Obituaries for week of 9-22-04 – Pamplin Media Group

September 21, 2004

… Wilma Piercy Madras resident Wilma E. Piercy died Sept. 17, at the age of 90. Mrs. Piercy was born Sept. 11, 1914, in Prineville, to an early Oregon pioneer family, Claud C. and Edith E. (McCord) Barney. Her mother was also born in Prineville in 1886. Her grandmother, Ellen Gulliford, was born in Mohawk, Ore., in 1865, after her family’s arrival by wagon train to the Willamette Valley in 1852. In 1869, her family moved to Prineville and were some of the earliest settlers there. She married Denzel M. Piercy on June 26, 1935, in Prineville. He was in partnership with his brother Kenneth in running the Lyric and Pine theaters in Prineville. Mrs. Piercy became a partner when they bought the Chief Theater and built the K & D Drive-In Theater in Madras. They enjoyed their role of providing movies for the community for many years until they retired in 1972. After their retirement, they sailed to the San Juan Islands in a trimaran Mr. Piercy had built in his backyard. Later, they wintered in Indio, Calif., where Mrs. Piercy took oil painting classes and produced over 100 beautiful landscapes and florals. Survivors include her son, Gene Piercy of Sherwood, Ore.; daughters, Carmen Green of Madras, and Sharon Benson of Beaverton; sister, Pauline Harvey of Monrovia, Calif.; aunt, Edna Osborne of Yucaipa, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Craig Piercy of San Diego, Calif., Michelle Piercy of Sherwood, Sherry Joseph of Madras, Diane Thorsen of Hazel Dell, Wash., Cary Benson of…

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2005-01-28 – Movie biz – Pamplin Media Group

January 27, 2005

I am compelled to comment on last week’s editorial about Prineville and Sisters getting a movie theater and not Madras. First, because my late husband and I owned and operated all four of the theaters mentioned, in Madras and Prineville, among others throughout eastern and central Oregon. (The “K & D Drive-in” was named after Kenneth and Denzel Piercy, who built all four of them and sold them to us in the early ’70’s). We shut down the “Pine Theater” in Prineville and sold the Patio Drive-in, which became the Forest Service office. The K & D was open even after Larry and I were married in 1984, but lost $10,000 that summer and Larry called it “an expensive hobby.” The “Chief” theater is now the optometrist’s office, downtown. Theater business was lucrative back in the ’60s and ’70s, and we were able to buy a few more properties (theaters) every year until we amassed a small fortune. Many of the drive-ins became shopping centers, like the Odem-Medo in Redmond, which is now Albertson’s and Rite-Aid. The Bend Drive-in is now the home of the new Lowe’s. All those tickets and popcorn were instrumental in being able to build the East Cascade Assisted Living complex without any government subsidies or tax breaks from the County. (But, “Easy come, easy go.” While we were making $20,000 per month in profit in movie theater days, we are losing that much now, in this business. That is because of the stock market “crash”…

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Cut! Movie wraps up in Prineville – Pamplin Media Group

July 28, 2006

Shooting wrapped at midnight on Wednesday in front of Prineville’s Pine Theater for the low budget independent film Man Maid. The comedy, starring Sara Rue and up-and-coming actor Phillip Vaden, shot several scenes in Prineville and Redmond. “I really, truly love this country up here, so it’s nice to spend time here,” said first time film director Chris Lusvardi. The director’s wife, Brandy, was born in Portland and grew up in Gladstone. She still has family in Oregon. The 22-day shoot began July 1. Lusvardi said the location was chosen when Mike Mason of Fluid Images in Sisters found the New Redmond Hotel. “It fit the script,” said Lusvardi. Prineville locations included Riggs Road, Lamonta Road, Carey Foster Road, Second and Beaver Streets in front of the old Crooked River Lanes, and the old Pine Theater, said Prineville Police Sergeant Ray Cuellar, who helped secure the shoot. “We are loving this area, said producer Jeanine Rohn. “We drove through one time and saw so much stuff to shoot.” Vaden, who plays man maid Vincent Van Metcalf, agreed. “We’re using really great locations in Prineville, Redmond and Bend,” he said. “They have all got this honest, untouched quality about them.” Along with having family in the area, Lusvardi also likes the people here, saying it’s easy to do business in Oregon. “We’ve really enjoyed our stay,” he said. “The Prineville Police Department was incredibly helpful. They did a really good job with balance – helping us while keeping the town’s best…

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2007-01-16 – Destination unknown – Pamplin Media Group

January 15, 2007

The Central Oregon Model Railroad Club will soon be without a place to lay down its tracks. Jim Van Voorhees and the other members of the club are requesting assistance finding a new home, a challenge brought forth by the sale of The Pine Movie Theater in downtown Prineville last week. The club has met every week in the upstairs of the theater for six to seven years, and prior to that met in what is now the barber shop part of the building. “We have to be out by the end of March, but the people that bought it want to rent it out, so we’d like to be out sooner,” Van Voorhees said. The club, consisting of five active members, has created a train scene that follows the tracks through a scaled down reproduction of Prineville, Redmond, Madras and Bend. One of their members, Brad Peterson, is confined to a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis, and has not been able to see the progress the club has made in the last few years because of its upstairs location. To continue contributing to the club, Peterson has meticulously drawn the plans for what has become the elaborate train landscape. Van Voorhees is hoping to get into a ground floor space that ideally would be as large as their current room at about 1,000 square feet. “Without being able to pay rent, we’re hoping for anything we can get,” Van Voorhees said. “We really want to be on the ground…

