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1971: Crook County High School looking for football coaches after four resign

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - December 24, 1996: Dominga Parras (center) and her daughters, Abby Martinez (left) and Janie Patino (right), all of Prineville, have made tamales every year as a Christmas tradition.

95 years ago

December 16, 1926

Another rider wage is seeking to visit every state in the union on the same horse, visited Prineville Saturday night when Frank M. Heath stayed all night at Si Hodges' feed barn. Heath claims to be a world war veteran. According to his statements, he has travelled 6,297 miles and has visited 32 states since he started from Washington, D. C., April 1, 1925. He was 49 years of age when the big war started, but because of his experience with livestock, was admitted as a "mule sergeant." During the war he was kicked in the abdomen by a mule which resulted in an injury to his digestive organs which can be relieved only by daily horseback rides. Spurred on by a design to regain his health, to prove that a good horse, properly handled, has endurance and to educate himself by travel, he has undertaken the ride.

He claims that already he has established a record for endurance, durability and adaptability. The horse he has ridden from the start is Gypsy Queen, a Kentucky bred bay mare, 11 years old and weighing 1000 pounds. The horse has gained 50 pounds in weight on this trip.

Heath entered the state at Umatilla, turned south at Rufus, passed through Shaniko and Hay creek, and spent Friday night at the Oregon & Colonization company's sheep ranch, Saturday night here and left Sunday morning for Lakeview by way of Alfalfa, Millican and Fort Rock. He will cross California at Alturas, hit Reno, Nevada, and turn east through the southern states. He expects to complete his ride by July 1, although he is not sure of that.

75 years ago

December 26, 1946

Presidio of San Francisco, December 10 - Mistaken for explosive-carrying Japanese balloons which once alarmed Pacific coast residents, two weather-testing radiosondes were recently discovered in the vicinity of Lebanon, Oregon.

To the uninitiated, the radio sonde may seem similar to the air borne device which the Japanese sent over the U. S. during the war. Actually, it is merely a balloon-carried instrument sent aloft to transmit atmospheric data for military aviation purposes. It de scends to earth by parachute after its hydrogen-filled balloon has burst at high altitudes.

This harmless weather detector can be readily recognized as a cardboard container in which is mounted a tiny transmitter and a transparent plastic case covering three meteorological instruments. Attached to the radiosonde is a small papier-mache parachute. A label bearing the description "Signal Corps U. S. Army, Radio sonde Modulator, ML310A/AMT 1" appears on the top of the plastic case.

Formerly the recovery of these instruments brought a reward to the persons returning them to military authorities. Since a new transmitter now can be provided for less than the cost of re-calibrating the recovered instruments, the reward has been discontinued.

50 years ago

December 23, 1971 The Crook County School District ls looking for a new football coaching staff following the resignation this week of four coaches.

Three of the coaches have resigned from their football coaching positions but will remain with the district in a teaching capacity and the fourth head football coach Gene Moore, has submitted his resignation from all teaching and coaching duties and will be leaving the district when school is out in June 1972.

Dr. E. T. Williams, Super- intendent of Schools, said Tuesday that he and the school board had viewed the general football season and waited until it ended to take action on a new coaching staff.

"After a discussion during an executive session of the school board on Dec. 13, it was agreed that a change was needed and that resignations from the coaches were in order," D. Williams said.

On Monday the school board received and accepted resignations from the four coaches. Besides Moore, those who sub- mitted resignations were Terry Hild, junior varsity football coach; Keith Keller, junior varsity football coach; and Ted Atkinson, assistant high school foot- ball coach.

For at least the remainder of the 1971-72 school year Hild will continue with the school district as an English teacher, Keller will serve as assistant baseball coach and History and Modern Problems teacher, and Atkinson will coach ninth grade basketball and teach eighth and ninth grade Social Studies.

Resignation of the four co- aches followed close on the heels of the 1971 CCHS football season-during which the Cowboys did not win one single

The board has instructed Dr. Williams to start looking for a new football coaching staff for the 1972-73 school year, we are looking for a head football coach with in-depth experience in coaching and teach Ing." Dr. Williams explained "We want someone who can establish a rapport with the athletes and citizens of Crook County and a man who can Instill discipline in the kids. We want to initiate a coordinated football program under one head coach in grades seven through 12.

25 years ago

December 24, 1996

A local Grinch almost stole Christmas for two Prineville girls, but acting like local Santa Clauses, the Crook County Sheriff's office staff came to the rescue.

Last Wednesday evening, Sheriff's deputies investigated a burglary at the Donna Workman and Kenneth Beitz residence on Winchester Way.

Deputy Frank Avey determined that the suspect had taken numerous items from the residence, including Christmas gifts for 2-year-old Megan Workman and 3-year-old Kara Beitz.

Returning to the office, Deputy Avey mentioned the loss of the toys to other employees. The immediate response of Christmas spirit from the staff had everyone digging deep to make donations for the purchase of replacement gifts.

When employees of the county juvenile department heard of how the "Grinch" had stolen. Christmas from Megan and Kara, they also respond ed with donations.

After the money was collected, Deputy Avey talked to Rick Walsh, manager of Payless Drug Store and Paul Waver of Coast to Coast Hardware. When they heard about the local "Grinch" they not only discounted prices for Megan's and Kara's Christmas gifts, but also generously added toys to the pile.

The investigation into the burglary is continuing with new information developed a few days after the incident. Anyone having additional information is asked to contact the sheriff's office.

As Deputy Avey said, "No Grinch will steal Christmas in Prineville and get away with it. We'll get this guy."


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