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Published on November 7, 2017 3:47PM

Lt. Ronald Drinkwater

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Lt. Ronald Drinkwater

75 ​y​ears ​a​go

Nov​. 6, 1942

Condon Holds Prospectors To Tie In Game Saturday

On a windy, cold field at Condon last Friday, the Condon Blue-devils tied the Grant High football team, 6-6. This was considered a great upset as Grant defeated Condon at Grant two weeks ago, 35-0. This tie was due to several factors. Condon’s improvement over their last game with Grant, the windy, cold field, and Grant’s over-confidence.

Grant threatened to score in the first quarter but was driven back by a fighting Condon team. In the second quarter, it was a stalemate; the only outstanding thing about this was an 85-yard kick by Pryor, Condon’s punter. In the third period a hard charging Condon team drove down for a touchdown, but failed to convert. Condon then kept Grant in danger of being scored on in all of the first part of the fourth quarter. Grant’s passing finally clicked as Captain Church caught a 35-yard pass and ran down to Condon’s 2-yard line. From there, Stan Phillips, Grant’s hard charging fullback, went over for a touchdown, but Grant also failed to convert, the game ending with the score of 6-6.

The starting lineup for Grant: Norman Oliver, L.E.; Captain Don Church, R.E.; Buck Hoselton, L.T.; Dennis Bryan, R.T.; Lamar Hill, L.G.; Jack Cozad, R.G.; Bob Holland, center; Wayne McKinnis, Q.; Pete Baucum, L.H.; Kenny Scott, R.H.; Stan Phillips, F.

Grant plays Heppner, in the last game of the season, at Heppner this (Friday) afternoon. Coach Johnson expects Grant to be the underdog in this game as Heppner, the Eastern Oregon B champions, defeated Grant, 12-0 here earlier in the season.

50 ​y​ears ​a​go

Nov​. 9, 1967

Aerial Mission Successful

First Lt. Ronald Drinkwater of Prairie City, recently took part in a highly successful mission over Vietnam, according to an Air Force release. Lt. Drinkwater and other F100 Super Sabre pilots hit an enemy headquarters complex 60 miles southwest of Phan Rang.

“The mission was a known Viet Cong location where helicopters had observed smoke coming up through the trees. We were directed in on the strike and put all the bombs on target and then strafed a nearby area where the Army had planned on making an assault landing. Everything on the flight was normal and it was a very satisfying mission,” said Lt. Drinkwater.

The flight was credited with destroying 12 large bunkers and three fortifications. Lt. Drinkwater is a member of the 31st Tactical Fighter Wing at Tuy Hoa AB, Vietnam. Drinkwater was commissioned in1964 upon graduation at the U.S. Air Force Academy. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Billy Drinkwater.

25 ​y​ears ​a​go

Nov​. 5, 1992

Criticism Leveled At 911 System

The Oct. 27 Prairie City City Council meeting started off with a clash over distribution of phone stickers bearing the Prairie City’s fire phone number. Prairie City Fire Chief Hank Goslin attended the council meeting to pass out the stickers, but was challenged by Mayor Don Parker.

“I think we’re going to run into a big problem and a lot of confusion,” Parker said about passing out the fire phone number.

Goslin disagreed. “There’s nothing wrong with having the number on everybody’s phone,” he said. “We can get our trucks there five minutes earlier, as screwed up as 911 is down there.”

Gosin said that three or four Grant County communities have Front, Bridge and Main streets, adding to delays. City Councilor Don Strong pointed out that 911 is mandated by federal law. “If something happens because of this fire number, the city and the rural fire district could be liable for a large amount of money,” he said. “We’re building up for a lawsuit that we can’t afford, and neither can the rural fire district.”

Goslin said all the fire department is after is a faster response time, but Parker and Strong said that circumventing 911 is not how the problem should be solved. “The 4300 number is the number that 911 has to call to activate your phone, and if that line is busy when they call there could be problems,” Strong said.

Parker said that when 911 came into use, use of the Prairie City number had to stop legally. Goslin said he believes that using the 4300 number is better for the community, because 911 isn’t working. Parker suggested that the fire department try to meet with 911 dispatch and outline their concerns, rather than taking matters into their own hands.

​10 years ago

Nov​. 7, 2007

Airport Runways To Grow In 2008

Grant County Regional Airport’s runway extension project is ready to take off, according to Gary Judd, airport manager.

The county has secured a ConnectOregon grant to extend both runways at the facility on the bluff above the city. The north-south runway will grow by nearly 500 feet on one end and 400 on the other, for a total length of 5,400 feet.

While Judd doesn’t expect that to increase traffic dramatically, it could make the airport more accessible to larger jets and some charter or corporate flights, he said. “Five thousand’s the magic number they look for,” he said.

The added length also will enhance the safety for takeoffs.​ ​The east-west runway will gain about 1,000 feet, bringing it to 4,400 feet.

In addition, the grant will pay to build separate taxiways to connect to the terminal area. The taxiways will get planes out of the way to smooth out traffic, which can be an issue during fire season — a busy time for the airport.

One road that will angle between the two runways will cross near the industrial park, and Judd envisions that as a possible advantage for businesses that locate there in the future. The runway project is expected to cost about $2.3 million.

It is funded by a grant from ConnectOregon, already approved, with a match from the Federal Aviation Administration. Grant County is aiming to put the work out to bid in January. While the runway work is underway, Judd won’t be idling on the tarmac. He’s already looking toward the next project on the wish list: a real terminal building. “This was a house,” he said recently, from within the airport’s main building. “It isn’t a terminal building. I can’t see anything from in here.”

The latter has been worrisome in past incidents when a pilot has taxied the runway for a hard landing. “If someone runs off the runway, they’d better be able to crawl out of the plane and walk up here to get help,” Judd said.

He said a terminal building, with visibility across the airfield, has been on the wish list for some time. However, aviation officials give runway improvements priority over such projects. With the runway work done next year, the airport could finally be in line for grant money for a terminal.


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