‘VINO’ license plate won’t fly, so how about ‘HYPOCRITE’?

The folks at the Oregon Division of Motor Vehicles have their knickers in a knot over a four-letter word.

The four-letter word is “VINO,” the Italian name for wine. The DMV is in a dither because somebody wants to have a vanity license plates with that word on it.

The big objection to letting an Oregon wine-lover drive around with VINO on his plates is – are you ready for this? – it supposedly would encourage alcohol abuse and drunken driving.

I’m not kidding, and the DMV isn’t either. It has taken its battle over the VINO plates all the way to the state Supreme Court.

The DMV asserts that the issue is its right to control what goes on license plates. The VINO man says the issue is his right of free speech.

Furthermore, the DMV has let it be known that if the Supremes rule against it, it will stop issuing vanity license plates altogether.

I’m not sure how much money the DMV generates from the sale of vanity plates, but at a time when the state is headed for the poorhouse at warp speed, one would think it would want to hold tight to every nickel it can get its mitts on.

But I digress. This latest wretched excess of political correctness isn’t about money. It’s about Oregon’s strangely schizo attitude toward alcohol.

On the one hand, the state of Oregon allows the sale of VINO and just about any other alcoholic beverage you can imagine – beer, gin, single-malt Scotch, tequila, peppermint schnapps, you name it.

In fact, the state of Oregon actually takes a healthy cut of the proceeds from the sale of the hard stuff through its official state-franchised liquor stores.

On the other hand, the state of Oregon seems half-ashamed to be in the booze business. It imposes silly and often contradictory restrictions on how and where and for how much alcohol can be sold.

You can’t buy a bottle of bourbon on a Sunday and take it home and have a snort. But you can go to a bar on a Sunday and have eight or nine snorts, stagger to your car and drive home (as long as you don’t get caught).

If you operate a bar or restaurant you can have a “happy hour” at which drinks are sold at discounted prices – but you can’t advertise it.

Until recently, you couldn’t buy booze in Oregon with a credit card. Credit card sales would encourage people to drink more, the thinking (if that’s the right word for it) went.

Have you noticed a lot more drunks staggering around Oregon since the liquor stores started taking credit cards? Neither have I.

And, of course, a motorist can’t have license plates with the word VINO on them because it would encourage alcoholism.

I mean, you just never can tell: An innocent high school youth might catch sight of that VINO plate, and next thing you know he’d be sprawled in the gutter clutching a pint of Night Train in a brown paper bag.

I have lived in a number of states and visited many more, and the liquor-vending system of Oregon is the wackiest I have ever encountered, with the exception of Utah, which has its own special forms of wackiness that would provide material for a whole other column, or maybe a series of them.

The state I’ve seen that has the most sensible attitude toward the sale of alcohol is Hawaii. The basic policy in Hawaii is that you can buy whatever you want, wherever you want it, whenever you want it

You can buy booze, beer or wine on a Sunday. You can buy it at the supermarket or the corner grocery. You can buy it with cash, a check, a debit card or a credit card. As long as you’re over 21, you can buy it.

The difference between states like Hawaii and ones like Oregon is that the former believe their citizens are grownups and treat them accordingly, whereas the latter seem to think we’re all in a condition of permanent adolescence and wise, kindly Big Mama needs to protect us from the EEEE-veeel influence of Demon Rum.

At the same time, Big Mama can’t resist the temptation to rake off some cash by selling us a little Demon Rum on the side.

The state could end this hypocrisy by getting out of the liquor business altogether, but don’t look for that any time soon: The present setup is too good a deal for the state and the people who own the limited number of liquor store franchises.

But if we absolutely must have state liquor stores, at least run them like any other business. Take credit cards. Stay open `til 9 p.m. and on Sundays. Have periodic sales on various brands of booze, and advertise them.

And if somebody wants to have the word VINO on his license plate – or WINO or ALEMAN or BOOZR or ALKY – for God’s sake, let him.

The late Dorothy Parker said she never heard of a girl who was made pregnant by a book. I don’t believe anybody ever has or ever will get drunk because of a license plate.

