From Our Files: June 12, 2024

Mary’s Peak Shrine Trek fundraising was started off by a donation from Jack Legg of Dan Dee Sales in 1974. Rainbow Girls accepting the check are, from left, Debbie Pedersen, Gwen Tidwell and Dawn Lacey.

June 13, 1974


The Chamber of Commerce voted to endorse the concept that the highest and best use of the Foster Lake area is for recreational development, both private and public. This comes after a report regarding opposition to a proposed commercial campground adjacent to Lewis Creek Park. The chamber will provide the endorsement to the Linn County Commission as it considers an appeal to allow the campground.


The proposed budget for the East Linn Hospital District includes a plan for additional renovations for doctors’ offices, to hire at least two more doctors and furnishings. City ambulance service also lingers on the hospital budget being passed. Board Chairman William O. Lewis said he expects the new center could be self-sufficient in a few more years.


Summer programs have begun at the USACE at Foster, including tours of the powerhouse, fish ladder and fish lift given by new hires Debbie Smith, Leslie Howe and Teresa Powell. Neighborhood Youth Corps employees will assist in constructing picnic areas complete with fire rings, trails and portable restrooms near Hufford Butte. The areas are tentatively being called River Edge Site and Caulkins Park.


Large attendance was seen at the Oregon Log Truckers Association Board Meeting to discuss concerns about the high cost of Workmen’s Compensation Insurance to log truckers, which reportedly costs truckers $19.46 for every $100. Based on low accident stats, the board agreed to investigate the matter. The board also agreed to sponsor the World Championship Log Truck Driving Contest.


New federal laws this year require kids to show proof of age for summer farm jobs, including picking of berries and beans. Children must be at least 12 years old and provide written parental consent.


June 16, 1999


Eleven of the school district’s 30 bus drivers competed in their first regional bus safety contest in Lincoln City, and five of them will go on to compete at the state competition in Eugene. Those who will head to state after competing against another 130 drivers are: Ina Lee, Tammy Cargel, Patty Thomas, Marilyn Jenkins and Judy McKenzie.


James Gourley left for Hungary and Austria after being selected for the Oregon Cultural Exchange wrestling team. They will stay and work out with Hungary’s national Olympic team before grappling in Budapest, followed by a meet in Vienna. Gourley said he’s the second Husky to qualify for the exchange team.


A feasibility study indicates that the Wilderness Village project is possible if the community can raise between $7.5 and $10.3 million. A steering committee has been working on creating a nonprofit corporation to help fund city and school district budgets and decrease the need for property taxes. Wilderness Village would use a corporate conferencing center as its funding centerpiece.