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Out of the Past: Cloud seeding proposed in Wallowa County

Planned for the upper end of the Grand Canyon of the Snake River (Hells Canyon) is a concrete dam that would be the highest dam in the world at 742 feet high and 1,740 feet long at the crest.

Published on December 27, 2017 9:25AM

Last changed on December 27, 2017 9:35AM

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Junior Women’s Club officers for 1974 included, back row, left, Joan Laughridge, Pam Anderson, Pat Church and Karen Wilson. Front, Linda Patterson, Linda Holliday and Roberta Brown.

Chieftain file photo Junior Women’s Club officers for 1974 included, back row, left, Joan Laughridge, Pam Anderson, Pat Church and Karen Wilson. Front, Linda Patterson, Linda Holliday and Roberta Brown.

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100 YEARS AGO

Dec. 27, 1917

When classes resume after the holidays, Enterprise students will move into the new school designed by J.E. Tourtellotte. An investment of $60,000, the building is now the most costly public structure in the county.

The Enterprise Literary Club met Dec. 20 with vice president Mrs. Carlton presiding. Mrs. Turner gave two readings from Bret Harte and the group discussed raising the membership limit from 30 to 40.

Six golf devotees spent more than half of Christmas Day on the grounds of the Enterprise Country Club. Once they got through the mud to the grounds, in Jay Holmes’ car, they reported encountering no difficulties on the course.

70 YEARS AGO

Dec. 25, 1947

Planned for the upper end of the Grand Canyon of the Snake River (Hells Canyon) is a concrete dam that would be the highest dam in the world at 742 feet high and 1,740 feet long at the crest. It is part of the development program proposed by the Department of the Interior.

Around 200 members of the Wallowa, South Fork, Hurricane, Liberty and Imnaha granges were present at the meeting held at Hurricane Creek on Saturday evening for the installation of Pomona subordinate and juvenile grange officers. Alfred Butterfield was named the new Pomona master.

A New Year’s Eve dance will be held at the VFW hall Dec. 31 with music by Ervin Botts and the Blue Mountain Wranglers.

50 YEARS AGO

Dec. 28, 1967

The Water Resources Development Corporation of Palm Springs, Calif., has obtained a license from the state to “engage in operations to modify natural precipitation by artificial means” and will conduct that business in this area March 1, 1968 to March 1, 1969. The object of this program is to increase natural rainfall (cloud seeding) “through the use of ground-based silver iodide generators.”

Johan de Voogd from Holland, Jean Mutamba from the Congo and Mariane van Meegeren and Hans van den Eynde of the Netherlands are spending their Christmas vacations in Wallowa County. Jean, Mariane and Hans are staying at the Bob Wiggins home and Johan at the home of Alice Harris. Jean is attending OSU and Johan and Hans are enrolled at U of O. Mariane is a visitor at the present but plans on going to college next year.

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crow have had as their Christmas guests Mrs. Crow’s son, Stanley Cloud, and wife, Barbara, formerly of Eugene, but now enroute to Canberra, Australia, where they will make their home for two years.

25 YEARS AGO

Dec. 24, 1992

The Joseph City Council spent two hours at a special meeting last week gathering information about the latest Elk Trout Estates subdivision proposal for the property just south of the Joseph city limits and north of the Chief Joseph Monument at the foot of Wallowa Lake. The official applicant for preliminary plat approval for the proposed three-phase 69 single-family residential lot project is Land Development Consultants Inc.

The Lostine Christmas Lighting Contest winners have been selected. Named first prize winner of $90 was Bill Hunter. The following winners of $35 each were Sam Wade, Mike Rhodes, Gene Betts and Marvin Maxwell.

Rogge Wood Products in Wallowa received its first timber sale by helicopter last week. This new project brings logs directly from the logging site to the mill, and is indicative of a renewed commitment on the part of the timber industry to compensate for a shrinking supply of timber from federal land and increasing environmental restrictions.



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