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by: ARCHIVE PHOTO: ISABEL GAUTSCHI - A cartoon that ran in the Aug. 10, 1967 issue of the then Clackamas County News.1967 — As of Jan. 1, 1968, Oregon farmers with yearly payrolls of at least $1,500 and who hired at least one employee would be required to have workmen’s compensation insurance for the first time. The Oregon Farm Bureau was trying to get the word out.

1983 — A Clackamas County sheriff’s deputy confronted a man carrying a stolen car battery. The man punched the deputy in the eye and broke his glasses when the deputy tried to search him for weapons. The two scuffled.

The man tried to rouse three men the deputy had been interviewing to assault the deputy as well. He broke free as the deputy was attempting to handcuff him and ran away.

1993 — Near the masthead, the paper offered this pearl of wisdom from Albert Einstein: “The strength of the Constitution lies entirely in the determination of each citizen to defend it.”

2003 — A 43-year-old Estacada man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sexually abusing five minors. He was ordered to pay $210,000 in restitution to the victims, boys ages 12 to 16. All five had worked for the man’s excavation business.

In other news, city officials were tired of unruly young people hanging out on the lawn by City Hall. “We have seen youth gathering on the lawn, even during school hours,” said City Manager Randy Ealy. “There is rampant profanity, littering and destruction of private property.”

In April 2003, the city had passed an ordinance that targeted “loitering.” After citizens and officials expressed concern over the vague wording, the City Council amended the ordinance to specifically address vandalism and trespassing.

If passed, the ordinance would exclude individuals who had violated code provisions for up to 30 days.

Ealy said he hoped the ordinance would prompt citizens to call a town hall meeting.

“We’re not getting the message out that we don’t appreciate kids using picnic planks as bicycle jumps,” he said.



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