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Pamplin Media Group – Portland Tribune

February 7, 2007

·          The Central Oregon Goat Association Meeting will be Thursday, February 8, 2007 from 6 to 9 p.m. The subject will be on noxious and poisonous weeds to goats. For more information, contact Kim Griffin at 447-4052. ·         The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce will have a Tourism Committee meeting at the Apple Peddler Restaurant at 7 a.m.  For more information, call 447-6304. ·         Keith MacNamara, Veterans Representative will be at the Central Oregon Council on Aging’s Redmond Senior Center located at 325 NW Dogwood to answer questions and provide assistance on Thursday, February 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. No appointment is necessary. For more information call Robby Miller, COCOA Case Manager at 541-548-1086 or Keith MacNamara 541-385-3214. ·         The family Accelerated Reader Night will be held Thursday, Feb. 8, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cecil Sly Library. ·         The Crook County Community Coalition meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. at the Crook County Library in the Broughton Room.  For further information, contact Jen at 416-8392. ·         The Central Oregon Knit-Wits Guild Machine Knitters will meet the second Thursday of every month at 10 a.m., at the Broughton Room at the Crook County Library.  For further information and place of meeting, call Gwen at 447-4155. ·         There will be a story time for children every Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Crook County Library. For more information, call 447-7978. ·         Help in researching family history will be made available from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the Bowman Museum on the corner of Third and Main. ·         Kiwanis…

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Central Oregon Events Calendar

February 13, 2007

February 14 ·         Meadow Lakes Pinochle Club meets every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. at Meadow Lakes in Prineville. For more information, call Clover at 447-5559. ·         Ochoco Village Assisted Living is hosting “Railroad Crafting” every Wednesday at 10 a.m.  The track is laid out and the landscape shape is finished.  Help of all kinds is needed to make trees, roads, houses, and more.  For more information, call Patti at 416-3600. ·         The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce Our Town committee will meet at noon at the Meadow Lakes Restaurant.  For more information, call 447-6304. ·         Prime Time Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. at the Juniper Room of the Crook County Library. Anyone interested in improving public speaking skills and personal growth is invited to attend. Call 447-6929 for more information. ·         Ochoco Village Assisted Living is hosting bridge every Wednesday at 1 p.m.  For further information, call Patti at 416-3600. ·         The Scribblers writing club, for aspiring and published writers, meets at the Crook County Library, Juniper Room every Wednesday starting at 1:30 p.m. This club is open to new members and guests. For more information, call Mary Reed at 447-6926 or 447-7190. ·         A knitting group is meeting Wednesdays from 6-8 at Starbucks.  This is a place for knitters, crocheters and crafters to work together, learn from each other and show off their completed projects.  For more information call Samanthia at 541-279-7120. ·         AWANA meets every Wednesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church. For more information, call Janice Flegel at 447-6000. ·         Discovery Bible Club will meet every Wednesday from 6:30 until 8 p.m. at the Missionary Baptist Church on Madras Highway.  The…

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2007-04-03 – A solution to the Pine problem? – Pamplin Media Group

April 2, 2007

Prineville’s old Pine Theater may be able to show movies after all. One possible solution to the theater’s exit issues is an architectural change that would create a fire-safe corridor on the north wall and the south wall into what used to be the refreshment stand and barbershop. Experts say it would meet county building requirements as well as being architecturally sound. “The architect will have to draw it up so we can review it and make sure it works,” said Lou Haehnlen, Crook County building inspector. “But there is a way that they can do it.” Haehnlen said the owners of the Pine Theater, Prineville residents Oniko and Ali Mehrabi, could resolve their exit issues by making structural changes internally. The building inspector said the owners could choose to frame a wall down one side of the theater and enclose it and make it a corridor. Then movie-goers could exit near the rear of the theater and go down the corridor and come out the front of the building. “It will be an `one hour’ corridor, which means they are fire protected,” Haehnlen said. “Once they get inside the corridor, they can get out of the building.” Prineville architect Don Wood said he has been telling people they could do just that for six or seven years. “This (plan) is a corridor,” he said. “A hallway is not protected by fire. A corridor is. It will be at least 34 inches wide and however long it needs to be.”…

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Top 7 in 2007 – Pamplin Media Group

