Three power cables for Central Electric Cooperative and one phone cable for Pacific Northwest Bell Telephone Company are buried in one operation down the 90 percent grade of Hoodoo Butte in October 1970. The project took power to the phone company’s micro-wave relay station, constructed on the butte.

100 years ago

Oct. 14, 1920 — Restraining Order Is Served On Settlers, Stops Financial Relief by Tax

The Central Oregon Water Users’ district will probably be without funds for at least another year as a result of the filing of an injunction by the company here this afternoon on J.G. McGuffie, director, restraining the district from placing on the ballot a measure to fix a tax.

The injunction will not be heard until in November, while, because there was no tax levy by the district last year, there can be no tax this year except by a vote. After the hearing, McGuffie believes, if successful, the district will find it too late to get the question voted upon.

In a statement two weeks ago, Stearns & Burdick, company attorneys were delinquent in making application to get the tax put on the ballot and broke relations because the district could have no money, they said.

75 years ago

Oct. 18, 1945 — Royalty Travels Exclusively by Air From Birthplace in Southern Louisiana to Deschutes Valley Apiaries Here

Proof that everything from letters to race horses are now shipped by air mail was the package received recently at the Redmond post office directed to the Deschutes Valley apiaries. No doubt post office employees were overjoyed to learn that in this innocent package were housed 100 queen bees and some 1200 workers.

The royal party had traveled all the way from Louisiana to make their hives in Redmond. According to A.J. Sanford and his son, Roger, owners of the local apiaries, this practice has been going on for four or five years and has now become the customary mode of transportation for these celebrities of the the insect world.

It seems that in recent years apiaries have found that in travel by ordinary mail covering a week to ten days, their ladyships have suffered five to 15 percent casualties, particularly in hot weather. Such losses were alarming to apiaries as each queen is valued at $1 to $1.50.

To remedy this situation the queens now travel exclusively by air in air-conditioned compartments, and all arrive safely at their destinations two and one-half days after their departure.

Each queen has her own separate compartment, a wooden block two inches wide, three inches long and an inch deep, with space hollowed out and covered by a screen. In this compartment are also the 12 workers accompanying her royal highness and sufficient food for the trip.

The 100 little blocks are all wrapped together as the west-bound package buzzes merrily along on its way to Oregon. This royal cruise from the southern states, where the queens are raised, takes place in the spring and fall, at which times the Deschutes Valley apiaries order 100 queens for their colonies.

These new arrivals will take up their residence as replacements or additions to 500 colonies owned by the Sanfords. This method is used to keep up the strain of the bees.

Each of the 500 colonies has its own queen, whose reign lasts from one to two years, at which time she is replaced by a younger blueblood.

A total of 15 to 20 pounds of bees compose one colony, and there are 1500 to 2000 bees to the pound. With these statistics in mind, it is no small wonder that this royalty which was recently welcomed to Redmond will not be with us two years hence.

50 years ago

Oct. 14, 1970 — Incumbent faces former city councilman for mayor

Redmond voters will have an opportunity to choose between two men with extensive experience in city government when they cast their ballots for mayor at the November general election.

Incumbent Gerold M. Barrett, 51, has served two years as mayor and two years as councilman. Robert B. (Berwyn) Coyner, 60, has eight years experience as a Redmond city councilman.

Prior to the expiration of Coyner’s term in 1966, he served in numerous capacities, including being an active member of the streets, water and parks commissions, and serving as the city’s representative on the Redmond Airport Commission. He continued to serve on the commission as a citizen representative until earlier this year.

Coyner also served for several months as an acting recorder.

As chairman of the airport commission, he signed the lease with the U.S. Forest Service that established the smokejumper base, Redmond Air Center. During that same period, the commission authorized additions to the Federal Aviation Administration office and Butler Aircraft shops at Roberts Field.

A native of Central Oregon, he served on the Redmond School Board prior to the reorganization of the district.

Coyner continues to be active with the Chamber of Commerce, having been on the board of directors and on the joint chamber-city industrial committee that seeks to attract new industry to the area.

Prior to its disbanding, he was active in the Redmond Lions Club.

Coyner is president of the Bank of Central Oregon and is owner-operator of the Redmond Hotel, which he purchased after he sold the variety store business he had run since he came to Redmond in 1949 from Gresham.

Recognizing that a sewerage system is the city’s most critical problem, Coyner said that while he is confident that the engineering advanced in the CH2M plan is adequate, he questions the financing recommended.

