ODFW hosts Western deer, elk experts in Wilsonville

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Internet: http://www.dfw.state.or.us
For Immediate Release July 31, 2001

Scientists Meet this Week to Discuss Deer and Elk Populations

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife hosts the annual Western States and Provinces Deer and Elk Workshop, Aug. 1 – 3, to discuss the latest research and management techniques for deer and elk populations. The meeting is sanctioned by the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.
Topics to be covered include competition and predation, data collection and use for population and harvest management, changing landscapes, and status reports for western deer and elk populations. Technical papers will be presented, as will the Wallmo Award – an award honoring outstanding contributions to knowledge and improved management of mule and black-tailed deer.
The meeting will be located at Holiday Inn Select, in Wilsonville, Ore. Additional information and registration forms can be found online at http://www.dfw.state.or.us .

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Columbia River fall salmon angling season starts Wednesday

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Internet: www.dfw.state.or.us

For Immediate Release July 31, 2001

Columbia River Fall Fishing Seasons Begin Wednesday
Central Coast All-Depth Halibut Season Open Aug. 3-4

PORTLAND – August 1 marks the opening day for fall salmon fishing in the Columbia River and many anglers will be fishing near Buoy 10 at the mouth for coho.
Biologists expect fishing at the mouth of the Columbia to be especially good for hatchery coho, as more than one million coho are predicted to return along with nearly 300,000 chinook. Anglers may keep two salmon daily, of which only one can be a chinook, through Aug. 15. Beginning Aug. 16, the limit is expanded to three salmon, of which only one can be a chinook. Harvested coho must be marked with a healed adipose fin-clip and unmarked fish must be carefully released unharmed.
\”With the size of the salmon run, we expect anglers will have a great season,\” said Steve King, ODFW salmon program manager. \”Coho are in the river now and they are biting. Fishing will improve as we hit the peak of the run in mid-August.\”
Salmon aren\’t the only species to target in the Columbia River. Sport anglers wishing to take a fish home can target salmon or a record high summer steelhead return over the next two months, as sturgeon fishing below Bonneville will be catch-and-release during August and September. Catch-and-release regulations were enacted to avoid exceeding the sport catch limit of 39,500 sturgeon for 2001. Anglers will be allowed to keep legal size sturgeon again on Oct. 1, with about 6,000 sturgeon expected to be left to harvest through Dec. 31.
The Commercial catch limit of 9,400 sturgeon for 2001 has not been filled, with 5,700 remaining to be caught during the fall season. The commercial fishermen will harvest their remaining sturgeon August through November, beginning with a 12-hour gillnet fishery in the Columbia River below Longview Bridge from 7 p.m. Aug. 5, to 7 a.m. Aug. 6.
Sport anglers are reminded to check the 2001 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations before heading out. Information on temporary rule changes may be obtained by calling a local ODFW office, calling the 24-hour recorded information line at (503) 872-5263, calling the ODFW information line at (503) 872-5268, or checking the ODFW website under \”News and Bulletins\” at http://www.dfw.state.or.us .

All Depth Sport Halibut Season Open Aug. 3-4

The all-depth recreational halibut fishery between Cape Falcon and Humbug Mountain will be open this Friday and Saturday. The bag limit is the first halibut caught 32 inches or longer.
The season opened for two additional days because 12,000 pounds was transferred from the quota for the \”inside 30-fathom curve\” season. The revised quota for the inside 30-fathom curve season is 5,150 pounds and is expected to be sufficient to keep that season open through Sept. 30.
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Five youths arrested in major Redmond furniture warehouse blaze

REDMOND – Four more juveniles, ages 12 to 16, were arrested Wednesday, bringing to five the number charged with reckless burning in connection with a July 17 fire that destroyed a warehouse, repair shop and small showroom at Wilson’s of Redmond, the region’s oldest furniture store.

Redmond police Det. Chris Salsberry said Christopher James Moe, 16; Brianna Lynn Moe, 12; Kyra L. Marie Kolln, 12; and Larry M. Brannon, 13, were cited and released to their parents as the case was forwarded to the Deschutes county Juvenile Department for prosecution.

Police reported Tuesday that Ricky Wayne Karle, 13, had been arrested Saturday taken to the county juvenile detention facility.

