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North Unit irrigation project sees major construction progress in summer of 1944.

MADRAS PIONEER LOGO - The Madras Pioneer looks back over 100 years of newspaper archives.100 YEARS AGO

May 8, 1919

Agreeable to the custom established some years ago by the Madras Rod and Gun Club, the sixth Annual Fish Fry of the club will be pulled off in the grand old style which has in times agone given such satisfying results to the participants.

A.H. Parkey, who has rented the Cole's orchard, extends a cordial invitation to everybody to come. But, say, Alf has put out a garden down there which he is nursing with tender care and he especially requests that the turnip and lettuce, pea vines and tomatoes be left off the itinerary of the wandering clansmen of Izaak Walton. Plenty of space has been reserved where the clan may foregather for frolic and fun, but keep off Alf's Garden of Eden.

Those having the festivities in charge are making preparations to entertain the large crowd that always attends the fry. A furnace will be installed to fry fish by the wholesale — you will not go fish hungry on that day. Anglers are getting their tackle in shape to whip the river up and down for a day or two before the fry that an adequate supply of the finny tribe may be on hand. In fact, all things doable will be done to assure a perfect day. Just "pack up your troubles in your old kit bag" and come and eat fish.

75 YEARS AGO

May 4, 1944

Bids for the construction of two syphons and two highway crossings for the North Unit of the Deschutes irrigation project will be opened June 1, according to information received from the board members of the Jefferson County Conservancy District.

This construction will involve excavation of 11,700 cubic yards of rock and dirt; 10,800 cubic yards of back fill; 850 cubic yards of rip rap and 1,280 cubic yards of concrete.

There will also be used in this work 210,000 pounds of reinforcement bars; 20 square feet of elastic joint filler materials; 3,160 pounds of metal water stops in joints.

Construction will also include drilling 40 linear feet of 6-inch diameter drainage hole and installation of 1,200 pounds of blow-off valve connections, as well as 1,200 pounds of miscellaneous metal work.

This invitation for bids, it is understood, does not cover the purchase of materials which are to be furnished by the government.

With the arrival of tons of reinforcing steel and power tools, work on the two big North Unit irrigation tunnels in the Smith Rocks northeast of Terrebonne, got underway Monday and contractors predicted the huge projects would require 10 months to complete. The contract is held by Wixson & Crowe of Redding, California, who obtained the job on a $451,690 bid.

According to the contractors, between 75 and 100 men will be employed three shifts to complete the bores as quickly as possible. A skeleton crew of miners already has penetrated to a depth of 45 feet on the intake of tunnel No. 2, which will be 3,400 feet long. Tunnel No. 1 is 100 feet shorter, according to Bureau of Reclamation officials.

The tunnels are being drilled to 12 feet, 6 inches diameter, and the waterway, when completed will be 11 feet, 6 inches inside measurement, engineers stated.

Amid the willows on the banks of the Crooked River, below the Smith Rocks, a small scale town has sprung up, with tents, trailer houses, small buildings and "lean-tos" sheltering the miners and their families. Little children romp among the rocks and along the banks of the stream, while women hang laundry on ropes between the willow trees, and dogs and even chickens enliven the scene.

As the big tunnel work progresses, it was announced today at the Bureau of Reclamation offices that invitations have already been sent out for bids on other work for the irrigation project. This call for bids includes, among other items, the Prineville railroad crossing, and two bridges on the O'Neil Market Road near Crooked River, and one on the Ochoco Highway east of Redmond.

50 YEARS AGO

May 8, 1969

Richard Montee, special Bureau of Indian Affairs officer at the Warm Springs reservation, Tuesday shook an audience of Madras Kiwanis members as he outlined the impact of drugs on the youth of the community.

He talked at the club's luncheon meeting at the Stag cafe.

To date, Montee said, marijuana is the principal drug in use in Jefferson County; but he noted that amphetamines (speed) are already in use among the young people. It could get worse. Montee said that the average age of marijuana users a year ago was 18.5 years. Today, it is 17.5 years. In Portland, marijuana is being used by fourth graders.

The speaker pointed to a pattern and a timetable of the spread of drug addiction. Most drugs come north from California, but they hit Seattle first. A year later, they hit Portland; one or two years later they hit the colleges and resort areas. Later, they reach communities such as Jefferson County.

Noting that "speed" is in Jefferson County now, Montee said that a year hence, hard narcotics (heroin) could be in use here.

Montee said that the biggest concern of authorities is to arouse community awareness of the enormity of the drug problem. When citizens are aware it, is easier to track down and eliminate those who distribute drugs, he said.

"Pushers and distributors of drugs ranging from marijuana to the hallucinogens (LSD, STP, DOM, and marijuana) are brazen in their efforts to expand the use of these drugs," he said.

25 YEARS AGO

May 5, 1994

It's coming. Two weeks from this Saturday, on May 21, the first Collage of Culture will be held.

The Collage — an all-day event at the Madras Junior High and Friendship Park grounds — is a celebration of Jefferson County's cultural diversity. It's an ambitious event complete with top quality entertainment, 13 hot air balloons, a bevy of ethnic food vendors, art displays and kids games.

Organizers have been planning the Collage of Culture for over a year. They hope it will become an annual event that will draw people from Central Oregon and throughout the state. Entry to the extravaganza is free.

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