Mock elections held at Elk Meadow Elementary

Tuesday, October 31, 2000 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Laurie Gould, PIO
(541) 383-6004 or
Kay Pierce, fifth grade teacher
Elk Meadow Elementary, 383-6420
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Mock Elections Held at Elk Meadow

Fifth grade students in Kay Pierce’s class at Elk Meadow Elementary are
experiencing all the ups and downs of the campaign trail as they stage mock
elections, complete with candidate speeches and campaigns. The students
have chosen a candidate to represent and will be making their final campaign
pitch to their classmates right before Election Day.

Students representing candidates for Bend City Council positions and for
Deschutes County Commissioner will make their speeches on Monday, Nov. 6.
Candidates for Deschutes County Sheriff, and President of the United States
will give their speeches on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The actual candidates for the
positions have been invited to attend the presentations. The students will
also be presenting “pro and con” speeches on Ballot Measures 1, 86, 91 and
95.

The class will vote on Tuesday afternoon. Unlike the real election, where
results won’t be know until the next day, the fifth graders will have the
results of their election that afternoon. “Each student has `become’ their
candidate by researching their views on the issues,” Pierce said. “Students
would love to have their real candidates attend, if at all possible. This is
a great learning experience for students as they become our voters for
elections in the future.”
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Bend.com news briefs: Outdoor burning season, OSP dispatcher honor

Outdoor Burning Within City Limits Opens Wednesday

Oudoor burning within the city of Bend will open Wednesday morning, November 1st. Gary Marshall, city of Bend fire marshal, says the burning of debris will be allowed for 20 days within the city boundaries while weather conditions are favorable. Recent cool weather has decreased the risk of major wildfires.

Marshall says that residents should be aware that fires can and often do escape. Therefore, citizens should make an extra effort to contain their fire by following the outdoor burning regulations, which are available at any Bend fire station. Once all preventative measures have been taken to prevent the fire from escaping, call the Outdoor Burning Information Line at 322-6335 to confirm that burning is allowed for the day.

As a reminder to all Central Oregon residents, Marshal advises that regulations may vary between governmental jurisdctions within the tri-county area. Please contact your local fire agency for specific requirements and closures.
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Oct. 30, 2000

Bend-area State Police Dispatcher Honored by American Red Cross

The Deschutes County Chapter of the American Red Cross has recognized an Oregon State Police dispatcher for his significant contributions in the area.

Jon Peltier, 52, was recognized as the Health and Safety Volunteer of the Year during the chapter\’s annual meeting on Oct. 25 at the Bend Armory. Peltier received the award for conducting apprixmately 160 volunteer hours of first aid/CPR instruction during the year.

Peltier has been an Oregon State Police dispatcher for nine years at the Eastern Regional Dispatch Center in Bend.

Oct. 30, 2000

Frosty Mornings Create Unexpected Road Conditions

The frost is on the windshields and it\’s also on the roads during cold mornings. When temperatures drop below freezing, motorists can encounter unexpected slick spots when frost lingers in shady areas. Add moisture to the mix and early morning travel can be hazardous.

Even if the weather has been dry, icy areas can pop up, warns Dan Knoll, Oregon Deaprtment of Transportation spokesman i Bend. \”Autmatic sprinkler systems may put water on the road. Cars driving through the puddles spread the water, which then forms into a sheet of ice. We see this happen near both commercial and private properties,\” he explains. \”Drivers aren\’t expecting ice because the weather has been dry, so they\’re taken by surprise when they hit an icy patch caused by a sprinkler system. It\’s not uncommon to see ice build up at corners, especially in front of commercial businesses along highways.\”

Property owners may not even e aware of the hazard their sprinkler systems create. Often, the watering systems are set to start automatically, when businesses are closed or private homeowners are sleeping. And, because plants still need water during warm fall afternoons, sprinkler systems won\’t be shut down for the winter until long after mornings turn cold. Sprinkler systems should be checked to make sure they don\’t spray onto the road. Property owners could be held liable in the event of an accident caused by sprinkler overspray.

