Flashback: Redmond Union fire drill takes only 53 seconds

Surrounded by Lava Bears, Scott Fairchild goes high to snag a pass from Wayne Hilgers the 1969 homecoming game. Cats topped Bears 30-24, their third straight victory over Bend. (Spokesman file photo)

100 years ago

Nov. 6, 1919 — A Rare Phenomenon

The editor of the Spokesman was among those who witnessed a rare phenomenon in the eastern heavens shortly after 5 o’clock Tuesday morning. The moon and Venus were in conjunction and the earth’s reflection lit up the dark portions of the moon. The sight was beautiful and weird.

75 years ago

Nov. 9, 1944 — Fire Drill Takes Just 53 Seconds

Within just 53 seconds after the siren began to sound Wednesday morning at Redmond union high school, every person had filed from the building in orderly march. Students and teachers in upstairs classrooms use front doors and those in the shop go out the backdoor, says Superintendent M.E. Larive.

The loud siren, installed this year, is located in the main corridor. Drills are held regularly, best time checked by Larive having been 47 seconds.

50 years ago

Nov, 12, 1969 — Federal grant given Redmond for planning sewage system

Announcement of a $20,125 interest-free grant to the city of Redmond was made Friday by the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C.

The funds will be used to make an overall plan to provide the city with collection and treatment of domestic and industrial waste, says John Berning, administrator of public works.

Preliminary study and development of the sewage system will be handled by a Corvallis engineering consulting firm, Cornell, Howland, Hayes and Merryfield, which received notice of the loan a month ago.

Aerial photos of contour of the land already have been taken and design criteria for sanitary sewers in the study area are being made.

The city applied for the federal grant last April.

25 years ago

Nov. 9, 1994 — Lancair to build plant

Lancair International, a Redmond kit aircraft manufacturer, Tuesday announced plans to build a multi-million dollar aircraft certification and assembly plant in Redmond.

Joining a group of investors from Malaysia, Lancair will build an airplane assembly plant that is expected to employ between 250 and 300 people.

The 90,000 to 100,000 square-foot plant will provide final assembly and certification of a single-engine plane using components and some sub-assembly from a Malaysian partner.

The overseas deal took about three months to put together, although Mark Cahill, chief financial officer, said Lancair has “entertained many ideas” over the past 18-plus months. “It’s always been our preference to stay in Redmond,” he said.

Joe Hannan, city manager, said the next step is for Redmond, the state and the county to step up and get the building built within Lancair’s time frame.”

Hannan said the city has land available on the airport, including 13 acres near the future control tower and 300 acres on the south end of the runway immediately to the east of the new fairgrounds site.

The city plans to meet with Lancair this week to begin working through specific proposals. The city would offer the land and building to Lancair on a long-term lease.

Cahill said he hopes to complete all paperwork this winter and break ground in the spring. We hope to have the building ready by this time next year,” he said.

The first model of the high performance four-place Lancair ESP is expected to be ready to fly in 18 to 24 months.

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