Broadway and nearby streets were scheduled to be repaved in early July. Not the entire width of the street, though, just the middle. The edges would be graded gravel.

An evolution of roads in Estacada: First they were dirt, then gravel, but when gravel alone proved too dusty, a layer of oil and liquid asphalt was poured over the gravel to keep it together.

However, the frequent potholes had Public Works Director Les Kiggins patching and repatching holes every year.

“We’re just patching patches is all we are doing now,” he said.

No wonder he was happy when federal community development block grants for repaving the roads finally came through.


Estacada’s traditional Fourth of July celebrations were up in the air. The annual Family Fourth event had been canceled.

Insurance and a fire permit had been secured for the fireworks show, but the event was $2,500 short. If the money came in within three or four days, the show would go on.


Ten years later and Fourth of July celebrations were again hitting all sorts of snags. Jack David Premier Shows — which had been booked for the Fourth of July carnival — were stuck in California until state inspectors arrived to approve their equipment. But they couldn’t get anyone out to perform the inspection.

The restaurateur who had been secured to transport the alcohol to the beer garden abruptly informed event planners that he would be getting married on July 4. Event planners were left with little time to find someone else with the special license required to transport alcohol to catering sites.

Western International Fireworks was still owed a $4,500 debt for the previous year’s fireworks show. The company refused to supply the $10,000 worth of fireworks for the 2003 show until the debt was settled. If it was not repaid in time, there would be no fireworks show.

Not to be deterred, Estacada was going all out to raise the funds.


A hiker lost his footing on a wet bit of trail in Mt. Hood National Forest and slid down 25 feet before catching hold of a bush that prevented him from falling down the rest of the steep 200-foot slope into the river. Paramedics, the Forest Service’s Quick Response team and a Reach and Treat team swiftly rescued the hiker.

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