The fire was started by a cigarette butt that was not put out, but instead was flicked away and ignited a stack of maddresses behind the business, Salsberry said. “They were back there, jumping up and down on the mattresses,” the detective said, referring to a pile of used mattresses stored behind the warehouse.

The youths indicated there was no fire when they left the area, allegedly going to Sam Johnson Park in Redmond and damaging numerous sprinkler heads at the city park. “Some said they smelled smoke when they left, others said they didn’t,” Salsberry said.

The detective said the other youths face similar charges but have not been arrested. He noted that “the parents have been cooperative, very helpful” in the ongoing investigation. He said a tip led to the initial arrest and sbsequent investigation.

Damage estimated at $900,000; store remains in business

A passer-by on Highway 97 reported the fire shortly after 1 a.m., but investigators said at the time that the fire might have been smoldering for up to an hour before that. The initial damage estimate was about $900,000, as the fire destroyed more than half of an inventory valued at almost $2 million, store co-owner Brad Rasmussen told The Bulletin.

Fire crews from throughout the region kept the flames from reaching the 22,000-square-foot showroom, but some furniture inside still ended up smelling smoky. New TV ads for the popular store, which opened 39 years ago and employs 23 people, tout an “insurance settlement” sale and state that Wilson’s remains “the oldest, and maybe still the largest, furniture store in Central Oregon.”

Salsberry said it’s possible the store’s insurance agency could seek damages from the youths. (Karle, by the way, is the younger brother of Lucretia Karle, 16, one of five Redmond-area youths facing murder charges in the March 26 shooting death of Barbara Thomas on the Old Bend-Redmond Highway. The five are due back in court next Monday and may enter pleas at that time.)

Warm Springs woman sentenced for boy’s heat-stroke death

PORTLAND – A Warm Springs woman declined a chance to speak in court Tuesday before a judge sentenced her to 6 ½ years in prison for leaving her 4-year-old foster son in a parked car for nine hours on a sweltering day last summer as she worked inside a nearby air-conditioned office.

While Tamera “Tammy” Coffee decided not to speak, Vernice Switzler – the natural mother of Andres Saragos – took the opportunity during the brief sentencing hearing to talk about the devastating impact on her family, “in particular her other children,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Bill Williams.

“Questions remain unanswered,” Williams said. “The basic question of: Why?”

He said both mothers shed tears during the proceedings, in which U.S. District Judge Malcolm Marsh imposed the recommended 78-month prison term upon Coffee, plus five years supervised release. She also was ordered to pay $2,200 to the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs, to pay for the little boy’s funeral expenses, Williams said.

Coffee changed her plea to guilty April 17 on a second-degree murder charge, admitting that she left her foster son in the car without food or water last July 13, while she worked in the nearby tribal administration building, and never checked on him during the day, despite temperatures that topped 90 degrees. The boy, who died of heat stroke, had lived with Coffee and her husband as a foster child for about 2 ½ years.

Williams said Coffee told investigators she had left the boy in the car, parked under a tree in the parking lot, because she was mad at him for not wanting to go swimming with his classmates that day at the Kah-Nee-Ta resort. She said Andres told her he didn’t feel well, but Coffee thought the boy was faking. “She told him to lie down on the floor of the back seat,” Williams said, and told him, “’Don’t let anyone see you. Don’t let anyone hear you.’”

Woman can shorten jail term by earning `good time,’ faces more mental evaluation

The prosecutor said the woman will be eligible to earn “good time” and shorten her prison term. But the judge also imposed five years of post-prison supervision, with two special conditions – that she have no contact with minor children, without the permission of her release officer, and that she undergo further mental health evaluation and treatment as recommended, Williams said.

“It’s very sad,” the prosecutor said. “It’s just one of those gut-wrenching cases. I feel very bad for the child’s mom and his siblings, who have to deal with that at a very young age, trying to figure out why their brother is dead. She (Switzler) stated that, in court and in private conversations: Her kids ask her, `Why?’”

Through her attorney, Andrew Bates of Portland, Coffee asked that she serve her sentence at a women’s prison in Dublin, Calif., near San Francisco. Williams said he wasn’t sure but that it’s likely the closest such facility in the federal system. The final decision where she goes will be up to the federal Bureau of Prisons, he said.

