Compiled by the Deschutes County Historical Society from archived copies of the Bulletin at the Deschutes Historical Museum.
100 Years Ago
For the week ending
Feb. 16, 1919
Liquor to be shipped away
Roberts will dispose of growing stock
Large quantities of liquor confiscated in Bend and Deschutes County by Sheriff S.E. Roberts and Chief of Police L.A.W. Nixon, will be turned over to the government authorities within the near future to make up part of a carload of intercepted contraband goods, which is to be sent out of the state. The announcement was made this morning by Sheriff Roberts after conferring with federal agents as to the proper distribution of the increasing stock of whiskey held by the county. It is probable the entire shipment will go to California or some other wet state where it may legally be sold.
Geologist secured for reservoir work
That a geologist has been secured to start on March 1 the examination of the Benham Falls and Crane Prairie reservoir sites on the Deschutes project was the information contained in a Washington dispatch printed in a Portland paper received here today.
The report on the two sites mentioned is of vital importance to the carrying on the Central Oregon irrigation campaign.
Fire meeting to be Monday
Discussion of various plans for districting the city for the organization of a volunteer fire department featured a meeting at the city rest rooms, called last night by Fire Chief Tom Carlon. Mr. Carlon stated that he intended to divide the city into four districts, and at a central point in each district to have a hose reel always on hand. It was decided that a canvass should be made today for members for the department, the fire chief being anxious to have everything in readiness by the time the new equipment arrives.
A point brought up for future consideration was in the matter of fire hydrants. It was complained that on dark nights it is very difficult to locate them, and it was suggested that they be painted white as a solution to the problem.
75 Years ago
For week ending
Feb. 16, 1944
County attains its bond quota in war drive
An announcement today from state war bond headquarters reveals that heavy purchases of “F,” “G” and corporation bonds have sent Deschutes County over its fourth war loan quota despite a lag in “E” bond purchases by individuals. The county total Friday morning reached $1,253,408.50 to step ahead of the $1,148,300 goal.
However, the county committee pointed out today, the area has not done its part until the full $512,800 “B” bond quota has been reached and to date only $385,000 worth have been purchased by county residents.
Bend teachers’ salary increase gets approval
Directors and advisors authorize $150 elevation in pay for instructors
Bend’s school directors and their advisory budget board last night checked questions of post war planning to a committee and authorized a flat salary increase of $150 a year to be received next school year by each employee of the local districts.
Anxious to maintain a competitive position in its hiring and unhampered by wage freezing, conferees were unanimous authorizing the issuance of new contracts at a $150 higher level than for the current year. Motion for the increase was made after Howard W. George, city school superintendent, had suggested $120.
Headlines — Russia called dictatorship by President — British planes bomb Nazi base — Dewey speech at Portland to be tonight
Skiing reported good at Skyliners today
The road out to the Skyliner playground is again in first class condition, 18 inches of snow covers the Skyliner hill and some fine skiing has been located on upper Tumalo Creek, A.F.Jones, Skyliner caretaker, reported when in Bend this morning. The road is again smooth and chains are not needed, Jones stressed.
Just to emphasize that he is not in the least biased in reporting snow conditions, the Skyliner caretaker telephoned into Bend last Friday to warn skiers that the road then was nearly impassable. Betterment work has remedied that road condition, Jones said. During the past week, about eight inches of new snow fell along upper Tumalo Creek, Jones reported. Snow was falling near the Skyliner playground this afternoon as a new storm broke over the Cascade crest.
50 Years ago
For the week ending
Feb. 16, 1969
Enrollment at COCC hits all-time high
Enrollment at Central Oregon Community College has soared to a new all-time high, it was announced today by Richard Hewitt, director of admissions. According to Hewitt, an even 1,500 students are taking one or more courses at the college, an increase of 451 over fall term and 362 over last winter term.
