High Desert Museum news: \’Water Wigglers,\’ noted storyteller

Kids learn about
\’Water Wigglers\’

Daphnia, paramecium, and larva, oh my! Primary students can explore
the microscopic world in ponds and streams during a class at The High Desert
Museum on Sept 15.

Using a variety of lenses, they will learn to identify these little
animals, compare organisms from each habitat, and make a water banner of
what they see to take home. Cheryl Renwick, a science teacher at Cascade
Middle School, will lead the exploration.

Students in grades K-2 come from 10 a.m. to noon, while those in
grades 3-5 come from 1-3 p.m. Cost is $11 for museum members and $14 for

Call 541-382-4754 to register.

Noted storyteller performs
at High Desert Museum

Noted storyteller Thomas Doty will perform traditional stories from
the native peoples of the West at 3 p.m. on Sept. 15 at The High Desert

In a program designed for people of all ages, Doty will also offer
original stories, poems, and monologues, including his popular Doty and
Coyote Stories. Doty is an author and storyteller in residence at Dragonfly
Place in the Siskyou Mountains, a retreat for the study of storytelling,
literature, and performance.

Doty\’s performance is included with museum admission of $8.50
adults, $7.50 seniors (65+) and youth (13-18), $4 children (5-12), and free
for members and children 4 and younger. All admission prices are good for
two consecutive days. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is
located south of Bend at 59800 S. Hwy. 97. Contact: 541-382-4754 or
http://www.highdesert.org .

St. Charles Medical Center nurses OK new 3-year contract

For Immediate Release
Release Date: August 31, 2001
Contact: Todd Sprague
Phone: 541-388-7705

St. Charles RNs Approve Three-Year Contract

Bend, OR – St. Charles Medical Center (http://www.scmc.org) registered nurses, represented by the Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), approved a new three-year contract on Thursday, August 30.

St. Charles officials said they feel the new contract – with across the board wage increases for registered nurses, an additional pay step for senior nurses and a variety of other provisions – represents a compromise on both sides, but a good one.

\”Our goals were to negotiate a fair contract that recognizes the contributions of our registered nurses and to position ourselves competitively in the state and national marketplace for recruiting,\” explained SCMC\’s president and chief executive officer Jim Lussier. \”While there were compromises by the hospital and the union, we feel this contract does both. As an example, our senior nurses, at the new 18th step, now have the highest base wage for registered nurses at any Oregon hospital surveyed by SCMC or ONA, $29 per hour, and they also start enjoying the top rate sooner than anywhere else in the state.\”

Some key elements of the RN contract include:
· 5% wage increase retroactive to July 1, 2001
· 2% wage increase January 1, 2002
· 5% wage increase July 1, 2002
· 1% wage increase January 1, 2003
· Increased shift differentials (additional pay for working evenings, nights, weekends)
· Additional pay for nurses in the bargaining unit serving as Assistant Unit Managers
· Experienced nurses can be hired on at the 7th step or even higher if appropriate (the old contract specified that nurses start at a maximum of the 4th step)
· The addition of an 18th step for senior nurses
· A change in the pharmacy benefit co-pay from a flat $9 per prescription to a 20% co-pay with a $50 out-of-pocket cap per prescription per month, $1000 per year per individual or $2000 per family.
· An opportunity to re-open negotiations in year-three of the contract for wages only to accommodate uncertain market conditions.

Lussier explained that, in addition to across the board wage increases, registered nurses are on a step system based on seniority, experience and advanced training. He said that there are also opportunities for premium pay (shift differentials, additional shifts, overtime, etc.) to compensate nurses for some of the challenges of helping to keep the hospital staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. \”This means that many RNs will see even larger wage increases in a given year based on their position in the step system and the amount of premium pay they earn,\” he said.

Lussier noted that, before the new agreement, the average wage for a registered nurse at St. Charles was $25 per hour.

