by: Photo By Gail Martin - The new fire station at Crooked River Ranch is expected to be finished in March.

   Construction of the new fire station at Crooked River Ranch continues on schedule, reported CRR Fire Chief Larry Langley.
   Contractor Kirby Nagelhout Construction Co. expects to complete the project in early March.
   Property owners approved a November 2006 bond sale measure to provide $2,750,000 for the new fire station. Additional funds needed to complete the $3,200,000 project have come from locally supported fundraisers sponsored by the Volunteer Fire Association, the Fire Auxiliary and individuals.
   The fire district has received a grant from the Ford Family Foundation, of Roseburg, to fund completion of the station project. Strong community support was cited as a principal factor for the Ford Family Foundation awarding the grant.
   Grant funds will allow installation of photo-voltaic solar panels, paving, telephone system, and furnishings among expenses not included in the original construction contract.
   The Ford Family Foundation was established in 1957 by Kenneth W. and Hallie E. Ford, "to give back to the community."
   The foundation endeavors to help individuals, through organized learning opportunities, to be contributing and successful citizens, and to enhance the vitality of rural communities in Oregon and Siskiyou County, Calif.
   The board of directors included solar-ready provisions in the new building with an eye to future solar panel acquisition.
   Recently upgraded rebate programs through Energy Trust of Oregon, along with the grant funds, will allow the district to implement the energy-saving installation this year and take advantage of the area's abundant sunshine.
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