Old Mill District ‘reunion picnic’ to revive 80-year-old tradition

Contact: H. Bruce Miller
541-383-3351 Mobile: 541-408-3513
E-mail: hbm@bendcable.com
(Note: Miller is NOT involved in admission; please note phone number at bottom of release)

For Immediate Release
March 28, 2002

`Reunion Picnic’ at Old Mill District
will revive an 80-year-old tradition

BEND, Ore. – Bend’s Old Mill District plans to revive an 80-year-old community tradition in June by holding the First Annual Brooks-Scanlon Reunion Picnic.
The picnic will start at 11 a.m. on June 22 and will mark the official opening of the new Les Schwab Amphitheater, an open-air entertainment facility near the west bank of the Deschutes River.
The event will be open to everyone who was connected in any way with the Bend and Central Oregon timber industry, including former employees and contractors of the Brooks-Scanlon and Shevlin-Hixon timber operations, DAW, Crown Pacific, Diamond International, Brooks Resources, Willamette-Korpine, their relatives, descendants and friends.
The inspiration for the reunion picnic comes from the annual employee picnic that the Shevlin-Hixon Co. used to hold each Labor Day in the 1920s.
During that era, Shevlin-Hixon and its rival timber company, Brooks-Scanlon, operated logging camps in the forests during the summer. The camps were served by special rail lines, and workers and their families would live, eat, sleep and go to school in railroad cars set up in these “timber towns.”
As a child Les Schwab spent several summers in these camps, going to school in one of the railroad cars. Les and his wife, Dorothy, are expected to attend the June picnic.
According to Life in Railroad Logging Camps of the Shevlin-Hixon Company, 1916-1950, by Ronald L. Gregory, the Shevlin-Hixon picnic “was the `big event’ in central Oregon’s ponderosa country during the 1920s …
“This large-scale event was expensive and involved considerable planning and preparation. Several days prior to the picnic, workers cleaned and draped two train locomotives with red, white and blue bunting and American flags.”
Benches were fastened to log flatcars, and these cars “were used to haul thousands of townspeople, mill workers and logging camp residents to the picnic site” near Benham Falls.
“The company asked employee families and company guests to provide their own picnic lunches,” Gregory wrote, “while Shevlin-Hixon supplied lunches for bachelor employees, and served up watermelon, ice cream and lemonade for all.”

Entertainment included “foot races, a tug of war, a pie-eating contest, egg race, sack race and greased-pig battle (sic).”
The Shevlin-Hixon picnic kept getting bigger and more elaborate throughout the `20s, but in 1931 the event became a casualty of the Depression and was never held again.
“We decided to revive this custom for two reasons,” said Bill Smith of River Bend Limited Partnership, developers of the Old Mill District, which stands on the former site of the Brooks-Scanlon and part of the Shevlin-Hixon mill. “First, because it used to be a great event that drew the whole community together. And, second, we thought it would be a fitting way to honor the many thousands of men and women who worked in the timber industry over the decades and helped Bend and Central Oregon grow and thrive.
“We hope people who come will bring along memorabilia of the mill days, artifacts, old photographs, and the stories they know,” Smith added. “We’re planning to make a video of the event, so it will be a kind of `living history’ project as well as just a fun thing for families to do.”
Those who attend this year’s picnic should bring along a picnic lunch and their own blankets or folding chairs to sit on. Admission will be $2 per person, which will entitle participants to the traditional ice cream, lemonade and watermelon. Beer also will be on sale.
Live music and other entertainment is being planned, although there’s no word yet about “greased-pig battles.”
Persons who wish to attend should call (541) 389-8580 as soon as possible to obtain the identification badge that will admit them to the picnic grounds.

Walden supports balanced budget constitutional amendment

Friday, March 29, 2002 Contact: Dallas Boyd
For Immediate Release Phone: (202) 226-7338
Cell: (202) 744-7974

Walden Supports Balanced Budget Constitutional Amendment

Amendment requires Congress to balance federal budget; exception made for times of war, national emergency

WASHINGTON, D.C.-U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) has agreed to become an original cosponsor of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring Congress to balance the federal budget on an annual basis. The proposed constitutional amendment allows the House and Senate to waive the balanced budget requirement only in time of war or other national emergencies that may be declared by the Congress.
“As a small businessman, I know firsthand that it doesn’t make much sense to spend more money than your business takes in,” said Walden. “The same rule should apply to the federal government. Only by ensuring that we keep our fiscal house in order can we expect to have long-term economic prosperity in the United States. And the only way I know to be certain of that goal is to carve it in stone so the big spenders in Washington, D.C. can’t sidestep the law every time they see fit. That’s why a constitutional amendment is required, and I look forward to supporting efforts to get it passed. When the war on terrorism ends and we’re able to return to balanced budgets, I’m committed to ensuring that we keep them.”
The federal government ran budget deficits every year from fiscal year 1970 through 1997. The annual budget began running a surplus in fiscal year 1998 and continued balancing the budget for the next three straight fiscal years. Budget surpluses are projected to return in fiscal year 2005.

