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Looking back, March 17

Looking Back

March 17

20 Years Ago-1993

All three local police agencies now have mini-cameras for their patrol cars, to record the actions and behavior of suspected drunk drivers. State Farm Insurance will donate a dash-mounted camera to the Wasco County Sheriff’s Department March 16. The Dalles Police Department and the Oregon State Police field office in The Dalles both received cameras from the Clackamas County Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the former in January and the latter in December. Other agencies who use the cameras have found defendants are much less likely to fight a drunken driving ticket if they have been videotaped by police.

Work on developing an education center at the Muddy Ranch in Wasco County is continuing, but got delayed because of some internal developments inside the Washington Corporation, Secretary of Public Instruction Norma Paulus said while in The Dalles on Wednesday. Industrialist Dennis Washington bought the 64,000 acre ranch and has offered to permit the education system in Oregon to develop it for earth and environmental studies. The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry is involved along with several private foundations and individuals.

40 Years Ago-1973

Ribbon-cutting ceremonies Sunday by Mayor Leonard Wright will officially open the new city hall at Dufur. The building is the result of many years of saving and planning by the community. When the building fund reached the $25,000 mark, and “with the old office and fire hall about to fall down around our ears,” city officials decided last year to start the project. Bids from contractors were higher than the city could finance, so the project was pushed forward as a cooperative undertaking. Parts of the building remain unfinished. A kitchen will be provided when money is available. Restrooms also are not complete, and lighting fixtures need to be purchases. Plans call for storage cabinets in the office and at the south end of the meeting room.

A project that will give Mauser’s twice its present space, permitting additional displays and broader stocks, is progressing rapidly. Begun in late November, the remodeling of the store at Terminal Avenue and W. Second Street is expected to be completed in early May. “We are changing our store into a home center,” said Kent Mauser. Departments are being expanded and new displays added.” With double the space of the present store, the expanded areas will provide a place even for sample lumber displays. All store fixtures will be new.

60 Years Ago-1953

A large-scale winter range acquisition project, first of its kind in Oregon, may be undertaken in the “deer problem” area of southern Wasco County as the result of Game Commission effort in cooperation with the Wasco County Land Use committee and private landowners. This was disclosed today by Paul Ebert, game agent in The Dalles, and E.M. Nelson, Wasco County agricultural agent. The plan for encompassing 17,016 acres of forest, gazing and other lands within the project has the tentative approval of the land use committee and is endorsed by the game commission and the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. It also has been discussed with the U.S. Forest Service. Cost of the project is estimated at $293,659.77, of which three-fourths would be provided under terms of the Pitman-Robertson Act providing for taxes on firearms and ammunition. The balance of the funds would be provided by the state.

The dog days are here again for The Dalles police department, which is deluged with complaints that dogs are rooting in gardens and making a general nuisance of themselves. Delinquent dogs are being rounded up as rapidly as possible and all dogs not on a leash or under control are subject to being impounded, Acting Police Chief Tex Thornton said today. Proof that the dogs are being rounded up can be seen by visiting the dog pound, which is practically filled to capacity. To make room for more dogs those presently impounded and not claimed after a reasonable time are to be destroyed.

80 Years Ago-1933

Oregon fruit men, including a number of local orchardists, today appealed to President Franklin D. Roosevelt, through Governor Julius Meier, for financial assistance to save the 1933 crops from total loss and impairment of production in future years. The appeal to Washington was made today by Governor Meier mainly to save the apple and pear crops of Hood River and Medford, according to reports circulated here. It is the contention of local orchardists that the cherry growers of The Dalles are in better financial condition than the majority of fruit men throughout the state. The governor reported to President Roosevelt that the fruit men are ready to pledge their entire crop in return for advances of 80 cents a box on pears and 70 cents a box on apples, according to advices from Salem. An advance of 50 cents a box has been suggested, but this will not cover production and packing costs, it was said. In the meantime, the pruning of trees is awaiting action and the time for the first spray has passed.

Commissioners of the county court are expected to be called into special session within the next few days to iron out plans for the floating of a $60,000 issue of refunding bonds. The court was unable to take official action or the proposal at the regular March meeting because of the declaration of the state holiday before the definite decision had been made. The necessity of issuing the refunding bonds to retire outstanding bond issues which will mature this summer was apparent this morning when county officials reported taxes were being received slowly. Wasco County property owners in past years had paid a certain percentage of the May tax installment by this time, the officers reported.

100 Years Ago-1913

“Get together” was the slogan of the big meeting held in this city Saturday afternoon at the Hotel Dalles, when about 40 farmers of Wasco County were the guests of the members of the Business Men’s Association. These agriculturists and fruit growers were chosen by the officers of the Granges, Farmers’ unions and the Fruit Growers’ Association to represent those organizations at the meeting which had as its object the promoting of better acquaintance and good will between the merchants and farmers. Enthusiasm over the occasion and good fellowship were in evidence on every hand and every person present was thoroughly in accord with the spirit of “get together.”

Dumping of trash in an alley is strictly forbidden by section 18 of city ordinance number 263 and as the city officials have received several complaints regarding the deposit of spring “cleanups” from yards, such as paper, tree trimmings, leaves, etc., Chief of Police Gibons has been instructed to enforce the law to the limit. There is also a state law to the effect that tree trimmings must not be deposited in a street or alley because of the danger from spread of tree diseases.

CeCe Fix compiles Looking Back.


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