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Looking back, Oct. 6

October 6

20 Years Ago-1993

There’s a financial storm brewing in public education, and District 12 can hear the rumblings. The district cut $1.35 million from its budget this year after facing two major hurdles a $1.2 million reduction in state revenue, and an additional $150,000 arising from recently-completed teaching contracts for the New Year. Many of the results are already well known: 35.5 fewer people on the payroll, the elimination of nearly 20 special activity contracts ranging from coaching positions to class advisors, a sports participation fee hike from $40 to $100, and the institution of fees for many other school activities, such as the Harmonaires and Future Farmers of America.

The Dalles Art Association hosts the 28th annual transparent watercolor show for the Watercolor Society of Oregon Saturday and Sunday. Eighty selected paintings remain on display through Oct. 30. An opening reception is held at The Dalles Art Center Saturday.

40 Years Ago-1973

Hunting pressure for the general deer season which opens Saturday morning is expected to be high this year, as interest in hunting has increased because of high meat prices. The stream of hunters headed for their favorite spots was reported increasing Thursday night and today, and will likely be even heavier later this afternoon and early tonight. Many of the hunters are carrying extra gasoline because of the current shortage and price dispute and the threat of possible station shutdowns.

City of the Dalles expects to complete a deal this week for purchase of property at First and Federal Streets from Mel Look, former operator of the Sunset Feed Store, to provide additional space for off street parking. Price of the property is $45,000. The city would make a down payment of $24,000 using funds budgeted for property acquisition, and arrange to pay the other $21,000 later.

60 Years Ago-1953

Dalles City voters may ballot this fall at a special election on a $160,000 bond issue to finance expansion of police and fire facilities. The city council last night unanimously instructed the city attorney to prepare a resolution calling for an election on the question of authorizing the bond issue.

Dalles City council last night decided to proceed with the W. Scenic Drive improvement and annexed the Hillcrest Addition and reaffirmed its present policy of not giving water service to users outside the city limits. The council also called a public hearing on a new annexation proposal and bids on a 6.6 acre tract of city-owned land and authorized transfer of airport land to Klickitat County for a proposed road to connect the airport with The Dalles Bridge.

80 Years Ago-1933

The first regional conference held by the Young People’s fellowship of the Eastern Oregon district will open tomorrow at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, with about 35 out of town delegates present.

Personnel of a portion of the new Chamber of Commerce trade and commerce committee, which will serve under the general chairmanship of N.A. Bonn, was announced today by W.S. Nelson, chamber manager. The committee is to be organized with three divisions which will attend to special aspects of the general problem of business development raised by the Bonneville dam construction.

Increased employment of female labor has brought the total of women working at The Dalles Co-operative Growers’ cherry processing plant to 90, H.G. Miller, manager announced today. The force of women workers is being increased as fast as it is possible to train them to the point where 35 per cent of the total force can make 27 cents an hour on a piece-work basis, as required by minimum pay restrictions imposed by the tri-state cannery agreement, Miller said.

100 Years Ago-1913

Bob Murray has built up another strong football aggregation in The Dalles. His bunch of gridiron gladiators overwhelmed the Rood River High School eleven here Saturday afternoon. When the spectators quit counting the score was 78 to 0. With a little more practice the veteran coach will, without doubt, have the strongest team ever made up of high school students, and it is much regretted that this eleven cannot represent and win honors for the local education institution this year.

J. Rhodes, a laboring man, and Constable J.L. Harper had a mix-up at the corner of Second and Court Saturday evening at 5 o’clock, which resulted in both men requiring the services of a doctor to get patched up. It is claimed that Rhodes had been in the Deschutes Cash store making trouble over the payment of a bill, and it is further alleged that he threatened the life of Sam H. Davis, the proprietor of the store, because of the difference.

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