100 Years Ago May 5, 1921

As many farmers are in disagreement, the organization of a West Side irrigation district could be several years down the road. County Judge Smith delayed proceedings for two weeks at the request of the petitioners. Chas. Smith attorney for the petitioners said with too few signatures the issue is dead. Out of the original 62 signatures, 41 people have filed paperwork removing their signatures.

Bids for the construction of a new Methodist Episcopal church in Lakeview were opened in front of the board of trustees. W. D. Miller of Klamath Falls was the low bidder with a bid of $33,757. A. G. McComb submitted a bid of $34,700. The Board of Trustees will make a decision within ten days on who to award the contract to. The bids came in above estimates, and the Board is hopeful changes to the building will bring down the cost.

Assessor C. C. Mahan recently returned to town after spending a month in the northern part of the County. Mahan made the trip so he could secure first hand knowledge and information regarding property in the northern part of the County. He was able to tour several properties and to meet property owners, and will be able to determine the value of the land when it comes to tax season.

80 Years Ago May 8, 1941

At the regular monthly Lakeview Town Council meeting it was reported that enough property owners have signed up under the Bancroft project to pave six miles of walks on the west side of Lakeview. Sidewalks will be installed on the Klamath Falls – Lakeview Highway to the railroad tracks, also streets west of F street to the high school. The last two blocks west of that area might not be included as there is not enough homes.

Claude Graham, who recently returned after spending a month’s vacation in the East and the South, spoke at the weekly Rotary luncheon about the industrial developments across the areas he visited. He said that the East is six months ahead of the West Coast, and that the West Coast will see its demand rise eventually. He said there are a lot of guards and policeman as there are working in vital defense industries.

Last Friday evening a packed crowd in the high school auditorium enjoyed three one-act plays, raising $90 for the P-T.A for its tennis court fund to build tennis courts at the high school. The plays were produced by students in different classes, and all talent was local to the area. Two dramas and one comedy were shown, with one play having all women cast. It was reported the audience enjoyed the entire show.

60 Years Ago May 4, 1961

State Senator Monroe Sweetland, Milwaukie, has written a letter to the State Parks Commission urging the Commission to develop Fort Rock into a state park. Sweetland had recently toured the landmark and mailed a memorandum to the Commission not long afterward. He is proposing that a park be developed with overnight camping inside the cone of Fort Rock.

Two bids for the $795,000 bond by the Lake County School District 7 have been rejected by the School Board without opening the bids. The School Board is putting the bonds back out to bid after changes were made to the bond. Forrest Cooper, school district attorney, said the district could save $15,000 by changing the payment dates on the bond. The bonds are to be used to construct a brand new three-year high school and physical education plant.

The AA Motel — Double A — at the intersection of north F and 4th streets opened to visitors on May 1. The hotel is owned by Lytton Plato and Mrs. Lillian Parkinson is the manager. The modern motel has 16 units for tourists and three apartments on two levels. All units will be carpeted and include a television and tile showers. Some units will have kitchenettes. Plato said he plans to cater to commercial travelers and families.

40 Years Ago May 7, 1981

Lake County School District 7 held its third and final budget meeting on May 4 to discuss ways to cut the budget for the 1981-82 fiscal year. Now the decision is in the hands of the School Board to actually authorize the cuts before approaching voters about a levy. Besides reviewing cuts already offered by the public, the budget meeting discussed additional cuts in supplies, athletics and special education programs.

Three nights, equaled three packed houses for the Lake County Community Theater production of “Oklahoma!” The production played in the Lakeview Junior High Auditorium and included a cast and chorus of 44 people strong. Mark McConnell, Adel, was director of the program, with five weeks of rehearsal and getting the set ready to go. Money from the production supports the Lakeview High School Thespians purchase equipment.

Bob Olson, owner and operator of the Desert Springs Trout Farm of Summer Lake, was the guest speaker of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce luncheon. Olson served trout from his farm to attendees. Olson spoke about his trout farm, and how it uses the water from an artesian spring on the Evan Carlon Ranch. He said the water is perfect for raising the fish, and the fish grow faster in Lake County waters than they do in other parts of Oregon.

20 Years Ago May 3, 2001

Lake Health District is holding a logo contest and is seeking entries from the public. Bruce Garrett, administrator/chief executive officer of the Lake Health District, said the District is looking for a logo to put on stationery, advertising, brochures and more. Whoever submits the winning logo will win $100. People are encouraged to incorporate the mission of the Health District into the logo design.

An ad-hoc committee is reviewing existing annexation agreements with the goal of reviewing the possible expansion of the boundaries of Lakeview. This would affect properties within the urban growth boundary, the Town is unable to annex property that is outside the urban growth boundary. If properties are annexed they are able to receive Town water and sewer, as well as paying Town taxes.

Dave Knowles, Ken Odegaard and Ray Simms are working on a presentation which could dramatically change the look of the Warner Canyon Ski Area. The grant is for $250,000 from the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department to purchase a newer and more efficient lift. Knowles said the grant application has excellent prospects, and is the second phase of a three phase approach to improve the ski area.

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