Yesterday's Headlines

Reporter Scott Jorgensen produces this weekly history column from the archive pages of the Estacada News.


Restoration work on the Estacada High School auditorium neared completion 10 years ago. The school was first built in 1936 as part of President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Progress Administration, with the auditorium finished the following year.

A school district bond was used to help pay for the restoration, which included replacing part of the ceiling, upgrading the facility for seismic safety and upgrading its electrical fixtures.

Independent fundraising contributed $47,000 toward the cost, with the district chipping in $20,000 from lottery revenue. U.S. Bank and the Rose Trucker Trust put $5,000 toward the work, with the Juan Young trust adding $3,000. The project was expected to be finished the following summer.


The Estacada Education Association’s full membership was set to vote on the school district’s last offer of an 11 percent raise and increased medical benefits 20 years ago.

More than 50 teachers and the school board’s members attended the negotiation meeting. Superintendent Scott Clark was also present, and sported a “Time to Settle” button, along with many teachers and administrators.

Union negotiator Bruce Smith said the district had enough money in its coffers to afford higher salaries. But district negotiator Richard Ellingboe said it would be unwise to promise salaries that would later have to be cut due to the passage of Measure 5.

“We believe it is premature,” he said.

Hours earlier, Gov. Barbara Roberts had proposed a state budget calling for major cuts in education spending.

Members of the Estacada City Council unanimously passed a resolution directing city staff to prepare for a $40,000 local improvement district to fund a new water line to Industrial Park. Property owners at Industrial Park were unhappy about the prospect, stating that they didn’t want to pay for the infrastructure addition and that doing so should be the city’s responsibility.

The fire department said Industrial Park may not be developed any further until a water line was in place, as it couldn’t meet fire codes. In the event of a fire, water would have to be hauled in from elsewhere.


Estacada High School’s wrestling team placed second in the Estacada Invitational Tournament, surprising many with its strong showing 30 years ago.

The EHS boys basketball team defeated St. Helens 66-33 for its third win of the season, utilizing a defense-driven strategy.

EHS runner Willy Hewson captured a national run title at the National AAU Junior Olympic Cross-Country Championship in Fresno, Calif., helping his team win second place at that event.

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