1995: Prineville Fire Department hits record numbers for calls
100 years ago
January 8, 1920
Work is progressing on the Crooked River Highway at numerous points along the river. Stanton & Jacobs have been given the contract for the three miles on the south and east end of the construction, and they will start operations there on Monday. The right of way for the north end of the Highway is cleared and the contractor will start on the construction from the end of the street in a few days.
A wire circuit carrying a voltage of 24,000 was shorted near the Ochoco dam at 11:30 Friday night by a large crane which flew up from the creek and hit the wires. The giant motors at the dam were stopped and the system received a general shaking up, but without doing any real damage. An investigation on the following morning showed that, is some manner, the bird was not killed but survived the shock, apparently because of the current passing through the wing tips. The accident was witnessed by A.D. Lowrey, chief electrician, who was passing by.
75 years ago
January 4, 1945
Three deer hunters arrested Monday, Jan. 1, by state police entered pleas of guilty in justice court here Tuesday evening on charges of possession of venison in closed season. The men, arrested near Gerow Butte with a buck, were fined $40 each by Justice of the Peace Percy R. Smith. The fines and costs made the deer a $129 animal – and then it was confiscated by the state officer.
J.C. Minson of Powell Butte took office as Crook county Commissioner Wednesday, serving as a member of the county court in place of Carl E. Fischer, also of Powell Butte. Minson was elected to the court in November, having been unopposed in the primary election last May and receiving both Republican and Democratic party nomination. Fischer, who had served three terms on the court, did not file for reelection.
50 years ago
January 8, 1970
Don Gibson, who is 30 years old and red-headed, admits he got the idea when he got angry. But even when he cooled off Wednesday morning he still believed the idea has merit. Gibson lives in Prineville but drives 75 miles a day to get to his job in Bend. Gibson's idea is simply this. He has proposed to several Chamber of Commerce officials that business leaders get together and finance the start of a furniture factory. He's confident the idea would work and provide jobs to jobless.
Oregon mint growers will be at Oregon State University Thursday and Friday, Jan. 8 through 9, for the 21st annual meeting of the Oregon Essential Oil Growers League, according to Gus Woods, acting county Extension agent.
Area highway conditions were reported improved at press time this week, but available weather forecasts indicated more snow headed toward Crook County. Monday night's reading was a chilly zero degrees. Plumbers reported the usual rash of frozen water pipes. Pedestrians found walking treacherous on ice-glazed sidewalks. And traffic accidents increased as incautious drivers discovered their cars slid instead of braking to a normal stop.
25 years ago
January 5, 1995
The Prineville Fire Department responded to 1,003 ambulance calls and nearly 600 fire calls in 1994 – the highest number of responses reported in one year, according to Dave Fields, fire chief.
Nearly four years after a group of investors proposed building a 200-acre resort three miles east of Prineville, the project is now ready for development, according to Marvin Harris, one of the original investors. The Crook County Court gave its final plat approval for the proposed Ochoco Creek Resort last week.
During a special meeting of the Prineville City Council this past Friday afternoon, the council unanimously approved a resolution that continues employer contributions to the 10 railway employee's profit-sharing plan. The plan falls under Measure 8 provisions.
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