The Balanced Budget Amendment would require that any government spending beyond the total revenue that the government receives for a given year must be approved by three-fifths of the House and Senate. The amendment also states that the public debt may not be increased without a three-fifths vote of both chambers of Congress. The Balanced Budget Amendment is expected to be introduced when Congress reconvenes following the Easter district work period.

Congressman Walden previously cosponsored a Balanced Budget Amendment in the 106th Congress (House Joint Resolution 1), which was never considered on the House floor. However, in 1995 a proposed Balanced Budget Amendment passed in the U.S. House with 300 affirmative votes. The measure subsequently died in the U.S. Senate.

Passing an amendment to the Constitution requires super-majorities of two-thirds of the membership of the House and Senate, as well as ratification by three-fourths of the state legislatures.

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.


Courtroom stunner: Double-slaying suspect says, ‘I did what I did’

The criminal justice system just isn’t set up to deal with what happened in an unusual 15-minute court hearing late Friday afternoon, as a 62-year-old Bend woman admitted to a judge that she fatally shot her housemate and the woman’s son, saying she wanted to get the legal proceedings over with, to spare surviving relatives any more media scrutiny.

“I know what I did, so I don’t need anybody to tell me what my charges are,” Randy Joseph Stewart said tearfully at her formal arraignment before Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan, less than a week after she went to Redmond’s police station to report the deaths at her home in The Pines Mobile Home Park on Brosterhous Road.

Bend police dispatched to the blue and white mobile home early last Saturday found the bodies of Stewart’s housemate and co-owner of the home, Helen Bernidet Rodriguez, 56, and Felipe “J.R.” Rodriguez Jr., 31.

Stewart, held without bail, made her first court appearance on Monday (see earlier bend.com story, bendbugle.com/?p=4374#no-hash), needing to turn up the courtroom’s headsets so high to hear that feedback squealed in the room.

A grand jury indicted Stewart Thursday on two counts of aggravated murder and two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, leading to Friday’s arraignment. The indictment labeled the slayings as a “domestic violence case.”

Blowing a kiss to neighbor friends as she entered the courtroom, Stewart soon told her court-appointed defense attorney, David Glenn of Madras: “I’m going to drop you!” Glenn replied, “That’s alright.” And Stewart added: “You don’t understand.” (Later, Glenn explained why she was upset with him: “I told her, `I can’t let you plead guilty today.’”)

Woman says she thought it was time to enter plea – so she did, sort of

“Please be seated!” Sullivan said loudly after entering his courtroom, asking Stewart. “Can you hear me?”

“Yes,” Stewart replied. “I’m supposed to stand up?”

Glenn said his client had waived reading of the indictment, prompting Sullivan to suggest scheduling her entry of pleas to the charges in 30 days. Stewart expressed a bit of confusion about what happened, and the judge said Glenn needed to review the pile of police reports in coming weeks.

“I thought today was my plea date,” Stewart said.

And while the court scheduler was on the phone to get an agreeable date – a typical courtroom pause – Stewart started to talk, and in essence make her plea, whether the judge or her attorney wanted her to or not.

“Can I address you?” she said tearfully to the judge.

“You have that right,” Sullivan replied, though he urged her to talk to her attorney first.

’I want this over and done with’

“There’s three people that are living from this tragedy – two little children and a grown daughter,” Stewart said, referring to Felipe Rodriguez’s children and Helen Rodriguez’s daughter, Benidet. (Felipe had a boy and a girl – and the slayings occurred on the boy’s 9th birthday, a relative told bend.com).

“I do not want them to have to suffer any more from the newspapers or the media, because they have to live in this town – they have roots,” the defendant said.

“I want this over and done with – now, not next week,” Stewart said. “Take me to Salem now,” a reference to the state women’s prison.

“I don’t want them to have to be crucified `cause of something that’s me,” she told the judge, talking of sitting in “a cell all by myself” and other jail inmates mentioning what they’d read or heard on TV.

“These people don’t need this,” Stewart said. “It’s killing them, the way it is in the newspapers and media,” which she said are only interested in ratings.

“These poor people – it’s not right,” she said. “I did what I did. I know what I did. I don’t need to read it. I don’t need to read it. I was angry. It was a tragedy. … Part of me will never live with that.”

