Oct. 18, 1979 - "County Budget Has Almost $1 Million Deficit."

Jan. 10, 1980 - "Pacific County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday declared the entire county an 'economic disaster area.' ... The resolution [they signed] stated that Pacific County's 'hospitality industry' suffered an overall 25 percent drop in income during the month of July 1979, in comparison with the same month in 1978. It also stated 'there is a definite loss of tourists on the peninsula this year.' ...

" 'The magnitude of the combined problems in transportation, due to gas shortage, and shortened fishing season has created an Economic Disaster for Pacific County Tourist Industry, affecting resorts, motels, hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, charter fishing boats, trollers, etc.' stated the commissioners' resolution. ...

"Some charter offices reported a loss in payroll during the 1979 season ranging from 20.4 percent to 36.5 percent in comparison with their payroll in 1978. ...

"The Parks and Recreation Commissioner reported a drop in visitors to Ft. Canby State Park during May, June, July, August and September 1979 ranging from 15.2 percent in Sept. to a 47.2 percent decline in July 1979. ... Traffic going over the Astoria-Megler Bridge showed a dramatic and steady decline."

Feb. 14, 1980 - "Area Bus Service To Hit The Road Feb. 18. If you want to be on the first Pacific County Transit System (PTS) bus running the Peninsula, be at Rainier Bank, Ilwaco, at 6:35 a.m. Feb. 18. The PTS approved five runs per day five days a week between Ilwaco and Ocean Park and two more runs between Ilwaco and Naselle with extensions to Astoria."

Feb. 28, 1980 - "Pacific County and specifically the Long Beach Peninsula has been declared an economic disaster area by Washington Gov. Dixy Lee Ray due to the drastic decrease in tourist business over the last year. ... Sen. Warren Magnuson had exerted influence to gain quickly the Small Business Administration's approval of the declaration, paving the way for the setting up of an SBA office on the Peninsula that would make low interest loans available to hard hit business people. ... The loans will be made available to qualifying businesses at seven and three-eighths percent with terms up to a maximum of 30 years."

June 26, 1980 - "Rev. Russell Watterberg, director of the Dunes Bible Camp at Klipsan, received the Elks' Citizen of the Year Award during that organization's state convention in Spokane last week. ... Sol Sharin, past exalted ruler for the Long Beach Elks, presented Watterberg that evening with a check for $1,000 from the Elks to go toward helping to fund handicap swim programs at the Dunes Camp junior-Olympic size indoor pool."

July 17, 1980 - "Surprise! No Funds For SBA Dislocation Loans. Thirty-nine business people from the Long Beach Peninsula talked to a representative of the Small Business Administration (SBA) earlier this year in hopes of qualifying for a low-interest economic dislocation loan. ... Well, lo and behold, U. S. Congressman Don Bonker told local Peninsula government officials and business people last week in Ilwaco that there presently is no money available for such dislocation loans through the SBA. Bonker told the business people ... that the Economic Dislocation Program is not funded. Many business people spent money filling out the proper forms and compiling the required business loss information."

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