by: ESTACADA NEWS ARCHIVES - Teens worked to clean the grounds of the Armory Building. They planned to open a Teen Age Club in the building.The town was abuzz over the establishment of an Estacada Teen Club. One-hundred people attended a meeting in the high school cafeteria to learn about it.

The purpose of the club would be “to give the young folks a place and a cause to work for in which the benefits would be earned by them rather than given to them and in which they would provide their own supervision, under the watchful eye of a board made up of representatives of all civic, fraternal, agricultural, patriotic and church bodies of the area.”

Board members expected the club to open in the Armory Building. At the club, teens would take part in table tennis, shuffle board, juke box, dancing, other entertainment and study groups.


by: ESTACADA NEWS ARCHIVES - The Best Dam Run winner of 1983 was Randy Husky of Estacada.Estacada High School’s agriculture building caught fire when a soil sterilizer backfired. Estacada School District Business Manager Al Shannon estimated it could cost the district $1,000 to replace the building, but the total loss had not been determined.


Estacada voters approved the controversial, anti-gay Measure 3-1 to amend the city charter to prohibit civil liberties protections based on sexual orientation. Only 55 percent of the city mailed in their ballots, a drop from the previous year’s voter turnout.

City officials said the measure was illegal and could not be enforced. It violated a state law that banned cities from targeting individuals based on their sexual orientation.

“As long as HB 3500 is law and on the books, we can’t enforce the charter provision,” City Attorney Tom Rastetter said. “As far as I know, we don’t have any intention of enforcing it.”

The American Civil Liberties Union announced plans to challenge the results in Clackamas County Circuit Court.

Should the city of Estacada be sued, Rastetter said he’d recommend signing a court order nullifying the measure.

Public records showed that to date, the city had paid Rastetter $2,300 for Measure 3-1 related work.

The paper’s thought of the week came from Lord Acton: “The most certain test by which we judge whether a country is really free is the amount of security enjoyed by minorities.”


Estacada resident and acting Estacada museum curator Tim Arnold called a town hall meeting to explore reopening the museum exhibits.

The paper reported that while readers had probably seen the museum sign, chances were they’d never been inside.

After the original museum board died, moved or pursued other interests, the Chamber of Commerce held the keys to the museum and would occasionally let interested people in to look at the exhibits.

“People just lost interest is what happened,” Arnold said.

Arnold hoped to draw volunteers in an effort to have the museum open on weekends. He also wanted to expand the museum’s inventory.

The museum had small collections from the Wade and Currin families, items from the Barlow Trail, a display dedicated to Mickey Rooney’s visit to the town and a few other items, but a PGE display was noticeably absent.

“I would like to see more things that deal with the actual history of Estacada,” Arnold said.

In other news, the Estacada Post Office turned 100.


Rick Slater, director of the Estacada Charter Schools, estimated that the district had made more that $500,000 in profits with the 751 students enrolled in the early college and web academy charter schools in the 2011-2012 year. The charter schools had managed to crawl out of a $750,000 debt hole from two years before.

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