100 years ago

April 17, 1919 — Bend Opposes Rail Extension to Klamath

At the suggestion of the State Chamber of Commerce, the Bend Commercial club took a referendum vote on the proposed extension of rail communication with Klamath Falls, and the vote was 16 to 13 against the proposition.

The real reason for the apparent opposition lies in the fact that the big mills fear rate disturbance should the line be build, and Klamath mills given an opportunity to ask for equitable rates on a parity with those given Bend.

It is a rather selfish, narrow view to take of a matter that so vitally concerns the future development of the whole of Central and Southern Oregon. Potato growers and stockmen have long wanted a southern outlet and it must come sooner or later, and these interests are of vastly more importance than a mere question of freight rates on lumber.

75 years ago

April 20, 1944 — Wells Discusses Juvenile Problem

Assistance of every person in Deschutes county is needed in solving the juvenile delinquency problem, declared Irus M. Wells, deputy sheriff and county probation officer, in a talk Tuesday before Redmond chamber of commerce at its luncheon in Redmond hotel banquet room.

Wells, who began his duties the first of April, stressed the seriousness of the situation and the large amount of delinquency he found even in the brief time he has been here, citing a number of instances which have arised in Redmond. “Many children are being ignored and neglected,” he pointed out, “at least 50 per cent of delinquency being the result of parental neglect.”

He went on to say that it is the responsibility of all to help the youngsters and to make them feel that “they are somebody.” Even though the children of any certain family have no tendencies toward delinquency, there always is the danger that they may become “infected” through contact with children whose parents don’t care.

The community should help in providing adequate facilities for the children to burn off the excess energy characteristic of their age. Where this is done, Wells said, a decrease in the juvenile problem invariably results.

50 years ago

April 23, 1969 — Former CCC officer visits Redmond

Fred W. Hower, who was commanding officer of Central Oregon’s Civilian Conservation Corps camps just prior to World War II, was back in Redmond last week for the first time since 1941.

Hower and his wife, who live in Worcester, Mass., are on a vacation trip which has taken them all over the Pacific Northwest and California. He is operations manager for Texaco’s fuel business in the Worcester area and is on sick leave while recuperating from eye surgery. The Howers have four children, ranging in age from 13 to 25.

After leaving Central Oregon Hower was in the army, serving as an artillery officer during the Normandy invasion and subsequent campaigns. He retired from active duty as a colonel.

25 years ago

April 20, 1994 — EcoTeams Turn Every Month Into Earth Month

An astonishingly simple and old-fashioned idea is behind the Household Ecoteam program.

It’s “waste not, want not.”

During a series of six meetings, team members learn to consume less, produce less garbage, and use less water, electricity and motor fuel.

In the process, they may even save some money.

The emphasis on recycling and using less — “living lighter on the land “ — addresses some fundamental problems the world is facing.

Problems that are expected to get worse.

Things like overpopulation, lack of clean water, global warming and brown-outs.

For the individual, these problems can be as overwhelming and depressing as the threat of nuclear war. They can also produce the same feelings of helplessness.

But, as Time magazine said, “no attempt to protect the environment will be successful in the long run unless ordinary people are willing to adjust their lifestyles.”

That’s where the Ecoteam program comes in.

The program offers a way for individuals to get involved and make a difference.

Redmond’s first Ecoteam completed its six-month program last month. Since that team formed last fall, Redmond residents have created two more Ecoteams.

Central Oregon is one of only five areas across the nation to pilot the program. The response has been very enthusiastic, according to project coordinator Michelle McKay.

“We don’t have enough coaches to meet the needs of the groups that want to form,” she said.

Central Oregon is the only area piloting a model that uses a local organization to deliver the program. Other Ecoteams throughout the nation report directly to New York, with no community support -- while Central Oregonians report to the Environmental Center in Bend.

Our model is really exciting because we can give so much more support, McKay said.