100 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1908The wealth of Umatilla county as shown by the tax roll just completed by Assessor Strain is $25,272,960.70, something like $16,000,000 less that that of last year when Umatilla county had the greatest roll of any county in the state except Multnomah, but sufficient to give it the rank of third when the rolls are footed up for the coming season. The loss in valuation is not due to prohibition in Umatilla county, but to the fact that the assessments this year are made on a valuation of between 60 and 70 percent of that of last, a reduction made by Assessor Strain to make the assessment more equitable with regards to the assessment of other counties in the state. The figures of the assessor show that almost half of the wealth of the county lies in its lands, tillable and non-tillable and improved and unimproved, while over one-fifth of the wealth of the county is credited to the railroad roadbeds.

50 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1958The next eight years will see a complete rearranging of Boardman. When the John Day Dam is completed the Boardman of today will be drowned. All as far as the present site of Highway 30 except for a patch of higher ground will go under water in May 1965, according to the estimates by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Everything will be moved a half mile south to higher ground. The new town will straddle the new four-lane transcontinental highway. On both sides commercial districts will be developed. The connecting link between them will be an overpass. The power transmission lines at the Bonneville Power Administration will remain where they are. The wide swath will be restricted from all building and it may be used as a park, golf course or ball park.

25 Years Ago

From the East Oregonian

Nov. 16, 1983Construction on a 10-megawatt cogeneration plant began Tuesday at the Kinzua Corporation plant near Heppner. Harry Kennison, Kinzua general manager, and Jim O'Donnell, president of the Kinzua Corp., recently announced the project. The projected completion date is December 1984, according to Frank Pearson, administrative assistant at Kinzua's Heppner operation. The biomass conversion plant will burn wood waste developed by the sawmill, planing mill and whole-log chipping plant owned by Kinzua. Additional fuel for the facility will come from slash as well as from pre-commercial thinnings from nearby public and private lands. The cogeneration plant may add to the Kinzua work force, Pearson said, but exactly how many is not known. Electricity produced by the plant, an estimated 71.5 million kilowatt hours annually, will be sold to Portland General Electric under a long-term power purchase agreement.

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