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1996: Prineville residents wait to find out if Pine Theater will be renovated and reopened

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - April 1, 1971: Les Owen takes the oath of his new office from the city administrator, Jim Watson. The new municipal judge assumes his position today, following the resignation of Anne McDonald, who served in that capacity for a number of years. Owen retired last year after many years with Pacific Power. He is now associated with Gordon and Hill Realtors.

95 years ago

April 1, 1926

Few rodents are infesting Crook County this year, according to County Agent W.B. Tucker, who has in his office a vast quantity of poison to be used for the extermination of these pests. Tucker says the greatest number of sage rats are found in isolated tracts, and that they are thicker down Crooked River, that is, between Prineville and five miles down the river, for that reason they have not been poisoned. Pocket gophers are on the increase. The county agent urges continual poisoning methods.

75 years ago

March 28, 1946

The probabilities and possibilities of Prineville's swimming pool project were discussed Tuesday night at a meeting of half a dozen civic organizations, with general agreement that while a swimming pool should be constructed here, the financing problem is a difficult one. The delegates from the various organizations agreed to report back to the groups they represent, and to meet again on Tuesday, April 9.

Three fire alarms within a 24-hour period ending at noon today kept Prineville's volunteer firemen on the jump and prompted Fire Chief Ted Adamson to wonder if things aren't moving too fast in this old town.

50 years ago

April 1, 1971 The Crook County School District Budget Board is just one step away from approving the 1971-72 operating budget. The board is expected to approve the budget at its next meeting Monday night, April 5. At its session last Monday, the board arrived at a tentative figure of $2,214,781, an increase of 8.6% over last year's budget. The increase amounts to $55,000. However, with an increase of 13.7% in the revenue that the school district will receive this year, the amount to be raised by levy is $1,234,975 – a 4.9% increase.

25 years ago

April 2, 1996

If all goes well, Prineville residents and visitors may have a movie theater/performing arts center later this year. Jim Van Voorhees, local attorney and president of First Stage, Inc., said work is speeding up in the remodeling effort at the Pine Theater. Currently, the Central Oregon Model Railroaders Association is housed at the theater, 216 N. Main Street, and Van Voorhees said they will like there stay there until the work is done. Although nothing is set in stone, Van Voorhees said the organization plans to make the space open for performances and older movie showings. He said finances are tight, and that will determine what happens with the theater to some extent.


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