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Milwaukie crews rescue news boxes from river

by: CITY OF MILWAUKIE - Milwaukie's Public Works crews pull a handful of metal newspaper vending boxes from the Willamette River.Milwaukie’s Public Works crews undertook a rescue of a unique sort last month when they teamed up with a resident to pull a handful of metal newspaper vending boxes from the Willamette River.

On his afternoon walk, City Councilor-elect Mark Gamba noticed a jumble of yellow Oregonian newspaper boxes that had been dumped into the Willamette River at the log dump turnaround near the Jefferson Street boat ramp.

He called the Milwaukie Public Works Department, and after city staff learned The Oregonian wanted them back but wouldn’t be able to get them out, the city decided to initiate the rescue operation.

“We’re putting a lot of energy into our riverfront,” Community Development Director Kenny Asher said. “We thought we should get the boxes out of there, and Mark was willing to help us.”

Public Works crews met Gamba on site, and he was able to assist the crews by diving into the water while in diving gear, and attaching a chain to the boxes. One by one the city’s crews were able to pull the boxes up the face of the log dump wall.

The boxes are safely at home with The Oregonian.


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