Travelers on ruralhighways can also encounter frost and ice. Agricultural irrigation systems can spray water onto rural highways, creating slick patches on cold fall mornings. ODOT crews apply sand to icy areas, but drivers still need to expect the unexpected, Knoll adds. \”Drivers should never get complacent. There are always hazards on the roads, whether it\’s icy patches, deer crossing the highway, or other drivers.\”

Bend audience hears of feds’ trail of broken promises to Native Americans

The more that Roberta Ulrich learned about the continuing string of broken government promises to the Native Americans who lived and fished along the Columbia River for centuries, the angrier she got. So she turned to her biggest, most potent weapon: the written word.

“I guess the reason I wrote the book is outrage,” Ulrich, a former reporter for United Press International and The Oregonian, told a lecture audience at The High Desert Museum (http://www.highdesert.org) Monday night before autographing copies of “Empty Nets: Indians, Dams and the Columbia River.”

The promise made in 1939 to the native people along the Columbia – of a replacement for the land they would lose to the mighty dams that flooded their homeland – may finally be fulfilled by 2004, 65 years later, she said, no thanks to the “apathy, negligence and inertia by the federal government” on the matter.

Ulrich, who lives in Beaverton, first covered the eviction of Indians from the “in-lieu sites” provided by the government in the mid-1970s. Even then, only five sites totaling 40 acres had been provided, compared to the 400 acres promised decades earlier. Ulrich said she “got madder” when the federal government tried to evict David Sohappy from an “in-lieu” site and send him to prison.

A master’s thesis at Portland State University led Ulrich to study federal documents that got her “six times more outraged,” eventually leading her to the book, which focused largely on getting the Indians’ side of the story.

The Native Americans had been living along the Columbia and fishing for salmon for thousands of years. “Salmon really was at the center of their culture,” used as trading currency and in a host of cultural ceremonies, from the naming of babies to death rituals. “Vital doesn’t even begin to say it,” Ulrich said. “The salmon and the people were almost as one.”

From proud fishermen to dump truck deliveries of dead hatchery fish

When the federal government forced Indians off the land, they promised in treaties that the tribes “could fish, hunt and gather in the usual and accustomed places,” Ulrich said. Even today, she said, Indians eat nine times as much salmon as the average Northwest resident.

When the Bureau of Indian Affairs figured out in 1937 that the dams would flood the Indians’ homes and fishing spots, the government agreed to provide a half-dozen replacement sites totaling 400 acres. But then, as the threat of war involvement grew, appropriations to fund the creation of those sites were vetoed as money shifted to defense budgets. Later, when The Dalles Dam was being considered, the Interior Department – parent agency of both the BIA and the Bonneville Power Administration – weighed the various fisheries against the benefits of power production and decided “the salmon run must, if necessary, be sacrificed” for the power, Ulrich said.

The feds tried to make up for the lost fishing grounds by providing dead, spawned-out salmon from hatcheries, but Ulrich said that couldn’t take the place of the life that went with the fishing. She read the recollections of a man who watched as his father and other proud Indians lost their dignity, standing in a circle as a truck dumped the hatchery salmon at their feet.

By 1963, five “in-lieu” sites had been finished. “Then they quit trying,” Ulrich said. And the promises of those sites aid nothing about replacing the tribes’ destroyed housing, something the Indians had presumed would be done. Drying sheds built by the Corps of Engineers were so badly planned – they burned the fish, for example – that Indian families, “being practical people,” instead moved into the cement-floored, corrugated metal sheds, Ulrich said.

When the salmon runs began to dwindle in the face of the dams, the Indians were blamed – even though they only were catching about 3 percent of the runs, Ulrich said. Sohappy filed suit in federal court, first winning a ruling that the Indians were entitled to a “fair share of the catch” – then, when Washington state kept arresting Indians, another judge defined their “fair share” as half of the runs. “That really set things off,” Ulrich said.

In the 1980s, in a fish “sting” that became known as “Salmon Scam,” Sohappy was sentenced to five years in prison for selling 128 illegally caught fish. His son, David Sohappy Jr., went to prison for five years for selling 15 fish. And yet, a coastal case in which 100 tons of salmon were sold illegally was handled with a civil fine, Ulrich said.