Federal prosecutors asked that Coffee begin serving her sentence immediately, but Marsh denied the request and instead ordered that she surrender to begin the prison term on Sept. 13 at 4 p.m.

Williams said Coffee only was held in custody briefly, after her arrest last summer, and had been released on pre-trial recognizance. “The judge commented on the fact that she had done well on pre-trial release,” Williams said. “That was one of the reasons he’s allowing her to voluntarily surrender. One argument her attorney had made is, she (Coffee) wanted to get her two daughters started in school” before beginning her prison term.

No static at all: Locals vie for piece of low-power FM pie

The Federal Communications Commission calls its new offspring “low-power FM radio,” but several Central Oregon non-profits banding together to seek a license vow a lot of powerful, good things would come onto the local airwaves, should they succeed.

Things like arts performances, rebroadcast of government meetings at convenient times, and discussion of local issues from the environment to land use, politics and the arts, as well as educational programs for young and old.

It’s likely to be a year or more before the 97 Oregon groups and agencies that have applied for the 100-watt licenses – including 16 in Central Oregon – learn whether they have won a broadcasting license or will be directed to band together with others to share a station’s frequency.

A long-delayed, five-day application “window” was open June 11-15 for organizations in Oregon and several other states to file their applications. Eight came from Bend (six in a loose coalition), two each from Sisters, Madras and Gilchrist, one from the Sunriver Owners Association and one from Prineville.

The new LPFM service will consist of 100-watt stations, serving areas within a radius of about 3 ½ miles, and 10-watt stations, to be offered later, that would serve areas within a circle of only one or two miles. They will be geographically spaced to prevent interference with the signals of existing FM stations on the same frequency (channel) and up to two channels away.

The radio service is to be strictly non-commercial, so eligibility was limited to public or private educational groups, and government or non-profit entities providing local public safety or transportation services. There are other limits aimed at fostering local ownership and diversity, such as a ban on any existing broadcaster or media entity eligible for an LPFM station.

Groups competing for area’s frequency likely will be told to team up

Competing applications for the same frequency in a community will be resolved through a scoring system that awards applicants points for longevity (a community presence of at least two years before the application) and plans for operation (pledging to operate at least 12 hours a day, and that at least eight of those hours are of local origination.)

When competing applicants have equal points, the FCC will encourage time-sharing among the applicants on a given frequency. Competing applicants who resubmit their applications together can aggregate their points, thus winning out over single applicants with fewer points.

If such partnerships don’t come about, however, exclusive applicants will be awarded successive terms of at least a year each. Most LPFM licenses will be renewable at the end of eight-year license terms, but the shared licenses won’t be – a big incentive to work together.

And that’s just what is happening in Bend, where Darcy McNamara, former head of the Bend Riverway Project, and some lady friends came up with the idea of a coalition of would-be broadcasters among local non-profits that wouldn’t want a whole station to themselves.

“Me and a couple of friends who get together for lunch said, `This is so cool – we can’t pass this up,” McNamara said.

McNamara’s group, also one of the applicants, calls itself the “Women’s Civic Improvement League.” (That name should sound familiar to Bend history buffs; it’s the name of a group active in 1919 in Bend, spearheaded by May Arnold, and which convinced the city commission to save the waterfront from a proposed housing development, thus giving birth to Drake Park.)

Groups seeking `community radio station’ run spectrum of non-profits

In its application for the LPFM license, the group stated, “A low-power community radio station with programming focused on civic issues will be a strategic way to fulfill our mission … of increasing community involvement (and) promoting learning opportunities on community issues.”

“Growing from a small town into a mid-sized city is extremely difficult, and the community has become fractured,” the group said. “A community radio station will provide WCIL a way to present the many different views of the citizenry in a variety of formats.”

Participants that also applied for the license at frequency 106.7 mhz include the Central Oregon Environmental Center, Green Guides, Arts Central, Conservation for Central Oregon Inc. (doing business as The Recycling Team) and the Human Dignity Coalition.

Each laid out in its application how the low-power FM station could advance their educational efforts, from the Human Dignity Coalition’s talks on human rights issues or Spanish programs to discussions about land use, native plants, Commute Options or other causes from the environmental center’s many projects.

