Estacada High School senior Lori Pugsley led a group that visited voters, wrote to recent grads

ARCHIVE PHOTO - In 1978, Estacada High School senior Lori Pugsley led a group of students known as Kids to Keep Our Schools Open. The group campaigned for voters to approve the school districts budget so classrooms could remain open.


Local teachers would soon learn about the latest aerospace developments from members of the U.S. Air Force. Speakers visiting Estacada would discuss airlines, safety in the sky, aerospace research and new planes. If the weather permitted, there would be a demonstration of hovering and maneuvering with a small helicopter.


Estacada students had formed a group that would campaign for the approval of the school district's $5.8 million budget, which would appear on the ballot the following month. The student group, known as Kids to Keep Schools Open, was led by Lori Pugsley, a senior at Estacada High School. Students wrote letters to recent graduates encouraging them to vote and visited residents door to door with a fact sheet. "People always say they won't close the doors but when it affects you it's a different feeling," Pugsley said, noting that if the budget failed to pass and local schools were forced to close their doors, seniors would not be able to graduate on time. "It's not (the) kids fault that taxes keep going up." On election day, voters approved the budget 1,155 to 845.


Listed among the classified advertisements from 30 years ago were Tuxedo Maid Service, who offered "complete home cleaning," a teenager seeking babysitting jobs and a call for bus drivers in the Estacada School District.


Estacada area stores would be rewarded for not selling tobacco to minors. Through a program organized by the Pacific Research Institute, youth volunteers would attempt to purchase cigarettes. If the clerk asked for identification, the volunteer would give the employee information about the program and a free gift. "The campaign uses positive reinforcement to encourage clerks to ask young people to show identification for tobacco purchases," said Scott France, the project's director.


The Route 26 Cruisers were preparing for their annual Estacada car show. The Old Time Cruise to Estacada would take place in several weeks near the Safari Club. Organizers hoped to see at least 100 vehicles participate. Last year, the event raised more than $700 for the Estacada Area Food Bank.


During a recent Timber Lake Job Corps graduation, 15 students received a diploma or career certification. Along with a high school diploma program, the center in the Mt. Hood National Forest offers trade specializations in areas such as automotive, carpentry, culinary arts, electrical, firefighting, office administration, painting and weld-

ing. "It feels amazing,"

said co-valedictorian Trey Lopez, discussing reaching graduation day. "I'm speechless."

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