100 years ago
May 20, 1920 — Girl Believed Assistant in Auto Steal
Foot prints found at the garage on the farm of E. Atkinson, two and one-half miles west of Redmond, led Atkinson to believe Saturday morning that one of the two persons who had broken into the building was a woman.
Both rear wheels were taken from the machine as well as an extra new tire, inner tubes, side curtains, and all the tools in the car.
As the Atkinson farm home is off the main traveled road, it is believed that the thieves were familiar with the place and had knowledge of the new equipment bought for the car.
One set of footprints were distinctly those made by a woman's shoe, while the others were those of a small man or possibly a boy.
Atkinson values the goods taken at about $100.
While parked on Sixth street Sunday night, the automobile belonging to L.S. Roberts, cashier of the First National Bank, was stolen and not located until Monday morning. The car was found on a side street near the school grounds.
It is believed the car was taken by joyriders who thought the machine to belong to some other individual and discovered the mistake after they believed it unsafe to return it to its former parking place. The car had been driven five miles.
C.A. Adams, marshal, has obtained evidence which, he said, leads him to believe that the car was taken by two young girls.
75 years ago
May 24, 1945 — Famous Marches, Symphonic, Popular Selections Enjoyed by Audience At Band's Premier Concert in Gym
With an impressive showing of their new maroon and gold uniforms, the Redmond union high school band, under the direction of William Tweedie, presented their premier concert at the new gym on Friday, May 18 at 8 p.m.. THe audience enthusiastically received the program, evidenced by the slight tap of feet with the catchy rhythm of such famous numbers as "March Normal" and "March Promotion."
Tweedie, as band director, made his first appearance in his white uniform with gold trim.
With a total of 12 numbers, the 39 members of the band provided a varied program of music ranging from a symphonic arrangement of "Moonlight Madonna," by Fibich-Scotti, to a rhythmical rendition, entitled "Boogie Woogie Band," by David Bennett.These numbers show the adaptability of a large band toward the strictly classical or the modern jive.
Included in the program was one number in waltz time, "Blue Moon Waltz."
Darlene Hart, attractive in her gold and white satin majorette uniform, did some fancy baton twirling with one of the selections, General Occasia."
One of the feature numbers of the evening was "American Patriot," by F.W. Meacham. This lively march includes some famous American air such as "Dixie," "Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean," "The Girl I Left Behind Me," and others. Several phrases in which different sections of the band carry counter melodies made this number especially attractive.
Several solos were featured on the program. Mrs. William Glang sang "Red Leaves," by Cecil Ellis, accompanied by Mrs. C.H. Irvin. Ethel Anderson played a piano solo, "Country Gardens," Tweedie played a violin solo, "Cfardas," by Mondi, accompanied by Mrs. Tweedie.
50 years ago
May 20, 1970 — FAA facilities at Redmond explained on open house day
Federal Aviation Administration facilities at Roberts Fields were open to the public Tuesday, May 12, with tours given by personnel who explained FAA operations.
In addition to facilities at Roberts Field, the FAA maintains a VORTAC (very high frequency omni-directional tactical air navigational system) facility on Cline Buttes. Equipment in the station aids both large commercial and military aircraft, as well as small private planes.
Information from the center can be radioed to aircraft up to 50 miles by two systems operating on ultra high and very high frequency bands, stated Don Fraley, chief of the airway facilities subsector.
Information is automatically transferred from the main system to a backup system if any malfunction should occur. If the backup system fails to function correctly, a warning bell will ring at the FAA station at Roberts field.
A huge 30,000-watt generator is housed on the plant at Cline Buttes to provide power during emergencies.
A homing beacon built in 1946 is in direct line with the runways at Roberts Field, guiding pilots from its 137-foot tower.
A third facility, known as RCAG (remote control air/ground) is located on Powell Butte and is controlled from Auburn, Wa. It performed the same basic functions that the flight service station handles at the airport.
Sixteen transmitters and receivers, plus about 20 other pieces of equipment, are used in giving basic weather information, separating aircraft en route between major airports and occasionally locating lost aircraft, Fraley said.
The flight services branch of the FAA controls the aircraft, both commercial and military, through instrument flight rules or visual "see or be seen" basis.
In addition to getting weather information, pilots may file flight plans, ask assistance in reaching their destination safely when they become lost, or request other information while in flight, stated Bud Malloy, chief of the flight service station. Air rescue operations originate from the FAA when an aircraft does not reach its destination within a reasonable period of time, Malloy added.
The FAA is now developing a comprehensive plan for the next 10 years to accommodate the tremendous increase in air transportation. Revenue passenger miles are expected to triple in the next decade, Malloy said.
A huge backlog of information in included in the existing plan to meet present needs as well as planning for the future.
25 years ago
May 24, 1995 — Crisis in paradise?
Quality jobs, not just quantity, are the key to the region's long-term economic health, the Central Oregon Economic Development Council believes.
COEDC, in its recent report "A Crisis in Paradise: Where Do We Grow From Here?", stresses the need for a cooperative effort to create a "stable, diversified economy" in Central Oregon.
The focus, the report says, must be on building "a sustainable regional economy strong enough to create living-wage jobs and stable enough to resist the cycle of boom and bust."
The report points to various statistics showing the area's households slipping economically despite a big jump in the number of jobs.
Most of the new jobs have been in the "traditionally lower paying" service and retail-wholesale sectors, which account for more than half the jobs in Deschutes County.
The number of dual income households in Deschutes County is 10 percent higher than the national average, and households are 21 percent more likely to earn less than $40,000 a year and 26 percent more likely to earn less than $30,000 a year, the report says.
"The picture these statistics paint is one of hard working families being pushed farther and farther toward the low end of the economic spectrum," the report stressed.
The economic facts, combined with a higher cost of living and higher housing costs, led COEDC to consider the "Crisis in Paradise" and launch an effort to stress the need for a career-oriented economy, siad Carol Woodard, executive director.
COEDC sees itself leading that effort.
The statistics are not acceptable, Woodard said.
The report is not intended to be anti-tourism, as some have interpreted, Woodard said. It is intended to stress the need for a coordinated effort to help retain and bring more diversified, living-wage jobs to the region.
COEDC is working toward that goal by working in concert with local groups such as Redmond Economic Development Assistance Partnership, Woodard said.
COEDC sees its strength in the area of marketing, data gathering and distribution, and partnership building.
The council frequently joins with other groups in participating in business and industry conventions in Southern California and Seattle. This year the recruitment efforts have focused more on the Puget Sound area, Woodard said.
Earlier this year COEDC published a new Central Oregon Fact Book which is provided to persons interested in the area. It includes facts about the area's labor force, governments, transportation, industries, schools. It will be updated regularly.
The council also sees its role as building partnerships between local, state and federal agencies and organizations, as well as between communities within the region. It prequalifies prospects and refers them to local organizations.
Central Oregon needs a coordinated effort because "it does not have all the pieces of the puzzle," Woodard said.
"Crisis in Paradise" is intended as a wake-up call to the community, she added.
"We're going to grow," she said. "But we have to focus on quality."