100 years ago
Feb. 3, 1921 — Many Inquiries for Deschutes Seed Potatoes
According to D.L. Jamison, county agent, numerous inquiries are coming into his office from all over the northwest for Deschutes valley seed potatoes. One letter came from British Columbia.
While no sales have been made lately the prospects are good for a future demand, though at the present time no prices have been made. Growers are generally holding for $1.75 for common seed stock, and $3.00 for certified stock.
P.K. Carroll, manager of the Farmers’ warehouse, states that he has an inquiry for a carload of fancy Burbanks for table use, but so far had not been able to locate any.
The hay market remains extremely quiet and it is said offerings have been made by growers as low as $15 for baled alfalfa on board cars. Carroll, who is familiar with the coast markets, said that Deschutes valley alfalfa was preferred by Tillamook dairymen if it could be secured at an equal price with that of other sections.
On account of the low hay price, there is a growing demand for feeder cattle, especially beef steers, one farmer stating this week that he was in the market for “anything that could eat hay.”
75 years ago
Feb. 7, 1946 Aerial Hunters Start Campaign Against Coyotes
Aerial hunting of coyotes again will be sponsored by the Oregon State Game commission during February and March of this year. Information gathered by the commission’s fieldmen indicate that while the loss of wildlife through coyote predation was somewhat less than during the past three or four years, the drain on game populations still is heavy enough to justify further control measures.
The same fliers who operated last season are being employed: Dick Ballantine, Redmond; Al Tilse, Bend; Oscar Davis and Roe Davis, Burns. It is possible some new areas may be included and a reconnaissance flight will be made to determine the predictability of aerial hunting in other sections of the state.
The aerial hunting is supplementary to the regular work done on the ground by hunters under the cooperative predatory animal control program supervised by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service, toward which the game commission, as one of the cooperators, makes an annual contribution of $12,000.
50 years ago
Feb. 3, 1971 — Kircher gives information on radio signals, rulings
To help radio listeners understand reception during the hours before sunrise and after sunset, especially during the winter months when days are shorter, Bob Kircher, Redmond business manager of Radio Station KBND, offers this information.
In addition to radio stations “bothering” each other’s signals on the same frequency at night and before sunrise, stations next to them on the dial sometimes interfere because of the “waving” actions of the ionosphere, a layer of the atmosphere subject to ionization. This also explains why “clear channel” stations sometimes “fade in and out” at night and in the morning hours before sunrise. You probably have also noted that radio reception is usually better when the air is colder and damper than when hot and dry.
All radio stations licensed to broadcast during nighttime hours actually send their signal out for a greater distance than during the daytime, with no increase in power. This explains why certain “clear channel” stations in Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Canada and other areas can be heard at night or before sunrise.
However, most of them cannot be heard in this area during the daytime using the same amount of power. The reason for their increased nighttime range is reflection of the radio skywave off the ionosphere, which lower closer to the earth when the sun is down. However, the ground wave signal, also necessary for commercial radio transmission, remain constant both day and night.
“Clear channel” radio stations, generally speaking, are those with an FCC license to broadcast exclusively on a certain frequency or “spot” on your radio dial, usually broadcasting with 50,000 watts of power. Most of them were licensed by the FCC years ago before the increase in numbers of the 10,000, 5000 and 1000-watt stations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. Now there are many stations broadcasting on the same frequency. Because of this, the stations licensed earlier have precedence over others on their frequency licensed at a later date.
Locally, KBND has a license to broadcast with 10,000 watts of power between sunrise and sunset … with reduced power at all other hours, which varies with the length of each day throughout the year. KPRB, broadcasting during daylight hours with 1000 watts, must also reduce its power during nighttime hours. The other two Central Oregon radio stations, KRCO and KGRL, both using 1000 watts of power, do not have a license to broadcast on their frequency after sundown. The FCC sunrise to sunset hours for February are 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All radio and television stations are licensed and governed by the Federal Communications Commission, Washington, D.C. … also known as the “FCC.”
Because so many radio stations now are broadcasting in the United States, no new licenses have been granted for quite some time. Any changes in power, broadcasting hours or frequency must be cleared through the FCC for the protection of all radio and television stations in the United States, also working with Canada to control interference with each other to some extent.
25 years ago
Feb. 7, 1996 — Land swap for site of campus proceeds
Everyone wins in the city-to-county-to-college land swap.
At a recent Deschutes County Commission meeting, the next phase of a three-year land exchange with Redmond was approved. The 24.38 acres, located near the Redmond Airport, eventually will be donated by the city to Central Oregon Community College for its planned new campus.
The parcel includes a 4.6-acre clear zone, on which no structures may be built, which will be designated for parking. The remaining public-use land is targeted for the Bend-based college’s high-tech training center, which may include an aeronautics facility tapping into industry centered around the airport.
The city was not able to directly deed land to COCC because of Federal Aviation Administration patents on the property that restrict land use solely to airport purposes.
A COCC high-tech training facility could be considered related to airport purposes but does not meet FAA requirements, explained Brad Chalfant, the county’s property manager.
“Obviously, economic development feeds the community, which in turn is good for the airport,” Chalfant said. “There’s a symbiotic relationship between commercial high tech and an airport.”
In order to provide the necessary land to the college, Chalfant’s office, in conjunction with the city and airport, worked out an arrangement whereby the FAA removed patent and other restrictions on land that the city holds. That land will be deeded to the county, which in turn will deed it to COCC.
In return, the city is obtaining an equal amount of county property next to the airport. That parcel will be reserved for construction of a parallel runway, which officials believe won’t be needed for several decades. Even if the additional runway isn’t needed for another 50 years, however, the city won’t have to buy expensive land or condemn developed properties to make it possible, as other growing communities have been forced to do.
“We managed to get the property clear by equalizing values,” Chalfant said. “Basically, the end result is that this is occurring under a different transfer than originally proposed. The county is acting as a land bank. We wont’ get anything back, but it’s all public-use land and the public will benefit.”
The current land value is $1.02 million. The clear zone parcel, which is used under a 99-year lease, adds $125,000 to the total value. An equal amount of land was exchanged.
A public hearing on the property transfer is scheduled for 10 a.m. Feb. 28. No public concerns or opposition have been raised to date.
“We certainly don’t expect any opposition,” Chalfant said.