Feds finally agree to fulfill long-delayed promise

The legal effort to evict the Indians eventually was thrown out on appeal by a court which ruled that “after 20 years, they couldn’t throw people off the land,” she said. Unfortunately, Sohappy Sr. had died five months earlier. Sohappy had submitted a statement to a U.S. Senate hearing that said, in part, “I want my children and their children to know, I did not get equal justice under the law.”

A new law, passed in 1988, provides the Indians with 23 fishing sites along the river, “finally close to the 400 acres” promised decades ago, Ulrich said. Meanwhile, the federal government has provided more than 950 acres to states, counties and cities along the river, for use in creating parks.

Some might think mistreatment of Native Americans is in the past – “we don’t do that any more,” Ulrich said. But the Washington Republican Party passed a resolution recently that urged Indians be “forcibly assimilated” and that reservations be abolished.

Recently, several Northwest Indian tribes – but not Central Oregon’s Warm Springs – sponsored a full-page ad in The Oregonian, endorsing the Gore-Lieberman presidential ticket. Bend.com’s call for comment to the Warm Springs tribal officials was not returned, but Ulrich, the first Oregonian reporter put on the Native American beat, wasn’t surprised, noting that the Warm Springs prefer negotiation to political fights and have been extremely successful in such negotiations.

The Indians had been promised that fish ladders would protect the salmon, but Ulrich said no one now doubts the harm the dams have done. She said the tribal members refer to the long pool at the John Day dam, where the water warms so much, as a “fish killer.”

Even though the tribes at times don’t even have enough salmon to meet their cultural needs, they “still invite all of the public” to special events. But most of the young people have had to move on, and the fishing seasons are so short, most tribal members have to hold full time jobs to survive, away from the river of their ancestors.

“It’s heartbreaking to see,” Ulrich said.

Ulrich’s speech was one of a series of events to mark The High Desert Museum’s new exhibit of the photos and essays of Pulitzer Prize finalist Natalie Forbes, “Reaching Home: Pacific Salmon, Pacific People,” which continues through Jan. 14. On Thursday at 7 p.m., Courtland Smith, a professor of anthropology at Oregon State University, speaks about the growth and decline of the once dominant canned salmon industry on the Columbia, in a lecture entitled, “Fish or Cut Bait.”

La Pine house fire victim identified through dental records

La PINE – The 51-year-old owner of a La Pine home has been identified through dental records as the victim of an Oct. 31 fire that heavily damaged the home, authorities said.

A forensic dentist examined remains sent to the state Medical Examiner’s Office in Portland to positively identify the victim as Steven C. Anderson, Dr. Karen Gunson, state medical examiner, said Tuesday.

Investigators said the man apparently had a cooking mishap while working on a portable electric stove, triggering the blaze early last Tuesday morning.

Oregon State Police and the state Fire Marshal’s Office were helping La Pine Rural Fire District officials investigate the deadly blaze. But Fire Chief Jim Court said there was no suspicion of foul play in the fire or death.

A nearby neighbor who spotted the blaze called firefighters to the single-story wood frame home in the 52000 block of Stearns Road at 6:22 a.m. The southern half of the house – two bedrooms, a bathroom and kitchen – was fully ablaze when the first of 10 firefighters arrived and flames were venting through the roof, Court said.

Fire crews kept the blaze from reaching the garage, where one car was stored, or another parked out front, he added. Three pets, apparently dogs or cats, also died in the blaze and were found in a bedroom, Court said.

Anderson’s body was found in the kitchen of the home during a search of the burning house, the fire chief said.

Fire had been burning for some time, officials say

“He was working at the stove,” Court said. “They found the cooking unit turned on. He was right there, like he fell back on the floor. We found him almost sitting on the floor, right next to the refrigerator.” The fire apparently had been burning for some time and the man was burned beyond recognition, the fire chief said.

County assessor’s records indicated Anderson’s 912-square-foot, 22-year-old house had a market value, including about an acre of land, as $71,375. Court estimated the fire caused $50,000 in damage to the structure and $20,000 to the contents.

Court, who became La Pine’s fire chief in January, said it was the first fire-related fatality in the rural community since he took the job. He said half of the home was still standing, with walls in place but the roof gone.