January 1, 2008

From Crook County Sheriff Rodd Clark being found innocent of undue influence, to the passing of long-time Prineville businessman Les Schwab, 2007 was a busy year. Here are the Central Oregonian’s top seven stories for 2007 in order of impact and newsworthiness 1. Looking back on a year of significant changes, one is reminded of the death of Les Schwab on May 18. At a memorial service honoring Schwab on May 31, friends and co-workers took the stage to publicly remember the man who lived his life with integrity and humility. “We can laugh – we can cry,” Pastor Paul Reynolds said at the service. “It’s hard to be sad when a very, very full life has been lived, as Les Schwab lived his life.” The ease with which Schwab developed friendships, and retained employees and customers could simply be attributed to his charismatic personality. “Les was the most humble, honest and regular guy I’ve ever met,” Les Schwab Tire Centers Chairman and 42-year employee Phil Wick said. “I’ve always said that working for him was more than just a job, it was a career. But really, it was much more. It was a way of life. He showed us how life should be lived.” By all accounts, Schwab’s life was well-lived and with his own success, he gave his employees an unmatched financial foundation that has made millionaires out of workers who started in the company changing tires. “Les never treated employees like employees, they were part of the…

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Downtown traffic safety improved? – Pamplin Media Group

November 3, 2008

The city is working with local businesses to help increase safety in busy intersections The corner of Second Street and Main in downtown Prineville has always been a concern of the city-appointed Traffic Safety Committee, but it wasn’t until recently that something was done about it. “It’s a bad corner,” said Traffic Safety Committee Member Jim Van Vorhees, whose law office is located on the corner of Second Street. “The problem is people come around Main Street so quickly and don’t think that somebody might be backing out of there.” Their worry was that cars backing out of the diagonal spaces, located south of Prineville Athletic Club, are basically invisible to traffic making a right turn from Main to Second until it’s too late. While an accident hasn’t occurred on that corner for the past two years, according to City of Prineville Street Supervisor Scott Smith, the corner still presents a hazard due to “sight distance” requirements. These rules, mandated by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), require a clear line of sight of 115 feet from centerline to centerline while traveling at 20 miles per hour. If this line of sight is blocked, by large pickup, say, the city is in violation of state and federal rules. Smith met with downtown business owners and options were explored, including replacing the diagonal spaces with parallel ones, but it was decided the best fix for now would be to paint over the space and erect a “no parking”…

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2009-04-07 – Blue Ribbon Campaign

April 7, 2009

In 2008, there were 64 reported instances of child abuse in Crook County, however according to research by the Childhelp Foundation, the rate of child abuse is estimated to be three times greater than reported. In order to bring awareness to this often-silent problem, The KIDS Center (Kids Intervention and Diagnostic Service) will be holding its annual “Blue Ribbon Campaign” in April in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month. “Many children don’t know that they don’t have to be subjected to this,” said Gail Schmutz, outreach coordinator with the KIDS Center. “They don’t know that there are options out there and that people are there to help them to begin the healing process and not be a victim of the abuse.” According to Schmutz, one in four girls is sexually abused before the age of 18, and one in six boys suffers abuse before that age. “It has been identified by the National Health Center as their number-one health issue because children who are abused have significant health issues throughout their life,” she said. The KIDS center was established in 1990 as a place for abused children to begin the healing process. The center served more than 700 children in the tri-county area last year and now has a satellite office in Prineville. The Blue Ribbon Campaign was originally started in 1989 by a grandmother whose grandson died at the hands of his mother’s abusive partner. She tied a blue ribbon to her car antennae to symbolize the bruises suffered…

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Crook County Holiday Partnership kicks off – Pamplin Media Group

November 12, 2009

Annual program has seen more need for gifts and food boxes than ever before According to the Oregon Employment Department, for the last six months Crook County has had the highest unemployment rate in the entire state. The rate for September is reported at 19.7 percent. No wonder the county’s Holiday Partnership has received more applications for gifts and food boxes than ever before. “Numbers are up. The final count is nearly 3,000 applications that went out. Some are eligible for both gifts and food boxes. Some only do gifts, because they have other options for food, and some are only eligible for food,” explained Brenda Comini of Crook County Commission on Children and Families. Many who have requested support are people who have never needed help before. Recipients of the holiday giving program make applications with proof of income/need. They may apply for food and/or gifts for seniors, disabled and children. Eligible recipients are then informed when and where to pick up their food boxes and/or gifts. Those who can’t get out, can arrange for delivery ahead of time. The Partnership was developed out of a need for coordinating efforts made by charitable organizations such as churches, service organizations, Toys for Tots, and others, such as Commission on Children and Families. There was a lot of duplication of giving, but now a computer database has eliminated that. “People are really stepping up and saying they are interested in helping us out this year,” said Comini. “Businesses already know that…

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2009-11-17 – The big game on the big screen

