1979: Residents report UFO sightings across wide area
It had been a snowy week in the Garfield area. "At least three buildings have gone down under the weight of the heavy snow. A barn on the Robert Lumsden place fell down, trapping a goose by the neck under a big beam. The goose was rescued none the worse for its experience," The News reported.
Several residents had recently reported seeing UFOs in an area between the Barton Store and the intersection of Highways 224 and 211. Charles Woods, a former military aviator and flight engineer, said an object he saw "had properties unlike anything he had seen during his 4,000 hours of military flying." Several other residents also reported seeing several red lights in a "V" formation. Additionally, residents reported seeing a plane crash, yet more than 40 volunteers from the Boring Fire department found no trace of any downed aircraft after hours of searching.
Ideas for a potential theme for the Estacada Timber Festival 30 years ago were worth more than people might have expected. An advertisement in The News encouraged readers to send in their ideas. Timber Festival Parade Committee member Nancy Clark, and the creator of the winning theme would receive $50.
Estacada High School students Emily Hyde, Tiffany Schreiber and Shelly Bates had work in the Seventh Annual Best of Oregon High School Art Show, hosted by Portland State University. The free show was featured in downtown Portland for several weeks.
Kelly Myers was the newspaper's student of the week. Myers, a student in Mr. Torgersen's sixth-grade class at River Mill Elementary School, was recently the winner of the school's geography bee. "She said when she grows up she'd like to be a biologist because she likes to study animals," The News reported.
The City of Estacada had recently launched a new website. City leaders worked with Rochelle Shibahara of Trillium Web Solutions to create the new site, which featured a slideshow of images, an events calendar and links to Estacada New stories. The site also included 10 categories of information about the city.
The Estacada Community Foundation was preparing to host a poker fundraiser. Estacada Community Foundation President Bruce Wilbur said he hopes the event raises awareness of the organization, as well as funds for future projects. The foundation supports Estacada schools, art programs and community events. Recently, the group has given grants to the cutlery class at Estacada High School, the Estacada Timber Festival and a new batting cage near the baseball field. "We want to get our name out there. Not a lot of people know about the foundation. We want to have a nice evening with the community," Wilbur said.