’I’m sorry for what I did, but I can’t change’ it

“I’m not afraid for anything that will happen by pleading guilty to this terrible thing,” she continued. “I don’t want this to go on,” meaning more “terrible stories” in the media.

As it became clear the next court date could be a sentencing, as well as a plea, the judge told the court scheduler of the change of plans, and to seek a 1-hour slot, not a half-hour. That gave Stewart even more time to talk.

“I’m sorry for what I did, but I can’t change what I did. … I can’t change the facts of what happened in my house,” she said. “The other people have to be able to go on with their lives.”

“I’ve not been a criminal all my life – I never spit on a sidewalk,” she said. “Nobody even knew I was in town.”

Sullivan interjected: “We’re going to get this done as soon as we possibly can.” But first, referring to Glenn and District Attorney Mike Dugan, the judge said, “These two have to talk.”

“You hurry up!” Stewart told her attorney. “I will,” Glenn promised, as a date for the plea entry was set: Tuesday, April 23 at 1:30 p.m.

Defendant asks judge if his hair used to be red

“See that stack of reports before your attorney? He has to read all that before” the next hearing, Sullivan said, prompting Stewart to ask her lawyer: “You need some help?”

The judge said Stewart would continue to be held without bail until the April 23 date, and that hopefully, the attorneys will come to a resolution of the case before then.

But Stewart still wasn’t quite finished.

“Judge, can I ask you a question?” she asked. He agreed, so the question was posed: “Did you used to have red hair?”

The judge, as taken back by the question as everyone else in the courtroom, said his gray hair “used to be darker,” but was brown, not red.

“You going to come to the jail?” she asked Glenn. He said he would, early next week.

Glenn said only a brief interview had been done with Stewart but that a psychological evaluation is likely before the intended plea is entered.

“It’s pretty sad,” the lawyer said, heading off with Dugan to discuss the case.

ODFW news: Fish enhancement, La Grande-area hunting, more

5 releases:
*Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board Holds Meeting in Coos Bay
* New Boat Ramp at Popular Nestucca River Angler Access Point
* Grant Enables Installation of Predator-Proof Netting at Indian Creek STEP Hatchery
* Grant to Help Open 1850 Acres to Public Hunting Near La Grande
* Access and Habitat Program Grant Benefits Malheur County Rangeland Improvement Project

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Anne Pressentin Young (503) 872-5264 x5356
Internet: http://www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: (503) 872-5700

For Immediate Release Tuesday, March 26, 2002

Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board Holds Meeting in Coos Bay

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Fish Restoration and Enhancement Board has scheduled its next meeting for April 5 at the Red Lion Inn, 1313 North Bayshore Dr., Coos Bay. The meeting runs from 8 a.m. to noon. Members of the public are invited to attend.
The agenda includes a budget update, an update of ongoing hatchery upgrades and repairs, review of the latest grant applications, and other brief updates and business items. The meeting is being held in conjunction with the 2002 Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program Conference, which is in Coos Bay April 5 – 7.
The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 and is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The program is overseen by a seven-member citizen board that reviews proposals and recommends funding for fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state.
For more information on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program, visit the web at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/RnEProgram/R&EHistory.html, or contact program staff at (503) 872-5252 (assistant Cristy Mosset at ext. 5427 or coordinator Tom Stahl at ext. 5429).

For Immediate Release Thursday, March 28, 2002

R&E Grant Funds New Boat Ramp at Popular Nestucca River Angler Access Point

TILLAMOOK – A $65,000 grant from the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program will be used by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to replace the old, flood-damaged Farmer Creek boat ramp on the lower Nestucca River with a new ramp, designed to withstand floodwaters. The Farmer Creek boat ramp is heavily used by anglers, especially during the spring and fall chinook salmon fishing seasons.
The old concrete ramp was constructed at a 90-degree angle to the river, making it vulnerable to high water damage. The spate of flooding in the area during the mid- and late 1990s washed portions of the ramp away.
“We’ve been trying to keep the ramp viable by dumping in rocks to shore it up,” said Tillamook-based ODFW fishery biologist John Casteel. “But when you dump rocks in, the next flood washes them away.”
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Engineering Section has developed a design for the new ramp that includes constructing it at a 45-degree angle to the river and incorporating other features to make it less vulnerable to flood damage. Construction is slated to begin this summer. The new ramp should be completed in time for the start of fall chinook fishing in September.
The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 and is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The program is overseen by a seven-member citizen board that reviews proposals and recommends funding for fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state.
For more information on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program, visit the web at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/RnEProgram/R&EHistory.html, or contact program staff at (503) 872-5252 (assistant Cristy Mosset at ext. 5427 or coordinator Tom Stahl at ext. 5429).