Coyner believes that a 20-year bond is too short. “If it were spread over a longer period, the taxpayer would be in a better position to handle it,” he said.

Pointing out that the sewer system would “be here from now on … with additions perhaps,” he said he didn’t see why the people now should pay the initial cost.

Queried about the possible need for additional city office facilities, Coyner said he was “in favor” of more adequate city quarters, but thought the city had other higher priority needs, particularly the sewer.

Coyner also emphasized that the did not oppose the city administrator form of government, as was stated in one newspaper. The newly-instituted type of government “is long past due.”

Barrett, who is basing his campaign on his past record of two years in office as mayor, states that “I as mayor started many firsts in Redmond — the city administrator form of government, upgrading the police department, reorganizing the police department, reorganizing the city management and government, and pushing for our airport.”

“I was instrumental in getting the airport surveyed and platted in the comprehensive plan … in getting an industrial area reserved from Deschutes County … (and) have had several industries looking at our city.” He continued, “I’ve personally contacted these industries and over the next two years we should see some real activity in our industrial development. I feel the city needs industrial development to relieve the tax load.”

A native of Redmond, he returned here from California six years ago to assume the district managership of Jefferson Standard Life Insurance Company. For the 17 years previous, he was an engineer in the lumber business, concerned with sawmill construction, logging and forestry counseling.

His extensive public service record includes the chairmanship of the school board in Oakhurst, Cal., near Yosemite National Park. After completing the unification of the district, he was instrumental in leading it into building a $1 million grade school. When he left he was serving as chairman of the planning committee for a $6 1/2 million high school complex.

Also in California, he was Republican Committee Chairman for the 14th District, and as campaign manager guided a California state legislator in a successful bid for office.

A past chairman of the Central Oregon Life Underwriters Association and current Rotarian, he is an active member and Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, and speaks throughout the state before various groups and service clubs as a Christian layman.

Barrett was recently appointed chairman of the legislative committee of the League of Oregon Cities.

The sewerage system, which he believes is the most critical problem facing Redmond, “is a must or the state board (State Environmental Quality Commission) will take it over and put it in for us,” said Barrett.

The incumbent mayor advocates taking steps toward construction of the system after due consideration on every point as to engineering, consultation, planning and any commitments involving the citizens of the city of Redmond. He is particularly interested in utilizing new methods of treatment and acquiring all possible funds that will hold taxes to a minimum for the citizens.

Turning to the need for expanded city facilities, he said, “are moving ahead rapidly in the construction of a new library. The committee is ready to recommended construction procedures to council in the immediate future. When the library is finished, the new city administrative offices will be placed in the library.” He estimated that this would relieve the problem for the next four or five years.

Barrett sees the city administrator form of government as one of the finest things undertaken by Redmond. “I can already see the coordination among employees and departments — it is only the beginning of what the office will mean to the city of Redmond.”

The incumbent also pointed to the initiation of a monthly television program by city officials as an avenue to “better communication with our citizens.”

In conclusion, Barrett called for his re-election as mayor “due to my past record of working hard as mayor and placing the city’s interests first, my business, second.” He said that he was apprised personally of the sewer problem, has all the first hand information and “should be elected to carry it through.”

25 years ago

Oct. 18, 1995 — Council may relax annexation policy

Redmond may start growing at an even faster pace if the city council follows through on a change in its annexation policy.

Meeting out of session in a public workshop Tuesday night, six of the seven council members indicated they supported revising city policy to accept any residentially zoned property upon receipt of request for annexation, at the city’s discretion.

Only Norm Peterson voiced opposition. He urged fellow councilors and the city staff to keep the present policy for at least another year. That policy brings property into city limits only if it is at least 75 percent developed.

The change would not affect city ordinances and first must be approved by a majority of council members in session. Mayor Jerry Thackery urged staff to schedule a public hearing on the matter.

The new policy could let the city annex undeveloped land in the urban growth boundary. Such properties initially aren’t as lucrative for the city’s tax rolls, but as lots are developed, the city, not the county, will have control over development standards and specifications.

Plus, the city will collect building fees as annexed properties are developed. That’s money the county pockets now for developments within Redmond’s urban growth boundary.

The council adopted a policy of delayed annexations exactly two years ago to hold the line on growth without an increased tax base to pay for expanded services. Councilors reaffirmed the policy a year ago.

Thackery said special levies represent a growing portion of the city’s total tax structure, so approving more annexation requests now makes fiscal sense.

The revised policy would apply only to residential, not industrial or commercial, land.

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