Each of the six groups pitched in $100 to help pay for a broadcast engineering consultant from Portland, McNamara. Initially, the intention was to put the antenna on a water tank in the south end of town, but instead the plan calls for putting the 20-foot antenna on Awbrey Butte, where there’s plenty of towers to potentially “co-locate” with.

Low-power FM is “pretty much line of site,” McNamara said. “But the problem is, the higher you go, we have to knock our power down to about four watts. The reason we picked Awbrey is we’ll have a lot of options. We can move down the hill, but then we could get blocked. We’re hoping four watts would get us around (town).”

’More unknowns than knowns’ at this point, local organizer says

Filing the application itself is free, though legal and engineering consultants were paid for help in many cases. The FCC has noted that the cost of building and running one of the new low-power stations can vary widely, depending on the equipment used and how a studio is furnished.

Still, it’s early in the process – and considering that it’s the federal government in charge, nobody is counting their chickens before they hatch.

“Right now, there are more unknowns than knowns,” McNamara said. “At some point – we’ve been told six months from now or more – the FCC will announce which applications are mutually exclusive, meaning that we have to work things out amongst ourselves to share a single frequency. Those lucky groups will have 30 days to do that and get back to the FCC.”

“Since we really don’t know which applications will make it through the gauntlet, we can’t really say there is a formal coalition,” she said. “But we are all very excited to be working toward bringing community radio to Bend. We all realize it will take a lot of work, and we need all the help we can get, once we get a construction permit. All of the groups involved are very committed to a station that represents all voices in Bend.”

The Sunriver owners group likely would use its proposed station (at 106.5 mhz) for public safety purposes, according to Diane Roseborough, such as evacuation information in the event of wildfire or other serious situation. “We feel confident ours is going to go through,” she said, noting that the antenna would be attached to an existing antenna atop a Sunriver fire station, if Deschutes County approves.

As you might expect, the most detailed early plans were submitted by the two public school entities in the mix: Central Oregon Community College and the Sisters School District, each of which applied for the 106.5-megahertz frequency – and, since it’s low power, easily could both use that same spot on the dial, due to their separated distances.

COCC, Sisters schools would work station into curriculum

COCC English (speech and writing) professor Jon Bouknight said the college’s antenna would be put where a cell phone company has leased an on-campus tower site of roughly 40 feet. The plan calls for creating an applied communications program, similar to what Lane Community College offers through its higher-power FM station, KLCC.

“I would have asked to share time with KLCC, but they don’t have transmitters here, they have translators,” Bouknight said.

The proposal includes a list of classes and weekly programming, from “bed time stories” to recreational info, student body news, folk and women’s music, a teen show, even a Celtic hour, blues, jazz, Broadway musicals, R&B and a two-hour weekly children’s program.

“We tried to put together what the station would be providing,” Bouknight said. “It would be impossible to provide all that without plenty of community input.”

“This radio station has got to happen – this community needs it,” the professor added. “I get contacted at least once a month from someone in the community, asking if the college has a radio station. I just add them to my list.” (After all, while the station’s will be non-commercial, there’s the likelihood donations to underwrite the operating costs would be sought.)

Sisters schools would make the LPFM radio station “an integral part of the curriculum at Sisters High School,” their application stated. It would be coupled with the district-owned “Outlawnet,” the area’s largest Internet service provider.

Sisters school’s station would broadcast news, also help tourists with traffic, parking

A daily 10-minute video of school and community news, broadcast on a closed-circuit TV station, would be expanded to include daily local radio news reports in the morning, at lunch and after school. Plans call for broadcasting city council, school board and chamber of commerce meetings, as well as school sporting events, graduation and school concerts. Those other local groups are anxious to utilize such a station’s educational opportunities, officials said.

Some of the weekend broadcasts also would be aimed at promoting and assisting with the many tourist events in Sisters, providing information on traffic, parking and weather.

Among the other local applications (available to review through the search engine at http://www.fcc.gov) are the BLR Corp. in Bend, also seeking the 106.7-mhz frequency, describe as “an outgrowth of the Bend Seventh-day Adventist Church.

While the corporation lists among its objectives “to provide religious instruction and moral teaching,” the group said the station’s “programming will be directed to listeners of all backgrounds and ages,” with subjects to “include family development, child rearing and education, health information and religion.”

