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History in the Making: City's old fire headquarters is demolished

Feb. 18, 2000: The old Warrenton fire hall comes crumbling down as final preparations were made for the move into the new municipal building. (Gary Nevan)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 2010

10 years ago

An effort led by the Native American Mascot Advisory Committee and state schools Superintendent Susan Castillo could force Warrenton High School to get rid of its purple warrior statue on the campus lawn if it’s deemed racist or promotes stereotypes. The statue was built by welding students in the 60s.

Jo-Ann Fabrics will move into part of the building left vacant by Costco, when the membership store moved to its new location in the North Coast Business Park.

Land is being cleared in North Coast Business Park for Goodwill Industries’ new 22,000-square-foot store.

A 60-lot subdivision, Ann Marie Park, is planned on Southwest Juniper Avenue.

Warrenton High School’s basketball team makes the state playoffs in the Lewis and Clark League.

February 2000

20 years ago

A 25-year-old Astoria man being held for setting the Astoria Auto Sales building on fire is charged with the robbery and kidnapping at Twin Spruce Tavern on South Main Avenue, which occurred two years earlier.

The old Warrenton fire hall is demolished as the city prepares to join the Fire Department in the new City Hall.

A group headed by Diane Collier and Doris Warren is collecting old photos it hopes to put on display in a permanent location. “We hope to have a building in Warrenton that will serve as a museum one day,” Collier said.

February 1991

29 years ago

Four young women are named to the Astoria Regatta Court. They are Claire Oldridge, a senior at Warrenton High School; Aimee Schneider, an Astoria High senior; Dena Halsan, a Knappa High School senior; and Lori Carey, a Seaside High School senior.

A robber forces a female employee at Shilo Inn to open the hotel’s safe and then she is bound with surgical tape and left on the floor of the conference room.

City Manager Gil Gramson informs city commissioners Warrenton’s share of a dike rebuilding project will cost $400,000.


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