Coated in a fresh coat of white paint, the iconic CC on the hill overlooking Crook County High School is pretty hard to miss.
But these days, the painted white rocks that form the logo have faded to a point where they nearly blend into the high desert landscape that comprises the rest of the steep hill to the southeast of the school.
Over lunch, Crook County Judge Seth Crawford recalls a conversation with Von Thompson, a long-time resident and active community member. Thompson talked about how members of the freshman class and letterman's club would hike up the hill and keep the CC looking sharp. He thought it was great how former Prineville resident and business owner Hank Moss took over the task with his high school-age sons a few years back. The Moss family had not only painted the CC, but upgraded the logo with a more prominent collection of rocks, covering them in an industrial paint that made the display more visible than before.
Moss has since moved out of Prineville, his sons have graduated high school, and the CC is once again in need of care.
"(Thompson) was saying it is too bad that it is getting faded every year worse and worse, and you can barely see it," Crawford recalls. "I kind of took that to heart."
After giving it some thought, he reached out to friend and business owner Blaine Noland, who owns Blaine Noland Construction and Painting. He hoped Noland would be willing to donate his time and equipment to sprucing up the logo. It turns out he was.
"Seth and I met and hiked the hill and investigated it to see what it would take to come up with a plan," Noland said. "We are basically going to go up there with some equipment, pull weeds, weed-eat and clear the site. That in itself will be a process."
Once that work is done, they will figure out a way to run power up to the site, and spray the rocks using the same industrial quality paint that the Moss family used – paint that Parr Lumber has provided at a substantial discount.
"We are getting a really great deal from Parr Lumber," Crawford remarked.
But even with that discount and the donated labor and equipment, the project cost is north of $1,000. And Crawford and Noland intend to continue maintenance of the display in subsequent years, so they are mounting a fundraising effort on Facebook to fund upkeep this year and into the future. The goal is $5,000.
"We figure that every three years, we will need to redo it," Crawford said. "There is an opportunity to donate (on Facebook). If you are not tech savvy, you are welcome to drop (donations) off at Warner Crawford Accounting."
Crawford noted that the local accounting office already manages a 501c3 nonprofit that funds display of the large American flag near Rosendin Electric.
"The (donations for the logo) would be going into that same 501c3, but just a subsection of it," he said. "Funds wouldn't comingle."
Going into this week, the account had raised $3,000 with donations ranging from $250 to $5.
"Anything anybody can donate will help," Crawford remarked.
Ideally, the money raised will not only fund the initial paint job, it would allow development of a long-term maintenance plan for the display.
"What I'd like to see is a set fund and a set plan so in the future, when Blaine and I are too old to climb the hill, we can fund somebody who can do it."
Noland hasn't set a specific time for the first paint job although he is hoping to get to work soon.
"We want to beat the rain, so we're wanting to get up there in the next couple of weeks and start the process," he said, adding that he wants to be done no later than the end of October.
Until that time comes, Crawford encourages people to keep their eyes up on the hill.
"Because you will definitely see it when it's improved," he concluded.
To make a donation online, visit www.facebook.com/donate/514452369115430/10213920506662033/
Donations can also be dropped off at, or mailed to, Warner Crawford Accounting, 682 NW Third St.
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