The Central Oregon Educational Radio Corp. seeks a LPFM license for 102.1 mhz in Madras, though it has a Bend mailing address. The group’s application said the “organization was formed to educate and inform local citizens about opportunities to become involved in local events and for purposes of expounding the beauty as well as the dangers of the Oregon High Desert. We plan to invite participation from local Native Americans in broadcasting programs.”

Prineville resident Arthur Bigelow submitted an application for an LPFM station at 93.3 mhz for a group he called “Club-Ed,” which he said has “had an active presence in Prineville since 1940.” In an application apparently filled with misspellings (or perhaps hard for FCC inputters to read), Bigelow said, “Club-Ed is dedicated to bring a realization the aera that to be at pease with self and our neighbors, we must develope the hole person.”

Others in area also vying for new FM licenses; satellite radio (for pay) also on horizon

Wayne Schultz of Madras filed for an LPFM license at 99.3 mhz, on behalf of the Gibbins School, a K-8 school “dedicated to teaching the whole child physicaly, mentaly, socialy and spiritualy.” He said the station “will teach the students skills for life as well as responsibility, ethics, and how to treat others as they would want to be treated.”

Scott Jahn of Terrebonne also seeks the 106.7-mhz frequency license in Sisters, for what he calls “Sisters Community Radio.” With similar apparent spelling problems, the application states, “We intent to broadcast beside music a series on health and social skills. We will also life skills om how to find real happyness.”

To the south, in Gilchrist, the Gilchrist School is seeking a 103.1-mhz LPFM license, while the Crescent-Gilchrist Community Action Team has applied for a low-power license at 106.5 on the FM dial.

Low-power FM isn’t the only big new development on the radio horizon. At the other end of the spectrum, so to speak, is the imminent arrival of “satellite radio,” which will offer people high-quality, digital music or other programming, anywhere in the country – but for a fee, of $9.95 a month for 100 stations, 30 of them commercial-free. You’ll also need a new radio, at first expected to cost around $300.

But at the low-end, “people’s” side of the radio dial, around the nation, everyone from state transportation departments to private schools and chambers of commerce have applied for and in many cases won low-power FM licenses.

Even though the application process began early last year in other areas of the country, the first construction permits weren’t granted until this spring, so the success of the FCC’s effort, in promoting more community voices, is very much a tale still being written.

Humane Society has record adoption month, adds online pics

For immediate release: For more information, please contact:
July 31, 2001 Jan Griffin @ 382-4328

Record Adoption Month
@ The Humane Society of Central Oregon

The Humane Society of Central Oregon set a record for adoptions in the month of July. Our average number of adoptions in one month for this year is 142. During the month of July, we adopted out 230 companion animals.

This past weekend was a record-setter in our 40-year history. In just 2 days, we adopted out 40 pets.

A key factor of our success was having an off-site even t at Newport Market. Rudy Dory, owner of Newport Market, contributed $25 toward each adoption. In the two days at Newport, 25 pets found new homes.

This was a banner event for The Humane Society of Central Oregon and for those lucky companion animals who have wonderful new homes. You can also now view photos of adoptable animals at the agency\’s Web site, http://www.hsco.org .

Teen playing with smoke bomb triggers CRR brushfire

CROOKED RIVER RANCH – A 15-year-old boy playing with a smoke bomb Monday evening sparked a fire that blackened a quarter-acre of grass and sagebrush and came within 40 feet of his house, officials said.

The juvenile was cited for reckless burning and his family will be billed for the firefighting costs, likely about $1,000, said Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Department Chief Patrick Reitz.

The fire chief said the boy “was playing over the lip of the (Crooked River) Canyon” with friends when
heat from the incendiary firework, which is legal in Oregon, triggered the brushfire in the 13000 block of Southwest North Rim Road around 5:30 p.m.

Reitz said the first arriving units found the fire smoldering over a hillside behind the home. No structures were damaged, according to the fire chief, who said Sunday’s heavy rainfall in the area “definitely helped” crews extinguish the fire.

Residents and neighbors were able to control the blaze with garden hoses and hand tools before fire units arrived on scene. More than a dozen personnel and a half-dozen pieces of apparatus were called out. Units were on the scene until shortly after 7 p.m. for mop-up work, Reitz said. About 1,250 gallons of water was used in the effort.

