100 years ago

Oct. 3, 1918 — The town’s water

It appears that the city of Remdond has been negligent in securing and making of record its right to a certain quantity of water from the Deschutes river, from which the city’s supply has been coming for the past ten years and the matter was under advisement by our Commercial Club at the regular Monday meeting.

It is the prospective purchase of the C.O.I. company interests by the North Unit that brings this matter to attention and renders very necessary that the city loses no time in protecting itself.

Several of the additions to the town own water rights of record, but the city proper, owns none, except such right as it may have acquired by conversion to beneficial uses.

The club senses the fact that steps must be taken immediately to protect the city and its water supply, as possibly under present conditions when all appropriators under the irrigation systems increase their acroage to the limit called for by their holdings, there is a likelihood of a serious shortage, and a possiblity that the city would be left high and dry with a wornout pumping system. The town has already been contoured and surveyed by the irrigation company and after deducting streets, alleys, and business properties, there are about 79 irrigable acres. It was proposed to have the town give a series of warrants for $3000 which it is thought would be necessary to finance the proposition, but this feature has not been much discussed by the council.

It is likely that what is done must be done by public subscription of property owners. Are you interested, Mr. Property Owner?

Oct. 7, 1943 — Lt. Lee Rennolds Pilot of Transport in New Guinea Paratroop Operation

First Lt. Lee Rennolds of Redmond piloted one of the transport planes which dropped paratroopers over Lae, New Guinea, he says in a letter just received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. L. Rennolds. “I supposed you have read in the papers and heard on the radio all about the big paratroop landings we pulled over here. Well, the base censor said we could tell about it, so here goes.

“I flew a transport plane as usual with a load of paratroopers, along with lots of other transport covered by fighter planes. When we dropped our men we turned and came back to our base safely and not one plane was lost in the big move.

“There were American planes everywhere and no Zeroes, thank heaven. The Japs were completely surprised. The jump was very successful, this being the first over here and the largest and most successful ever attempted in the world as yet. General McArthur waved us off that morning and he, General Kinney and Blomey directed the operation from above. Pictures were taken of the whole operation, so if you see ship 462, you will know I was flying it.”

Lt. Rennolds, who went overseas some months ago, was stationed temporarily in New Guinea at the time of the paratroop operation.

50 years ago

Oct. 9, 1968 — Voter count now 13,535

Registered voters in Deschutes County now number 13,535, it was announced this week by County Clerk, Helen M. Dacey.

Included are 7427 Democrats, 5937 Republicans and 171 miscellaneous. This is a loss from the primary totals, Mrs. Dacey said. The Democrats then numbered 7804, the current total being down 377. Republicans had 5942 last spring and have dropped just 5 to 5937. THose classed as miscellaneous numbered 145 before the primaries and have increased 26.

The general election ballots have been printed and delivered to the clerk’s office by The Spokesman’s commercial plant. Absentee ballots are available for those who will be away Nov. 5. Persons residing in Bend may come to the clerk’s office to vote.

The absentee vallots will be mailed to Redmond voters or others in the county not living in Bend, if request is made, the clerk said.

25 years ago

Oct. 6, 1993 — No driving range

A report at Monday’s Redmond Urban Area Planning Commission meeting appears to place the future of golf in the canyon in greater doubt than ever before. The rejection affects a use many thought would be a sure thing.

Tom Fields and Frank Nolan applied to build a pitch and putt, driving range, picnic area and clubhouse in the south canyon.

The golf-related development was planned for property just south of Highland Avenue.

Even though development is allowed, “a driving range and a pitch and putt facility in the OSPR zone would violate the open space goal of that zone,” according to the findings and decision document.

Fred Becker, a member of the Redmond planning commission, noted driving ranges are different from park space. He said he had seen driving ranges in Tokyo between four-story buildings.

“That’s a very intense use, it’s not really open space,” Becker said.

In other business, the commission heard an update on the ISTEA grant application to build a bikepath in the canyon.

Quitmeier said two applications were submitted; one for the bikepath and one for the tunnel under Highland Avenue.

The application met the main criteria to provide an actual transportation linkage, he said.