Prineville police to distribute 500 bike helmets to kids

Prineville Police Department
(541) 447-4168

NEWS RELEASE

FEBRUARY 28TH, 2001

City of Prineville Police Department has received from the Prineville Traffic Safety Committee 500 bicycle helmets for distribution to the children of Prineville. The committee received a grant from the Alliance for Community Traffic Safety in Oregon under their \”Building Safer Communities\” mini-grant program for 2000-20001 for the purchase of the helmets and to provide a bicycle safety program in Prineville.

The helmets will be distributed to children in need of them through the cooperative efforts of the Prineville Police Department, 21st Century Schools and the Crook County School District.

Children looking to get one of the helmets need to sign up at the main office of the school where they want to take the class. Before children will be given the helmet, they will be required to attend a 1-hour safety class with the police department\’s school resource or bike patrol officer. Children when possible should be accompanied by one of their parents or guardian. Children not in school must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Classes will be limited to 25 children. Children wishing to sign up after a class is full should sign up for the next week\’s class. Each of the schools will have a sign-up sheet for their class.

Class and helmet fittings will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Cecil Sly lunch room, Wednesday at Crooked River lunch room and Thursday at Ochoco Grade School lunch room, the weeks of March 6-8, 13-15 and 20-22. Other classes will be held based on need and availability of helmets.

Contact Officer Dawn Reeher or Officer Joann Bauer at 447-4168 for more information.

CEC sees savings potential from new electronic thermostat

INFORMATION RELEASE Contact Jim Crowell
Member Services Director
February 28, 2001 541-923-7153
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

When heating costs are the biggest portion of electric bills for consumers living in cold climates like Central Oregon, an up-to-date, electronic thermostat has the potential to increase home comfort and save on heating costs, according to Central Electric Cooperative.

“If you have older model electric baseboard, ceiling cable, or wall-mounted heaters, the chances are that your original line-voltage thermostat could have an error factor as much as six degrees,” says Vern Rice, Central Electric energy specialist.

“That’s important when you realize that for every degree you lower your thermostat setting, you can cut 3% off your heating bill,” says Rice.

In some cases, the inability of older thermostats to accurately sense temperature change can actually result in a serious overheating of a home, especially when all members of a family are away from the home at school or work during the day.

While the typical line-voltage thermostats are ruggedly built and inexpensive, the bimetallic strips that they depend on to measure temperature changes often display poor calibration, slow reaction times, and wide temperature swings.

“The new, more accurate electronic thermostats with timing mechanism also allow a heating system to be programmed to provide the optimum temperature in specific rooms during specific time periods, resulting in greater comfort and energy savings,” says Rice.

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Park district takes \’Super Science\’ program registration

February 28, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Please run by March 7
Registration Currently Being Taken
CONTACT: Eric Denzler at 389-7275
Eric@bendparksandrec.org

Super Science Registration Being Taken

Registration is currently being taken for Bend Park & Recreation\’s Super Science program on Friday, March 16 for students in grades K-8. Super Science Friday is a fun-filled day of hour-long, hands-on science programs presented by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Classes include live snakes, solving crimes, the physics of juggling, lasers, polymer chemistry, whales, and more. Space is limited. Register in advance at the Bend Park & Recreation District Office, 200 Pacific Park Lane in downtown Bend. For more information, contact Eric at 389-7275 or Eric@bendparksandrec.org.

Redmond church added to National Register of Historic Places

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

What: First Presbyterian Church of Redmond added to the National Register of Historic Places

Where: 641 SW Cascade Avenue, Redmond, Oregon

When: February 22nd meeting of the Oregon State Advisory Council for Historic Preservation.

Contact: Michael Houser, Associate Planner, Historic & Cultural Resources
388-7927 or Andrew and Mary Silva, owners of the First Presbyterian Church (504-1016).

Background:

The inclusion of the First Presbyterian Church of Redmond to the National Register of Historic Places last week brings the total National Register properties within the City of Redmond to three and the total National Register properties in Deschutes County to thirty. Michael Houser, Deschutes County’s Historic Preservation Planner, wrote the nomination for the owners at no cost as part of the services he offers through a joint City-County Preservation Program.

