1978: City police department merges with Sheriff's Office
The Estacada Chamber of Commerce had recently finished setting up shop at a new location at the Schmidt Insurance Building on Main Street. Mrs. Leo Lippencott had been hired as the Chamber's executive secretary.
In a 4-2 vote, Estacada City Councilors chose to merge the city's five-man police department with the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. "If the arrangement didn't work and one side wanted out, the city would be required by law to re-hire the former city policemen," The News reported. "Either party could withdraw from the agreement with 90 days notice." The arrangement would reduce the city's expenses for police services from $148,000 to $46,000.
In honor of Girl Scouts week, local scouts met with Estacada Mayor Tom Nelson in the City Council chambers. The mayor told them he thought scouting was "a wonderful activity for young people in their formative years." The scouts later gave Nelson two boxes of cookies.
After a letter to the editor from Betty Coleme accused The News of producing yellow journalism and negative stories, publisher Ray Horn told her to provide specific examples. "It is not likely that we can 'clean up our act' unless you're much more precise about things we ought to change," he wrote. "As a rule, I believe news reporters are a sincere, dedicated, idealistic group of people. . .Many, I also believe, are blessed with a special ability to discern truth amid the noise and chaos of life. Being a special breed closer to God, the chances of their erring are quite small."
Classified ads from 20 years ago included piano and voice lessons with Babette Soll, a three bedroom mobile home and Christmas tree grinding done by the Schaefer brothers.
In a fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Estacada Fire District Volunteers Zach Rehfield and John Kirkpatrick ran up 69 flights of stairs while wearing full gear inside of the Columbia Center in Seattle. The 788-foot skyscraper was the second tallest building west of the Mississippi River. More than 1,300 firefighters from around
the world participated in the event. During the race, participants wore self-contained breathing apparatus bottles and respirators, along with full fire gear.
The Estacada Farmers Market was preparing for its upcoming season, which would begin in a few months. Skip Heberden, one of the market's organizers, said they planned to introduce several new features during the upcoming season, including visits from the Sandy Police Department and the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office. Heberden thought it would be particularly engaging for younger children, who might enjoy seeing the emergency rigs up close.