Ron Halvorson received a BS in animal science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California, in 1972, and a MS in renewable resources from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1974. He and his wife, Gayle, moved to Oregon in 1974, where he went to work for the federal Bureau of Land Management, in Prineville, as a range conservationist. After retirement in 2008 as a natural resource specialist, he began writing as a stringer for Crook County's local newspaper, the Central Oregonian.
Big Summit Prairie
Located in the heart of the Ochoco Mountains, Big Summit Prairie is known for its diversity of wildflowers and birds. Privately owned, the Prairie is surrounded by U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management land and is easily accessible from Prineville (thirty miles to the west) and U.S. 26 …
Crook County Courthouse
The Crook County Courthouse in Prineville was completed in 1909, built with native basalt from a quarry west of town. With a basement, two main floors, an attic, and a three-story clock tower, it was one of the tallest buildings in Oregon at the time. Its construction not only came with …
Lord's Acre Sale
The annual Lord's Acre Sale is an event that began in 1946 as a means to fund construction of the Powell Butte Community Church's first sanctuary, the brick structure now known as the "historic chapel." Powell Butte is located on Oregon Route 126, nine miles east of Redmond. The pastor …