St. Charles caregivers organize drives for food, winter gear

For Immediate Release
Release Date: November 30, 2001
Event Dates: Dec. 1-24 and Dec. 3-9, 2001
Contact: Amy King (Cold Weather Challenge) 382-4321, Ext. 2682
Sharon Jordan or Mary Jane Dewolf (food drive) 382-4321, Ext. 6328

St. Charles Caregivers Organize Drives
for Food and Cold Weather Gear

Caregivers at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend are organizing two events in December to help people in need. SCMC’s annual Holiday Food Drive runs December 1-24. Donations of non-perishable food items (canned goods, dry goods) and paper products (unopened packages of toilet paper, napkins, paper towels, also soap and detergent) can be dropped off in various locations at the hospital. St. Charles is located at 2500 NE Neff Road. Drop off points include the SurgiCenter/Family Birthing Center entrance, main lobby, Rehab Center main entrance, and lower level Staffing area. All items collected will be forwarded to the St. Vincent de Paul Society to assist local people in need.

The second annual Cold Weather Challenge, set for December 3-9 at St. Charles, will collect coats, blankets, sleeping bags, hats and gloves for distribution through the Salvation Army. Donors are asked to limit their contributions to these specific items. Items can be new or used as long as they are in good condition and have been laundered. Drop off locations at the hospital are the same as for the Holiday Food Drive. Other clothing items (pants, sweaters, shirts, etc.) can be donated directly to the Salvation Army at 740 NE 1st Street in Bend or other local organizations.

“One snowy afternoon in 2000,” explains St. Charles spokesman Todd Sprague, “four SCMC social workers were discussing the fact that the Salvation Army shelters were full and had been forced to turn people away. From this discussion came the idea of the Cold Weather Challenge, which prompted St. Charles caregivers to donate coats, blankets and sleeping bags for the shelters to distribute. The results were overwhelming. SCMC caregivers donated 402 coats, 95 blankets and sleeping bags, and more than 250 other items such as hats and gloves. This year we’re challenging all SCMC caregivers to donate at least one item and we’re hoping the community will join us in the effort as well. We also hope people will support our food drive or other food drives in the community.”

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County Historical Landmarks Commission seeks volunteers

MEDIA NOTICE For Immediate Release-
Contact: Jenny Scanlon, 330-4640
Pat Kliewer, 388-5667

Bend, Oregon, November 30, 2001

DESCHUTES COUNTY HISTORICAL LANDMARKS COMMISSION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS
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The Deschutes County Board of Commissioners is seeking people to serve on the Deschutes County Historical Landmarks Commission. The Historical Landmarks Commission has nine voting members who represent Bend, Redmond, Sisters and the county. Additionally, three non-voting members represent the BLM, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and the U.S. Forest Service.

The Board will appoint four volunteers to four-year terms in January. Landmarks Commissioners Dorothy Stenkamp, Don Stevens, Margaret Queary, and Dwight Smith have terms that will expire on February 1, 2002. Some have indicated that they will apply for reappointments. The openings are as follows:

· One commissioner represents the City Of Bend.
· One commissioner represents the City Of Sisters.
· Two commissioners represent the entire county in county at-large positions. (The applicants can live anywhere in the county).

Members of the Historical Landmarks Commission demonstrate positive interest, competence or knowledge in historic preservation. Desired applicants include professionals from among the fields of architecture, history, architectural history, land use planning, archaeology, anthropology, engineering, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and museum studies.

The Commission serves as the hearings body for all matters concerning historical landmarks and historic districts within Deschutes County and the cities of Bend, Redmond and Sisters.
The Commission advises the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners and the three city councils about projects and plans that may affect historic buildings and districts. It inventories and maintains the register of all significant historical buildings, sites, structures, objects and districts. It makes decisions on proposed new construction in a designated historic district or on parcels where a designated historic landmark is located, and reviews alterations to historic structures. It also reviews nominations to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Historical Landmarks Commission must meet quarterly, but often meets monthly.
Anyone interested in serving on the commission should send a letter of interest and resume to the Deschutes County Historic Landmarks Commission, Deschutes County Community Development Department, 117 NW Lafayette, Bend OR 97701.

