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Looking back, July 20

July 20

20 Years Ago-1994

Businesses in downtown The Dalles are facing a continuing challenge to maintain economic health. “We’re always a little nervous; always struggling to keep the focus on downtown, said business owner Phillip Klindt. As recently as a few weeks ago, the downtown business district managed to have all its retail spaces filled. But spurts of activity on several fronts have left some stores vacant or about to become so, while others await new tenants. As the same time, rent hikes have resulted in several moves.

The apple maggot insect has emerged in The Dalles, according to the Wasco County Extension Office. This presents a serious problem for backyard apple growers. “Once apple maggots infest a tree, it is not long before they will ruin most or all of the fruit,” said Extension Agent Lynn Long. Wasco and Hood River counties are under a quarantine for all apples grown in the counties. This means that apples grown by some orchardists cannot leave the county. In addition, fruit grown by home gardeners outside the region should not be transported into the quarantine area.

40 Years Ago-1974

Bigfoot filming has turned out a success though without a picture of the star as yet, says the film maker. The crew is headed for the Mt. St. Helens area for the weekend. Bigfoot film will be part of a one-hour television special on the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot, and the Yeti. Bob Guenette, Wolper Productions, Los Angeles, is doing the entire film and has completed the Loch Ness segment and a portion of the Yeti segment. “We’ll be working right up to Labor Day,” he said. Air time may be late November or March depending on scheduling. It will be on CBS and the film is a Smithsonian Institution project. Friday afternoon, Guenette and crew climbed to the top of Table Mountain for a filmed interview of Peter Byrne. Byrne set up a Bigfoot exhibit here May 18. He spent 18 years in Asia following World War II, and went on some Yeti expeditions before coming to the United States to check on Bigfoot.

Over 1,500 pounds of Chinook salmon and 74 pounds of steelhead were confiscated and a woman from The Dalles was arrested at Portland International Airport by Oregon State Police, game officials said Friday. The fish was being flown to Royal Frozen Fish Co. in New York. Local OSP officers said they had received little information on the case and said as far as they knew it had not been determined if the fish had been caught in this area.

60 Years Ago-1954

U.S. Attorney General Herbert Brownell will be asked to rule on Dalles City authority over the Mt. Hood National Forest portion of the watershed in terms of the city council’s obligation to provide pure drinking water. This decision was reached at a meeting of Dalles City council last night in accordance with a committee recommendation that the city manager be instructed to seek the attorney general’s opinion on the question. There was no individual council discussion prior to the vote.

A converted Navy LST was making a snail’s pace voyage up the Columbia River today, en route here for an overhaul job which will include a new bottom. The LST, a former landing ship tank, created a good deal of interest in Portland this past month when it was overturned for its trip up the river. It left Portland Sunday and was being pushed up river by the Inland Navigation tug Keith and the Derrick Barge No. 1. Making a speed of half a knot an hour, the unusual trip had reached Bonneville dam this morning, according to local officials of Inland Navigation. They expect the tug and its tow here some time Wednesday.

80 Years Ago-1934

Water was again turned into the Celilo canal yesterday to test repairs made to a section of the waterway near Dillon which, due to a series of washouts, has kept boats from passing through for more than a year. Officials of the Shave Forwarding Company, which uses the lower part of the canal as a terminal site, said they had been informed their boats could enter the canal immediately. At present, however, none of the company’s boats which normally run between The Dalles and Portland are operating because of strike conditions in the Portland harbor.

A real, honest-to-goodness jail break interrupted the calm, even tenor of life at the city police station this morning, and afforded at least a little excitement to officers who haven’t had more than a half dozen reasons for taking their feet off the desk since the vacation season began and all the law violators, apparently, left town for the seashore or mountains. Chief of Police Frank Heater, who objected to the term “jail break” and rightly so on grounds that the prisoner “didn’t break nothing,” found the city jail’s only tenant missing when he went to feed him this morning. The prisoner, one R.C. Ince of Portland, had “flown the coop” sometime during the night, Heater thought.

100 Years Ago-1914

Over a district six miles long and from a quarter of a mile to two miles in width, in the Chenowith Creek valley and on the hill between Chenowith and Mill Creek valley, extends a pall of smoke from the smoldering fires that are still eating into fallen trees and stumps following the sweeping of fierce flames across the district Saturday evening and Sunday. Thousands of dollars’ worth of standing timber was ruined, nearly 100 cords of wood went up in smoke, several of the framers lost buildings, implements and hay, and it is conservatively estimated the damage will run well toward $40,000.

George M. Hyland, director, for Oregon, of exploitation and publicity for the Panama Pacific exposition, gave a very interesting and enthusiasm-creating address before the business Men’s association last evening in the interest of the Oregon exhibit at the exposition. His talk was directed to the members of the association, urging them to immediate action in gathering grains, vegetables and fruits for the Wasco County exhibit at the exposition. “You have paid your part for the building, exploitation and other expenses,” said Mr. Hyland, “and it is now up to you to get busy and make use of what you have purchased by giving your county an exhibit that will be a credit and will bring your wonderful and varied resources to the notice of the thousands of people who will visit the fair and who will be interested in Oregon.

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