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1995: A Prineville BLM District worker finds largest known juniper in Oregon

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - FEB. 12, 1970: On the Line - Snowmobilers wait for their chance at the starting line during Sunday's competition in the snowmobile races sponsored at Big Summit Prairie. Contestants chatted casually, compared machines, and some even stretched out on their snowmobiles for a catnap while other entries competed in their divisions. Many of the entries said that the two-day affair, sponsored by the local Hi-Lo-Sno-Go snowmobile club, was one of the best that they have attended.

100 years ago

Feb. 12, 1920

Seven men and one woman were arrested Friday and Saturday of last week in this county by deputies from the office of Sheriff Combs, and three "plants" that were being used for the manufacture of "moonshine" whiskey were brought into the county mail as evidence, together with a large quantity of liquor and much material that was being made into liquor.

Jay Upton, of Prineville, who has just retired after two terms as president of the Oregon Irrigation Congress, has announced that he will be a candidate in the primaries for the Republican nomination for state senator from the district comprising Klamath, Lake, Deschutes, Jefferson and Crook counties.

75 years ago

Feb. 8, 1945

Two salvage campaigns, one to gather old clothing for the aid of Russians returning to liberated areas and one to collect wastepaper to use in manufacturing containers for war shipments, were in progress this week. The paper campaign is a familiar affair here, except that this time the members of the freshman class at Crook County High School are in charge. The "share your clothes with the Russians" campaign is a new one, which opened Monday on a nationwide basis and is to close at the end of this week.

The War Department has recently declared the Oregon Army maneuver area surplus, and plans are now underway to release approximately 4,000 maneuver rights permissions permits held by the War Department for maneuver activities in central Oregon. Release forms are being mailed to all property owners in the maneuver area who signed maneuver permits.

Favorable weather conditions have made it possible to get more men to work on the City of Prineville Railway project, and good progress was reported this week by C.W. Woodruff, manager of the railway. The Morrison-Knudsen Co. contracting firm, which has undertaken the work of repairing the railway line on a unit bid basis, had 18 men on its section crews Wednesday. With the frost out of the ground, the crews were encountering mud, but it was possible to get more done than it was a week or so ago, when the ground was frozen and the area was blanketed by snow.

50 years ago

Feb. 12, 1970

Two Crook County High School students will participate in the all-state chorus presentation in Portland on Apr. 2, 3 and 4. Jerry Short, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Short, of rural Prineville, and Ann Levens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Levens, of the lower Crooked River road, have been selected to join their voices with those of other vocal music students from across the state. Both students are seniors at Crook County High School.

Members of the Board of Education of the Crook County School District and teacher consultants have resolved a contract agreement, including pay raises, which will be presented to the school district's budget committee for approval. If accepted, an increase in the base salary for beginning school teachers would be raised from $6,400 per year to $6,900.

A little theater group composed of residents of the Prineville area has started rehearsals for the production of a three-act play here on March 13 and 14. Dick Burger, a member of the group, announced this week that the three-act comedy, "Mary, Mary" by Jean Kerr, will be staged at the Prineville Elks Lodge.

25 years ago

Feb. 9, 1995

Ron Van Domelen, an employee of the Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management, recently located the largest known Western Juniper in Oregon. While working on public lands in the mountains between John Day and Monument, he came across a tree that, he said, "looked like the biggest Juniper I'd ever seen." He measured the tree and sent the information to the State Register. Ron later received notification that the tree was in the State Register as one of the largest Junipers and was the state champion for its category.

Bubba, an 8-week-old purebred Rottweiler, has joined the Crook County Sheriff's Office and is expected to be on duty within 18 months, according to Rodd Clark, sheriff. Bubba – his registered name is Ludwig Von Weidmuller V - will be trained and handled by Patrol Sgt. Jim Hensley, who has spent more than a dozen years with the sheriff's office.

A romantic moonlit view of Prineville's city lights will still be available to people throughout most of the year after new hours are set for the viewpoint, according to Bill Crawford, Prineville Reservoir park manager. The park is expected to close at 9 p.m.


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