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Pride in community

A father and son duo worked together to give the hillside behind the high school a fresh look with a new 'CC' logo


by: KEVIN SPERL - Wyatt Moss (right) stands with his dad, Hank, at the site of their renovated 'CC' sign on the hill overlooking Prineville.

On Thursday night of last week, at 5:59 p.m., Wyatt Moss applied the last of the white wash on the rocks that formed a double, overlapping “C” on the side of the hill behind the school, giving a fresh new look to Crook County's iconic symbol.

It was the night before Crook County High School’s graduation and Moss wanted the symbol to be seen from the school’s football stadium.

“Others had tried to fix the old symbol without much success,” explained Moss. “I felt it was an eyesore for too long and I wanted to do a better job.”

On his way to earning his Eagle ranking in Scouting, Moss felt this effort would be a natural community service project.

“I think this is something that will stick around for a long time and show pride in our community,” said Moss.

“What better way to intimidate the visiting team in next season’s first home game,” commented Hank Moss, Wyatt’s dad.

Although Wyatt’s initial plan was to recruit a crowd of helpers to get the job done in a single day, private property liability issues prevailed and, unfortunately for Hank, the job fell to the father and son duo to complete.

Wyatt’s Scout troop did assist in the design and planning stage, helping to stake out the dimensions on the football field below the hill.

“It was much easier to figure out our plan on the field, than it would have been up there on the steep slope of the hill,” said Hank.

The design called for each of the two “Cs” to be 40 by 50 feet, with the total design encompassing 70 by 55 feet. Each “C” measured 10 feet in width.

Hank estimates that the pair put in 170 hours between them working on the hillside.

“The day we carried the 50, five-gallon paint cans up there was a particularly hard day,” said Hank.

“Digging out all those rocks wasn’t particularly easy either,” added Wyatt, estimating that they had assembled over 2,500 to 3,000 rocks by the time the project was complete.

“Last Monday was a day up there that I thought we were going to die,” laughed Hank. “In fact, every day up there felt like that.”

Hank wants the public to know, and respect, the landowner's wish that people not hike up to the site.

"The owner was very gracious to grant us special permission to do this," said Hank. "We ask that the public respect his property."

For Wyatt, who graduated with his class last Friday receiving scholarships from the Lacey Barnhouse Choir and the Prineville Theatre Boosters, service projects are about to expand to a global scale.

"I have put in my application for my two-year mission project," he said. "I don't yet know where I am going, but it will happen as soon as I get finished with all the needed shots and dental work."



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