The change in the prescription benefit was one of the compromises, Lussier explained. \”Our goal with the change in the prescription benefit was to help control health care costs largely at the expense of pharmaceutical companies, not our caregivers. We did this by creating an incentive to request generic or less costly, but still effective, alternatives to many of the \’designer\’ drugs currently being advertised direct to consumers. If a purchasing decision involves spending some of your own money, you are often more likely to seek the best value, in terms of cost, quality and effectiveness, rather than just the most popular or well known product. If caregivers do start requesting the best value in cost and quality for their prescriptions, this should help keep their out-of-pocket expenses to a minimum and reduce overall hospital costs as well.\”

\”We have an outstanding team of registered nurses and other caregivers at St. Charles,\” noted Lussier. \”Thanks to our caregivers, our patient satisfaction ratings are among the top five percent in the nation and we\’ve received national awards and recognition for the quality of our care. While we are highly sensitive to health care costs, we also know the realities of recruiting and retaining the best caregivers in a competitive national marketplace. After all, having a low-cost hospital without quality caregivers, including registered nurses, isn\’t a realistic way to serve the community. To keep up with the growth in Central Oregon, we\’ve added 149 new RN positions since January of 2000, increasing our nursing staff by about a third. We needed an attractive new contract to retain the nurses we have, and recruit new ones as needed. We think this contract will help us do that.\”

The hospital and its registered nurses began negotiations in April. They reached a tentative agreement August 20. Union members approved that agreement in voting on Thursday, August 30. The previous nursing contract expired June 30.


Midstate Electric\’s conservation rebates off to fast start

Midstate Electric Cooperative, Inc.
51340 N. Highway 97
La Pine, OR 97739

For Immediate Release
Friday, August 31, 2001
Contact: Teresa Lackey
Marketing Manager
536-7232 or 888-582-4937

La Pine, OR–Midstate Electric Cooperative Inc.’s members are doing their part to help overcome the current energy crisis. Since the implementation of their utility’s Conservation Rebate Program, just 30 days ago, members have installed conservation measures that amount to savings of over 145,000 kWh per year.
The program is part of the Conservation and Renewable Discount Program that is being offered by Bonneville Power Administration (BPA). When BPA offered their power contracts, they included an option to encourage energy conservation and the development of renewable energy resources-the Conservation and Renewables Discount. The effort was scheduled to begin in October 2001 with the new rate period. However, because of the energy crisis, BPA decided that customers could start implementing qualifying activities early so they could begin producing results.
Upon BPA’s approval to implement the program early, Midstate Electric (http://www.midstatecoop.com) worked diligently to get the program up and going, and was able to offer the program on August 1-two months earlier than anticipated. “We wanted to offer the rebate program to promote conservation as soon as possible to our membership because we all benefit. The advantage is that it can save the member money while reducing the energy deficit”, stated Bill Kopacz, General Manager.
In further support of conservation, Midstate Electric is participating in a coupon redemption program to encourage the use of Energy Star® compact fluorescent light bulbs. Members have received coupons worth $6 off the cost of compact fluorescent light bulbs. The program, in partnership with BPA, is just another way to broaden participation in conserving energy.

Bend armored car driver sentenced for swiping $80,000 in $20 bills

EUGENE – A Bend armored car driver who admitted to stealing more than $80,000 worth of $20 bills he was supposed to put in automated teller machines was sentenced in federal court Thursday to seven months in prison, three years supervised release – and an order to repay the loot.

Anthony Michael Perez, 25, had worked for Luzon Security from July 1998 to August 1999, said Michael Mosman, U.S. attorney for the District of Oregon. He assisted U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo Bank by servicing ATMs across Central Oregon, transporting and supposedly stocking the machines with $20 bills.

Starting in February 1999, the two banks discovered shortages of cash that was in Luzon Security’s possession, Mosman said. The losses grew over the next few months, and the FBI commenced a formal investigation.

