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1994: Citizen's Voice PAC accused of fabricating a public document


1974

A 14-year-old bus enthusiast penned a 24-page treatise on Tri-Met titled “A Bus Rider’s Manual, or Everything You Need to Know About Tri-Met.”

The book was released on June 19, 1974.

David Bragdon fell in love with buses as a small child in Manhattan, long before his book came out.

When his father became president of Reed College, the family moved to Portland.

At 12-years-old, Bragdon planned and carried out a bus marathon in which he traveled 200 miles on 16 different buses in one 14-hour day for a total fare of $1.65.

He then wrote a feature on the experience which was published in the Portland Oregon Journal.

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - 1984: Estacada Fire Chief Dan Burke (right) stands with Assistant Chief Barry Jennings and Alan Hull before the fire department's brand new 1984 rescue rig.

1984

Norman S. Christensen, 44, of Estacada was acquitted after a nine-day long murder trial.

The businessman had been accused of fatally shooting an Oregon City man near Redland Road on Sept. 19, 1983.

Christensen claimed that he shot 25-year-old Terry Lee Asbahr in self-defense during a confrontation over a railroad car frame that he had parked alongside Redland Road and that Asbahr was cutting it up.

During the trial, Judge Howard J. Blanding heard about 50 witnesses, examined 200 exhibits, visited the scene of the shooting and looked at Christensen’s truck.

According to the clerk-bailiff, the prosecution didn’t make its case, leading Blanding to find Christensen not-guilty.

1994

Citizen’s Voice, a local PAC opposing the expansion of Estacada’s water system, was in hot water for apparently altering a public document.

The group distributed a newsletter claiming that an engineering firm hired by the city had recommended a 20-year bond rather than the 40-year bond championed by City Manager Shelley Jones that was set to appear on the ballot in September 1994.

“It’s a blatant lie,” said Jones. “It’s a cut-and-paste job that totally misrepresents the work we’ve done.”

The newsletter had included a page from the 1993 water master plan commissioned by the city of Estacada and written by KCM, Inc., a Portland-based engineering form.

The firm had not recommended any preference for the payment period, it had simply recommended a federal loan.

On the same page, the Citizen’s Voice newsletter also included text from the city’s loan application from a federal lending agency making it look as though it were part of the original document. The positioning made it appear as though Jones went against KCM’s recommendation.

Jones herself had penned the loan document, which did indicate the city’s preference for a 20-year payment period.

“We stand by what we said,” said Robert Santangelo, a spokesman for Citizen’s Voice. “Whatever we printed in the paper, we verified at City Hall.”

Alan Peck, a KCM engineer told the paper that the Citizen’s Voice allegation that Jones went against KCM’s recommendation was a fabrication and that the city had followed all of KCM’s recommendations regarding funding for the water system.

“It’s nothing we wrote,” said Peck. “We didn’t make any recommendation for 20 years or 30 years or anything like that.”

“We’re not really interested in suing anyone,” he continued. “But it’s a bad situation because the public has been misinformed.”

Citizen’s Voice subsequently issued an apology in a later newsletter: “(if) the information we got from City Hall was not correct, we apologize for the mistake.”

Tom Nelson, the former mayor of Estacada, was the director of Citizen’s Voice.

He resigned from city council in 1992 shortly before Jones became city manager.

He was married to Kay Nelson, who was serving on city council at the time.

2004

The Oregon Department of Education announced that the Estacada Academy for Educational Excellence would receive a $50,000 planning grant to organize a charter school within the Estacada School District.

Mark Luedtke, an advocate for that charter school, told the paper he believed parents in the Estacada area wanted more discipline and more emphasis on ethics and morality than what was offered at public schools in the district.

“We intend to provide that, he said.”

School Board Chairman Dave Bugni said the plan sounded good in concept but he was waiting to see specific details before making up his mind on whether to support a charter school in Estacada.

2013

PGE completed work on the $4.5 million North Fork Adult Sorting Facility.

The facility allowed scientists to separate native salmon from hatchery salmon with the press of a button.

“This has never been done before. This is the first of its kind to be able to sort hatchery from wild fish without physically handling them or anesthetizing,” said Biologist Garth Wyatt of PGE.



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