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Antelope holds first stampede; Potter orchard plants trees; Kah-Nee-Tah plans 2nd phase; woman sues GM

100 YEARS AGO

September 9, 1920

Antelope, one of the oldest settled towns in Central Oregon, with the reputation of being one of the wooliest in all the section east of the Cascade mountains, is sending invitations to the people of the state to attend her first annual Stampede. Located in the edge of the wild and wooly, Antelope is admirably situated to draw on splendid talent for the event. Men perfectly capable of the highest-class riding and roping make this town their post office address, and they thoroughly enjoy participating in the western events which have come to be so great an attraction. The town of Antelope does not boast of fine hotels, but for the three day occasion the residents are throwing the place wide open, inviting people to bring their camp outfits and camp any place in town except on the round-up grounds. They are naturally a hospitable people and it is a safe guess that they will see to it that all who attend are well cared for and have a very enjoyable visit.

75 YEARS AGO

September 6, 1945

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Warren and Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Hall visited the Miles F. Potter orchard Monday.

On this well-situated orchard on the Deschutes River, about 12 miles from Madras, the Potters have nearly finished harvesting their crop of Elbertas, Black Hawks and Hales.

Mr. Potter will have about 3,000 trees when he finishes planting and is setting 100 trees to the acre, thus giving each tree its full share of sunshine. The trees are also pruned in such a manner as to give them full sun, the results of which are evident in the rosy tint they wear, and their sweetness.

There are also prunes and plums on the place, as well as a small vineyard, with both seedless and Concord grapes.

Plans for future development include more orchard, an electric pump for the irrigation system and a new home, to be built on the banks of the Deschutes.

50 YEARS AGO

September 10, 1970

The Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation are organized like a corporation, and many of its functions are like the business operations of a corporation; but the corporation also has many administrative functions, plus all of the municipal operations of a city.

Thus said Kenneth Smith, acting general manager of the confederated tribes, as he reviewed the operation of the tribal government and outlined plans for the second phase of the Kah-Nee-Ta development for members of the Madras Kiwanis Club at heir Tuesday luncheon meeting in the Stag Café.

Noting that the area over which the Indians of Warm Springs once ranged totaled 10 million acres, Smith told Kiwanians that their reservation now consists of 564,000 acres. Of this, 3367,000 acres is timberland. Some 19,000 acres is classified as farmland.

Smith said that 85 percent of the reservation is owned by the confederated tribes, with most of the rest held by individual members of the tribes.

Business is conducted by the tribal council, which consists of eight elected members and the chiefs of the three tribes, the Warm Springs, the Wasco's, and the Paiutes, Smith said; but he noted that unlike operations on some other reservations the council does not conduct day-to-day business. These tasks are handled by a general manager hired by the council. "This keeps politics out of the tribes' business," he said.

At one time the Bureau of Indian Affairs ran things, Smith said, but today the BIA is used as a resource. The Public Health Service has a similar role, Smith said.

The magnitude of the Warm Springs payroll was evident as Smith told Kiwanians that the tribes regularly employ 217 persons (a figure that climbs to 350 in summer), the Warm Springs Forest Products Industries employ 216 (not including those who work in the woods), the Bureau of Indian Affairs employs 69, and the Public Health Service employees 22. The annual payroll is on the order of $3,688,000. To this figure must be added per capita payments to the 1922 enrolled members of the tribes, a figure that amounts to $1.3 million and brings the total to nearly $5 million.

In the business section of the tribal operations, Smith said, the credit department has $2.5 million for loans for housing, financing of private enterprises, and other projects.

Smith said he expected bids to be let on Phase II of Kah-Nee-Ta in November and that the project could be in operation by April of 1972. The second phase will include a 90-room vacation resort with convention facilities, lounges, coffee shops, dining rooms, and a nine-hole golf course (later to be expanded to 18 holes). Opening of the second phase of Kah-Nee-Ta will mean the hiring of another 100 employees, Smith said.

25 YEARS AGO

September 13, 1995

Anne Kirkwood, 66, of Madras, is seeking $260 million in her lawsuit against General motors.

Kirkwood's attorney filed the suit – perhaps the largest ever in Central Oregon in terms of the amount of money sought – last week in Deschutes County Circuit Court.

General Motors manufactured trucks between 1973 and 1987 that have gas tanks mounted on the sides of the vehicle.

Kirkwood was involved in a wreck with one of the trucks last summer.

The accident, in which Kirkwood suffered burns over nearly a third of her body, happened in Deschutes County, near Terrebonne on Highway 97.

Kirkwood's granddaughter, Erin Tureck, who lived in Redmond, was killed in the wreck, and Erin's brother, Jedediah Tureck, suffered burns.

Helen Louise Fort, 67, of Eugene, the driver of the pickup truck that struck Kirkwood's car, is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

A state police report at the time of the accident stated that Helen Fort, driving a 1976 Chevrolet pickup truck, was driving northbound on the highway when she came upon slow-moving traffic.

In an attempt to avoid hitting the line of slow-moving cars, Fort crossed the yellow line into the southbound lane, and struck Kirkwood's vehicle, police said.

The impact ruptured a fuel tank on Fort's truck, causing a fire that engulfed Kirkwood's vehicle, police said. Two Metolius farmworkers came upon the accident, and were able to pull Kirkwood and Jebediah from the burning car.

Fort was not seriously injured I the wreck, the police report said.

Critics of General Motors trucks produced between 1973 and 1987m like Fort's vehicle, say the design of the unique, side-mounted gas tanks is flawed; vehicles with the sidesaddle tanks pose significantly higher risk of fire during accidents than other models, critics say.

In response General motors says that studies indicate otherwise.

Kirkwood was hospitalized at the Burn Center at Emanuel Hospital in Portland for several months following the accident.

She has undergone eight or nine surgeries since the accident last summer. She is scheduled for more reconstructive surgery this week at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend. There may be three or four more surgeries following this week's, she said.

Compared to how bad things were in the months immediately after the wreck, though, Kirkwood says she is much improved. "Considering the way things were starting from square one, I'm really much better," she said.

Kirkwood now lives at home in Madras with her son Joe Kirkwood, who is her primary caregiver.

Her lawsuit, one of many similar such suits foiled across the country against GM, was possible only after the Oregon Legislature amended a law that blocked the suit; with very few exceptions, Oregon law protects companies from lawsuits that allege injuries from products which are more than eight years old.

The Legislature amended the law so that it does not apply to manufacturers of trucks with side-mounted gas tanks.


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