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  • DAYS OF YORE: July 18, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 17, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 18, 2024 10 years ago— In perhaps one of the most extensive investigations involving troopers of the Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife Division, a Bend area man was recently sentenced to multiple misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegal guiding and hunting activities in central Oregon. In total, 23 people have been charged for more than 200 counts filed in Wheeler County. In October of 2012, an OSP Fish & Wildlife trooper received an a...

  • DAYS OF YORE: July 11, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 11, 2024 10 years ago— Now in its 11th year, the Penny Gronquist Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament and Auction was held with fifty-eight golfers competing in the 9-hole scramble for this year’s trophy. Winning the tournament was the team of Dave Walborn, Michael Walborn, Tim Gilbert and Leslie Walborn posting a 9-hole score of 28. Johnny Wayne Johnson is lucky to be with us after a motor vehicle mishap in Wheeler County left his pickup and horse tra...

  • DAYS OF YORE: July 4, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jul 10, 2024

    Days of Yore for July 4, 2024 10 years ago— Anne Osterlund, Condon graduate and local author, has received two International Latino Book Awards for her most recently published young adult novel, Salvation. The awards include Best Young Adult Latina Focused Book – English and Most Inspirational Young Adult Book. Osterlund traveled to Las Vegas to participate in the International Latino Book Awards held in conjunction with the American Library Association Conference. Sal...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 27, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 26, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 27, 2024 10 years ago – A unique tour group will visit the Painted Hills when six monks of the Gaden Shartse Dokhang Monastery base a two-week portion of their U.S. tour in central Oregon. With the blessing of His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama, the group is on a year-long tour in the U.S. to offer cultural and chant performances along with their sand mandala craft. Wheeler County Judge Chris Perry, in partnership with Wheeler Co. Development C...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 20, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 20, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 20, 2024 10 years ago – School Superintendent at Mitchell reported at the June board meeting that there will be ten exchange students enrolled at the school for 2014-2015 school year from Germany, Poland, Switzerland, Spain, Thailand, Mexico and Hong Kong. Fern Wilcox will offer swim lessons at her pool at 59126 Stark Road near Grass Valley. The group lessons will be offered for persons age 5 and up. 25 years ago – Marge Killingsworth has retired aft...

  • DAYS OF YORE: June 6, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated Jun 6, 2024

    Days of Yore for June 6, 2024 10 years ago— Members of the McElligott family recently made a trip to England and Ireland to attend the wedding of a family member, and to tour the countries. Pete and Nancy McElligott went from here along with son Brian and friend, daughter Janet, Pete’s sisters Kathleen and Mary and friend Nora Toban. They attended the wedding of Paul McElligott’s daughter, Salli, who lives in London. Twilight on the Track, a walk/run event, will be held at th...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 23, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 23, 2024 10 years ago— The Ford Family Foundation has selected 104 students from Oregon as new Ford Scholars. This year’s Oregon Scholars were chosen from 5,202 applicants. The Foundation and the Arlington School District have announced that Efren Zuniga is a recipient of the 2014 Ford Family Scholarship. The Condon/Wheeler Lady Knights have successfully defended their Class 1A state championship track and field title by earning another one last week at...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore|Updated May 30, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 30, 2024 10 years ago- Gary Purpura and Linda were in town for their annual Memorial Day visit from Portland. As tradition would have it, they were guests at Hotel Condon and he ran in the Eastern Oregon Half-Marathon at Spray, as he has done for the past 40 years! He said something about "getting older" this year. David Esterquest of Hebron, Connecticut spent several days in the Condon area visiting with the Colgan families. He was able to attend the...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 16, 2024

    Updated May 22, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 16, 2024 10 years ago— A group of fun-lovers from throughout the Northwest made their 25th spring time pilgrimage to Shelton Park in Wheeler County recently. Without a place to carry out their sport of bowling ball shooting, park hosts Larry and Susan Snyder took the gang to their Gilliam County ranch southeast of Condon where the home-built black powder cannon was touched off 12 times, each time launching a bowling ball, approximately 3500 feet. They call their trip their annual Fossil Camp Out. This y...

