First, a little history: For more than 20 years after the Pine Tavern's opening in 1936, diners enjoyed views of the Deschutes River in the distance, along with two old pine trees that stood close by, in the eatery's backyard. In 1957, the restaurant added on — and brought part of the view indoors, enclosing the trunks of the two pines in its new garden room. In 1983, the smaller of the trees died of pine beetles, leaving just its trunk. The older tree, thought to be more than 150 years old, is in reasonable health for its age, but it must be cared for daily.
A Crook County Grand Jury on Thursday indicted a Prineville man who allegedly sexually abused several teenage males on 30 charges including sodomy, sex abuse and encouraging child sex abuse. Leo Carl Novak, 63, originally faced two counts of third-degree sex abuse and two counts of third-degree sodomy for alleged incidents involving two Crook County brothers, according to Ron Brown, the county's chief deputy district… ... more