The investigation revealed that Perez made several large cash purchases in the Bend area, just after shortages were identified by the banks. For example, Perez bought a new Bayliner boat, trailer, equipment and stereo from a Bend dealer on April 16, 1999 – shortly after U.S. Bank discovered a loss of more than $20,000.

Perez pleaded guilty to two counts of bank fraud on June 5 of this year in U.S. District Court in Eugene, admitting that he used his job to steal the money from the two banks, the prosecutor said.

On Thursday, Chief U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan sentenced Perez to the seven-month prison term, followed by three years of supervised release. He also was ordered to pay $81,340 in restitution, and forfeited the boat he bought with the stolen funds as part of the plea agreement, Mosman said. Perez could have faced up to 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

State Police take C.A.R.E to make holiday weekend safer

Date: August 29, 2001 Contact Person: Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
(503) 682-0208 ext. 227


The Oregon State Police will again participate in an international program designed to focus on the most frequent causes of fatal crashes during the 2001 Labor Day Holiday weekend. OPERATION C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) will begin 12:01 a.m., Friday, August 31, 2001 and end 11:59 p.m., Monday, September 3, 2001.
\”Enforcement priorities during this effort are aimed at impaired and unsafe drivers, unbuckled adults, and unrestrained children,\” said Captain Peter Spirup, Director of the OSP Patrol Services Division. \”Motorists traveling around our state should anticipate an increased OSP presence on state and interstate highways this holiday weekend.\”
During the last six Labor Day Holiday periods, 54 people were killed in traffic crashes within our state. During the year 2000 holiday weekend, seven individuals lost their lives in traffic crashes. Four of those deaths occurred on Highway 22 in the Willamette Valley in two separate crashes.
OSP Troopers were kept busy last year as they investigated a total of 258 traffic crashes, up from 172 crashes investigated during the 1999 holiday period. DUII arrests, one of the top enforcement priorities, were up 19% as Troopers arrested 118 drivers. In addition, Troopers issued approximately 1,400 speed-related citations, over 200-safety restraint and child safety seat citations, and assisted nearly 400 disabled motorists.
Leading into this holiday period, Carla Levinski, Occupant Protection Program Manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, reports that Oregon received some good news related to safety restraint use.
\”The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that a recent statewide safety belt use survey indicated that Oregon\’s new use rate is up to 87.49%, up four points from last year\’s rate of 83.62%,\” said Levinski. \”The last time our state had this high of an increase was nearly ten years ago.\”
In addition to safety enforcement efforts this weekend, motorists should be aware of highway work zone areas. \”Even though construction ceases during the holiday period, everyone needs to be alert for clues such as the presence of orange barrels, cones, and signs that signal possible changes ahead and equipment near the roadway,\” said Larry Christianson, ODOT Transportation Safety Section.
Including an available safety checklist on the OSP web site with this release, the Oregon State Police and Oregon Department of Transportation suggest the following to make your holiday travel safer:

Plan your route before you leave, allowing plenty of time to reach your destination.
Get plenty of rest before starting out.
Avoid confrontations with other motorists.
Always wear your safety belt restraints and use child safety seats and booster seats.
Never drink or drive, and don\’t allow someone else to do so.
Obey posted speeds and adjust your driving habits according to road, traffic, and weather conditions.

Everyone is asked to play a pivotal role in preventing traffic crashes and the impact of impaired drivers on our highways. If you see a suspected intoxicated driver, call the Oregon State Police toll-free hotline at 1-800-24DRUNK (1-800-243-7865) or call 9-1-1. When calling in such a report, provide a description of the vehicle, state and license plate number, location and direction of travel.
To prepare for highway travel any time of the year, ODOT\’s travel advisory web site, TripCheck , is a valuable resource of information. Accessed on the internet at http://www.tripcheck.com , the web site features a map interface, improved reporting of highway conditions, camera views of major Oregon highways and passes, and more information on other modes of transportation.