  • DAYS OF YORE: May 9, 2024

    Updated May 8, 2024

    Days of Yore for May 9, 2024 10 years ago— Traveling from her mission duties with SEND International in Taichung, Taiwan, former Arlingtonian Jean (Frost) Carlton has been at the Mikkalo home of sister Julie and Neil Mikkalo for the past two weeks. The Arlington Jackpot Rodeo had fair weather with attendance up from 2013. Three riderless horses entered the arena as a moving tribute to three men lost during the past year; Dustin Lorentz, Richard Rende and Ron Davis. Jim and Tiona Weiser felt that these men, all rodeo s...

  • DAYS OF YORE: April 25, 2024

    Updated Apr 24, 2024

    Days of Yore for April 25, 2024 10 years ago— Fossil Grade School students took an outing to Mayville to the Stinchfield log cabin. The students in grades 1-4 with teachers Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Burrows, had a host of questions with tasks to perform with information they gathered to go along with their studies of the Oregon Trail and pioneer life. Rural counties in Oregon have struggled with financial woes in recent years, likely none so severely as Wheeler County. A native of Spray and graduate of Oregon State University, T...

  • DAYS OF YORE: April 18, 2024

    Updated Apr 18, 2024

    April 18, 2024 10 years ago— Marnie Fitzsimmons continues her experience in South America where she is studying in Quito, Ecuador. She has recently visited Machu Picchu in Peru and has spent some time on the Amazon River. Following several months of an incredible experience, she is expected home again at the end of the school year. A plane wreck occurred west of Condon April 12 that sent an Aurora pilot to OHSU in Portland with serious injuries. According to the Gilliam County Sheriff’s Office, two airplanes had landed on...

  • DAYS OF YORE: April 4, 2024

    Updated Apr 3, 2024

    April 4, 2024 10 years ago— Senator Ron Wyden will be back in Fossil to conduct his 700th town hall in the seat of Wheeler County, where by the way, he conducted his first town hall session as a United States Senator in 1996. The C-W Knights girls’ basketball team was invited to the Portland Trailblazer game for their ‘State Champions Night’. The team was given tickets in the 100 level to enjoy the game against the New Orleans Pelicans. All 14 members of the JV and Varsity teams were able to attend, along with their coaches....

  • DAYS OF YORE: March 28, 2024

    Updated Mar 27, 2024

    March 28, 2024 10 years ago— Sherman County Historical Society Board of Trustees has announced that the museum has received a generous grant from the Sherman Development League. It was obvious there wasn’t enough work space for work being done with photos and artifact collections. With the grant the volunteers redesigned their space, and added a computer workstation. A crowd of about 120 Arlington area residents gathered at the Arlington Grade School cafeteria to learn more about investigations into recent arson and cri...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of March 14, 2024

    Updated Mar 14, 2024

    Days of Yore March 14, 2024 10 years ago – Damascus Christian had been a thorn in the side of the Condon-Wheeler Lady Knights all year, since the State Class 1A basketball tournament in Baker City in 2013 when the Eagles defeated the Lady Knights by two points for the championship. All of their hard work through the year paid off when the Lady Knights mounted a well-calculated come-from-behind effort to defeat the Damascus Christian Eagles 57-52. The student council of Sherman Jr/Sr High School will present the ‘Mr. Hus...

  • DAYS OF YORE, Week of March 7, 2024

    Updated Mar 7, 2024

    1 years ago— At the Condon Chamber meeting, members heard from Ellen Stump who plans to open Nana’s Kitchen April 7th. The location is the former Round-Up Café on Main Street. “I want to make this the town’s restaurant,” said Stump, who has restaurant experience. She is coming to Condon from Springfield, Massachusetts. Air Force Airman Shane Asher graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. Shane is the son of Frank Asher of Spray, and a 2010 graduate of Spray High School. Paradise R...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of February 29, 2024

