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1997: Local resident shares what it was like to have Kevin Costner camping on his property

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - May 4, 1972:  An Ochoco Irrigation District ditch gave way at midday Tuesday, sending a rush of water into the low area just south of the county shops. The area was inundated by approximately 6 feet of water before the flow was stopped. It will take several weeks for the area to return to normal. Clear Pine Mouldings, on the west side of North Main Street, had to temporarily curtail operations as a result of the excess water.

110 years ago

May 2, 1912

The White Star liner Titanic, the largest, fastest and most luxuriously appointed boat in the world, struck an iceberg when 600 miles off Cape Sable, while on her maiden trip and sunk in less than two hours and a half. Of the 2,181 passengers and members of the crew, only 705 were saved, having been picked up by the Cunard liner Carpathia after drifting about in open boats for hours. John Jacob Astor and Major A. W. Butt, the president's aid, were among the notables who perished. Captain Smith went down with his ship. A senate committee met the Carpathia on her arrival in New York and began an investigation into the cause of the wreck. J. Bruce Ismay, head of the International Mercantile Marine, who was a passenger the Titanic and was directing her maiden trip, was the chief witness.

75 years ago

May 1, 1947

Fred Hudspeth was elected president of the Junior Chamber of Commerce at the meeting held Wednesday night, with the ladies auxiliary meeting with the Jaycees.

Douglas Kemper was named first vice president; Omar Harris, second vice president; Ed Tussing, secretary, and Russell Vernon. J. D. Seymour was elected as state director and Mac Sinclair, Willis Mahlin, Frank Burr, Dr. James Dreher and James Blake were named on the board of directors.

The ladies served a buffet snack after the meeting.

50 years ago

May 4, 1972 Crook County voters narrowly approved the $1,267,328 levy outside the 6% limitation in Monday's school budget election. The measure was approved by an underwhelming 51 votes, although 1,519 ballots were cast; more than 5,000 people were registered to vote. The vote was 785 yes, 734 no.

With the levy approved, the Crook County School District will operate this coming year on a budget of $2,531,263, an increase of $311,527 over the current figure.

Also decided in the election were two school board seats and several school committee positions.

In Zone 3, William McCormack was elected overwhelmingly despite a write-in campaign by Dan Severence. McCormack, appointed to the school board last fall, tallied 1,019 votes to 150 for Severence.

25 years ago

May 1, 1997

What's it like to have Kevin Costner camping in your front yard for 18 days? Well, according to Dr. Gene Nance, it's "interesting."

Nance, owner of Ochoco Small Animal Clinic in Prineville, has been host to the movie makers, quite literally, in his front yard. Nance's 80-acre thoroughbred horse ranch on a dead-end road overlooking Smith Rock State Park was a natural site for the home base for Kevin Costner's filming crews and the hundreds of support personnel that go along with the making of a major movie.

It has also been educational. About 25 to 30 acres of his land has been converted to a small city occupied on almost a daily basis by several hundred people, a helicopter, trucks, a huge catering service and serving tent where they were all fed, a fleet of vans that transported people from one set to the next, a herd of horses and a string of mules and almost a pride of lions.

Given the presence of movie stars and lions, security has been tight and tourism was discouraged. Cameras on the set were strictly taboo -- even for visiting journalists.

For the Nance family, the one benefit that goes with being the hosts, however, was free run of the set. One afternoon, as filming in the Smith Rock area was drawing to an end, Nance took me on a tour.

That afternoon's activities, in brief, included having lunch with the movie crews, visiting the set while Costner stabbed the same guy about 30 times in about 30 takes of the last couple of seconds of a fight scene - a few seconds of conversation with Tiger Woods who was visiting the set along with some friends - and watching Costner's stunt double take a 200-foot tumble from a suspension bridge strung over the Crooked River gorge.


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