Built in 1912, the First Presbyterian Church of Redmond, known by many as the Community Presbyterian Church, currently houses the Redmond Dance Studio. The church was added to the National Register for is ornate Queen Anne style detailing and high level of craftsmanship. The church is the second oldest standing religious structure in Deschutes County and represents an early time in the history of the City of Redmond.

The church remains very true to its original design and still houses a bell in the steeple. The 40″ diameter bell (cast by the American Bell & Foundry Co.) was shipped to Redmond from Northville, Michigan on the newly completed railroad. The interior of the building originally had a sloping floor, which faced the east-side of the building. In 1944, a remodel of the sanctuary space reorientated the pews to the north and a new alter area was built in a classroom space.

OLCC says ID checks thwart minor alcohol buyers

For immediate release: For more information:
Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2001 Ken Palke, 503-872-5002

OLCC ID checks thwart minor alcohol buyers, statistics show

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has turned up the heat on young people who misuse identification to buy alcohol. In 2000, the agency handled more than 1,033 youth ID incidents in two special enforcement programs.
The OLCC just released regulatory compliance statistics for 2000, which indicate the agency has been actively enforcing Oregon\’s liquor laws. During the year, the OLCC checked 18,292 IDs, up from 8,485 in 1999, including those in the special false ID and ID checking programs aimed at underage drinkers. Halting drinking by minors is the agency\’s top priority.
The OLCC has been working on improving ID checking techniques with owners of nightclubs and other establishments that attract minors and have a high rate of false ID attempts. Club owners and police praised the effort last year and the program continues to expand.
The agency also took aim at over service of alcohol in restaurants and bars by issuing 194 violation tickets for service or sales to visibly intoxicated persons (VIPs). Linda Ignowski, OLCC\’s regulatory program director, credited the agency\’s VIP team for boosting the number of tickets to licensees and their employees who don\’t turn off the tap when they should.
Last year, the OLCC issued 763 administrative tickets, 32 more than in 1999, for violations including failure to check ID, drinking on duty, selling alcohol to a minor, and others.
Inspectors reported an additional 509 citations for criminal violations such as minor in possession of alcohol, misrepresentation of age, and furnishing alcohol to a minor. They also issued 250 warnings to licensees.
\”The information in this report provides a strong indicator of the work OLCC\’s regulatory staff accomplished last year,\” said Linda Ignowski, regulatory program director. \”It was a busy and successful year for the agency.\”
\”This report only highlights activities that we can quantify,\” she explained. \”We do a tremendous amount of work that cannot be captured accurately in numbers.\”
OLCC\’s 33 inspectors also issued tickets or citations for other violations, including: drinking on duty, 13; failure to check ID, 284; making a false statement, 9; maintaining a noisy establishment, 7; noisy activity, 9; service permit violations, 48; selling alcohol to a minor, 95 violation tickets, 92 citations; unauthorized owner, 9; unlawful activity, 44; minor in possession, 231; and misrepresentation of age, 132.
The agency\’s regulatory division received 3,456 liquor-related complaints in 2000, up from 2,922 the previous year. Inspectors intervened in 251 unlicensed events such as keg parties, and conducted 1,116 compliance check visits to stores, restaurants, bars and other licensees to test for alcohol sales to minors. Staff members also made 425 school contacts and conducted 656 training classes for licensees and their employees.
Last year, the number of licensees in the OLCC\’s responsible vendor program increased to 788. Eighty-seven licensees purchased age verification equipment, which scans customer identification to weed out underage buyers. Staff members processed 27,000 applications and issued 17,700 alcohol service permits. More than 20,500 students enrolled in an OLCC server education class.
OLCC staff members visited 2,766 of 8,000 licensees (grocery stores, taverns, restaurants, bars, other liquor outlets) to develop positive contacts and check for compliance of liquor laws. Ignowski said the visits were favorably received and that the OLCC expects to continue making the visits throughout 2001.

