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A usually soft spoken city councilor took a stand for recently demoted Public Works Director Les Kiggens.

On order of the council, new City Manager Duane Robinson had demoted Kiggens and another long-time public works employee, Ed Larson. Their pay also was cut by 18 percent over the next year.

Councilor Terry Brown surprised the council with a letter calling for Kiggins’ reinstatement.

Two other councilors voted to reinstate Kiggins.

The other three councilors sided with Mayor John Rowley not to.

Rowley said that reinstating Kiggins could be interpreted as a sign of weakness.

“It seems to me we were taking a lot of concern for a good and faithful employee,” Rowley said in regard to giving Kiggins a year’s notice for the impending pay cut. “The decision was purely business, I might add. I don’t think we have anything to apologize for.”


Incidents of deaths as a result of child abuse in Oregon dropped from 32 in 1992 to 11 in 1993 according to information released by Oregon’s Children’s Services Division.

Officials credited public awareness efforts about the dangers of shaking babies for the lowered number of fatalities.

More than half of the child abuse deaths in 1992 had been a result of parents violently shaking their young children.


Someone used a chainsaw to cut rings around 36 Douglas Fir trees on the corner of Southeast Kemp Road and Southeast Diver Road.

Though unbeknownst by many, the Estacada Fire Department owned the land the trees were on.

The damaged trees would have to be logged early.

The Fire Department offered a $100 reward for inforamtion leading to the arrest of the culprit.


Reporter Isabel Gautschi joined the Estacada News.

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