November 17, 2009

Crook County Foundation is holding a fundraiser at the Pine Theater during the Civil War football game This year, Crook County Duck and Beaver football fans will get the chance to watch the Civil War game on the big screen — the very big screen. On Dec. 3, the game will be shown on the Pine Theater movie screen as part of the Crook County Foundation’s “Civil War on the Silver Screen” fundraiser. “We looked at a couple of different venues,” said planning committee co-chair Donna Mohan, “and this seemed like a perfect fit — the big game on the big screen.” Along with the chance to watch the game on a movie theater screen, patrons will receive food, beverages, and can participate in a “best dressed duck and beaver” contest, “best fight song contest,” and silent auction. “We have some great (gift) baskets,” Mohan said, regarding the items up for bid in the auction. “We have a lot of Beaver gift items, Duck items, a camping basket, a sportsman basket.” The auction will go on throughout the duration of the game, closing at the game’s end, Mohan added. As for the “best dressed” and “fight song” contests, competitors have a shot at a cash prize. Winners of each contest will be awarded $50. “It could pay to go to this event,” Mohan said. In addition to raising money for their organization, the Crook County Foundation planned this event to raise awareness of the Foundation in the community. “They’re looking…

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2010-02-23 – Shari Noel – Pamplin Media Group

February 22, 2010

Shari Lynn Noel (nee: Gibbs), left us to be with The Lord God Almighty on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010, at age 59. Shari was a life-long resident of Prineville. She graduated from Crook County High School in 1968. Shari held many different jobs in her lifetime, from being a ticket taker at the Pine Theater to serving as the admissions officer and expense manager at Mount Bachelor Academy. She also worked in the office of Western Insurance and Prineville Insurance, and most recently as bookkeeper and sales clerk at Accurate Glass. Shari married Allen Seaweard of Izee, Ore., on March 9, 1968, with whom she raised two sons, Shane and Dustyn. After her divorce from Allen, with whom she has remained good friends, Shari married Ron Noel on April 6, 2002. She was a lifetime member of the Prineville 1st Baptist Church. Shari is preceded in death by her parents, Edwin and Mackie Gibbs, her uncle, Warren Grady and his son Allen Lane Grady, and her grandparents, Jim and Mary Whitehurst. She is survived by her husband, Ron Noel; her two children, Shane of Portland, Ore., and Dustyn and his wife Jill Seaweard of Prineville; her first husband, Allen of Prineville; her Aunt, Nell Grady of Prineville; brother, Mark Gibbs of Prineville; four step-children, Kari and Brien Moore of Boise, Idaho, Jessica Noel and Jennifer Noel of Gladstone, Ore.; and seven grandchildren, Jaclyn and Lige Seaweard, Jackson and Aniston Moore, D’Artagnion (Tanner), Walter, and Andrew Noel. Services will be held…

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Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce – Pamplin Media Group

March 4, 2010

CONTACTS – CHAMBER – 2010 The board of the Chamber is chosen by the Membership through an election each November. Three directors are elected each year to three-year terms. The board consists of 12 members, including the CEO who is a non-voting member. 2010 Board of Directors Officers: President: Linda Cross, The Associates Real Estate Inc. Phone: 541-447-3940 Email: Vice President: John Allen, Contact Industries Phone: 541-447-4195 E-mail: Secretary/CEO: Bill Gowen, Crook County Chamber of Commerce Phone: 541-447-6304 Email: Past President (2009): Bryan Iverson, Iverson Media Phone: 541-447-8030 E-mail: Directors: Richard Anstine, Robberson Ford Phone: 541-447-6820 E-mail: Lynn McCann, Central Oregonian Phone: 541-447-6205 E-mail: Kathy Gaillard, South Valley Bank & Trust Phone: 541-447-0490 E-mail: Ed Yoder, Yoder Enterprises Phone: 541-771-2483 E-mail: Oniko Mehrabi, Pine Theater Phone: 503-515-2648 E-mail: Karen Sams, Bank of the Cascades Phone: 541-447-6242 E-mail: Kim Hicks, Western Tile Escrow and Company Phone: 541-447-7861 E-mail:

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Crook County kicks off child abuse prevention … – Portland Tribune

April 5, 2010

April is child abuse prevention month and some local organizations are teaming up to provide events to raise awareness in Crook County. In 2009, the KIDS Center, a regional children’s advocacy group, conducted medical evaluations on 66 Crook County children who were suspected victims of child abuse. Sadly, KIDS Center-Crook County chair Barb Lundquist suspects the problem is worse than the numbers indicate. “It’s probably twice as many, because a lot of them are not reported,” Lundquist said. Child Abuse Prevention month kicked off Friday morning with a Blue Ribbon ceremony at the Crook County Courthouse. According to ceremony speaker Daina Vitolins, the Blue Ribbon campaign originated in 1989 when a Virginia woman Bonnie Finley lost her grandson Michael Dickenson to child abuse. “The three-year-old died at the hands of her daughter’s abusive boyfriend,” Vitolins said at the ceremony. “Bonnie tied a blue ribbon to her car symbolizing the blue of her grandson’s bruises and encouraged her community to do the same.” From then on, blue ribbons came to symbolize child abuse prevention, and in Central Oregon, more than 50,000 ribbons are distributed each year. Later this month, families will have two opportunities to enjoy a free movie. For the Children, a local non-profit group dedicated to child abuse prevention, is offering free movies for kids on consecutive Saturday mornings at the Pine Theater. For the Children chair Terri Andreasen said the free movie event originated last year as a better way to reach out to families and educate them…

