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Newspaper boxes dumped in Willamette River recovered

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A Milwaukie river rescue didn't involve saving any lives. Instead, it was all about pulling up some submerged newspaper boxes.

Milwaukie's public works department said newly elected City Councilor Mark Gamba noticed the yellow Oregonian sales boxes dumped in the Willamette River last month. They were at the log dump turnaround near the Jefferson Street boat ramp.

He called city staff, who contacted the Oregonian and found out the newspaper wanted the boxes back. The city then initiated plans to pull the boxes out of the river.

"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."

Gamba dove right into the operation. He assisted public works crews by putting on his diving gear, going down in the water and attaching a chain to the boxes.

One by one, crews were able to pull them up the face of the log dump wall and the boxes have all been returned to the Oregonian.

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