Labor Day reminder: Fire danger still high, restrictions in place

Central Oregon
Interagency Dispatch Center

For Immediate Release: August 30, 2001
Contacts: Margot Bucholtz at 541/383-5536 and Roland Giller at

Prineville, Ore. — Central Oregon fire officials want to remind people
enjoying the Labor Day weekend and hunting season that extremely dry fuel
conditions have made fire restrictions a necessity.
\”We are still experiencing abandoned and illegal campfires, in spite
of the high fire danger we are in,\” said John Jackson, incident commander
on the Olallie Lake Fire near Bear Springs.
\”We really need everyone\’s help to get us through the next several
weeks of critical weather and high recreation activity in the wildlands,\”
Jackson said. \”It only takes one small spark from an abandoned campfire to
start a wildland fire and change a fun experience into a nightmare.\”
Campfires on much of the public land throughout the state are
restricted to developed campgrounds and prohibited on all private land.
All Central Oregon developed campgrounds are open for public use, except
for Sheep Bridge on the Deschutes National Forest.
Campers outside developed recreation areas can only cook on gas,
propane and butane-style camp stoves. Sheepherder, charcoal and Dutch oven
cooking devices are among the meal preparation methods prohibited outside
developed recreation sites.
Fire managers stress that even campfires in developed recreation sites
must be attended at all times or completely extinguished before leaving
Current fire precautions also include restrictions on smoking,
driving, welding, and operating chainsaws on public and private land.
People who intentionally or accidentally cause wildland fires may be
fined, sentenced to jail and held liable for all suppression costs.
Suppression costs for a four acre fire recently extinguished totaled
$15,000. Large fire suppression costs can easily surpass the million
dollar mark.
Local fire protection agencies can answer specific questions about
current restrictions. Many can be reached at 1-800-523-4737 or by calling
individual agencies listed in telephone directories under the government
Fire restriction information on public and private land can also be
found by clicking on the fire information link on the Central Oregon
Interagency Dispatch Center\’s website at
http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/fire/public.htm .
Please be careful with your campfires. The costs are too great for


COCC\’s \’Changing Directions\’ program offers orientation

August 30, 2001 COCC Press Release

Central Oregon Community College’s Changing Directions program is
offering an information session about its fall-term classes at 5 p.m. on
Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Room 114C at the North Campus in Redmond.
The Changing Directions program offers a new approach to effective life
planning and relationship building. Through classes, workshops and support
groups, the program offers strategies and support for men and women who
are returning to school, considering entry into the work force or making
other changes in their lives.
The Changing Directions program is designed to assist individuals meet
the challenges of change by working on communication skills, time
management, self-esteem and assertiveness, as well as decision-making and
goal-setting strategies.
The sessions will include an opportunity to complete Changing Directions
registration paperwork. Those who are interested in the class, but unable
to attend the orientation session should call 383-7589.
Fall term begins Sept. 17. In-district tuition for the class is $86. A
limited number of scholarships as well as child care and transportation
funds are available.


Passion thick, crowd thin at anti-bridge protest rally, march

Compared to places like, say, Eugene, Bend doesn’t see a lot of protest rallies and marches. In fact, they are pretty darn rare around these parts. So maybe that reason – we’re out of practice – is why fewer than 100 folks (not including numerous dogs) showed up Wednesday evening to state their loud “No! No! No!” opposition to the Southern River Crossing on the Sept. 18 advisory ballot.

The event was co-sponsored by Taxpayers Against the Bridge (http://www.taxpayersagainstthebridge.org) and the Juniper Group of the Sierra Club. Being held during workday hours, at a time of year when many people are off on vacation or enjoying the great outdoors, also may have had something to do with a thin (but vocal) crowd showing up, despite invitations issued far and wide. (The pro-SRX Committee to Bridge Our Community, by the way, said it plans a similar rally on Sept. 5, and will provide more details in coming days.)