The rain prompted a reduction in fire danger to the moderate category at Crooked River Ranch, but Reitz said he expects the next few days of warmer, dryer weather will push it back to the high-danger category by midweek.

Crooked River Ranch RFPD seeks someone to fill board spot

Press Release

The Crooked River Ranch Rural Fire Protection District Board of Directors is seeking interested persons to apply for appointment to fill a vacancy on the CRR RFPD Board of Directors. The appointment would be to fill Position 3 for the remainder of the term through June 30, 2002. This is a volunteer position and there is no monetary compensation.
Those persons interested in applying for the appointment are requested to submit a letter of interest and a resume to: Board of Directors, Crooked River Ranch RFPD, 7000 SW Shad Rd., Terrebonne, OR 97760-9250. Packets must be received no later than 4 p.m., Monday, August 13, 2001. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications to hold an elected public office. Questions can be directed to Chief Patrick Reitz, at 923-6776, or via e-mail at crr_rfpd@onemain.com.

Tip leads to arrest of suspect in wild police chase

Thanks to a tip to police, a 16-year-old Bend youth wanted in connection with a burglary and two vehicle thefts since a wild chase five days ago was arrested Saturday afternoon, hiding behind the seat of a fleeing pickup.

Sgt. Greg Owens said police received information Saturday that Anthony Duane Strader (earlier believed to be 17) was at the apartment he apparently shared with his girlfriend, Ashley Brooke Yarber, 18, who was arrested Monday after bailing out of a pickup during the chase.

As officers were responding to the Summit Park apartments at 2017 NE Full Moon Drive, they learned Strader had just left in a black pickup, Owens said. When found hiding behind the seat of the extended-cap pickup, he surrendered and was taken into custody without incident around 2:30 p.m.

“Officers were walking up to surround the apartment when they heard he was in the pickup that was leaving, so they surrounded the pickup,” said Lt. Gary Mack. Another person was driving the pickup and was not charged, he said.

Strader was taken to the Deschutes County Juvenile Detention Center, to be held pending an initial court appearance Monday on numerous charges.

He is accused of two counts of car theft, first-degree burglary and attempted theft, second-degree theft, second-degree criminal mischief, reckless endangering, reckless driving, hit and run, and two counts of attempting to elude a police officer, as well as being a juvenile runaway and an outstanding warrant on a probation violation.

Mack said numerous tips had been received from the public about sightings of Strader since Monday’s incident, but none had panned out – until Saturday.

Teen led officers on chase across much of NE Bend

The youth, who reportedly ran away from a foster home, led police on a wild chase in northeast Bend Monday, including a run through the Forum shopping center, before fleeing on foot and eluding two police dogs.

Strader was described as 5-foot-8, 130 pounds, with a slender build and shaved head. The teen reportedly bought and was in possession of a Smith and Wesson .22 revolver, Lt. Bob Wittwer said.

Ashley Brooke Yarber, 18, was arrested after she bailed out of the stolen pickup truck as it slowed at a corner, Wittwer said. She was accused of involvement in a Sunday night car theft.

Police had followed up Sunday evening on a report that Strader allegedly stole a white 1980 Datsun B-210 sedan with Idaho plates from the Summit Park apartments around 6:30 p.m.

“We couldn’t locate him (Sunday) night, but we had him identified, and the night shift guys were out looking when we got a burglary report from his father’s home on Eagle Road,” Wittwer said.

The Bulletin quoted 911 reports that indicated Strader showed up at his parents’ house in a red Ford Ranger pickup and broke in to steal ammunition for the gun. Police told the paper that the pickup had been stolen a week earlier from an auto body repair shop.

Police break off pursuit to ease danger

Officers were back in the Full Moon Drive area checking for Yarber when the pickup was spotted about 10 a.m. Monday and they began following the pair, to Medical Center Drive and Watt Way. The woman “bailed out of the truck” when it slowed on a corner, Wittwer said, and pursuing police flipped on their lights and sirens when he took off.

The chase by two police cars soon entered the Forum shopping center, home to Safeway, Costco and other stores, barreling through the parking lot at about 35 mph. “He didn’t care about the speed bumps,” Wittwer said.

The pickup driver then crossed 27th Street, spun around in a field and headed north on 27th, running the light at Neff Road at more than 60 mph and almost hitting a Chevy Suburban in the intersection, officers said.

