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1993: Spotted owl impacts timber sales


This column is compliled from the Estacada News archives.

by: ARCHIVE PHOTO - Estacada churches banded together to place this religious ad in 1963.


The front page boasted a photograph of Carl Southworth and Lester White manning a Russell Steam Tractor from 1909.

Southworth and White successfully drove the old tractor through Estacada to “Mr. Sam Barr's place.”

Barr himself said that Southworth and White's navigation skill was proven by the absence of “a pack of hostile women in pursuit.”

“While it is known that hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, their hostility does not reach its fullest peak till an old steam engine puffs up a shower of dirty hot water mixed with ashes and live coals to come down on their spiffy hairdo,” Barr said.

Unfortunately, the photograph is too faded to show here.


In an odd move, the Oregon Legislature decided that if a majority of Oregon's local governments agreed to place a state sales tax on the ballot, only then would the matter be referred to voters.

The Estacada City Council voted to allow the sales tax issue on the ballot.


As of Sept. 30, 1993, timber sales from the Estacada Ranger District for the fiscal year totaled more than 10 million board feet. That was double the sales from 1992, when there were only 4 million board feet.

As much of 60 percent of the district was considered spotted owl habitat.


Citizens were assured that one way or another, Timber Park would remain open.

The Estacada City Council was considering whether to turn the park over to PGE to save expenses the city incurred each year maintaining the park.

PGE assured the council it would keep Timber Park a park. Even if replaced by a people's utility district, license obligations would be transferred to the new entity taking over the park.


Brent Dodrill was elected mayor of Estacada.