Clarno urges cost savings – not new taxes – to trim budget shortfall

Oregon state government needs to look hard for every possible cost-saving efficiency, to ease the pain of cuts to cover a $720 million revenue shortfall for the 2001-03 biennium, state Sen. Bev Clarno, R-Redmond, said Saturday.

Upcoming negotiations on how to balance the budget are “going to be a painful, painful process,” said the former House speaker. “I’ve been in five special sessions. Some were excellent. Some were bloodthirsty. It’s not something I relish, cutting programs. When you consider that K-12 (schools) and human resources make up 90 percent of the budget, it just makes you sick. Anything you do is going to hurt.”

But Clarno said she’s “not going to accept” the proposed 25 percent, $1.8 million slash of funding for the new Oregon State University-Cascades Campus in Bend, the state’s first four-year branch campus.

“I’m going to be shoulder to shoulder with the other two” local lawmakers, Rep. Ben Westlund, R-Tumalo, and Rep. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, in opposing such a severe cut. “There are major schools (elsewhere in the state) that are 30 to 40 miles apart. It’s about fairness. It’s not about money this time.”

Clarno, who is on the Senate’s budget rebalancing committee, said she’ll be in Salem Dec. 10-14 for negotiations on how to proceed. “After that, I’ll know better when we can get to some sort of agreement,” paving the way for a special session that she doesn’t expect until at least February. “I think it’ll take all of January” to reach a deal, Clarno added.

“It’s going to be a painful, painful process,” she said. “A lot of these (lawmakers) have never had to cut anything. A lot of people know how to spend money, but they don’t know how to take it away.”

Clarno won’t back tax/revenue increases, instead looks for cost savings

“I’m not supporting any revenue increases,” Clarno said. Instead, she will stress ideas she’s floated before. “It’s time to shed a lot of things we don’t need to be doing. The government shouldn’t be printing or running a state motor pool. Agencies should be renting private cars when necessary.”

One cost-cutting focus for Clarno will be the Oregon Health Plan, which she said has come very costly loopholes. She learned more about them recently at the first meeting of the Senate’s Health Care Costs and Trends Committee.

“I was just appalled,” she said. “People can come in here from other states, live with Aunt Mabel and get on the Oregon Health Plan. They can get a prescription, have it sent to Aunt Mabel’s and send it on to Texas or wherever they live.”

“We’ve not only got to control costs, but we’d like to have people wait six months” before they can get on the plan, she said. “Every time you give something away, somebody’s going to take advantage of it. I was also amazed to hear that 30 percent of babies born in Oregon are born on the Oregon Health Plan.”

Still, she said, “We’ve got to have the Oregon Health Plan, or we go back to the old welfare-Medicaid, which isn’t any cheaper. We just need tighter reins on who can get in and how it’s spent.”

For example, she said, “the benefits and deductibles are far richer” than many companies and their employees can afford, offering things like dental and vision that many workers must pay additionally for. “That’s an enormous cost,” Clarno said.

Shortfall grows larger than many expected

Nobody said it would be pretty – and it sure wasn’t – as state economists on Friday pegged the state’s revised 2001-03 budget shortfall at $720 million, or 6.3 percent of the total, due to an obviously slowing economy.

That sets the stage for Gov. John Kitzhaber and state lawmakers to craft, quite painfully, a package of budget-balancing cuts that would be presented to a special legislative session in early 2002 – amid early warnings from many Republican legislators to not even consider raising taxes to help cover the gap.

“Although present conditions suggest that this recession is deeper than the last recession in 1990-91, the extent of the downturn is much milder than the 1980-82 recession,” according to the long-awaited (and feared) Dec. 1 revenue forecast, issued by state Economist Tom Potiowsky and his colleagues at Oregon’s Office of Economic Analysis (http://www.oea.das.state.or.us/) .

