Bureau of Reclamation considers fixes to leaking Ochoco Dam as well as costs of project in February 1993

 - February 11, 1993: Dan York, Crook County deputy district attorney, and Becky Allen, Volunteer Program supervisor, help load up some of the bulk food which made its way from Ochoco Thriftway to Prineville's food bank Wednesday. York and his wife, Madge, won a $500 Thriftway shopping spree in Larson Learning Center's Christmas raffle and decided to donate it all to the food bank.

100 years ago

February 14, 1918

Again Prineville is first in the first state of the nation. It remained for little Dorothy Christiani, who lives with her parents' on a farm, five miles west of Prineville, to win the Shetland pony given for the best essay on the topic "What Can We Do To Win the War?" for school children under 10. The contest was for all high and grammar schools in the state, and three classes were made, the youngest class being the one in which Dorothy was first.

What might have been a very serious accident happened Friday afternoon near where the steam shovel is working on the Ochoco Project. A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Fertig, and Mr. Fertig's parents, who have recently arrived to make their home here, were watching the steam shovel, when some dynamite, which has previously failed to explode, was set off by a smaller blast which had been set close by. The flying rocks and debris hurled Mrs. Fertig to the ground and rendered her unconscious for several hours. Several large rocks hit her, injuring the spine, and she received some deep scalp sounds. However, she is recovering rapidly. The other members of the party received a few scratches.

A fire supposed to have started from the fireplace completely destroyed the residence, cellar and blacksmith shop on the Ruthfield place north of Prineville Friday near 10 a.m. Rasmussen and Strater had just taken charge of the place having purchased it from P.M. Ruthfield a few days previous. The house was being prepared for papering and rubbish was being burned in the fireplace at the time. The cellar was full of apples and potatoes and only two sacks of potatoes were saved from this. The loss is estimated at about $2,000.

75 years ago

February 11, 1943

The Crook County Library in the basement of the courthouse will be open evenings and Sunday afternoons as a reading room for service men and students of the flying school, it was announced this week by the county library board. The action was taken at the request of Crook County Library club, of which Mrs. A.R. Bowman is chairman.

Under the leadership of Mrs. M.D. Barney, mayor of Prineville, women's organizations of Crook County are planning to give a tea Friday honoring the wives of the personnel of the Portland Flying Service and other newcomers to Prineville. The tea will be held at the home of Mrs. Paul B. Kelly, on Juniper Street near East Third, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Applicants for fuel oil under the rationing program, which went into effect Feb. 1, will register next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 15, 16 and 17 at three schools in Crook County, it was announced today by R.H. McAtee, superintendent of schools. Registrations will be at the Lone Pine, Powell Butte and Prineville grade schools, between 1 and 5 p.m. each day.

50 years ago

February 15, 1968

Last Sunday, an Air Force Cargo C-119 aircraft made an emergency landing at the Redmond airport with a dead engine. The pilot, Major Mel Lambert, of Prineville, decided to land at the nearby airport when the engine quit over John Day some 70 miles east of the Prineville area. Major Lambert said a fuel shortage added to the problem. He said the aircraft on one engine would not have cleared the summit of the Cascade Range and made his decision to land at Redmond apparent.

The regular weekly meeting of the Prineville City Council at its chambers in city hall saw the opening of the bids on the proposed new jail facility. The council met with two of the County Commissioners to read the bids from contractors and pass on the awarding of the contract for the construction. DeGree Construction of Bend had the low bid of $48,843, and an alternate section adding $5,598 for a sally port. Actual construction will begin sometime after February 21.

25 years ago

February 11, 1993

Plans on how to fix Ochoco Dam have not been finalized, but the cost estimate to do the job continues to go down. Last year, Bureau of Reclamation officials indicated a permanent fix on the leaking dam could cost as much as $97 million. As studies have progressed, however, the price has decreased. On Tuesday, the bureau's Jim Mumford was in Prineville addressing the Ochoco Irrigation District Board of Directors and indicated that the bureau would seek $20 million from the federal Office of Management and Budget to fix the dam. While a hard figure of $20 million will be put on the table, a permanent fix plan has not yet been handed down.

Hearing a state Department of Land Conservation and Development appeal, the Crook County Court Wednesday upheld the county planning commission's approval of Ochoco Creek Resort. The court determined the commission followed county ordinances when it gave the golf course/housing development project preliminary approval in 1992.

They flock to Prineville every February, seeking a championship, maybe some big money, and a lot of fun. We're talking about cribbage players and the annual Oregon State Cribbage Tournament. The Saturday and Sunday tournament play will be held at the fairgrounds' Carey Foster Hall.

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