1994: Ochoco Dam work ahead of schedule
100 years ago
August 14, 1919
The bond election at which will be submitted the proposition of issuing an additional $150,000 for the construction of the Ochoco Dam will be held on Saturday of this week. The election is to be held at the Lower McKay school house and the polls will be open at 8 a.m. Every land owner should be out and vote for the bond issue, also for the state tax matter that will be submitted at the same time.
The school board has announced that the public schools will open this fall on Monday, Sept. 8. The Crook County High School will open its doors for another on Monday, Sept. 15. This school is recognized throughout the state as ranking first in its class and for this reason many students come in from other sections to take advantage of the opportunities offered here.
Under date of Aug. 7, the State Highway Commission ordered the State Engineers to proceed at once to make a permanent location and survey of the Ochoco Road from Prineville to Jones Sawmill. Surveying crews are now at work on this section of the Eugene-Mitchell Highway.
75 years ago
August 10, 1944
Homeowners needing lumber for repair work will not be given preference ratings to assist them in obtaining lumber except in extreme emergency cases, Kenneth B. Colman, regional director of the War Production Board, said today. The public is reminded that priority assistance can be given to obtain lumber for essential housing repairs only in cases of justified emergency.
Expanded quotas for voluntary enlistments from the 17-year-old group, recently inaugurated by the Navy after a restricted period, apparently will continue in effect this month, according to word received by Walter F. Patrie, specialist first class, of the Central Oregon Navy recruiting station, located in Bend. Central Oregon rated high with a total of 16 recruits accepted for the month of July. Of this number, Prineville contributed eight, half of that number. Re-opening of quotas for an increased number of 17-year-old enlistments is in line with recent pronouncements that the strength of the Navy will be increased to keep pace with accelerated naval operations in the South Pacific.
50 years ago
August 14, 1969
"Central Oregon On Parade" is the theme for the floriculture department of the 1969 Crook County Fair. Theme for the special exhibit for garden clubs only is "Autumn Dividends." The exhibits must be an arrangement using fruit, vegetables, grains and/or flowers in any combination.
Saturday morning a light plane, carrying Lt. Colonel Anna C. Bridge of Portland, and Don Robertson, pilot, of Vancouver, Washington, made a forced landing at the Claude Williams place on Rim Rock Road while running out of fuel. The landing occurred at 9:20 a.m. after the plane had circled the area for some time, occasionally flying so low that a piece of juniper was caught in the tail of the plane. James Dunn of Prineville supplied some gasoline and helped get the Civil Air Patrol search plane in the air. It then went to the Prineville Airport before completing its flight to Bend.
25 years ago
August 11, 1994
The Crook County Parks and Recreation District is considering whether to rehold a public hearing in which only two persons attended July 13 to hear the district's proposal to place a surcharge on building permit fees ranging from $850 to $1,262. The system development charge would fund the construction of new parks within the district as the community's population grows. The consideration to rehold the hearing came after about 15 residents opposed to the plan voiced concerns. Those in opposition to the surcharge said they were unaware that the district had already approved the plan at its regular board meeting.
Irrigators and Ochoco Irrigation District officials received the first "good news" in months last night after three U.S. Bureau of Reclamation officials said work on Ochoco Dam is proceeding several months ahead of schedule, thanks to good weather and diligent work by the contractors. The contractors began breaching the dam in April. They began refilling the breach nine days ago. Now officials expect that the dam will be rebuilt high enough by November to catch the fall runoff.
Les Schwab said today that he is committed to constructing a 300,000 to 400,000 square foot warehouse on property adjacent to the Prineville Airport if the city can provide sewer and water services. Making the airport industrial development project work is a major effort for the city and county with the City Council expected to approve a management agreement at its regular meeting tonight. The agreement allows the city to take over management of the airport property, bring it into the urban growth boundary and pursue industrial development.
AUGUST 11, 1994: Brett Goodman, of the Crook County FFA, stands with his angus cross steer at the fair, which runs through Sunday.
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