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Eagle Boys and Girls Broadside Sailors
The McKenzie Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball Teams played host to the Mapleton Sailors last Tuesday, Dec. 11, and each notched a Mt. West League victory to remain at the top of their respective standings.

Cement pumping at Camp White BranchMCKENZIE BRIDGE: A Depression era development brought some 400 young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps to Camp Belknap in the spring of 1934. Many of the transplants - mainly from the Chicago and St. Louis areas - had never seen mountains before. But on January 1st of the following year the work they did resulted in an opening day celebration of the White Branch Lodge that drew a crowd of 1,200 celebrants.
Over the years the site has been operated as an organizational camp serving church groups, Boy Scouts, and other family organizations. The camp - which currently has a capacity of approximately 156 campers, counselors, and staff - was purchased by the Association of the Churches of God in Oregon and Southwest Washington in 1957. The association oversees 17.4 acres under a 20-year US Forest Service lease and special use permit.

 

Citizens Protective Union outside saloonBy Finn J.D. John
In the last few months of 1882, a group of prominent Prineville-area stockmen were leading a double life: Ranchers by day, and masked outlaw riders by night. They called themselves The Vigilantes.

The Vigilantes, as you’ll likely recall from last week’s article, had formed out of a posse that was assembled to arrest a murderer. They brought him in, but the next morning, the posse members broke into the deputy sheriff’s room, gunned down the murderer, and lynched his hired hand.

The Oregon State Police (OSP) troopers are continuing the investigation into a Saturday afternoon single-vehicle fatal traffic crash along Highway 126E just east of McKenzie Bridge that resulted in the death of a 67-year old woman. Names will be released Sunday morning to allow family more time for notifications.

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