Full-time registration is also up at the college, with a total of 749.4 students enrolled. This is the figure used by the State of Oregon when reimbursing COCC with state funds. It is compiled at the end of the fourth week of classes. The old full-time enrollment record was 749.1 set this past fall term. The new full-time mark exceeds last winter term’s enrollment by 128 students and is 188 more than winter term two years ago.
According to Hewitt, the vocational-technical department enrollment showed a drop of 267.9 students to 197.4. The number of lower-division college transfer students, however, jumped from 365.7 to 396.0. The greatest enrollment increase is in the adult education division where 756 Central Oregonians are enrolled in courses ranging from art to woodcarving. Last winter term’s adult enrollment was 413.
Queen crowned on Valentine’s Day
Syd Parlour, 18, daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Robert Parlour, 515 Congress, was selected Basketball Homecoming Queen at a rally at Bend High School this morning. Other members of her court are Cleon Bingham, Ann Bristol, Sandy Kerkoch, Mary Lou McKay, Lorelei Munkres and Jill Robinson. Homecoming activities will include the Baker-Bend game Saturday night and a dance to follow. Miss Parlour was chosen by a vote of BHS students. Her activities include the presidency of Girls’ League.
25 Years ago
For the week ending
Feb. 16, 1994
St. Charles breaks ground on expansion project
St. Charles Medical Center broke ground Monday on a $12.3 million expansion project that includes a new maternity center, lobby and family stay center.
The St. Charles Medical center Foundation raised more than $2 million for the project through its “Sharing The Vision” capital campaign. The project is scheduled for completion by June 1995.
According to hospital spokesman Todd Sprague, patients and visitors will continue to use the hospital’s west access road to reach the SurgiCenter, and the Cancer Treatment Center and Lab. A temporary driveway and parking area will be constructed for access to the SurgiCenter. A loop road has been constructed to provide access to the Cancer Treatment Center and Lab during construction. Signs will be posted to indicate these temporary routes.
City debate heats up in Sunriver
Battle lines continue to form and tighten in Sunriver over a proposal to incorporate the planned community.
On Saturday, the Sunriver Owners Association board is expected to vote to officially oppose incorporation, and Sunriver 2000, a political action committee critical of the proposal, will lay out its misgivings at a public forum. Meanwhile, groups on both sides of the issue are questioning the truth of statements made by opponents.
Sunriver 2000 accuses the Sunriver Incorporation Committee of spreading a falsehood by writing in its newsletter that donations to the PAC are not tax-deductible.
The incorporation committee claims the owners’ association is encouraging out-of-district homeowners to lie so they can re-register as Sunriver voters and help vote down the proposal in May. In the first matter, the incorporation committee wrote that contributions to Sunriver 2000 were not tax-deductible because the PAC registered as a neutral committee. The committee says according to state law, only donations to partisan PACs are deductible.
Individual members of Sunriver 2000 have spoken against incorporation in the past, causing pro-incorporation residents to doubt their intention to conduct neutral research on the matter.
But Sunriver 2000 members say their donations are tax-deductible, and that they’ve got a letter from the state Department of Revenue to probe it.
“I don’t know why (the incorporation committee) is riding this dead horse,” said Leland Smith spokesman for Sunriver 2000. “It’s clear the donations are deductible.”
Department of Revenue analysts this morning confirmed that contributions to the group are tax deductible. The incorporation committee said it won’t pursue the matter, because it has bigger fish to fry including an article that appeared in the association’s monthly newspaper.
The article, titled “Registering to Vote in Deschutes County,” explained that nonresident owners could re-register in Deschutes County simply by “declaring that their Sunriver homes are their intended residences.”
State law sets seven tests for determining whether a person is a resident of a particular precinct. However, recent court cases challenging the law have won decisions stating that a person’s intent for establishing residence is the overriding concern.
By laying those facts out in Scene, the owners’ association appears to be urging nonresident owners to lie about their intended residence, incorporation backers say.
The owners’ association denies any such intent saying it simply was responding to homeowners’ requests for information.