1977: Male beauty pageant considered
The Estacada Jaycees planned to sponsor Martha Fletcher, Duane Jones and Judy Sothern at the Miss Clackamas County competition, which would be held at the Clackamas Armory. There were 16 other contestants in the pageant. The winner of the competition would advance to the Miss Oregon Contest and win "a nice scholarship from the Milwaukie Jaycees." The Estacada Jaycees hoped that as many people as from Estacada would support "these lovely young ladies."
The Estacada Neighbors in Action Together Council was considering a male beauty pageant, that would be held in conjunction with the annual Timber Festival. A proposed day care center for the city was also on the agenda.
In other news, the Community Free-For-All Marathon Stray Chicken Chase took place in downtown Estacada. "Spectators kept spirits high by yelling and by doing some really gifted chicken impersonations, and everyone had a terrific time, except, of course, the chicken, who had apparently made a wrong turn and wandered innocently into the starring role of the unplanned contest," The News reported.
The newspaper's "Photo of the Week" captured a moment between a big dog and a little dog. "Meeting and greeting the big dog," Publisher Ray Horn wrote in a caption. "It's always a tense moment in the life of a smaller dog. The little dog ... is met by a larger dog on Zobrist Street. Sniff, sniff, and tails wag. The smaller dog now has official clearance to walk down (the street). Other dogs have been less fortunate."
The Northwest Civil War Council was preparing for the seventh annual Civil War re-enactment, which would take place later in the month at Milo McIver Park. "At the re-enactment last year, 400 soldiers recreated Civil War battles on foot and horseback, with guns and cannons firing all around," The News reported. "Infantry, cavalry, musicians and civilians in period garb will be prevalent at the park. Artillery and hospitals can be visited by attendees, and merchants will be selling items of period design."
In a letter to the editor, Dante Torgersen criticized Big Jim's Market for selling marijuana paraphernalia while being located so close to Estacada schools. Though a customer had to be at least 18 years old to purchase these items, some students at the high school met the age requirement. "I support the right of a business owner to sell these items," Torgersen wrote. 'I wonder, however, if they should sell them in some locations."
Kari Hulsey was named teacher of the year by the Estacada American Legion Carl Douglas Post and the Estacada School District. Andrew Reidel, a student in Hulsey's fourth grade class, thought this was a great thing. "She's an extremely awesome teacher," he said. "She does a lot of really great stuff for us."