1998: Estacada boy meets Garth Brooks
Games were underway for the Estacada independent basketball league. Teams included J.C.'s, Alfred Logging, Mobile, U.S. Forest Service and Horners. "This league is formed of teams from local businesses and service clubs," The News reported, noting that games would be played twice a week. "There will be a team trophy and also a tournament of the top-four teams at the end of the season. Two trophies will be awarded to the first and second teams in this tournament."
Classified advertisements from 40 years ago included several offers for free pets, including long haired kittens, a calico kitten and puppies.
The Estacada Sentry was preparing to host a bake-off for its customers. Those interested could enter cookies, cakes and pies. First place winners would receive $20 worth of free groceries, and second place winners would receive a free turkey.
Estacada fourth-grader Josh Stalcup had recently appeared on TV with country singer Garth Brooks. Stalcup won a competition hosted by radio station KUPL that asked contestants to think of a question to ask Brooks. During the live broadcast at Mickey Finn's in Portland, Stalcup asked Brooks how old he was when he kissed a girl. Brooks' answer was 15. Brooks also sang happy birthday to Stalcup's father.
Harvest Market had embarked on a new tradition with its recently-held holiday show. During the event, the store hosted 10 vendors that sampled products for customers. "The show was a great success and several customers were there to enjoy the festive atmosphere," The News reported.
Photographs taken by Estacada Middle School students would soon decorate City Hall. Through a program organized by the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, Todos Juntos and visiting artist Leigh Rooney, students were supplied with digital cameras and encouraged to take photos that explored their identities. "Once you start to really think beyond the traditional selfie or portrait, it gets interesting," said Lisa Smith, a program coordinator for Youth Arts for Change at the Clackamas County Arts Alliance. "You watch (them) think, 'What can I do?' "