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Days Gone By: Nov. 29, 2017

This day in local history for November 29.

Published on November 29, 2017 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 29, 1917

There was a rainbow in the sky at 5 o’clock this morning, two hours before sunrise. It wasn’t observed by a great many residents for the reason that its appearance came when most everybody was abed, but it was observed by a number of people who are not in the habit of “seeing things.” Among those who noticed it was P.F. Hegeman of this city who was coming over from Pasco on the mixed train. Just before the train reached Helix, the brakeman called the passengers out and pointed out the peculiar phenomenon. The moon was still shining and a light mist was falling. In the east was an immense arc with all of the colors of the rainbow plainly visible. It was described as a sight as beautiful as it was unusual.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 29, 1967

State police this morning were still investigating two cabin fires Monday evening at Langdon Lake, 50 miles northwest of Pendleton. The cabins were owned by sisters of St. Anthony Hospital, Pendleton, and St. Joseph Hospital, La Grande. The fire was reported at 6:20 p.m., the state police said. Firemen from Athena, Agri-Chem of Athena and the state police fought the fire.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 29, 1992

An engineering firm is pioneering technology that could prevent a $15-million-per-year loss to agriculture in the Hermiston area. For centuries groundwater has seeped out of the Blue Mountains, but only in the past 50 years has it become the lifeblood of a rich agriculture industry in west Umatilla County. But that underground water supply is not limitless, and growers face the real possibility of losing a significant source for irrigation as the state tightens its regulations of deep-aquifer wells. However, a pilot program of an Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) system will go online this spring at the Madison Ranches along the Buttercreek Highway. The system will allow farmers to store surface water deep within the aquifer.


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