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Days Gone By: Jan. 20-21, 2018

This day in local history for January 20-21.

Published on January 20, 2018 12:01AM

100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 20-21, 1918

Two one hundred thousand bushel capacity grain elevators will be constructed in Umatilla county this coming season by the Farmers’ Union Grain agency of the county, according to an announcement made today by R.W. Ayers, manager of the agency. A site has already been purchased at Athena for the construction of one and the other is to be erected at Pilot Rock.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 20-21, 1968

Stating he is “intrigued” by the suggestion, Congressman Al Ullman is investigating the feasibility of using nuclear waste water for irrigation of his proposed Columbia River South Side Project. The suggestion was first made some months ago by Orville Cutsforth, retired Morrow County rancher. Noting the need for more nuclear power generators to supply electrical power needed by 1970, Cutsforth stresses the inability of the Columbia River to accommodate more heated water, a waste product of the nuclear power generator facilities. Temperature of the river has already been raised to where some believe it is detrimental to fish life, he says. “Using this water for irrigation would lengthen the growing season by 20 to 30 days,” Cutsforth claims.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Jan. 20-21, 1993

They thought it would never happen in Helix. Last week about 50 students in this small, rural community were told that one of their peers and a teacher tested positive for the AIDS virus. First, a hush fell over the crowd. Eventually the students began to ask questions. Later, they were told it wasn’t true. The grim tale was the attention-getting opener of a AIDS awareness presentation organized by the school’s senior class. It was the first of its kind to be held in a Umatilla County school, organized by the students and facilitated by the Blue Mountain AIDS Task Force.


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