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Teen deaths drop in first year of new Ore. driver law

Feb. 28, 2001

Newsrooms: For More Information contact Monte Turner, Transportation Safety Division, 503-986-4180, or Kevin Beckstrom, DMV, 503-945-5270.

Teen deaths drop in first year of new law

Transportation officials point to reduced teen deaths and fewer teen drivers in fatal crashes last year as early indications of success for a new teen driver law that became effective March 1, 2000.

Preliminary, unofficial reports for 2000 indicate:

67 drivers 15-19 years old were involved in fatal crashes. The previous five-year average was 76 with a high of 98 during 1995.
29 vehicle occupants 15-19 years old were killed in crashes. The previous five-year average was 59 with a high of 70 in 1998.
\”We started seeing a decline in 1999, partially due to growing awareness of the seriousness of the problem of teens involved in fatal crashes and the proposed changes,\” said Troy E. Costales, manager of the Transportation Safety Division. \”In addition, we had significant declines in all types of fatalities for the past two years,\” he said.

\”Nevertheless, we feel the changes in the law to increase requirements for obtaining a license and add restrictions on driving have helped reduce the number of teen fatalities,\” Costales said.

Lorna Youngs, ODOT deputy director for Driver and Motor Vehicle Services, said that about half the 50 states have adopted some form of comparable graduated licensing system for teenage drivers, including Washington (effective July 1, 2001) and California in the West. Most other states have proposals in the works, she added.

Youngs said legislators during the 1999 legislative session were concerned that in 1998, teen drivers were involved in fatal and injury crashes at twice the rate of the population as a whole.

The key provisions of the legislation specified that anyone under the age of 18 applying for a driver license would need to:

Have held an Oregon instruction permit for at least six months.
Certify with parental verification that the teen has at least 50 hours of supervised driving experience.
Complete a traffic safety education course or certify an additional 50 hours of driving experience as described above.
In addition, provisional licenses restricted the age and number of passengers that a driver under the age of 18 may have in a vehicle as well as the nighttime hours when the teenager may drive.

For more information about the new requirements and related issues, contact your local DMV office. You may also call DMV Customer Assistance at (503) 945-5000 if you have questions or to request a teen driver packet. The packet contains information about the requirements, a list of resources, a log to keep track of driving time, and suggestions for helpful practice driving experiences. The same information is available at DMV’s Web site at: www.odot.stat.or.us/dmv.

Preliminary information regarding the number of convictions issued to teens since the law took effect is incomplete, Youngs said. \”We are working with law enforcement and the court system to improve information gathering and tracking methods on this topic,\” she said. \”So far, we have only 22 convictions that we know are related to the law-20 for violating the passenger restrictions and two for curfew violations,\” she said.

Youngs reported that the Department of Transportation launched an extensive public awareness campaign last year to inform teens and their parents about the changes in the law. A statewide survey last summer indicated that 64 percent of respondents had heard of the new teen driver law. \”In addition, 88 percent of those surveyed said they supported the intent of the new law,\” Youngs said.

Sen. Smith comments on Microsoft appeal, opposes \’punishing innovation\’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 28, 2001

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

SMITH COMMENTS ON MICROSOFT APPEAL

U.S. Court of Appeals Questions Ruling of Lower Court Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C.­Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), commented today on the Microsoft
case currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of
Columbia. During oral arguments, appellate court Chief Judge Harry Edwards
expressed his view that Judge Penfield Jackson, who previously ordered the
breakup of Microsoft, showed considerable and undue bias against the company and
would likely be removed from any further proceedings in the case.

