Airport Manager Carrie Novick and Mayor Jerry Thackery talk with Gov. John Kitzhaber during his visit to Redmond in August 1995.

100 years ago

Aug. 19, 1920 — Bees Found Profitable at Tumalo

R.H. Short is demonstrating this season the value of the bee industry to the diversified farms of Central Oregon. For several years, Short has been building up his bees until now he has twenty hives which he is caring for successfully with good returns for the money and time invested.

One single hive at his farm near Tumalo has a remarkable record for this season. One hundred sixty-two pounds have been sold up to this time at an average price of thirty cents per pound.

It is explained this is an unusual result from a large hive, the one in question having ten frames.

Short is an ardent supporter of the movement recently started by A.J. Sanford, of Redmond in an address before the Redmond Commercial club urging a bee inspector for Deschutes county.

“Central Oregon is absolutely free from disease and so long as we remain so the bee industry will be very profitable,” Short said. “But there is great danger that bees will be shipped in with the value of the industry learned here, and without an inspector some will come sooner or later that are affected with foul brood. Then the disease will get a foothold here and will be hard to stamp out.

The danger of importation is not the only one. Many farms now have bees in all manner of homes ranging from tin cans to poorly kept boxes. This condition, too, will eventually lead to foul brood in this part of the state. We should have an inspector before this disease is started so that we may continue a perfect country for the bee industry.”

75 years ago

Aug. 23, 1945 — Wood From Redmond Contributes Part Toward Development of the Atomic Bomb

It wasn’t until last week that Bob Gillispie, owner of Central Oregon Fuel company, knew that his firm had played an important part in the development of the atomic bomb at the Hanford plant near Pasco, Wn.

During the winter of 1943-44, Gillispie shipped a thousand cords of pine wood to the area around Pasco and Kennewick, after having been advised of the acute shortage there by R.J. Browne of Seattle, chief of the industry and supply section, northwest solid fuels rationing branch of the OPA.

Last winter Gillispie sent some 400 cords to Klamath Falls and at present is shipping to Portland.

Saturday Gillispie received a letter from Browne, telling how the wood sent from Redmond helped keep the big plant in operation. The letter is quoted below:

“Now that part of the story of the ‘Mystery of Hanford” can be told, I feel you should know of the part you played in keeping the wheels turning.

“Perhaps you did not realize it at the time, but in the winter of 1943, due to the shortage of all types of fuel, it was really ‘touch and go’ with the labor situation at Hanford. Workmen, living mostly in trailers, were leaving the project in large numbers because they could not keep warm, and it became necessary to rush in coal and firewood from every direction. It was the effort that you and other patriotic operators made in helping us get firewood to the entire Hanford area, including Pasco, Kennewick and the Yakima valley, that really saved the day and kept most of the workmen on the job.

“You can take justifiable pride and satisfaction in the effort you made in making Hanford ‘pay off.’”

50 years ago

Aug. 19, 1970 — Fiftieth anniversary of FAA marked by Redmond Flight Service Station

The Federal Aviation Administration is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week with a continuous open house, including tours of the flight service station Aug. 22, James “Bud” Malloy, chief of the facilities, has announced.

Mayor Gerold Barrett has proclaimed Thursday Aug. 20 as Flight Service day in Redmond, commemorating 50 years of service by the administration.

The Redmond FAA Flight Service Station at Roberts Field was first established in 1944 as an Airway Communication Station under the Civil Aeronautics Administration of the US. Department of Commerce.

L.E. Davis was then in charge of operations and Boyd Wolf was responsible for maintaining the equipment. AT that time the aircraft navigational aid consisted of a low frequency range station located near Cline Falls. This station has since been converted to a radio beacon type of facility.

A very high frequency omni range (VOR) was established at Roberts Field in 1950 and distance measuring equipment (DME) was added in 1958.

The VOR equipment was moved to Cline Butte in 1960 to improve reception of the line-of-sight, high frequency signals in the surrounding mountainous terrain. Tactical air navigation (TACAN) equipment was installed in 1965 and the facility became a VORTAC station, giving compatible navigational guidance to both civil and military aircraft.

A Remote Control Air/Ground (RCAC) station was built on Powell Butte in 1959 to provide direct radio communication between aircraft and the en route traffic control center.

THe original airway communication station became a flight service station under the Federal Aviation Agency in 1958. THe agency later became the present Federal Aviation Administration under the Department of Transportation.

Several functions have been added to the flight service station operations over the years, such as locating lost aircraft with direction-finding equipment and weather briefings. All of the personnel at the station are certified by the weather bureau as pilot weather briefers, in addition to being weather observers.

25 years ago

Aug. 23, 1995 — Growing pains

Addressing growth and time issues was on the mind of Gov. John Kitzhaber during his visit to Central Oregon last week.

The governor visited Redmond to drum up support for his Partnership for Community Corrections” program and to encourage local support for rallying the Oregon Transportation Commission to make growth management one of its priorities, including developing broad-based support for increased transportation funding.

Growth, the governor said, is impacting all parts of Oregon, and the state needs to address the issues before its too late.

Transportation infrastructure dollars are crucial, he said. Because the 1995 Legislature refused to address the issue, the highway fund will be running a deficit by the end of the biennium.

Oregonians, Kitzhaber said, can’t view increases in the gas tax like other taxes. They see what they get, he said.

And what they’ll be seeing in coming years could be frightening. He encouraged the development of a transpiration financing plan that the 1997 Legislature must address.

The day before he visited Redmond, Kitzhaber told the Oregon Transportation Commission that it must address growth.

Transportation systems spawn growth, he said, and “strip development occurs because there is a strip. Development occurs around transit corridors, and where you put your roads and how you let people onto and off those roads has a tremendous impact on growth patterns. It affects air quality, livability, congestion, economic vitality...”

Growth management, Kitzhaber said, is the responsibility of every state agency, “not the responsibility of the Department of Land Conservation and Development alone.”

“We only have to look to California and see what has happened to that state and its economy and livability when they disinvested in education and disinvested in infrastructure, Kitzhaber told the commission. “We have not made that mistake in Oregon yet, but we are on the cusp.”

Addressing transportation needs is the first priority, but Oregon must also address water supply and adequate wage issues, Kitzhaber said.

He noted the number of golf courses in Central Oregon and the lack of comprehensive knowledge of the area’s water supply. The issue is one the entire state must address to ensure its future, Kitzhaber said.

Although growth was a focus of Kitzhaber’s visit, his primary reason for visiting Central Oregon as to announce his partnership for Community Corrections.

The partnership, Kitzhaber said, was developed in response to passage last November of Measure 11, which requires jailing serious juvenile offenders 15-18 years old.

The partnership between the state and counties would result in the state taking responsibility for offenders sentenced to more than 12 months in prison, with counties assuming responsibility for those sentenced to less than 12 months.

Local authorities, Kitzhaber said, can better determine the appropriate punishment for juvenile offenders. He stressed the need for a process that could result in “reducing the number coming in the front door.”

Swift and certain punishment is crucial in preventing, not just treating, crime. Adn local jurisdictions are better able to do that, he said.

He will need the support of the Legislature to fund the program. The issue will be addressed in January’s special session.


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