“I have a lot of reasons why I’m against it (the bridge),” said Cort Vaughan, who said he’s written “a lot of letters to the editor” at The Bulletin, which also came in for its share of ribbing for its editorial stance in favor of the project. (One sign, carried by Mark Suzanne, marching with wife Suzanne and dog Aero, read, “Bull a Ton Lies,” while another said “the BULLetin should be banished to Burns.”)

“The primary reason” Vaughan said he’s against the bridge, is that “I really enjoy this section of the (Deschutes River) canyon the bridge is going to go through. And I think an elevated bridge carrying 15,000-plus cars a day is going to destroy the canyon.”

The other side, he said, offers “a lot of what appear to be logical reasons to build the bridge, but they are based on falsehoods and misconceptions.”

Marilyn Miller, conservation chairman of the Sierra Club’s Juniper Group, said she used to live in places like Eugene and LA where there were rallies and marches pretty much every week. But they are rare here, and “that’s really too bad,” she said. “The community feels helpless. It’s the developers against the people.”

’You can’t build your way out of traffic congestion’

“Once there’s a bridge there, they are going to think they could build even more,” she said. “You can’t build your way out of traffic congestion, it’s been shown time and again. … Growth is inevitable. I’d like to see them slow growth down, not build right up to the river. The wildlife needs it. Bend is going to continue to keep growing. We need to save what little we haven’t paved over.”

Miller’s husband, Craig, a retired ER doctor, has a similar perspective, as you can imagine, both as vice president of the Oregon Natural Desert Association and as a member of the Bend Birding Club. “Rivers sound better than traffic” was his slogan for the day.

Retired math teacher Dean Atwood was chatting amiably with Barbara Vail, who has the distinction of having lived in Bend since 1947. “I like to think of Bend like the days when I came here,” Vail said. Atwood said he’s heard all the arguments and believes “the bridge is unnecessary,” and will just add more pollution to the special area.”

Then there’s the 8 percent grade drivers will have to climb heading west to the Colorado/Century/Mt. Washington intersection. “No way in hell are you going to get truck drivers, fire trucks, garbage trucks, school buses or anything else to go up there,” Atwood said.

“This whole deal here is to increase the value of properties on both sides of the river, and values already are so high that middle-income folks can’t afford to live here, except in mobile home or RV parks or sharing a home.”

Jeremy Silver, 11, came to the rally on his own without his father, Scott, the well-known forest-fees fighter. He said the area is “beautiful, and if they put in the bridge, all the beauty will be gone.” Wendy Colby, a 13-year Bendite, said, “My feeling is, it (the bridge) supports the developers.”

Leading bridge foe says `Bend has a better future,’ urges saving city’s `heart and soul’

David Sheldon, chairman of the anti-bridge group, told the crowd that “the proponents are working very, very hard” to pass the measure, and “they have got a lot of money. They are good people. I don’t have hold it against them for their position. But I do say this: Bend has a better future.”

“What’s at stake here really isn’t just the river,” Sheldon said. “It’s the heart and soul of Bend.”

Local songwriter Judy Jordet sang a song she’d written for the occasion: “There are bridges built to bring us together … that make our spirits soar. There’s also bridges built to conquer … (and) to make a lot of money … to build a lot more houses … that taxpayers will pay for in the end.”

Louise Nicklas, treasurer of the bridge-fighting group, led the group in a traditional song: “Shall we gather by the river … that flows to the throne of God.”

Kids and dogs, city Councilor John Schubert, even pedi-cab driver Doug Werme joined in the short march from McKay Park across the Colorado Avenue footbridge, then on the bridge sidewalk back across the river.

“No! No! No!” Sheldon had the marchers shout.

Pro-, anti-bridge group leaders face off in radio debate

Eventually, most of the group lined the Colorado/Simpson interchange, now under construction with detours, and cheered every motorist’s honk of support. “Vote no bridge!” became the battle cry.