\”I have long held that the actions taken by the Justice Department and Judge
Jackson may have been premature and ultimately harmful to consumers,\” said
Smith. \”It is vital that the United States judicial system not enter into the
practice of punishing innovation. It is my hope that the appeals court will
exercise more temperance in its ruling.\”

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Rep. Tim Knopp supports GOP\’s \’Oregon Women\’s Initiative\’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rep. Tim Knopp
February 28, 2001 503-986-1454
REPRESENTATIVE KNOPP GIVES SUPPORT TO
REPUBLICAN’S “OREGON WOMEN’S INITIATIVE”

Salem, OR – State Representative Tim Knopp (R-Bend) gave his support today to the Republican’s Oregon Women’s Initiative. The initiative was announced today by Republican legislators and is a package of legislation aimed at helping Oregon’s women, children and families. The initiative covers a wide range of issues, including pay equity, domestic violence and child care.

“Central Oregon women face an array of challenges, and I will do what I can to strengthen domestic violence laws, provide women with more options for raising their children and ensuring that equal pay is received for equal work,” Knopp said. “I am proud to support this key package of legislation.”

Highlights of the Oregon Women’s Initiative include:

· Domestic Violence: HB 2767, in Representative Knopp’s Business, Labor and Consumer Affair’s Committee, would allow victims of domestic violence to collect unemployment benefits if health, safety, or welfare would be endangered at current workplace. Also, legislation to allow previous acts of domestic violence into the record if a defendant is charged with new counts.
· Pay Equity: Creation of a Task Force on Promotional and Career Opportunities for Women in Oregon. The task force will study all aspects of women and wages in the workforce, with particular emphasis on pay equity. The task force will make recommendations to the 72nd Legislature based on its findings.
· Child Care: HB 3377 establishes a tax credit for women who leave their jobs to care for their children at home.

For more information, contact Rep. Tim Knopp at 503-986-1454.

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School board news: Charter school approved, report on facilities needs

School Board Update
February 27, 2001

· The board approved the charter school application of Rimrock Academy, an
alternative middle school. The charter sponsors, Mary Bryant and Kristen
Jarvis, will continue to work with the administration to develop a contract
for the charter. The school will serve 51 middle school students and should
open for the 2001-02 school year. Rimrock Academy is negotiating a rental
agreement to locate in the modulars at Pilot Butte Middle School.

· The board reviewed the process currently underway regarding the formation
of a new school calendar. The calendar committee, headed by Sue Shields, is
putting together a survey to be given to parents during conferences in
March, and to staff. The board asked that the survey explore a number of
parameters to determine how best to address the multiple needs of the
district.

Some of the issues the survey will touch upon are ways to increase the
number of days students attend classes; how to align days needed to
professional development, conferences and grading between the grade levels;
whether to continue a multi-year calendar; establishment of a minimum length
for the school week; providing full days for professional development. Board
member Deborah Hogan encouraged the board and committee to build upon the
work already done to establish the current calendar and agreed to represent
the board on the calendar committee.

· The board reviewed the current guiding principals for magnet schools
regarding the transportation of students. Currently, there is a shuttle bus
that takes magnet school students to a few “hubs” that connect them to local
bus routes. The shuttle has risen out of some historic agreements to
transport students as the magnet schools have changed locations. The
principals say that magnet students may ride regular bus routes or parents
will transport. The board recommended that the magnet transportation issue
be added to the district’s review of transportation needs and that parents
of students in magnet programs be informed that the district is looking at
the policy.

· The board reviewed goal one of its board governance policy: “Students of
the Bend-La Pine School District, in partnership with families and
community, are prepared for the future.” Sandra Kilander, director of
curriculum, and other staff reviewed the goal with the board.

· In their workshop, the board heard a report from the sites and facilities
committee regarding the work the committee has done since forming in July.
The committee presented a list of needs, and recommendations for new sites
or expansions of existing sites based on projected enrollments.

Visitors to the board:

Music students from Bear Creek Elementary and Highland Elementary opened the
school board meeting Tuesday night with a selection of musical numbers.

County Commissioner Mike Daly came to read a proclamation about Read Across
America Day, March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Carolyn Clontz,
elementary school teacher and BEA president urged the board to participate
by reading to students and presented them with a copy of Dr. Seuss’ “Oh, The
Places You’ll Go.”