“Economic expectations changed markedly since the September forecast,” the report stated. “The slowdown in Oregon’s economy is now expected to be deeper and last longer than previously forecasted. Consequently, expected revenues for the biennium also decreased.

The new estimate for total general fund resources for the 2001-03 biennium is $10.74 billion, about $720.1 million less than the forecast at the end of the 2001 Legislature. It’s also about $412 million lower than the September revenue forecast.

Kitzhaber said the new forecast “demonstrates what many Oregonians know first-hand: that our economy has slowed significantly and that, consequently, the state will collect less revenue than originally anticipated.”

Kitzhaber: `Rebalanced budget should reflect Oregonians’ priorities’

“Oregon has faced this challenge before and mastered it,” the governor said. “Together, we shall face it again, and find a way to weather this economic storm while maintaining the most important services for Oregonians.”

The governor said he’s working with legislative leaders from “both parties and both chambers to produce a proposed rebalanced budget.” And he applauded the Legislature for forming committees and calling public hearings to address the shortfall.

“I will continue to reiterate my belief that we cannot simply cut budgets across the board,” Kitzhaber said. “Budgets are an exercise in setting priorities, and this rebalanced budget should reflect Oregonians’ priorities.”

“The first step in this process,” the governor said, “will be to develop a budget that fully implements the size of the cuts necessary. Only after we understand what services must be cut, and how deeply, can we have any meaningful discussion of new revenue and its role, if any, in cushioning the blow of these budget cuts.”

One of the other key players in the ongoing negotiations and up coming debate is state Westlund, co-chairman of the budget-writing Joint Ways and Means committee.

“It could have been better. It could have been worse,” Westlund said Friday. The shortfall number, which reflects a need to trim the budget 6.3 percent, is “larger than I was anticipating. I was guesstimating in the $600 million range.”

Westlund: `It isn’t going to be fun (or) pretty’ – but we’ll do our job

Still, the lawmaker said, “I don’t care if it’s $100 million or $700 million or a billion dollars. It is the Legislature’s responsibility to come in and re-craft a legislative budget. That’s what we are elected to do. This is part of the job.”

“Nobody likes it. It isn’t going to be fun. It isn’t going to be pretty, and it’s going to be particularly painful for those Oregonians who depend on what I call `immediate services,’” Westlund said. “That’s everything from K-12 (schools), spending state dollars on children, to folks in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, drug and alcohol treatment programs. Public safety is affected because we’re not going to have as many dollars.”

Still, Westlund is fairly optimistic a deal on balancing the budget can be hammered out in time for a short special session early in the new year. He puts the odds at “good to excellent” of reaching that agreement by year’s end.

One big question, for Central Oregon, is what the biggest cuts made to a state budget in 20 years or so will do to the fledgling Oregon State University-Cascades Campus, which only opened this fall. The state Board of Higher Education has proposed pulling $1.8 million from the $7 million branch campus allocation for the biennium – virtually all of its unexpended funding, which could have a devastating impact on its programs.

Westlund said, “In my personal opinion, speaking as an advocate for the branch, the best that the Cascades Campus can hope for is that they bear their fair share of the burden, and no more than that.”

But the legislator said, “There’s also an impact long-term, big-picture, and the Cascades Campus is part of that equation, as is the Oregon Health Plan. But you also have long-term, economic development, quality of life issues. What’s a college degree worth, in terms of its income-earning potential and its quality of life potential?”

Knopp: `They are going to have to roll over me with a tank to take the branch campus away’

Senate President Gene Derfler, R-Salem, rankled many fellow Republicans with one of the three committees he formed to bridge the funding gap – not the one to consider budget cuts, or the one focusing on job creation, but the third, on possible tax increases. Derfler emphasized that he doesn’t support raising taxes, but said all options need to be discussed.

