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1996: The groundbreaking ceremony held for local Wildland Firefighters monument

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - April 4, 1971: Miss Kitty the Monkey saddles up on her barrel racing partner, Bandit the Border Collie.95 years ago

April 8, 1926

With only a faint outline of his face seen through the darkness and rain that was falling during the night Saturday, the burglar believed to be responsible for the brakes into three business houses in Prineville sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning, escaped without further identification.

Kenneth Carlson, younger son of Mr. & Mrs. J.W. Carlson, who is night watchman at J.E. Stewart & Co.'s store, had only a glimpse of the man who looked down at him while Kenneth lay in his bed near the window, which the burglar had quietly opened with intentions of entering the store from the rest room. Seeing that someone was in the bed, the burglar fled. Speed, his Airedale dog, was in the room with Kenneth when the prowler attempted to enter at about 1:00 o'clock.

75 years ago

April 4, 1946

Elmer Samuel Dyer, 44, was killed early Sunday morning near Melrose when struck by a car driven by Marvin Hamilton of Prineville. A coroner's jury, impaneled Monday night to investigate the death, brought in a verdict declaring that Mr. Dyer had come to his death as the result of being struck by a car driven by Marvin Hamilton, adding that the driver failed to stop at the scene of the accident.

Mr. Hamilton appeared in justice court Tuesday afternoon to plead guilty on charges of failing to stop at the scene of an accident. He was fined $250 and $4 costs by Perey R Smith, justice of the peace, and after paying the fine was released. The penalty carries with it the automatic suspension of his driver's license for one year.

50 years ago

April 8, 1971 The 1971-72 operational budget for the Crook County School District was approved Monday night by the budget committee.

The budget figure, as approved, calls for a total of $2,219,736 in expenditures. This is an increase of $180,368 over the 1970-71 budget. The Central Oregonian erroneously stated in an article last week that the budget was increased by approximately $55,000. That figure, however, should have pertained to the increase in amount necessary to be raised by taxation…not the increase in the total budget.

25 years ago

April 4, 1996

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Wildland Firefighters monument will be held Saturday, April 13 at 10 a.m. in Ochoco Park.

The monument, believed to be the first of its kind in the nation, will honor all wildland firefighters, past present and future. The giant bronze sculpture will portray three wildland firefighters at work around a burned snag. The monument is being sculpted by artist David Nelson of Marble, Colorado.

The Prineville Hotshots Committee is sponsoring the monument. According to committee member Marv Kelso, the statue is on schedule and will be shipped to Prineville the middle of May.


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