Superintendent Nelson, Bill Smith and Laurie Gould attended OSBA/COSA
legislative conference and spent Monday, Feb. 26 visiting with district’s
legislative representatives.

Start time on March 13, Election Day, will be 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m.

Public comment:

Shannon Barber, principal, Pilot Butte Middle School
Presented letter in support of Rimrock Academy proposal.

Bob Bradetich, local OSEA president:
Talked about formation of OSEA task force regarding transportation issues.

James Clinton, Elk Meadow neighbor:
Interaction between land use decisions and capacity of schools. Would like
to see district take a more activist position on land use decisions.

Klondike Kate comes to High Desert Museum during busy March

Klondike Kate
comes to
High Desert Museum

The High Desert Museum launches its spring education programs in
March, starting with a dramatic presentation on Klondike Kate on March 17
and continuing with classes and events for all ages.

\”Klondike Kate, A Journey in Living History\” tells the story of Kate
Rockwell, a dance hall performer in the Pacific Northwest who came into her
own destiny during the Klondike Gold Rush. In the dance halls along the
Yukon River, the gold miners called her the \”Queen of the Yukon, the Darling
of Dawson – Klondike Kate.\” The performance features Joan Massey, former
homesteader, history teacher, and master in resurrecting the past. She will
perform at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. on March 17. Her performance is
free with museum admission.

Massey will perform again on March 24, using diary readings from
women of the Oregon Trail to tell the story of these courageous women who
traveled 2,000 miles by wagon in the 1840s and 1850s. \”Women of the Oregon
Trail\” will be offered at 11:30 a.m. and again at 1:30 p.m. It is also free
with museum admission.

The High Desert Museum, located south of Bend on Highway 97, is open
daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Museum admission is $7.75 adults, $6.75 seniors
(65+) and youth (13-18), $3.75 children (5-12), and free for members and
children 4 and younger. Contact: 382-4754 or info@highdesert.org.

Below is a schedule of museum events in March.

March 3 – Homestead Skills Showcase, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. This annual day
of living history demonstrations and hands-on activities focuses on pioneer
skills. Free with museum admission.

March 10 – Second Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Free admission to the museum
for Central Oregonians after 1 p.m.

March 17 – Klondike Kate, A Journey in Living History, 11:30 a.m.,
repeated at 1:30 p.m. Dramatic presentation by Joan Massey. Free with museum
admission.

March 17 – The Moody Blues, Greens, Yellows… Class for kids
explores art, color, and music. $11 members, $14 nonmembers. Call 382-4754
for details and registration.

March 24 – Spring Cascade Snowshoe trip for the family. $40 members,
$46 nonmembers. Call 382-4754 for details and registration.

March 24 & 25 – Woven with Willow two-day class in Native American
basketry. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $135 members, $145 nonmembers. Call 382-4754 for
details and registration.

March 24 – Women of the Oregon Trail, 11:30 a.m., repeated at 1:30
p.m. Dramatic presentation by Joan Massey. Free with museum admission.

March 27 – Eggs, Eggs, Everywhere. Kids learn all about animals and
eggs. $11 members, $14 nonmembers. Call 382-4754 for details and
registration.

March 28 – Spring Break Family Day, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. An annual
midweek event during Spring Break that includes living history
demonstrations along with activities for the whole family, such as soap
carving, crazy quilting, music, puppet making, and butter churning. Free
with museum admission.

March 29 – Science Career Day, 10 a.m.-noon. Women from many careers
in science will be at the Museum to share their areas of expertise with
girls and boys alike. Free with museum admission.

March 31 – Pop, Fizzle, Boom. Kids learn all about explosions. $11
members, $14 nonmembers. Call 382-4754 for details and registration.

March 31 – Parade Masks! 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Adults make masks for Earth
Day Procession of the Species Parade. $37 members, $40 nonmembers. Call
382-4754 for details and registration.

March 31 – Volcano! 10 a.m.-noon. Young students learn all about
volcanoes with experiments to take home. $11 member, $14 nonmembers. Call
382-4754 for details and registration.