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1996: Huge Anaconda snakes reported in the Prineville area, prompting resident concerns

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - November 25, 1971 ? More than 50 people were on hand Sunday for the broadhead shoot at the Ochoco Bow Hunters range north of Prineville. Approximately 30 archers competed during the day, hoping to win turkeys. The broadhead shoot utilizes animal targets at various distances.

95 years ago

November 25, 1926

Two inches of rain fell in Prineville during the month of November, according to the government thermometer at the courthouse. A light snow fell Thursday and a silver thaw was registered on Friday.

Rainfall during the month was as follows: Nov. 14, .25; Nov. 15, 05; Nov. 17, .15; Nov. 18, .40; Nov. 18, .70; Nov. 21, .10; Nov. 22, .15; Nov. 23, .20.

More than a foot of snow is covering the ground in the Marks Creek country east of Prineville, according to reports from the local forestry office. Several inches of snow mantled the summit here and Mitchell the latter part of last week, motorists traveling westward have reported.

75 years ago

November 28, 1946

Hereafter we should say the " Crooked River Grade School" when we are referring to that educational institution located on Fairview Avenue between East Third and East Second streets, just south of the Crook County High School. Yes, the Prineville Grade School has been re-named Crooked River Grade School.

The students of the grade school submitted a number of suggested new names the choice was made by balloting in the class rooms, after a committee of faculty members had selected three names considered suitable. The three names selected were Fairview, Rim Rock and Crooked River. Among the other names suggested were Pioneer, Roosevelt, Brooklyn, Busy Bee and Longfellow.

Principal Lloyd Lewis of the Crooked River Grade School said that the idea of changing the name of the school first was suggested by County Superintendent C. M. Sly since Prineville now has two grade schools, the one on Fairview and the new Ochoco Grade School on West Third Street. Mr. Lewis reported that the first ballot on the new name was taken on Tuesday. The result was a tie between Crooked River and Rim Rock. To break the tie, the students balloted again on Wednesday on the two names.

50 years ago

November 25, 1971 Oil company abandon Dry Hole. Texaco Stops Drilling On Federal Well No. 1. In a move that caught every by surprise, Texaco on Monday said that it had abandoned Federal Well No. 1 Paulina as a dry hole and the exploratory oil well has been plugged with cement.

Monday a spokesman from Texaco refused to elaborate on the company's action other than to confirm that the well has been abandoned and to stress that it was a "dry hole."

Cementing of the hole was to be completed Monday and reports are that the State Department of Geology and the U.S. Geological Survey have worked with Texaco in closing off the hole.

25 years ago

November 25, 1996

There may or may not be a huge Anaconda snake roaming around the Crestview area, but there are lots of boas, pythons and Anacondas in Prineville.

Last weekend, Mark Stevens reported seeing a large snake in the vicinity of his home on Cliffside Lane. Sheriff's deputies responding to the call said they searched under and around the man's mobile home but didn't find anything.

According to the sheriff's report, Stevens said the snake was "greenish in color and had inch-wide red stripes running around it." A local snake expert, Allyn Ballenger, said the description didn't fit any snake he had ever heard of. Plus, "Unless he's found a real warm place, any snake wouldn't make it through our winters. It's too cold." Undersheriff Clyde McLain said Ballenger spent about four hours searching under the Steven's mobile home and the surrounding area but didn't find any evidence of a snake. McLain said this was the first reported sighting in many years. "A previous resident of the area had told people that a snake was missing a couple years ago, though."

Ballenger's hobby is breeding, buying and selling exotic snakes. At the present time he has 12 captive bred snakes, and can name at least 20 people in Central Oregon who raise huge snakes as pets. As far as any of the exotic snakes living in the wilds of Crook County, Ballenger doesn't think that is likely.

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