Election season woes and environmental concerns plague West Linn 10, 20, 30 years ago

PHOTO COURTESY CLACKAMAS COUNT HISTORICAL SOCIETY - West Linns Crown paper mill was innundated during flooding of the Willamette River in 1890.

Oct. 27, 1988

For the second time asbestos was found at Willamette Middle School in West Linn, this time in a crawl space under the school building. A project to add four science classrooms in 1987 was halted when cuts in the ceiling revealed asbestos in the ceiling tile.

Oct. 29, 1998

Under a 1996 order from the Department of Environmental Quality, the City of West Linn dedicated another sewage pump station. Located at the end of Mapleton Drive at the Willamette River, the new station was expected to decrease the frequency of overflows due to stormwater influxes.

Nov. 6, 2008

Teri Cummings, a previous city councilor, and John Kovash, a longtime planning commissioner, were elected to the West Linn City Council, beating out opponents Shawn Andreas, Ron Whitehead, Gila Holmes and Kathleen Conroy. The election season had been marred with negative PAC-financed attack ads against both candidates and policy.

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