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Crook County expected to possibly face serious population problems 50 years ago

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - OCTOBER 20, 1994: Sarah Mayfield and Lindsay Khile watered their freshly planted Black Locust trees with a few gallons of Ochoco Creek water. Students planted the trees yesterday as part of Dave Boucher's class at Crook County Middle School.

100 years ago

October 23, 1919

The jury in the damage suit against Twohy Brothers Company brought in a verdict for the plaintiff, C.C. O'Neil, in the sum of $6,250, being the entire amount of damage asked for by the plaintiff. The case is one of seven or more aggregating an alleged damage of $50,000 caused, as the plaintiffs allege, by failure of the contractors to keep open existing canals while constructing the system on the Ochoco Project during the spring of 1918.

Mrs. Collins W. Elkins of this city was unanimously chosen as first vice president of the Oregon State Federation of Women's Clubs in annual session at Corvallis last week, according to a dispatch from that city concerning the election.

The Lyric theater was purchased on Tuesday of this week from W.J. Pancake by Fred Noble and Clinton Huston. Possession was given at once and the new firm put on their first program Tuesday evening.

75 years ago

October 19, 1944

Crook County 4-H club members who won prizes at the state 4-H club exhibit at the Meier and Frank auditorium in Portland last week were Shirley Will, Powell Butte; Ardys Houston, Joan Byrd, Sybil Plummer, Varina Almack, and Mary Lou McKenzie, all of Prineville.

The City of Prineville Railway, faced with a shortage of motive power, has leased two locomotives from the main line railroads which serve this territory. One, loaned by the SP&S Railway, went into service last Friday night and the other, secured from the OWR &N, arrived Monday night. Leasing of the two locomotives ended a tie-up of traffic which started a month ago and had continued most of the time since.

50 years ago

October 23, 1969

Crook County may face serious population problems in the future if present trends continue, Clifford Ingham, supervisor of the Smaller Communities Program, told nearly 50 persons including State Senator Gordon McKay, at a Chamber of Commerce meeting Tuesday. While the population of the county has risen only 1% since 1960, the population of persons 65 and over has risen 14%. He cited statistics which showed a decrease in the 16-and-under age group since 1960. He also stated that the county is losing its 25-54 age group.

As a result of a petition signed by nearly 700 Prineville residents, the Oregon Environmental Control Commission will hold a hearing this Friday in Bend on the subject of air pollution in Prineville. The petition was submitted last week to Kent Ashbacker, district engineer for the commission. Main complaint of the petitioners was the smoke emitting from local mils. Ashbacker said that nearly all the mills in Prineville are operating in direct violation of state laws governing emission of smoke from mills and their wigwam burners.

Log affluence, irrigation water return, and sewage disposal by the city of Prineville into the Crooked River will be part of a hearing scheduled for Friday morning in Bend by the State Environmental Control Commission. The hearing is being held for public discussion of new state water pollution laws affecting the Deschutes River and its tributaries, of which the Crooked River is one.

25 years ago

October 20, 1994

The city of Prineville captured $150,000 of the $701,000 allocated during the most recent round of Regional Strategies Funding. Regional Strategies is a program of the Oregon Economic Development Department that uses lottery dollars to fund worthwhile projects that support selected industries. The selected industries in the Central Oregon area are forest products, interstate tourism and software.

Oregon Private 150 has unveiled the 1994 ranking of leading privately held businesses in Oregon. Les Schwab Tire Centers is ranked sixth and Ochoco Lumber Co. is ranked 77. Other companies with Prineville connections also are on the list: Crown Pacific Ltd. Partnership, of Portland, which operates a local sawmill, and Contact Lumber Company, of Portland, which operates Clear Pine Mouldings.

OREGON Health Plan members in 20 counties, including Crook County, will receive improved mental health coverage beginning Jan. 1 as a result of decisions made by officials of the state Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division. Barry Kast, administrator of the state Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services Division, said people covered by the Oregon Health Plan in these counties will be the first to receive the new mental health benefit.


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