COCC budget board seeking applicants

Oct. 30, 2000

COCC BUDGET BOARD SEEKING APPLICANTS
The Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors is seeking
applications for three budget committee positions. Applications must be
received by Monday, Nov. 13.
The COCC Budget Committee consists of the seven elected COCC board
members and seven other citizens representing the seven geographic zones
in the district. The budget committee normally meets about four times a
year and recommends an annual operating budget for the college to the COCC
Board of Directors. Budget committee members are appointed by the board
for three-year terms.
Positions representing Zones 2, 3 and 6 are currently open. Zone 2 covers
of all of Crook County and precincts 10 and 23 in the eastern portion of
Deschutes County. Zone 3 covers Redmond and Sisters, plus Deschutes County
Precincts 14, 15, 19, 31 and 51. Zone 6 covers all of the precincts within
the city of Bend, plus outlying areas including north (Precincts 13, 37
and 41), east (Precincts 12 and 21) and south of Bend (Precinct 49).
Applicants for these positions are asked to send a cover letter, resume
and a written answer to the question below to the COCC Board of Directors,
Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97701.
Include your voter precinct in your letter. Please answer, in 200 words or
less: What do you see as the major challenges COCC should be addressing in
the next five to ten years?
For information, call 383-7599.
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Improvements made to Oregon Votes Web site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2000
Contact: Jen Stineff
503/986-1595

Improvements Made to Oregon Votes Web Site

Links to Ballot Measure Summaries in Spanish and Drop Site Information Added

SALEM – Secretary of State Bill Bradbury announced today two enhancements to the Oregon Votes web site: links to the League of Women Voters\’ ballot measure summaries in Spanish and statewide drop site location information, complete with addresses and maps.

Paula Krane, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, commended Bradbury for including the link to the Spanish summaries of the ballot measures. \”I am pleased the Secretary of State is taking the opportunity to link to the non-partisan information we have provided in the League\’s Voters\’ Guide,\” she said. \”It is important during any election to reach out to all Oregonians and I am happy the Oregon Votes site now easily links to the summaries of ballot measures in Spanish,\” Krane added.

Additionally, the Oregon Votes web site now includes information about official ballot drop sites statewide. This new feature not only lists each drop site by county, it also provides maps to reach the official drop sites.

\”As the November 7th election draws near, Oregonians need to have as much information as possible as to where they can return their ballots,\” Bradbury said. \”Addresses and maps to the official drop sites throughout the state are a great new feature to the Oregon Votes web site and I am pleased we are able to provide this helpful information to Oregon voters,\” he added.

The Oregon Votes web site also contains other useful election information including unofficial daily and cumulative ballot return information, links to the Oregon Voters\’ Guide as well as links to local and national get-out-the-vote efforts. The Oregon Votes web site can be viewed by visiting http://www.oregonvotes.com. To view the League of Women Voters web site, visit http://www.dnet.org/or.

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Smith announces $3 million for Highway 26

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2000

CONTACT:
Joe Sheffo
202/228-1823
Rebecca Wilder
202/224-0018

SMITH ANNOUNCES FUNDS FOR JOHN DAY HIGHWAY

US-26 Will Receive $3 Million for Safety Improvements

WASHINGTON, D.C.­ – Sen. Gordon H. Smith today announced that the Public Lands
Highways Program will receive $3 million for safety improvements to US-26. The
funds were approved as part of the FY 2000 Transportation Appropriations bill,
passed last year. US-26 provides access to the John Day Fossil Beds National
Monument and connects Ochoco National Forest to Malheur National Forest.

\”These funds will make traveling along US-26 safer and more enjoyable for
visitors and residents alike,\” said Smith. \”These improvements will also make
the John Day Fossil National Monument and the Ochoco and Malheur National
Forests more accessible.\”

Smith worked with other members of the Oregon congressional delegation last year
to secure these funds. The safety improvements include the elimination of sharp
curves and the addition of passing lanes on both sides of Blue Mountain Summit
and shoulders for bicycles. The funds will also go toward roadway resurfacing
and rock fall mitigation.

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Beaver Coaches won’t fight state air-permit fine: ‘We turned ourselves in’

Bend’s Beaver Motor Coaches Inc. (http://www.beavermotorcoaches.com) won’t appeal a $4,500 fine imposed by the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality for an air permit violations – primarily because the company itself told the state about the error that led to the penalty.