Knopp took a predictable stand Friday on the matter: “I will not go along with raising taxes.” But he also differed with his Bend-area colleague on the likelihood of an early deal and short session.

“I think it’s going to be difficult to come to an agreement that will provide for a short session,” Knopp said. “I think we’ll have more than a one-day session. I think when you get 91 minds working on a problem, I think it’s going to be pretty difficult to get 31 (a majority of House members), 16 (a Senate majority) and one (the governor) on the same page. I think it’ll take us some time, but I think we’ll get the job done.”

On the Cascades Campus issue, Knopp said, “I personally am not going to vote for anything other than us taking our fair share of the reductions. I’m willing to give up a little bit of money, but the main issue is fairness. So they are going to have to roll over me with a tank to take the branch campus away – and I’m pretty good at dodging tanks.”

Knopp agreed with Kitzhaber that a straight across-the-board cut won’t work, noting that many programs have federal matching funds that would multiply the impact.

“I think something along the lines of a modified across the board” cut will happen, Knopp said. “Most programs will take a 5 to 8 percent reduction. It will be a significant impact for many programs.” Knopp also said he’s among 17 members appointed to the House Special Committee on Budget and Prioritization, which will meet in Salem Dec. 10-14 to work through the numbers.

As for the future, Knopp said, “I think you are going to see (the revenue picture) get worse before it gets better,” including a bigger shortfall in the next revenue forecast, due out in March.

Employment will decline again in ’02, state economists say

Some other highlights – or lowlights, if you will – from the new state economic and revenue forecast:

“The events of Sept. 11 compound the problems for an already weak economy,” the report said. “Growth will continue to be slow in 2002 before reaching above 2 percent growth in 2003.” The state economists also forecast employment to drop this year and in 2002, before a 2.3 percent rise in 2003.

Job growth dropped 3.4 percent in the third quarter, figured at an annual rate, following a 3.5 percent decline in the second quarter. The job losses, “spread across almost all industrial sectors,” are more severe than in the 1990-91 recession. Job growth fell 1.4 percent in the second quarter, measured year to year – the worst showing since the first quarter of 1983.

Manufacturing employment is expected to fall 3.5 percent this year, and not see a “mild recovery” until the fourth quarter of next year. Lumber and wood products jobs are projected to be down almost 5 percent for the year, and “the economic slowdown finally caught up to construction, … expected to decline by 2.9 percent in 2001 and … 6.1 percent in 2002,” before a 2.7 percent rebound in 2003.

Wholesale and retail job growth is “relatively weak” this year, dropping 0.8 percent, followed by an 0.3 percent decline next year. The service sector is expected to keep growing – barely – with annual growth of 0.5 percent this year, 0.8 percent in 2002 and 3.1 percent the year after that.

The major risks facing the state’s economy are obvious: the war on terrorism and its related disruptions in travel and consumer confidence leads the list. A further “sharp and major stock market correction … would further slow already dampened consumer spending,” while rising energy costs could force more firms to slow production and lay off workers. Meanwhile, The recovery for the semiconductor, software and communications industries “will be much slower than anticipated,” the state economists say.

Ignoring school bus laws puts children, drivers at risk

November 30, 2001 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For More Information: Dan Knoll, Public Information Representative
541-388-6224

Ignoring bus law puts children, drivers at risk

A Portland eighth-grader was struck and killed by a van this week as he
crossed U.S. 30. He was at a school bus stop a few blocks from his house.
This unfortunate incident emphasizes the importance for motorists to obey
Oregon laws regarding school bus stops.

Oregon transportation safety officials are concerned about drivers not
stopping properly for school buses on multi-lane highways. The results of
illegally passing stopped school buses are potentially devastating for
children and drivers.

“According to reports from bus drivers and other citizens, a lot of
motorists are putting children at risk by failing to stop when a bus is
stopped on the opposite side of a multi-lane highways or two lane rural
roads,” said Debbie Kroske, ODOT Region 4 Traffic Safety Coordinator.
“People need to be reminded of the laws.”