For Immediate Release Thursday, March 28, 2002

R&E Grant Enables Installation of Predator-Proof Netting at Indian Creek STEP Hatchery

GOLD BEACH – Marauding great blue herons, belted kingfishers and river otters will soon find it more difficult to grab a free meal of baby chinook salmon from the rearing ponds at Indian Creek Hatchery once netting and a cedar fence are installed around and over the ponds.
“Predation by herons, kingfishers and otters has increased in recent years,” said Clayton Barber, a fishery biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Salmon and Trout Enhancement Program (STEP). “The thinking is that if there is a viable food source at the hatchery, the predators will establish populations there.”
These fish-eating animals are attracted to the hatchery when the baby salmon are transferred from the indoor incubation area where they are hatched to the outdoor ponds where the fish will stay until they grow large enough to be released in late summer. While in the ponds the young salmon are easily captured by predators.
The planned solution to the problem is to construct a 4-foot high, 240-foot cedar fence around the ponds to discourage otters. The birds will be kept at bay by stringing netting over the ponds with poles and cables.
The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program granted $3,200 for this project. The Curry Anadromous Fishermen are contributing $3,750. Coos County Electric is donating $350, while the Gold Beach Promo Committee is providing $1,000.
Indian Creek Hatchery, just east of Gold Beach, is operated by volunteers from the Curry Anadromous Fishermen as part of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s STEP program. The hatchery raises 75,000 fall chinook salmon fry each year. Produced using wild broodstock to maintain their genetic integrity, the young fish are released into the lower Rogue River to contribute to that fishery when they return from the ocean in four or five years.
The run of lower Rogue River fall chinook salmon has been depressed for the past two decades. About 10 years ago fishing for chinook salmon on the lower Rogue River after October 2 was closed to protect weak runs of late returning fish. In 2000, that season was re-opened because the run size had begun to increase. “The Indian Creek Hatchery has contributed heavily to those increasing returns and reinstating that fishing season,” said Barber.
The Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program was created by the Oregon Legislature in 1989 and is funded by a surcharge on sport and commercial fishing licenses and commercial poundage fees. The program is overseen by a seven-member citizen board that reviews proposals and recommends funding for fish restoration and enhancement projects throughout the state.
For more information on the Fish Restoration and Enhancement Program, visit the web at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrFish/RnEProgram/R&EHistory.html, or contact program staff at (503) 872-5252 (assistant Cristy Mosset at ext. 5427 or coordinator Tom Stahl at ext. 5429).


For Immediate Release Friday, March 29, 2002

Grant to Help Open 1850 Acres to Public Hunting Near La Grande

LA GRANDE – A $33,902 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Access and Habitat Program is a key component to an exciting new public hunting opportunity on two parcels of private lands totaling 1,850 acres four miles south of La Grande.
Known as the Glass Hill Habitat Restoration Project, a variety of wildlife habitat improvement projects are planned for the area under a cooperative agreement between the two owners. These include fencing to keep cattle off deer and elk feeding areas, eliminating noxious weeds, reseeding rangelands to improve the quality and quantity of wildlife forage, fencing riparian areas, obliterate old logging roads and planting trees for wildlife habitat.
In return for funding assistance, the owner of the 1,000-acre parcel, Dr. Joel Rice, will allow walk-in public hunting access for the next 10 years. The 850-acre parcel, currently owned by the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, will eventually be donated to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The area has a wide range of habitat types including conifer forest, grassland, shrubland and marsh, offering a variety of hunting opportunities.
“There are resident herds of deer and elk on the property as well as some good pheasant hunting on the lower portions,” said Dave Larson, manager of the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Ladd Marsh Wildlife Area. “We see bears out there all the time.” He also reports that there are wild turkey and valley quail on the properties as well as some grouse in the forested areas.
In addition to the Access and Habitat Program grant, the Northeast Region ODFW and landowner Rice will conduct and oversee habitat work and signage, the Oregon State Police will provide law enforcement while Boise Cascade is supplying fence materials.
Habitat improvement work is scheduled to begin this spring as soon as weather conditions permit.
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.
For more information on the Glass Hill Habitat Restoration Project contact Dave Larson at (541) 963-4954. For more information on the Access and Habitat Program, contact Dan Edwards at (503) 872-5260, extension 5338.