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Keeping the spirit of the railroad alive – Pamplin Media Group

July 17, 2011

Local artist Alice Barr, in addition to five other members of the Ochoco Valley Railroad, are working hard to get the local train display ready for fair With the unique history of Prineville’s railroad and its municipal operation, there are a handful of avid train enthusiasts who have kept the local and state railroad history alive. This small group meets every Sunday afternoon to work on a massive train display that represents the Spokane, Portland, and Seattle Railway (SP and S) in 1965, when the logging industry in Oregon was in full swing. The local display demonstrates this railway as it was in Central Oregon during this frame of time, including the associated freight depots. The SP and S Railway has a rich and long history, but in times past was often referred to as “the Northwest’s own railroad.” The group, known as the Ochoco Valley Railroad club, was initially the brainchild of the manager, Brad Peterson. “I have had a passion for trains since I was a kid,” said Peterson. The club now consists of members Bill Purinton, Jim VanVoorhes, Bill Kindley, Dave Toupal, and Brad eterson. The club currently meets in a building across from the Carey Foster Hall at the Crook County Fairgrounds. Most recently, the Ochoco Valley Railroad club also recruited an artist-in-residence, Alice Barr. The club was looking for an artist to paint the backdrops behind the train displays, and she volunteered to paint the murals with her own time and supplies. Barr commented that…

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Dream Big, Read! – Portland Tribune

July 8, 2012

Along with the young children’s and teen reading program, the Crook County Library added an adult aspect this summer The summer reading program is in full swing at the Crook County Library, and there are four weeks of exciting and engaging programs left for children, teens, and adults to participate in. The Oregon State Library points out that there is a significant loss of learning during the summer when young people are not in school. Summer reading programs provide activities that encourage readers to stay active in reading throughout the summer, while having fun at the same time. “The whole point of it is to encourage kids to read during the summertime,” said Jane Ahern, Youth Services Librarian for the Crook County Library. She went on to say that there are two parts to the summer reading program. “One part is all the activities that we do and the programs that we put on. The other part is really more about the kids reading at home and keeping their skills sharp.” The theme for this year is “Dream Big, Read.” Ahern said that there is a different theme for each summer reading program. The library kicked off their event June 16, with juggler Charlie Brown in the library park. Other activities that took place in June included a presentation by High Desert Museum with bats and owls, storytimes with Tammy Bronson, campfire songs with Anita Hoffman and her drama students as well as campfire songs with Elaine McDaniel, and a…

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There are lots of ways to give locally – Portland Tribune

December 16, 2012

I found this quote recently, with the giving season upon us; I thought that I would share it with you. “It isn’t the size of the gift that matters, but the size of the heart that gives it.” As a society, we tend to get wrapped up in the season with the Black Friday Sales, Shop Small Business Saturday After Thanksgiving, and all the sales that follow until Christmas Eve trying to find that perfect gift for those on our shopping list. But what about those, whom are not on our personal holiday shopping list, I am talking about the many families in our community that do not have the resources to give their families the Christmas memories that they would like? I was talking to a friend this past week and because of their occupation, they get to play “secret Santa” to local families during the holidays. They go shopping with several families who would otherwise go without during this time of year; therefore, every day is like Christmas to this person. While most of us do not have the resources that are at their disposal to help many families, if each of us does a little, we can accomplish a lot. Just a reminder that there are several ways to give her locally and you too can become a “secret Santa”, bring joy to those around you, and make your heart feel good. Tomorrow is the last day to get your donations to the Crook County Partnership, for…

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Culinary students hosting upcoming fundraiser – Portland Tribune

March 31, 2013

The Crook County Advanced Culinary students will be hosting a spring fundraiser on Friday, April 19, at 6 p.m., at the OSU Open Campus Building, on Lynn Boulevard. Reservations are a must for this seven- course meal featuring fresh Oregon ingredients prepared and served by the students. The cost for the fundraiser is $35 per person and reservations can be made by e-mailing Mr. Hagensee at or calling 541-416-6900, ext. 3161 • Deschutes County and St. Charles Health Systems will be offering Living well with Ongoing Health Issues. Workshops start April 25, and run through May 30. You can call 541-322-7430 or visit for more information. • Pioneer Memorial Community Hospital Auxiliary will be holding their annual scrub sale fundraiser on Friday, April 13, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at PMH, located at 1201 N.E. Elm St., in the Cascade Conference Room, lower level. • Business After Hours will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Crook County Courthouse, 300 N.E.Third St., and is being sponsored by the District Attorney and Saving Grace. • Prineville Perk will be held at the Pine Theater, on Friday, April 5, from 8 to 8:30 a.m. They are located at 216 N. Main St. • Central Oregon garbage haulers from around our area are ‘Pitchin-in” to CAN cancer, with 100 percent of the donations to benefit local cancer patients. This includes: Bend Garbage and Recycling, Cascade Disposal, High Country Disposal, Prineville Disposal, Madras Sanitary Service, and Wilderness…