    Updated Mar 4, 2024

    1 years ago— It was quite serendipitous that rural Fossil resident Jan Schott would end up in a nearly front row position for the parade honoring the National Football Champion Seattle Seahawks after they defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. She had gone to Seattle for the annual Flower and Garden Show and had a little time to kill, so took in the festivities. Helen Olds, a life-long Grass Valley resident, joined the ranks of area centenarians when she celebrated her 100th birthday on February 23. Also with a 1...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of February 22, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— Donna Birtwistle will provide a report on a recent visit to Alaska and will tell about the Yukon Quest and other sled dog races during lunch at the Sherman County Senior Center in Moro. The heaviest snowfall of this winter was 11.5 inches on February 8. The greatest depth of snow on the ground was 24 inches February 9. February has been the wettest since 1986. South Gilliam County Rural Fire Protection District Volunteer Firefighters met and honored their Firefighter of the Year, Roger Weddle. Weddle’s fire hou...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of February 8, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— Doug Slagle motored up from Salem to watch the Super Bowl with friends Bob and Heather Devine and their daughter Haley. Haley, by the way, is a pilot for Horizon Airlines and is on her way to a new assignment which will have her domiciled at Medford. The Fossil Volunteer Fire Department has been recruiting people to help keep our fire department from totally disbanding. Turn out has been good and interest is being renewed. Even teens who are not quite old enough are showing an interest. This is very e...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of February 1, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— Do you remember when you noticed that the City Parks in Fossil and Mitchell had been beautified, and landscaping spruced up? What about the weekend when the Pioneer Museum in Spray was teeming with volunteers giving it a fresh coat of paint? Well, those beautification projects were the results of a group of 25 volunteers participating in the 2011 Ford Institute Community Building Program. 25 years ago— From Spray Facts and Fallacies written by Virginia Humphreys, a retired Mitchell teacher: Sally Bourgeois gav...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of January 25, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— At the monthly meeting of the Condon School Board, it was announced that school counselor, Michelle Geer, will be the school administrator for the 2014-15 school year. It was noted that she will begin working towards an administrative license, a process that will take approximately 18 months to complete. News from former Arlington residents Zeke and Anda Kay (Davidson) Zastrow notes they enjoyed a late December trip to Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas along with their son Tony and his family. Zeke and Anda then s...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of January 18, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— At the monthly meeting of the Condon School Board, it was announced that school counselor, Michelle Geer, will be the school administrator for the 2014-15 school year. It was noted that she will begin working towards an administrative license, a process that will take approximately 18 months to complete. News from former Arlington residents Zeke and Anda Kay (Davidson) Zastrow notes they enjoyed a late December trip to Ft. Lauderdale and the Bahamas along with their son Tony and his family. Zeke and Anda then s...

  • The Best of Days of Yore 2023

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    While all years carry interesting news, the newspapers from 100 years ago, and the entries from 1906 and 1908, are especially entertaining. These are but a few of the best printed in 2023. 100 years ago— Upper Pine Creek dug itself out of its hibernating quarters when friends and neighbors assembled at the spacious and hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. A.S. Conlee to celebrate the discovery of King Tutankhamen’s tomb in Egypt. Mr. Conlee is much interested in old Tut and to show his appreciation of the old fellow, gave a dan...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of January 4, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— Changing their life styles during December were Duane and Bonnie Johnson. Bonnie retired from her work with the Farm Service Agency after over 40 years, and Duane retired from his work of 40 years at Jamieson & Marshall Plumbing and Heating. The Johnsons are already heavily booked with grandchildren projects. Here are a few changes that took place as of January 1, 2014: Oregon’s minimum wage will increase by 15 cents to $9.10 per hour. Texting or talking on a cell phone while driving will fetch higher fines – a...

  • DAYS OF YORE: Week of January 11, 2024

    Updated Feb 26, 2024

    1 years ago— Two local education administrators have been invited to present at an international conference in Sydney, Australia on a school model they designed. Steve Boynton, superintendent at Arlington Community School, and Rinda Montgomery Conwell, assistant superintendent at North Central Education Service District, designed the Pathways to Proficiency Project which has been implemented in Arlington the last four years. In 2010 Arlington ranked 260th in the state’s district performance rankings. In 2013 Arlington ran...