For Immediate Release Friday, March 29, 2002

Access and Habitat Program Grant Benefits Malheur County Rangeland Improvement Project

ONTARIO – The Jackies Butte Cattle Association and Owyhee Watershed Council will receive a $44,816 grant from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Access and Habitat Program to improve rangeland conditions in the Jackies Butte Grazing Allotment by distributing cattle more evenly throughout the area.
Currently, the limited water supply within the Malheur County allotment is concentrated along Dry Creek and some isolated reservoirs that are prone to going dry during drought conditions. Livestock tend to congregate in these areas, putting increased pressure on available forage.
To alleviate this problem, 24 miles of pipe will be installed to transport water to 14 new livestock watering sites away from sensitive riparian areas. This will encourage cattle to spread out and use more rangeland.
More evenly distributed grazing in the area will help reduce the accumulation of dry grass and lessen the risk of range fires. Reduced fire danger will help maintain sage brush habitats that support and benefit sage grouse. Wildfires are a major threat to these habitats in this area.
Other organizations involved in the project include the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Malheur Soil and Water Conservation District, Malheur Watershed Council, Bureau of Land Management, Malheur County Court, Boy Scouts of America and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The project’s total cost is $467,362.
Created by the Oregon Legislature in 1993, the A&H Program is funded by a $2 surcharge on hunting licenses. Funds raised by the program are distributed through grants to individual and corporate landowners, conservation organizations, and others for cooperative wildlife habitat improvement and hunter access projects throughout the state.
For more information on the Access and Habitat Program, contact Dan Edwards at (503) 872-5260, extension 5338.

Youth Conservation Corps seeking applicants for summer jobs

Ochoco and Deschutes National Forests and
Prineville District, Bureau of Land Management
Office of Communications
Working as One to Serve Central Oregon

News Release Contacts: Margot Bucholtz, (541)
March 29, 2002 Vicki Ramming (541) 383-4791
Judy Allen (541) 416-6500

Youth Conservation Corps accepting applications for summer jobs

CENTRAL OREGON — Are you between the ages of 15 and 18 and looking for a
summer job in the outdoors? If so, consider the Youth Conservation Corps

The Deschutes and Ochoco National Forests, in partnership with Heart of
Oregon Corps (HOC) and Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC), are
recruiting youth 15 through 18 years old to participate in the summer YCC
program. YCC is a work-learn-earn program that provides 8 weeks of natural
resource-based education and work projects on public lands serving youth in
all Central Oregon communities.

Work projects may include building trails, maintaining fences, piling
slash, restoring campgrounds, improving wildlife habitat and thinning
timber stands. This is a great opportunity to work hard and learn in a
beautiful setting!

The YCC program starts June 24 and ends August 23, 2001. Participants will
work 9 hours per day Monday through Thursday. Crew members earn $6.50 per
hour and high school credit for successful completion of the program.

Applications are available at all Central Oregon High Schools, Deschutes
and Ochoco National Forest Offices, COIC offices and through Heart of
Oregon Corps. Information and applications can also be found on the
Deschutes National Forest Web site at


Applications must be received no later than the close of business on April
26, 2002. For more information contact Vicki Ramming, Program Manager at


Margot Bucholtz
Public Affairs Officer
Central Oregon Public Lands Office of Communications

Lindbergh’s grandson ready for inspiring retracing of aviation history

Even something as old as human flight – nearly a century old, in fact – can be anything but old hat, if the right person does the right thing at the right moment in time – and chooses to do so in the most motivational, inspirational manner possible.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet that person: Erik Lindbergh, a 37-year-old Seattle-area pilot and flight instructor with a famous name and lineage – and soon, most likely, a lot more fame than what goes with the fact of being the grandson of pioneer aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, who wowed the world 75 years ago this May as the first person to fly across the Atlantic, alone, in his famous Ryan monoplane, “The Spirit of St. Louis.”

Friday morning, the grandson who was just 9 when his world-renowned grandfather – the “Lone Eagle,” who was fastidious in his planning and research, and thus despised the term “Lucky Lindy” – died in 1974 took the keys to a specially configured, $300,000-plus Lancair Columbia 300, newly emblazoned: “The New Spirit of St. Louis.”

“I have one condition,” The Lancair Co. (http://www.lancair.com) founder Lance Neibauer told Lindbergh as he turned over the keys to what, in essence, is “loaner” plane N142LC. “I’ll be in Paris,” Neibauer said. “You have to personally hand them back over.”

