1970: Voters reject second school district budget
100 years ago
May 6, 1920
Headquarters for the city, which have occupied the second story of the mailing building at the corner of Second and West B streets since Prineville has been a city, may be moved within the next 30 days to the Commercial Club Building. The plan is anticipated as an economy measure, and to make all business of the city more easily accessible because of being on the ground floor at the new location.
The first time for nine long years, Prineville will have an honest to goodness, eagle screaming Fourth of July celebration this year. During the nine years mentioned, Prineville people have attended celebrations at Bend, Redmond, Sisters, Madras and multitudes of picnics, but has made no claim for a real celebration, leaving that honor to the younger communities in this part of the state. Committees in charge of every feature of the biggest day of all are being selected, and nothing will be left undone to make this the big event it should be after so long a delay.
The city council ordered an ordinance drawn for the care of heavy traffic, which is becoming a serious problem, and will meet at a special call of the mayor to pass on the ordinance very soon. The record of accidents last Sunday, and congestion in the streets every afternoon and evening and all-day Saturday is becoming a serious problem, and one that will cause loss of life unless property regulated. After the new ordinance is passed, it will be enforced to the letter.
75 years ago
May 3, 1945
State Engineer Charles E. Stricklin and Arthur M. Piper of the United States Geological Survey will be guest speakers at next Tuesday's meeting of the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce. The engineers are coming to Prineville to present a report on the survey of ground water conditions in and near Prineville which was requested last summer by the chamber.
Several truckloads of used clothing have been contributed by residents of Crook County to the United National Clothing campaign. President Ross Robinson of the the local chamber, general chairman of the clothing campaign here, enlisted the aid of Lions Club members last Monday to pick up contributions throughout the city.
Prineville is to have a baseball team this year — the first in several seasons — and the first game of the season is scheduled next Sunday afternoon on Davidson field. It will probably be a "Reds" vs. "Blues" game, but it will be the first organized baseball here for some time and the fans are expected to turn out.
50 years ago
May 7, 1970
Every major school budget proposal in Central Oregon, including Crook County's second attempt, was turned down by voters Monday in a sweeping taxpayers' revolt. Crook County's second budget, some $80,000 lighter than the first proposal and unburdened by a $1 million serial levy by which voters also balloted in the first election, still did not measure up to a majority of the voters' demands for austerity.
A machine shed, tractor and car were destroyed by a fire Tuesday night on the Joe Stahancyk ranch on Lamonta Road. The machine shed, located behind an employee's house, burned to the ground, destroying the tractor parked inside and a car parked nearby. Prineville volunteer firemen prevented the fire from spreading.
Plans to turn the Crooked River Roundup grounds over to the administration of the county were delayed at a meeting Monday night by members of the Roundup board of directors. Richard Hoppes, a member of the Roundup board, said that they had originally planned to simply deed the fairgrounds over to the county with certain stipulations pertaining to the Roundup Association's use of the grounds. The members of the board decided during the meeting that they would, however, table their decision until further investigations could be made into giving the fairgrounds to the county through a "deed of trust."
25 years ago
May 4, 1995
The Prineville City Council's Enterprise Committee yesterday afternoon selected a partnership from Bend to take over management of Meadow Lakes Restaurant. Selected were Joe and Mryna Flood and Bill and Patty Keramidas, who will take over leasing the restaurant from the city June 1.
Central Oregon and most of the rest of the state will receive a new area code in November, according to the Public Utilities Commission in an announcement issues Tuesday. The present 503 area code will be retained for Salem and northwest Oregon, including Portland and the surrounding metro area. The new 541 area code will be applied to the remainder of the state.
Don't put off urgent business with the state until Monday, as offices will be closed due to a walkout by members of the Oregon Public Employees Union. The union, which represents 18,000 state workers, is seeking a 6.5% pay raise for its members. The state says it cannot afford to offer that much of a raise across the board. Tuesday, state negotiators made an offer that included a 2% pay increase. The union turned down that offer.
CUTLINE: May 4, 1995 – Working conditions haven't been the best for crews laying water lines from the new high school site to Main Street on Lynn Boulevard during the past few days – rain is expected to fall through the weekend.
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