Oregon law requires motorists traveling in both directions to stop whenever
the red lights on a school bus are flashing. The law applies to any roadway
with two or more lanes of traffic, including multi-lane highways. With about
6,000 school buses operating in Oregon, motorists need to be alert.

The only exception to the law is for divided highways with two roads
separated by an unpaved median strip or barrier. In that case, only drivers
on the same side of the road as the bus must stop. A painted median strip or
a center lane used only for left turns does not create two separate lanes.
Where that situation exists, all lanes must stop.

When a bus is flashing amber lights, motorists should prepare to stop. When
the red lights begin to flash, that means that motorists traveling in both
directions must stop before reaching the bus
and must remain stopped until the red lights are turned off. The same rules
apply to church or worker buses equipped with amber and red flashing lights.

Drivers risk being reported to law enforcement by the bus driver or someone
else. Local law enforcement may investigate and take legal action against
people who pass school buses illegally.

“Drivers who ignore the law risk causing a tragedy for a child, themselves
and the family of the child,” said Deborah Lincoln, director of pupil
transportation for the Oregon Department of Education. “We urge all
motorists to use extreme caution and be especially alert around school
buses. Diligent training for school bus drivers and students have averted
any recent fatalities in Oregon, let’s not take that for granted.”

There are 450,000 school buses operating in the United States, transporting
nearly 25 million children to and from school and school-related activities.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 224
school age pedestrians have been killed in school bus-related crashes from
1990-2000. More than half of all school-age pedestrians killed in school
bus-related crashes were 5 to 7 years old. Ninety-two of those fatalities
occurred between 3:00 and 3:59 p.m.

For more information call Debbie Kroske, Region 4 Traffic Safety Coordinator
at 541-388-6429.
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Dan Knoll
Public Information Representative
ODOT/Region 4
541-388-6224

C. Oregon cities, counties share $118,655 in Oct. liquor funds

For immediate release: For more information:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001 Ken Palke 503-872-5002

Central Oregon receives $118,665 from OLCC in October

Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Sherman, Wasco and Wheeler counties and the 30 cities in those counties received $118,665 as their share of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s October 2001 revenue disbursement.
The OLCC’s total statewide allocation was $7.7 million for October; $4.01 million to the state general fund. Based on a population formula, Oregon’s 36 counties received $716,608 and $1.43 million was distributed among its 239 cities. The state Dept. of Administrative Services’ city revenue sharing account received $1 million.
Fifty percent of the taxes collected on wine and malt beverages, $516,073, went to the state Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services for prevention and treatment activities. The Oregon Wine Advisory Board received $15,634 from a 2-cent allocation out of the 67 cents a gallon tax on wine made or imported here. The fund is used for research and to promote Oregon wines.
OLCC revenue is generated by the sale of distilled spirits to liquor licensees and the public in 237 state liquor stores, privilege taxes on beer and wine, license fees, and fines for liquor law violations. The OLCC returned $100.1 million in revenue to state and local coffers in 2000-2001.
In October, central Oregon counties received the following: Crook, pop. 19,300, $4,024; Deschutes, 116,600, $24,312; Gilliam, 1,900, $396; Hood River, 20,500, $4,275; Jefferson, 19,150, $3,993; Klamath, 63,900, $13,324; Sherman, 1,950, $407; Wasco, 23,850, $4,973; and Wheeler, 1,550, $323. Cities are below.

