1999: Readers encouraged to prepare for Y2K
Showings at the Broadway theatre included "The Boston Strangler" and "The Murder Game." Admission was $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for those 12 and younger.
Newspaper staff participated in festivities for the city of Estacada's 75th anniversary. Typesetter Marvin Moore, Advertising Director Neil Hutchins and society writer Pat Gilpin had recently passed out cupcakes to everyone they encountered along Broadway Street.
Estacada teacher Kim Carroll would soon host fourth through sixth grade students and their parents for a family math night. "The purpose of family math night is to help people overcome math phobia and have fun with numbers. We learn to have fun with math in a stress-free situation," Carroll said.
Although the year 2000 was months away, the Federal Emergency Management Agency encouraged newspaper readers to prepare for Y2K. The phenomenon referred to potential problems because of the inability of date-sensitive electronic devices to process "2000" when digital systems moved to the new year. "Virtually all systems that rely on computers or electronic devices that refer to date and time may be affected by Y2K in one way or another," said Mike Walker, the deputy director of FEMA. "It is very important that counties, municipalities, school districts and other organizations that have not yet begun to work on Y2K issues start now. While some failures will be minor annoyances, some may have more serious consequences."
Former Estacada mayor Bob Austin was appointed to the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners after citizens voted to expand the group from three to five members. "I'm still in awe, shocked and humbled having been selected," Austin said. "I've been working on many of these policy issues over the last 10 years. I think it's a great place for the future. It has a lot of possibilities." After 10 years as Estacada's mayor, Austin opted to not run again in 2008. "Commissioners Peterson, Martha Schrader, Jim Bernard and Charlotte Lehan said Austin came out ahead because they were looking for someone who could represent the eastern side of the county and the rural areas of the county," The News reported.
Many Estacada residents lined up outside Dollar General before its grand opening to receive gift cards and gift bags. The event also featured a ribbon cutting facilitated by the city of Estacada, the Downtown Estacada Commission and the Estacada Chamber of Commerce. Dollar General employees handed out doughnuts, granola bars and drinks. There was also a raffle, with prizes ranging from a $50 Dollar General gift card to bluetooth speakers.
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