“I will do that,” Lindbergh said as the crowd of about 100 Lancair factory employees laughed and applauded the line. They later cheered as the pilot – after a thorough visual inspection of the plane, of course – rolled down the taxiway and took off into the clear blue sky for a “spin around the block,” as it were.

The world is full of hype and of sequels these days, of “Lethal Weapon 12″ and Disney Happy Meals. But one man, alone, captivated the world back in 1927, in a way few others have since, as he flew those 3,600 miles non-stop over the ocean to Paris and a famed airfield mob landing scene that one can picture in the mind’s eye, with Jimmy Stewart at the controls in the movie “Spirit of St. Louis.”

As you’d expect, today’s plane easily outraces original

But in his own way, despite the satellite phone hookup and all the other technological advances he will make use of, Erik Lindbergh will be just as alone as he crosses the vast ocean. But because this is 2002, we’ll be able to follow along, via the Internet and TV (a 2-hour History Channel special, “Lindbergh Flies Again,” is planned) and get our own sense of the journey whose steps the grandson is retracing.

Lindbergh and his borrowed Lancair are due to visit the Experimental Aircraft Association’s “Sun `n Fun” show at Lakeland, Fla., on April 7. A week later, he’s scheduled to leave San Diego’s Lindbergh Field, following the “Lone Eagle’s” flight plan to St. Louis, then on to New York, where he expects to depart May 1, bound for Le Bourget Airport, outside Paris – the successful destination of his grandfather.

Because this plane, made of advanced composite materials, can cruise at 220 mph, and will average 184 mph, Lindbergh’s flight is expected to take only 19 ½ hours, compared to the 33 ½-hour flight time for his grandfather, whose plane was made of steel tubing, fabric and wood.

Ah, but there’s more to it all than that – much more, and wouldn’t you have guessed so? Because Erik Lindbergh already has staged what many call a miraculous recovery from the rheumatoid arthritis that struck him 15 years ago and as little as five years ago had him barely able to walk, and with a cane at that. A breakthrough biotech drug called Enbrel (http://www.enbrel.com) made his comeback, and these adventurous plans possible.

The flights are not just a union of Lindbergh and Lancair, which has delivered about 50 planes and has about 260 more on order from its Bend factory, but primarily a project of the X-Prize Foundation (http://www.xprize.org) in St. Louis. Much like the prizes offered to aviators for pioneering flights in the early 1900s, the X-Prize is a $10 million prize aimed at jump-starting the space tourism industry. The cash will be awarded to the first team to privately shoot a spaceship with three people aboard to a height 100 kilometers (62 ½ miles) above the Earth – and return safely, then repeat the launch within two weeks.

Lindbergh, whose grandfather won the $25,000 Orteig prize with his successful trans-Atlantic voyage, has said he’s making the cross-country and across-the-ocean flights “for three reasons: to promote the X-Prize competition and the future of space travel, to support the development and access to new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, and to honor the legacy of innovation made famous by my grandfather.”

At first, Lancair founder thought Lindbergh message was someone’s joke

Introducing Lindbergh to the crowd of workers and fleet of media, Neibauer told of getting a message slip from “Jody at the front desk” one day a year ago, taking a glance and thinking it was from a secretary named Erika, then stuffing it in his pocket. When he finally read what it said, he still wasn’t convinced: “I get a lot of crazy calls,” he said, recalling that he thought at the time: “This stockbroker is being really creative.”

The Lancair founder said Lindbergh “could have chosen any plane in the nation,” but picked his company’s for three reasons: safety, performance and technology. And coincidentally, he said, the Columbia 300 took about 90 days to complete – roughly the same time Ryan Airlines Inc. took to build the first “Spirit of St. Louis.”

“We’re trying to follow tradition here,” Neibauer said, before reading off a list of sponsors that included Irridium and its satellite phone technology, a local firm – a Bend Municipal Airport neighbor, in fact – Precise Flight and its Pulse-Lights and flap panel, and Oregon Aero’s specially designed cockpit seat for the solo flier.

Lindbergh only had a few things to say to his audience. “These keys represent the spirit of Lancair,” he said, recalling how when his grandfather “talked about his flight in ‘The Spirit of St. Louis,’ he would always refer to it as `we’ – meaning the aircraft and himself were inseparable. The beating of his heart and the firing of the spark plugs were inseparable.”

Lindbergh said that to him, the plane’s builders are the “helping hands underneath” his wings. “You guys are the ones who are pushing me along, helping me get across” the mighty Atlantic.