Earlier Wednesday, Sheldon and Bryant squared off in what they said was their fifth debate in recent days, this one taped for airing at the studio of KSJJ 103. Four stations will air the forum as R.L. Garrigus’ “Focus on Central Oregon” program on two consecutive Sunday mornings, Sept. 2 and Sept. 9. KSJJ will air the program at 6:30 a.m., while KXIX (X-94) will present it at 6 a.m.; the air time is 7 a.m. on KMGX (Magic 100.7) and KICE (ESPN Radio 940 AM).

Bryant said his group sees the bridge and Reed Market Road extension as “the best solution right now” to growing traffic congestion: “It’ll take 14,000 to 16,000 cars a day off our other bridges. It’s well designed, we have the right of way. It’s ready to go. It will provide a new park, similar to Drake Park. It’s a win-win situation.”

Sheldon said a no vote on all three questions (including both alignments) will send a “strong message to developers that this particular part of our river corridor through Bend deserves careful and very studious handling. … We have an opportunity to have a world-class park, with the access that’s needed, but without this through road and bridge that really depreciates the value and turns it into something like any city park.” He also claimed a “significant cost” won’t be covered by developer fees.

Sheldon said the study commissioned by the Friends of Bend analyzed options and said “widening of Colorado (Avenue) should happen first.” But Bryant said, “Other alternatives will be more expensive and disruptive to neighborhoods and businesses,” such as a five-lane Colorado.

Bryant also said that between the SDCs and a local improvement district, there will be “no taxpayer dollars” involved, and said the $3 million a year in SDCs can cover far more projects – “most on the Eastside” – than the cost of repaying developers for their “interest-free loan” to get the bridge built. But Sheldon said it still will divert dollars from other needs, such as improvements along Skyliner Road.

Pro-bridge group backs northern alignment, sees confusion over options

Bryant said his group favors the Northern Alignment, not only because of the estimated $1.1 million lower cost but for not removing six homes in Woodriver Village from its path. In fact, Bryant said he believes it was put on the advisory ballot “to confuse people and generate empathy, so folks vote against everything. I hope that doesn’t happen.”

Sheldon said his group “has no intention of tying this up or keeping people frustrated,” should the vote go the other way. He acknowledged urging several years ago that the project be delayed several years. “The issue then is the same as now: What is the highest, best use for this part of Bend?”

But Bryant asked: “If you wait five to 10 years, can you imagine how much it’ll cost?” He pointed to the two public votes on the Bend Parkway and the higher cost that resulted. He also acknowledged that the park district doesn’t have funds to develop the log deck park at present, but added, “I believe they’ll find the money to do that.”

And Bryant said many projects have been approved, based on the city council’s previously stated intention to build the bridge: “You are entitled to have some predictability from government.”

Sheldon said he hopes the council will “follow the advice of the people,” whatever that ends up being. And he said his group is “in favor of efficient and prudent management of public funds” on the many other transportation needs around town.

Festival\’s inaugural \’Music of Words\’ deemed a success


FROM: Heidi Hagen Moore, Waterston Communications 541/385-7025
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Cate O’Hagan, Arts Central 541/317-9324
DATE: August 30, 2001


If the applause and calls for “Again next year!” were any indicator, Music
of Words was a success. Held Sunday, August 26, the Festival of Music
approximately 200 people gathered to listen to a combination feature of
music and literature in readings performed by three award-winning
contemporary authors: international best-selling author Jane Hamilton, poet
Lawson Inada and Oregon Book Award winner Marjorie Sandor. “Music of Words”
was made possible by Arts Central, Cascade Festival of Music and the OSU-
Cascades Campus. Cate O’Hagan of Arts Central states, “Due to the high
turnout and positive feedback, we can anticipate the “Music of Words” event
becoming a part of the Cascade Festival of Music annually.”

With proceeds going to the arts in Central Oregon, the exclusive “meet the
authors” luncheon held just prior to the readings was a sold out event and
generated $1350.00. Books by Hamilton, Inada and Sandor were available for
purchase from the Book Barn at the event until they too were sold out.

For more information, contact Cate O’Hagan, Arts Central at 541/317-9324.