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Don’t create a business loan plan using taxpayer money

April 28, 2013

Starting and sustaining small businesses in Crook County has not been easy in the past few years. One need look no further than the recent closure of the Book and Bean or the recent “go digital” mandate Pine Theater faces to see evidence of this. With that in mind, the Crook County Patriots pitched a proposal to give local businesses a hand up. While the Patriots have their hearts in the right place, it’s clear their heads are not. Patriots chair Craig Brookhart has suggested a short-term loan program in which seed money is provided by the City or County and administered through a third-party broker. To qualify, applicants would have to demonstrate the viability of their business as well as its value to the community and other criteria. This raises some serious red flags. First of all, loaning taxpayer money for any reason, even through a third party, leaves open the possibility that they won’t get that money back. Secondly, we have to question why our taxpayer money should fund a loan for a business that has failed to secure one through an established bank. This, in turn, raises another point — what third-party would administer such a loan? It’s hard to imagine any bank as a willing administrator and it’s also hard to see another party doing the job as ably. The businesses that the Patriots’ proposal would help — viable ones that add value to the community — should be able to stand on their own. If…

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Crestview Cable steps up to help Pine Theater – Portland Tribune

June 2, 2013

Crestview Cable Manager Mike O’Herron admits that he is not normally in the business of promoting other businesses unless they are paying for advertising. He decided Pine Theater was worth making an exception. “I like going by and seeing that marquee,” O’Herron said. “I like taking my wife there for a Sunday afternoon matinee or Saturday night date to see a movie without having to drive into Bend.” Because movie studios have stopped making film prints, and have gone exclusively digital, Pine Theater must purchase digital film projectors or go out of business. Owners Ali and Oniko Mehrabi said they could not afford the $95,000 expense, so they embarked on a substantial fundraising effort this past March to raise the money. Until a self-imposed deadline of July 4, 2013, they are selling engraved horseshoes that will go in the sidewalk outside the theater for $400 apiece. Through March and April, they had collected less than a quarter of the target amount, and even though the Mehrabis found a way to make the purchase for $80,000, they still had a long way to go. This prompted Brett Goodman, long-time Prineville resident and technical operation supervisor with Crestview Cable to approach O’Herron about seeing what they could do to help. “So we got to talking about it as a management team and said this isn’t just a business, this is something special in Prineville,” O’Herron said. “Most small towns anymore don’t have movie theaters.” Following their discussions, the Crestview Cable staff decided…

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Help support the fundraising efforts of our local theater

June 2, 2013

I would like to encourage everyone in Prineville to support the “Pine Theater Horseshoe Campaign.” I personally only go to the movies a few times a year, but I would be very sad if they have to close the theater. The owners have done a wonderful job with the renovations and they are able to bring current movies to our town and they keep the prices down. I believe they are taking any amount for a donation, $5 or more. I can’t afford $400 on my own, but members of my family are all contributing so we can help save the theater. Please help save the Pine Theater. Thank you. Lynn Ludecker Prineville Editor’s note:?The Pine Theater is only selling the horseshoes for $400 and is not collecting individual donations. However, Crestview Cable is collecting donations for any amount on theater’s behalf.

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Pine Theater needs help from all Prineville citizens – Portland Tribune

June 9, 2013

I’m sitting here thinking about the real possibility of the Pine Theater closing down forever. I’m thinking how downtown Prineville fights to stay alive with Wal-mart and Costco so close. The Pine has developed into a thriving business that has good management and serves the population of Crook County well. Due to a technical change in the production studios the Pine was recently given the ultimatum of coming up with $80K dollars this month to convert systems to digital or shut down. What small locally owned business could afford this kind of financial hit? Some in the community have stepped up in the form of donations, but folks, it has fallen way short of the goal. In my opinion if every person in the county over 15 years of age donated $5 we could keep the Pine open. I know times are tough, but honestly, I think every man, woman and child could make this sacrifice with little discomfort. Giving up a latte or a burger and fries this week would do it. The theater has consistently tried to bring high quality family friendly movies for a very reasonable price to our town. You can mail your $5 (or more) to Crestview Cable, 350 N.E. Dunham St. Prineville. Do it now. Lets keep the Pine Theater open and running for all the young people and families of Crook County. Come on, “Give ‘m Five.” We can do this. Lorrie Peterson Prineville

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Pine Theater should sell movie tickets to raise their money

June 23, 2013

It is making me sick to my stomach to see how many are trying to save the Pine Theater. If they want to save the theater, why don’t they invite a lot of their friends, pay for their tickets, then the Pine Theater may be able to make a profit and stay in business on its own. That is how businesses are run in the U.S.A. I was very upset when I read the letter to the editor that the so- called patriot person wrote. If that person is really a patriot, he would know that in communist countries, the government owns all the businesses. Was he suggesting that he thinks that would be a good way for this country to go? When he suggested the city loan money to businesses? Also, in my statement I get each month from Crestview Cable company, they are asking for a donation to save the Pine Theater. I plan to call them and let them know what I think of that. If the owners of the Pine Theater would have gone to college or a good private business school, they would have learned that the first three years of their new business would most likely be run in the red. After that they may make some profit. But, because they are the only theater in Prineville, that does not mean they have a better chance of being a success. Like most Oregonian people think. That fact is what I learned my first semester…