Crook County
Prineville, $4,622.33
Deschutes County
Bend, $32,936.49
Redmond, $8,595.93
Sisters, $608.20
Gilliam County
Arlington, $327.49
Condon, $474.09
Lonerock, $15.59
Hood River County
Cascade Lks., $698.65
Hood River, $3,710.97
Jefferson County
Culver, $502.12
Madras, $3,200.09
Metolius, $399.23
Klamath County
Bonanza, $262.00
Chiloquin, $446.01
Klamath Fls, $12,170.29
Malin, $396.11
Merrill, $561.42
Sherman County
Grass Valley, $106.04
Moro, $221.09
Rufus, $168.43
Wasco, $237.04
Wasco County
Antelope, $37.43
Dufur, $368.04
Maupin, $255.76
Mosier, $258.87
Shaniko, $15.60
The Dalles, $7,600.97
Wheeler County
Fossil, $293.19
Mitchell, $106.04
Spray, $87.34

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Bend Park & Rec District gets gift of 12-acre open-space park

Chuck Burley, Chair
Board of Directors
389-2306
November 30, 2001

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Bend Park & Recreation District
Receives Gift of 12-Acre Open Space Park

The Bend Metro Park and Recreation District Board of Directors is pleased to announce the acquisition of a 12-acre open space park located in northeast Bend. The acquisition was made possible by a very generous gift from Pat and Joel Gisler who gifted the land to the District along with a $25,000 gift to be used for maintenance of the property.

The 12-acre parcel is located near the corner of Empire Boulevard and Purcell Boulevard in the Gislers Lava Ridges Subdivision. Twelve acres of the Gislers property is designated as an Area of Special Interest a city classification designed to protect special natural features in our community. The Gislers planned the residential development around the Areas of Special Interest to assure the land would be protected for the community.

The 12-acre open space park consists of large lava ridge outcroppings with beautiful, old Juniper trees growing throughout the area. There are wonderful, natural hiking trails weaving in and out of the lava flows with beautiful views of the mountains to the west and high desert to the east. The property will not be developed as a traditional park, but will be preserved as special place to protect some of Bend’s significant geologic features, native vegetation and wildlife. A piece of the new park connects with one of the major trails along the COI canal and will add a significant feature to this trail. “This will be a very special place”, stated Chuck Burley, chair of the Board of Directors. “We are very fortunate to have received such a generous gift from the Gisler family, a gift that will be treasured by our community for many generations to come,” he said. Chuck also stated that “the north east part of town is one of the fastest growing areas in Bend, and this is an incredible opportunity to preserve this important open space. He said, “on behalf of the District and the community, we would like to express our sincere appreciation to the Gislers for their generous gift.” Joel Gisler said, “the Gisler family is happy to give something back to the community. We have lived in Bend for over 30 years.” The new open space park will be accessible to the public, as the new residential area is developed.

If you have any questions about this new open space park please contact Chuck Burley, Board Chair, 389-2306.

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Smith leads effort to include ‘expensing’ in economic stimulus

For Immediate Release
November 30, 2001

Contact:
Joe Sheffo
202/228-1823
Chris Matthews
202/224-8329

Senator Gordon Smith Leads HTTF Effort for Inclusion of Full 30 Percent
Expensing Provision in Economic Stimulus Package

WASHINGTON, DC – In an effort to advance a central item on the Senate Republican
High Tech Task Force policy agenda, Senator Gordon Smith and other HTTF Members
sent letters to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member
Chuck Grassley, and to House Ways and Means Chairman William Thomas and Ranking
Member Charles Rangel, recommending the inclusion of an enhanced expensing
provision in any final economic stimulus package. The letters advocated the
provision included in the House-passed stimulus bill, H.R. 3090, which includes
a 30 percent enhanced expensing provision over three years. By contrast, the
Democrat stimulus bill authored by Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus
contained only a one-year, 10 percent expensing provision.

Members of the Task Force, including Chairman George Allen (VA), Wayne Allard
(CO), Sam Brownback (KS), Conrad Burns (MT), John Ensign (NV), Kay Bailey
Hutchison (TX), Gordon Smith (OR), and John Warner (VA), as well as Senators Kit
Bond (MO), Mike Crapo (ID), and Tim Hutchinson (AR) signed the letters.

“The current tax code forces businesses to choose between retaining outdated
equipment or suffering a loss by purchasing new equipment,” said Senator Smith.
“In order to provide genuine economic stimulus to the high tech sector – which
is vital to Oregon – Congress must revise the current depreciation timetable.”