Many Thanks to Sponsors:
Arts Central, Cascade Festival of Music, OSU-Cascade Campus & the SOURCE

ODFW news: Game bird season; outdoors-woman workshop

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
Internet: http://www.dfw.state.or.us

For Immediate Release August 30, 2001

Game Bird Hunting begins Saturday

PORTLAND – With the beginning of September comes the start of the 2001-2002 game bird hunting season in Oregon.
Forest grouse and mourning dove seasons begin statewide Saturday, Sept. 1, as do western Oregon mountain quail. A week later on Sept. 8, special seasons for sage grouse, and Canada geese start, and on Sept. 15, band-tailed pigeon hunting begins.
The early Canada goose season targets resident geese that damage agricultural crops and, as a result, several national wildlife refuges, Fort Stevens State Park, Summer Lake Wildlife Area, and Gold Island in the Snake River are not open for this season.
The month of September also provides many youth the opportunity to learn game bird hunting skills. The Statewide Youth Waterfowl Weekend is Sept. 22-23, and hunters must be 15 or younger to participate. Youth upland hunts are planned throughout the state on Sept. 15-16 and on Sept. 22-23. More information may be found through local Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife offices or the 2001-2002 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.
A summary of all the game bird seasons can be found on ODFW\’s website at http://www.dfw.state.or.us . Click on Wildlife Main Page.
Hunters planning to hunt waterfowl or upland game birds this fall and winter can now pick up a copy of the new regulations and purchase their state upland and waterfowl game bird validations at any license agent throughout the state. Hunters 16 years and older gearing up for goose seasons also need to purchase a federal waterfowl stamp through most post offices.


Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
Internet: http://www.dfw.state.or.us

For Immediate Release August 30, 2001

Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Offers Weekend Opportunities
September Workshop to Teach Fishing, Shooting, and Outdoor Skills

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife invites women to step outside and take part in the upcoming Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) workshop Sept. 21-23 at Camp Harlow along the beautiful McKenzie River.
This workshop, to be held near Eugene, is the largest of the year offered by ODFW as part of the BOW program. Program participants will have more than 25 classes from which to choose, including rock climbing, outdoor survival, canoeing, shooting sports, fly fishing, camp skills, map and compass and many more.
\”It\’s a great opportunity for women to meet others who share similar interests. It\’s also a great way to try something new or improve your existing skill level,\” said Nancy Smogor, BOW Program Coordinator.
The workshop begins with lunch on Friday and wraps up with lunch on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend, participants will take part in four hands-on classes of their choice. All equipment is provided so participants need only show up with their personal gear for the weekend. The nominal registration fee of $150 per person covers the cost of two nights lodging at Camp Harlow, seven meals, instruction, the use of all workshop equipment for any class, and evening programs on Friday and Saturday nights. Scholarships are also available for those who cannot afford the full cost of attending.
\”The evening programs are always a lot of fun, as well as educational. Friday\’s program will be provided by the Cascade Raptor Center and we have a local author coming in on Saturday night to read some of her outdoor stories, \” Smogor said.
The BOW program has grown significantly over the past year with help from businesses and organizations from Oregon and across the country This assistance has allowed the workshops to provide qualified course instructors, equipment and materials and the funding for scholarships.
\”Without their help we wouldn\’t be able to offer first quality events at such a low cost,\” Smogor said.
Because of this positive support, workshop registration has increased as more women are finding out about BOW.
Registration is now in progress for the three-day BOW weekend, as well as for several other workshops scheduled through the end of the year. Other workshop opportunities include fly-fishing for steelhead on the Rogue River, horse packing into the Eagle Cap Wilderness, fly fishing for steelhead on the Grand Ronde River and a one-day, multi-activity workshop at McIver State Park. For additional information about the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and registration materials, check out our web site at http://www.dfw.state.or.us . You can also call Nancy Smogor at (503) 872-5264 x5358. Space is limited for all workshops.