“Officers terminated the pursuit” at that point because the teen still was driving “totally crazy,” Wittwer said, and calling off such a chase can prompt the driver to slow down.

Officers lost track of the pickup for a time, but soon spotted him in vacant fields, in the area of NE Monterey Avenue and Cordata Drive, Wittwer said. Officers again gave chase and the suspect drove throuygh a chain link fence on the south end of Northeast Dagget Lane. It became entangled in the pickup’s tire and caused the teen to abandon the vehicle in a cul de sac on Rachel Court.

The suspect fled on foot, prompting a search that lasted for two hours and involved two K9 tracking dogs. But they failed to find the suspect, last seen in the area of Neff Road and Purcell Boulevard, Wittwer said.

State AG wins changes in midwifery school\’s operations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2001

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that Daphne Singingtree of Eugene, executive director of the Oregon School of Midwifery (OSM), will significantly change the way in which she operates her school under an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) filed today in Marion County Circuit Court. The agreement admits no law violation.
“Students from all over the United States and Canada paid up to $13,000 in advanced tuition to OSM without being told that only a small percentage of students ever graduate from the program,” Myers said. “In addition, students were never told that the school’s future accreditation was in question.”
Department of Justice investigators, representing the financial fraud/consumer protection and charitable activities sections, found violations of both the Unlawful Trade Practices Act and the Oregon Nonprofit Laws.
Consumer Protection investigators found that Singingtree misrepresented the school’s accreditation by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) by describing the accreditation “imminent” when in truth the school was only pre-accredited. Ultimately, MEAC denied accreditation and the defendant is appealing the decision.
Of the dozens of enrolled students, Singingtree could name only two students as having successfully completed the program. The low graduation rate was caused in part by the school’s inability to provide local opportunities for students to attend the 40 births necessary to graduate. In Oregon, students must pass the NARM examination and attend 50 births in order to be licensed as Direct Entry Midwives (DEM).
Investigation by the Charitable Activities staff found Singingtree’s record keeping and accounting practices to be so inadequate that it was impossible to determine where the school’s finances ended and the defendant’s began. Records showed the school would pay the monthly balance on Singingtree’s credit card and on several occasions, OSM also paid for her daughters’ credit cards. Singingtree also is known as Daphne Duncan and Daphne Ward.
Oregon law requires charities to maintain three-member governing boards. The Oregon School of Midwifery only had two members, Singingtree and her ex-roommate, who had not spoken to her for at least two years but had given her a signed proxy to vote on his behalf.
Under the Assurance, Singingtree must comply with the consumer protection and charitable activities laws and provide full tuition refunds to students who were scheduled to complete their first year at OSM this summer. However, if OSM becomes fully accredited by MEAC by September 2002, these students will only received a refund calculated on a prorated basis.
Students, who have withdrawn from the program since January 1, 1998 and requested refunds, will receive payments on a prorated basis. Singingtree each year must dedicate seven percent of the school’s gross revenue toward making the refunds.
Students, who do not receive a full refund by January 1, 2002, will be paid nine percent interest a year on the outstanding balance.
New students enrolling in OSM only must pay for the two-year academic portion of their training and not for the clinical training portion. Students will only pay one term’s tuition in advance of the training.
OSM also must clearly and conspicuously display the school’s detailed tuition refund policy in the student handbook along with the number of OSM students who are enrolled in the program, the number of students who have successfully completed the program, the length of time it actually took the graduating students to complete the program, the number of graduates who have successfully taken the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) examination and those graduates who have been licensed as Direct Entry Midwives in Oregon. This information also must appear on the school’s web sites.
Within the next 60 days, OSM must appoint three individuals unrelated to the Executive Director to serve on the Board of Directors. The Board will approve a job description and salary for the Executive Director position and be responsible for all future bookkeeping functions.
Consumers wanting more detailed information on the settlement may call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only), toll-free at 1-877-877-9392 or the Justice Charitable Activities section at (503) 229-5725. Information is online at http://www.doj.state.or.us .
Students interested in midwifery training in Oregon may call the Oregon Board of Direct Entry Midwifery at (503) 378-8667, ext. 4321. The Board is online at http://www.hlo.state.or.us .

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