The members of the Task Force believe the 30 percent threshold is the minimum
the Congress should enact in order to help stimulate the high tech industry.

“Enhanced expensing would be highly beneficial to the high technology community,
the sector of the economy that has driven productivity growth and created
millions of jobs during the last decade,” the Senators wrote. “As the economic
slowdown has persisted, decreasing IT investments have substantially weakened
U.S. economic growth. . A robust expensing provision can turn around this bleak
scenario.”

Senator Gordon Smith, on behalf of the Task Force, has filed an amendment to the
Democrat stimulus package to include the House-passed expensing language.
Enhanced expensing has broad support in Congress and is supported by the Bush
Administration as well. In addition, leading high tech trade associations,
including AeA, CapNet, EIA, the Information Technology Association of America,
the Information Technology Industry Council, and TechNet, have placed expensing
among their most important legislative goals for the year.

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Walden urges 2nd District residents to use e-mail as contact

Friday, November 30, 2001 Contact: Dallas Boyd
For Immediate Release Phone: (202) 226-7338
Cell: (202) 744-7974

Walden Encourages 2nd District Residents to Use Email in Correspondence to Washington, D.C.

Writing to greg.walden@mail.house.gov is efficient, reliable mode
of communication

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) today encouraged residents of Oregon’s 2nd District to use email as an alternative method of communicating with his Washington, D.C. office because of the slowness and uncertainty of U.S. mail reaching Congressional offices. The delivery of regular U.S. mail to Congressional office buildings in Washington, D.C. remains extremely slow and unreliable as a result of the current bioterrorism threat.

“Keeping in regular contact with the people I represent in Oregon is extremely important to me,” said Walden. “Understanding their concerns is critical to my being able to represent them effectively in Congress. While the slowdown of mail to my Washington, D.C. office is an inconvenience, I hope Oregonians will continue to keep in touch with me. I want to make sure people know they have a reliable way to reach me, and email is probably the most convenient and efficient means of communication.”

Congressman Walden can be reached via email at greg.walden@mail.house.gov . Walden also maintains a web site (www.walden.house.gov), where Oregonians can learn more about current proceedings in Congress and sign up for Walden’s weekly e-mail newsletter.

Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.

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Public hearing planned Tuesday on transit fare proposal

For Immediate Release
From: Ellen Waterston

City of Bend Communications Liaison, 385-7025

Re: Public Hearing To Set Transit Fares

For More

Information: Transportation Operations Manager Wanda Gray, 541/317-3023

Date: November 30, 2001
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Public Hearing To Set Transit Fares

The Public Transportation Advisory Committee (PTAC) hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 4, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, at the Public Works Facility, 1375 NE Forbes Road. Citizens are invited to attend this meeting and provide input on setting the fares for the City’s public transit system. A rate of $2.00 per ride is currently being considered, this would be an increase from the 50 cents per ride currently charged to all Dial-A-Ride patrons. The new fare will be implemented when the City’s Public Transit service opens on January 2, 2002. Written testimony will be accepted at the public works facility or can be emailed to Wanda Gray at wgray@ci.bend.or.us. For additional information contact Transportation Operations Manager Wanda Gray at 541/317-3023.

Family Access Network offers free health checks in La Pine

Friday, November 30, 2001 For more information contact:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Laurie Gould, PIO
(541) 383-6004

FAN offers Health Checks in La Pine

The Family Access Network (FAN), provides free health checks and
immunizations for children once a month at the La Pine Community Campus. The
Community Campus is located on Coach Road next to La Pine High School.

The clinic operates on the first Wednesday of each month, from 10 a.m. until
2 p.m., except for January when it will be open January 9th. The next free
health check will be December 5. The health checks are sponsored by Bend-La
Pine Public Schools and Deschutes County Health Department.

For an appointment contact Jane Lorenz, FAN advocate, at 536-7886.

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Laurie Gould
Public Information Officer
Bend-La Pine Public Schools
383-6004