“We were the one who turned ourselves in,” General Manager Steve Bettis said Tuesday. “We were the one who caught our own error.”

For a half-hour a month, a Beaver employee is supposed to stand at certain spots around the facility and look at the emission stacks above the paint booth and cabinet shop, to be sure no emissions are visible, said Nicole Fisher, environmental compliance administrator. “You try to get the sun to your back,” Fisher said, noting that the employees who do such tests undergo a 3-day training class. Fisher said that in almost three years she’s been in her position, they have never seen visible emissions.

“We keep a log of when we conduct those tests, if we saw anything and the corrective action taken,” Fisher said. “Every six months, we certify we’ve done that with the DEQ.”

Shortly before the last semi-annual certification, the person who was doing the visible emission testing left the company, Fisher explained. “We believed he had trained the person” who succeeded him to do the test, she said, “and that hadn’t been done.”

And so, the company official told the DEQ, resulting in the fine.

“We could have not told them,” Fisher said. “We’d like to keep a good relationship there. We know we messed up.”

DEQ calls permit error ‘significant violation’

The luxury RV maker was fined for violating terms of its air quality permit by failing to conduct required monthly testing of visible emissions, as well as failing to maintain records of such testing and corrective actions taken to meet visible emission standards. The firm also is accused of incorrectly stating it was in compliance with its permit terms.

Frank Messina, air quality environmental specialist with the DEQ in Bend, said the permit violations didn’t significantly affect human health or the environment, but that incorrectly certifying permit compliance is a “significant violation” that “compromises the integrity” of the permit program.

Messina said the primary visible emissions requiring testing at Beaver’s Bend facility involves painting operations. A sister company, Harney Coach Works in Hines, where fiberglass operations take place, was fined $3,000 for a similar violation of its state air quality permit, he said.

Title 5 air quality permits are issued to major sources of air pollution, including facilities such as Beaver Coaches that emit 10 tons or more a year of materials identified as a hazardous air pollutant. The permit requires that companies monitor both particulate and visible emissions, and submit the information to DEQ every six months.

Redmond firm fined for running rock crusher without permit

The DEQ also has fined a small Central Oregon firm a much larger amount for operating a mobile rock crusher without a permit for five years.

DEQ (http://www.deq.state.or.us) officials said Monday that Redmond-based contractor Gene “E.A.” Moore was fined $16,702 for using its mobile rock crusher for five years without a required state air quality permit. He, like Beaver Coaches, has 20 days to appeal the penalty.

But Messina also said Moore just last week paid the $5,000 needed for a new 5-year permit, which costs about $1,000 a year to renew. But Messina said Moore had been warned previously not to use his rock crusher without a permit.

The violation was discovered after several residents called the DEQ to complain of excessive dust from Moore’s rock-crushing operation, at a diatomaceous earth mine on Lower Bridge Way, west of Terrebonne. Deschutes County’s code enforcement officials, along with the DEQ and Oregon’s Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI), are planning to team up in a more comprehensive effort to address recent complaints about the mining operation, Messina said.

State law requires a permit for certain operations that harm air quality, including rock crushing, to ensure that pollution sources operate as cleanly as possible. Particulate matter, including dust, decreases visibility and can irrigate lung tissue. Excessive exposure poses a threat to public health, particularly to children and people with respiratory problems, officials said.

The amount of the fine is based on a number of factors, including the fact that Moore knowingly operated his mobile rock crusher for five years without getting a permit, thus avoiding $9,500 worth of fee costs.

Beaver Coaches in trouble over lack of emission tests

Downtown era ending: Masterson-St. Clair Hardware to close

A crisp, blustery, leaf-swirling autumn Saturday afternoon is the quintessential time to drop by the downtown hardware store for that replacement bulb, a sack of nails, a new tool or just to chew the fat with your old friends behind the counter.

But alas, those days are numbered for the nearly 50-year-old Masterson-St. Clair Hardware on Bond Street, north of Minnesota Avenue. The store announced Saturday that it is shutting down by the end of the year, ending a century of hardware stores at the same downtown corner (its predecessor, Bend Hardware, was located just to the south, across the street).