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Mr. Beauchamp’s letter about Pine Theater was insulting

June 30, 2013

I would like to respond to the letter regarding the Pine Theater from Mr Beauchamp written for the June 25 paper. Mr. Beauchamp, I’ve tried to reach you by phone as I would like to tell you I’ve been a business owner here in Prineville for 29 years and over those years, I’ve encountered many setbacks from the economy. You obviously know nothing of the Mehrabis or the commitment our community has for the businesses here in Prineville. Your nasty remarks regarding their lack of education was terribly insulting and nothing short of bullying. You have no idea what type of education either of them have, so why on earth would you even make a comment about that? Also, do you even know if the Mehrabis have or had other businesses in the U.S.? Our community is grateful to Ali and Oniko Mehrabi for stepping up and taking on the task of opening the Pine Theater after 27 years of it sitting dormant. They opened the theater to accommodate our community so none of us would have to drive outside of Prineville to pay $10.50 to $12.50 to see a movie. If you knew anything about this situation, you would know this has nothing to do with the profits or how successful the theater is. Ali can close the theater and get a regular job as I’m sure he does have a fine education. He’s giving our community an option to keep the theater open. That Mr Beauchamp is why…

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Theater extends fundraising deadline – Portland Tribune

July 7, 2013

After passing their initial July 4 deadline, the Mehrabis have decided to continue the horseshoe fundraiser and have added a Kickstarter campaign Four months ago, the Pine Theater launched a fundraiser to help pay for two digital movie projectors or face closing its doors. At the time, they set a deadline of July 4 to raise the necessary money. That deadline has come and gone, but theater owners Ali and Oniko Mehrabi are not pulling the plug on the fundraiser just yet. “As long as my agent can keep getting me movies, we will play them,” Oniko Mehrabi said. Like other movie theaters nationwide, Pine Theater must convert its film projects to digital because the movie studios are phasing out the production of film. The projectors will cost them $80,000. The Walk of Fame Horseshoe Campaign, which sells $400 engraved horseshoes for placement in the sidewalk outside the theater door, had raised $52,000 of that money as of Friday, July 5. The Mehrabis intend to keep selling the horseshoes as long as people are willing to buy them and the theater doors are still open. If the fundraiser fails to raise enough money in time, the Mehrabis will refund each purchase. These days, tracking down film prints has become increasingly difficult. “In March, they were still producing enough prints on the big ones, the heavy-hitter movies,” Oniko recalls. Now, they struggle to find the hit movies on film, and when they do, it can cost them extra to show them….

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Preserving the memory of the Class of 1973 in Pine Theater …

July 28, 2013

This past weekend, my husband Dan and his classmates held their 40-year class reunion. The reason that I mention this is because at the Saturday night dinner at Meadow Lakes Restaurant, Melody Gibson asked that everyone donate what they could, so that the class of 1973 could go down in history and get their class on Prineville’s Walk of Fame in front of the Pine Theater. She was able to encourage them by saying, “We all remember the Pine Theater.” By some of the laughter and giggles in the room, I am pretty sure that many in attendance had their first kiss in the balcony while they were supposed to be watching a movie. The deadline to help raise money for the theater to make upgrades in order to go digital is Wednesday, July 31. The class of 1973 donated enough money to purchase two horseshoes. If you would like to and are able to donate to this cause, you can contact Oniko and Ali Mehrabi at the Pine Theater at 541-416-1014 or visit their website at • This week’s entertainment for the Crook County Foundation’s Picnic in the Park will be Todd Haaby, flamenco guitar. Todd will perform on Wednesday, July 31, at Pioneer Park from 6 to 8 p.m. • The Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center Business After Hours will be held at the Chamber of Commerce at 785 N.W. Third St., on Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m., featuring Countryfied at…

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Pine Theater is going digital – Portland Tribune

July 31, 2013

It’s official. Pine Theater is going digital. Theater owners Oniko and Ali Mehrabi recently learned that Bank of the Cascades will refinance their existing business debt and extend them a line of credit to cover the remaining cost of purchasing digital movie projectors. On Wednesday, the Mehrabis announced the news via their Pine Theater Facebook page. “Thank you, Bank of the Cascades!” Oniko gushed. In March, the Mehrabis mounted an ambitious campaign to raise $80,000 to purchase two digital movie projectors. The decision came following news that Hollywood studios were phasing out film movies in favor of digital. They elected to sell 240 engraved horseshoes at $400 apiece that they would place in the sidewalk outside their theater doors. They initially set a July 4 deadline on the fundraiser, but extended it when horseshoe sales came up nearly $30,000 short. Fearing they would fall short of their goal and have to close their doors, the theater owners started pursuing a loan to bridge the remaining gap. At first, they didn’t have much success. “The problem was all of our ratios didn’t work out,” Oniko explained. “So, they (Bank of the Cascades) said to just keep putting along and we’ll see what happens.” As the Mehrabis continued to sell horseshoes, the gap diminished to a point where the bank was willing to work with them. As of Wednesday, they had sold 170 for a total of $68,000. Consequently, in their Facebook announcement, the Mehrabis stressed that the bank approval came “only…

