2013: A string of Estacada businesses burglarized


Fish cough too. The paper explained that water pollutants cause trout, salmon, blue-gill, sunfish and fathead minnows to “cough” in an effort to remove debris from their gills.

Environmental Protection Agency researchers were experimenting to see whether polygraphs (similar to those used in lie detector tests) could be used to trigger an alarm if there was a sudden increase in fish coughs in a body of water.

The alarm could indicate industrial waste entering lakes and streams.

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - The paper reported that the 6-foot-tall Easter Bunny in the 1984 Easter Parade scared a few children.


Two weeks after being shot at least four times by his ex-girlfriend, an Estacada man was still hospitalized, but in stable condition.

The woman was arrested. She was described by a coworker at Micki’s Drive Inn in Estacada as a pleasant person and good worker. She was the mother of two children.

The week before, the paper reported that the Estacada Fire Department had plans to build a new training tower on department-owned property next to the fire station at Southeast Currin Street and Fifth Avenue. The area previously had been used for parking.


City Manager Shelley Jones received word that Estacada no longer was being considered for the site of a state veterans hospital.

The three candidates for Oregon House District 23 spoke at an Estacada Chamber of Commerce luncheon. The candidates were Democrats Kurt Schrader and Diane Turk (an Estacada resident) and Republican Jerry Grisham.

On the Opinion page, the paper ran an editorial of a “composite of political clichés used by the candidates we talked with last week”:

“If elected, I promise to get down to business and meet the tough challenges and make the hard decisions and be tough on crime so the people of Oregon can live in viable communities where public schools offer a quality education. We need to get Oregon back on track and make government work so our tax dollars are spent wisely and people can get back to work in good, family-wage jobs.”


The Estacada City Council was considering an ordinance proposed by the Estacada Area Arts Commission that would require the city to budget 1 percent of construction costs of city buildings and parks to public art.

Then City Councilor Becky Arnold expressed concern that the extra cost would keep projects from being realized. She also asked how the ordinance would affect construction of the new $3.5 million library, the first public building project in decades.

However, the Library Foundation already had budgeted about $35,000 toward public art.

Jane Reid, chairwoman of the arts commission, and muralist Joe Cotter expressed support for the ordinance.


Estacada businesses including Granny’s Drive Thru, Taco Time, Shear Beauty, Hair of the Dog, Lookin’ Good Salon, Estacada Web Academy, Harmony Bakery and Get & Go fell prey to a rash of burglaries.

The arrest of Raleigh Reynolds, a suspect in the Granny’s burglary, made national news.

When Clackamas County sheriff’s deputies attempted to arrest Reynolds, he allegedly emerged from a building holding his 7-month-old son as a shield between himself and the deputies.

Reynolds was booked into the Clackamas County Jail after deputies persuaded him to release the baby.

The child was uninjured.

Reynolds had been arrested earlier in 2013 when a phone inadvertently dialed 9-1-1 during an alleged drug deal.

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