A steady stream of longtime customers showed up Saturday to commiserate, shop and wish majority owner and store manager Gil Denfeld the best of luck.

“I fully expected to come in today and have it be a morgue – but look,” he said with a smile as customers lined up to pay clerk Sharon Werner for their purchases.

Ron Rasmussen, a 40-year-old Bend native, brought his wife and two boys, 13 and 10, picking up a BB gun for the older boy and a sink strainer for the kitchen, among other sundry items that folks have been picking up at Masterson-St. Clair since 1951.

“We used to come in and look at the guns,” Rasmussen said, recalling his childhood days. “It’s a bummer. I’ve always enjoyed it – it’s a great store. But what do you do? I’ve known Gil for a long time, too, and he wants to go out on top. You just move on. The big places are taking over.”

Store owners want to ‘go out at the top of our game’

Perhaps so. But while helping longtime customer Donna Smith pick out a set of wind chimes, Denfeld said he and the four partners weren’t moving on due to the big-box competition, that places like Home Depot weren’t the nail in the coffin, so to speak. “Absolutely not,” said Denfeld, who added that he’s never even been to Home Depot.

“It’s a sad situation for us, but it’s time,” Denfeld said “We want to go out with a positive attitude and at the top of our game.” And it’s not as if the place is losing money, he said, noting, “We have no bills.”

“We tried to find someone to buy it” and keep it operating as a hardware store, he said. Instead, an as-yet unnamed local developer will buy the place. “It’s not going to be a hardware store,” Denfeld said, “but they are going to keep the building as is.”

Smith told Denfeld that if she had the money, she’d snap the place up. “I just can’t imagine Bend without you guys,” she told him. “If you can’t find it in Bend, they have it here.”

From a broad variety of timers and shiny washtubs to toys for the kids, packed full from the green linoleum floor tiles to the fluorescent lights above, Masterson-St. Clair’s friendly, old-fashioned atmosphere harkens back to a time when “hardware” meant tools, not computer gear. It’s been a special bastion and link to the past for many in a fast-growing town where folks have grown almost allergic to the sad departures that rapid change can bring.

“It’s so sad – it’s the coolest place in the world,” said Carrie Whitaker, the Bend parks director who has shopped there for 27 years – on this Saturday stopping in for a wood-splitting maul. “I could have gone to Home Depot, but I don’t like to go out on the highway.”

Sad mayor says rumors had been swirling

Down Minnesota Avenue, at the Chelsea Lane wine shop, proprietor (and Bend mayor) Jim Young said he was sad to hear the news, but added that rumors of the sort had been swirling downtown for some time.

“It’s too bad – it’s a great place,” Young said. “It’s an institution.”

Denfeld said he’d been dreading the shocked anger he expected to greet the news, but that instead, he was gratified to learn they were sad, yet supportive.

“The people in Bend are smart … and they are good,” he said.

Transient faces 60 charges in downtown Redmond crime spree

REDMOND – A transient who turned 20 five days ago was arrested Friday on 60 burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges, accused of conducting a two-month string of break-ins at downtown Redmond businesses, police (http://www.empnet.com/rpd/) reported.

Police Sgt. Al LaChance spotted Robert Earl Moon at the Daisy Quick on Highland Avenue Friday in a red and white Chevy S-10 Blazer and took him into custody without incident.

Since Aug. 24, Redmond police have investigated several burglaries and attempted break-ins in the downtown area, primarily along Fifth and Sixth Streets. Officers said the suspect usually would kick in a door to enter the business, then look for money. In some cases, he used rocks to break windows and gain access. In one case, he used both means of entry, said Det. Tracey Miller.

During the investigation over the past two months, several pieces of evidence led police to believe the burglaries were being done by one person. Miller and patrol Officer Keith Knight said the agency won’t release details on that evidence at this time. The investigation is continuing after contact with Moon’s lawyer, they said.

Moon was lodged at the Deschutes County Jail on $190,000 bail, accused of 19 counts of second-degree burglary, 25 counts of second-degree criminal mischief, eight counts of second-degree attempted burglary, five counts of third-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft and one count of first-degree theft.