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1996: Long distance phone charges dropped for Crook County and Central Oregon calls

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Ochoco Reservoir, August 5, 1926.

95 years ago

August 5, 1926

Although heavy smoke is hanging over Prineville this week, the fire situation in Ochoco National Forest is under control so far, according to W.A. Donnelly, fire dispatcher for the forest. Very few fires burned the past week. The smoke is drifting in from forest fires in the state of Washington, near Portland, and in other neighboring vicinities.

75 years ago

August 8, 1946

Albert P. Sylvester, 23, of Prineville, held in Van Wert, Ohio, on arson charges, has confessed that he set several disastrous fires in and near Prineville and will be returned here to face trail, it was announced from the office of Sheriff R.H. Booton. Sheriff Booton is to leave Monday for Van Wert to take custody of Sylvester.

The Prineville man has confessed setting fire to the Alexander-Yawkey Lumber company sawmill, which was destroyed by fire July 24, 1945, with a loss estimated at more than $50,000. He has also admitted setting fire to the Crook County Cooperative warehouse, destroyed last December with a similar loss, and starting a fire in the Pine Products boiler room. In addition, he admits having set three fires at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Sylvester of Prineville, and told officers he had set 15 or 16 other fires about which he could not remember details.

50 years ago

August 5, 1971 Texaco Inc. has applied for a permit to drill an exploratory well in Crook County.

The application was filed in Portland Monday with the State Department of Geology and Mineral Industries. Application is also being filed with the United States Geological Survey office in Bakersfield, California.

The proposed drilling site is about 65 miles due east of Bend and six miles southwest of the community of Paulina. It is located on land owned by the federal government and will be known as Texaco Federal

Well No.1. Maximum drilling depth anticipated is 10,000 feet.

The proposed well, according to Texaco, is a ''rank wildcat.'' Information gained during the drilling of the well will be supplied to federal and dtate agencies, as required by regulation.

25 years ago

August 1, 1996 The Oregon Public Utilities Commission recently approved 23 new extended service telephone routes in the state. Once the new telephone routes go into affect, including the Prineville to Bend and Redmond exchanges, long distance charges will drop.

On one hand, that means a savings for folks making calls to our neighboring communities. Of course, the OPUC is quick to point out that when an extended area service (CEAS) is established, some local rate increases are necessary. These increases allow phone companies to recover lost toll revenues.


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