Klamath County Museum
100 years ago
What promises to be the biggest booster meeting ever held in Klamath County is being arranged for tomorrow night in this city, when people from all points in the county will flock in to receive the members of the State Highway Commission and to participate in the council for the road construction program for the season of 1919. This is the first year which Klamath County will receive aid from the state since the road bonding bill was passed and with what is available from this and the federal government, coupled with the large amount to be spent by the county, it is purposed by the enthusiastic system of highways within the next 12 months.
The big doings will start on the arrival of Senator R. E. Booth and State Engineer Nunn on the train this evening and it is at this time that every person in the city who has a car will drive to the depot, or as near there as he can get, and line his car up on the pavement with the lights facing the center of the street. The Klamath Falls Band will be present to add martial music in its old time way.
The Commission members are going to be met at the depot by a committee and escorted to the hotel. As they pass the autos, every driver is urged to toot his own horn for once and to toot it long and loud as an indication that Klamath County wants roads and is going to have them.
— Evening Herald, March 17, 1919
50 years ago
Jim Macy, world champion Indian dancer, will be on hand for half-time entertainment during the All-Indian Basketball Tournament, scheduled to start Wednesday at Chiloquin High School.
Tony Shoulderblade, who was selected last year as the all-around entertainer, also will participate in this 15th annual event, sponsored by the Klamath Reservation Jaycees.
Competitive Indian dancing is scheduled Saturday afternoon at 1:30, with teams from Montana, Washington, Nevada and Oregon vying for the large first-place trophy.
In addition, individual awards will be given in six events – men’s, women’s, boys’ and girls’ war dancing; men and boys’ fancy war dance and the hoop dance.
— Herald and News, March 18, 1969
25 years ago
For more than 10 years, Lance Lesueur has walked his dog, Stukel, up and down Main Street. Through the years, Stukel has learned that Wong’s Restaurant, 421 Main St., serves some delectable morsels: Fortune cookies. Stukel routinely stops, sits and waits in front of the restaurant for a handful of fortune cookies. Waitress Dee Lily often brings the treats out for the 12-year-old dog.
— Herald and News, March 17, 1994
10 years ago
Officials at Oregon Institute of Technology aren’t in as much hot water as they’d like, but a new geothermal well should provide water hot enough to generate power for the entire campus.
Workers stopped drilling the well in late February after reaching a depth of 5,300 feet. Development of the well for use by a power plant is being paid for by $8.5 million in state and federal funds, and grants and tax credits.
John Lund, director of OIT’s Geo-heat Center, and OIT spokeswoman Kristina Maupin said the well likely won’t yield water at 300 degrees Fahrenheit, as originally hoped, but the school won’t know conclusively until the end of March.
“Unfortunately, when you’re drilling a well, you can’t see what you have,” Lund said.
No one will know the true temperature and pressure of the well’s water until tests can be conducted. Lund said, in drilling the well, cold water and mud had to be pumped in to keep the equipment cool. Now, he’s waiting for a pump and steel pipe to arrive and be installed before tests can be conducted during OIT’s spring break.
“We haven’t released anything official yet because we’re in this weird waiting period,” Maupin said.
Lund said the well’s temperature is likely not 300 degrees because there would have been more steam and possibly a blowout at that temperature. However, he expects the well’s water to be at least 200 degrees and possibly as much as 250 degrees, hot enough to generate power for the entire campus.
OIT has used geothermal energy since 1960, but school officials have worked since 2003 to make the school a “net zero” energy user by developing geothermal power for both electricity and heating needs.
— Herald and News, March 17, 2009