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Wallace Video celebrates 25th anniversary – Portland Tribune

October 16, 2013

Woodburn’s only video store has reached a milestone. Wallace Video, located at 1505 N. Pacific Highway, opened for business Sept. 11, 1988, and owner Tim Wallace said the company is still going strong. “It’s because we’ve provided customer service with a smile,” he said. The company, which has six employees, boasts 19,000 movie titles and more than 1,000 video game titles available to rent or buy. “We get newly released movies 28 days before Redbox and Netflix,” Wallace pointed out. For its anniversary, the company has had an ongoing movie sale, including more than 1,000 VHS tapes available for a quarter apiece. While big box stores have closed their doors, Wallace Video has thrived because of responsible business practices and multiple offerings, including CD, DVD?and game repair. “Every DVD you buy has a lifetime warranty,” Wallace said. The business was started by Tom and Linda Wallace, Tim Wallace’s parents, and although he worked for them since 1988, he took over the business in 2000. Wallace Video has also supported local schools, the library and service organizations. “It’s fun being part of the community,”?Tim Wallace said. “I like the customers and I like watching the movies.”

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Windermere taking donations of warm clothing for locals in need

December 17, 2013

Each month, I send out an email to local businesses whose email addresses we have on file, letting them know which businesses are celebrating a business anniversary that month. I also let our readers know by putting it in this column along with how many years they have been in business in Crook County. If you are a business and not currently receiving those emails, but would like to, you can contact Patty McManus at 541-447-6205 and be added. You can also check with Patty to make sure that we have your business anniversary in our files. We show only four businesses celebrating a anniversary this month, one of which is the Central Oregonian. This month marks the 132-year anniversary of publishing local news for the community. Michael J. Mohan has been preparing individual and business taxes for 30 years this month. There will be a feature story about Mike later this month. Sunrise Pools & Spas, LLC may be located in Prineville, but they have been providing sales and service to Central Oregon for 23 years this month. Last, but certainly not least is the Pine Theater, who reopened for business six years ago this week after being closed for more than 20 years. My parents moved our family here in 1977 and I remember going to the movies in town, either at the drive-in or the Pine Theater and wish that we still had both here today. Watching a movie from your car with speakers hanging on the…

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2021-05-18 – The show goes on as Pine Theater reopens – Pamplin Media Group

May 18, 2021

The history of the Pine Theater in Prineville dates back to 1938, when it first opened to the public. In 1971, the theater was temporarily closed due to some rowdiness, and in the 1980s, it was closed permanently. It remained closed for 25 years, until Ali and Oniko Mehrabi bought the theater in 2006 from Jim Van Voorhees. A major renovation took place, and Dec. 19, 2007 was reopening day. In 2010, they became the only two-story screen theater in Oregon. “In 2013, the theater had switched to digital projection, thanks to the support of this wonderful community,” said Oniko. “The community purchased horseshoes, and now Prineville has their own walk of fame in front of the theater, just like Hollywood.” The renovations included replacing the iconic neon sign, replacing the trim inside the theater, which was taken from reclaimed pine walls that were originally built in 1938. The downstairs viewing room was renovated, and in 2013, the renovations for an upstairs viewing room took place. The concession area in the lobby was also updated in 2013… Ramona McCallister Full article:

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2021-09-07 – Pine Theater up for sale – Pamplin Media Group

November 29, 2021

For the first time in nearly 15 years, Pine Theater is up for sale. Owner Oniko Mehrabi recently decided to sell the local landmark, which she and her then-husband, Ali, purchased in 2007. “I am selling because of a few different things,” Oniko explained. Personal health struggles have made theater ownership more challenging than it was when they purchased the theater. In addition, she has grown frustrated in dealing with the ongoing COVID-19 mandates enacted by Gov. Kate Brown. “I feel that it’s the best thing to put it into hands that can grow it and use it to its full capacity, rather than just be selfish, keep it and live in it (the theater building includes an apartment),” she said. When the Mehrabis purchased the theater in 2007, they “totally revived it,” Oniko recalls. In addition to showing movies again, they decided to add a second level and movie screen. The project, proposed in 2010, needed the City of Prineville Planning Commission to sign off on the overall height of the addition. The height limit for downtown Prineville structures, according to City code, was 35 feet, but the addition to the theater would make it about 40 feet tall. The addition was completed in 2011. In 2013, the Mehrabis faced the challenge of movies primarily going from film to digital. To pay for the transition to showing digital versions of new movies, they mounted an ambitious campaign to raise $80,000 to purchase two digital movie projectors. They elected to…

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