opponents crowd public meetings

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - The caption for this 1984 photo read: Eagle Creek residents Brian Pemberton (left) and Jerry Castonguay made no bones about their feelings on the proposed Trestle Trail, an Estacada City Council project. They picketed Estacada City Hall before joining a large group of people who live along the trail attending a council meeting to voice their opposition. Rowley is the Estacada mayor. Pemberton said his last home was located near a similar trail in Milwaukie. He experienced vandalism and harrassment from trail users despite a 6-foot cyclone fence separating his house from it.


Homeowners along a proposed 12.4-mile jogging and horse trail protested the project during a City Council meeting and later a Trestle Trail Committee meeting.

Volunteers, under the auspices of the city of Estacada, had begun clearing brush along the proposed route the previous week.

The trail route was composed primarily of an old railroad right-of-way.

Despite having publicized intentions for the trail for several years, sight of the work spurred residents along the route to loudly voice their opposition.

Opponents claimed they had not been properly notified of the impending construction.

The Oregon Highway Division, which owned the railroad right-of-way, threatened to withdraw permission for the project unless a plan was developed to deal with the opponents’ concerns.

Kenneth L. Rolfe, of the Oregon Highway Division, said that until about a week earlier, the state agency had believed there was widespread support for the project.

Estacada attorney Bob Johnstone said 74 of the 80 homeowners along the proposed route signed a petition opposing the project.

He said he had been appalled when the city refused to allow his clients to speak during a council meeting.

“We were told we couldn’t speak because we don’t live within the city,” Johnstone said. “But in this situation doesn’t it make sense to at least listen to people whose ox you are going to gore no matter where they live?”

At a later meeting, Johnstone and two other speakers were allowed to talk for 15 minutes.

Johnstone said he was disappointed in Mayor John Rowley’s reaction and said he stared at the clock the entire time and cut speakers off abruptly.


In less than six months the number of people registered to carry concealed weapons with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office had jumped.

In January 1994, 4,600 people had permits on file in the county. By May, the number was 5,447.

“The numbers are going up,” said Deputy Wendi Bapst, a spokesman for the department. “I assume it’s the perception that violent crimes are increasing. But I think the reality is that the media is presenting more violence.”

Statewide, concealed weapon permit holders had increased from 37,390 in the fall of 1993 to 50,500 in June 1994.


Estacada’s NAPA Auto and Truck Parts moved from next to Mike’s Second Hand Store to the former Food Forum building on Southeast Highway 224.


After the city of Estacada approved its new contract with the Sandy Police Department for law enforcement services in Estacada, a committee began interviewing officers interested in serving in Estacada.

During a council meeting, City Manager Bill Elliott reiterated that the Sandy officers would serve the same number of hours in Estacada as sheriff’s deputies were serving at the time.

Estacada had been contracting with the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Department since the late 1970s before switching to the Sandy Police Department.

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