“It is with incredible gratitude to those of you that have helped to make this possible that I accept this key, and I want to go on this mission, and” – he stopped, with a nervous laugh – “that’s it, or I’m going to break down. Thanks again.” And then came the applause, the inevitable reporter questions, before and after his brief flight. (Not his first at the controls of this plane, by the way, but the first since the wings were replaced with ones that can hold more fuel for the cross-ocean flight.)

Spark plug stays home, but he’ll bring along grandfather’s Swiss Army knife

Asked by a bend.com reporter if he would carry any mementos of his grandfather’s on the flight, Lindbergh said the aviator and his wife didn’t keep most of the many items given to them in their travels – instead, they were donated to museums.

He said that his grandfather believed, “The care and feeding of possessions can often slow you down.”

“I have a spark plug, and I’m not going to take that” along, he said, but there will be one of his grandfather’s belongings he will bring across the ocean: “I do have a little Swiss Army knife.”

Lindbergh talked of recent preparations he hopes never to have to make use of, for surviving in case the plane has to ditch in the ocean. He went to Groton, Conn., where a simulated cockpit is turned upside and flooded. Then there was a stint of sea survival training on New York’s Long Island Sound, wearing the exposure suit he’ll don before leaving New York, jumping out and deploying the raft he’ll also bring along.

Lindbergh said he’ll also carry a device called a “Heed’s bottle,” similar to a scuba tank, which would provide five to 10 minutes worth of air. The ocean water would be so cold, “you have a maximum of 10 seconds to get out of the aircraft.” He could use a fire extinguisher to inflate the raft, should it run into trouble.

“I don’t plan to get my feet wet,” he said.

Biotech drug has `given me another chance’ at life, aviator’s grandson says

Rather than instilling a new level of anxiety, Lindbergh said, “It made me feel like it was possible to do this”

“Five years ago, I was walking, very painfully, with a cane,” he said, while small planes departing from Bend soared overhead. “Now I can do these things, thanks to this amazing biotech drug.” – not to mention a double, total knee replacement. “I can walk, I can ski – carefully. It’s given me another chance, and with that chance, I want to do something to help people, inspire people.”

Next question: Has preparing for these flights given Lindbergh a new appreciation for his grandfather’s daring journey? “I have come to understand, I think the odds of him surviving that flight were not good,” Erik Lindbergh said. “He did it through sheer willpower and intricate planning – he hated the term `Lucky (Lindy)’”

Now, with all the technology that’s come over the past 75 years, Lindbergh said he chose the Lancair plane because it’s “the fastest, most rigorously tested, safest aircraft I could find.”

Josh Schroeter, a spokesman for Immunex, said Lindbergh’s recovery on the biotech drug Enbrel has “been really miraculous. Erik is just one of our many success stories.”

While Lindbergh took off and circled the area for about 15 minutes, Neibauer said the pilot has been as hands-on about the plane’s preparations as his famous grandfather was. “He comes down for a week at a time,” and has helped decide how things should be laid out within easy reach, for example.

Plane feels `fantastic,’ but a bit different with extra room for fuel in wings

Surrounded – well, mobbed, sort of – by reporters after taxiing to a stop and opening the cockpit door, Lindbergh said the plane felt “fantastic,” although in its new configuration, “I could tell the difference, a little bit of sluggishness in the wings, banking. Otherwise, it’s the same plane.”

Lindbergh has been trying out various Lancair planes over the past several months, getting comfortable with the aircraft. He recalled a moment during a flight to Klamath Falls, aboard this very plane, when he “looked out at the wing, and I thought: Yeah, this is going to do it. This wing is going to carry me across the Atlantic. And it’s a good feeling.”

“This aircraft is a rocket, and it takes off fast,” he told reporters. Asked what his first words would be on landing in Paris, Lindbergh joked: “Anybody got a bed I can borrow, with a soft pillow?”

“I’m feeling very good – I’m elated, really,” he said.

With the far more advanced weather data now available, Lindbergh figures he can avoid any serious problems such as thunderstorms (not to mention the infamous wing-icing issue his grandfather dealt with). He can maneuver around the trouble spots or even delay the flight, if need be.

“We can pick an altitude that gives us the best tailwinds, the least headwinds,” he explained, relaxing in the cockpit of the black and white plane with its new, red white and blue swirling pinstripe on the sides.

One big difference – this Lindbergh plans to get some pre-flight sleep

But once in the air, one key – familiar to Charles Lindbergh or Jimmy Stewart fans – is staying awake. Erik Lindbergh noted that his grandfather didn’t get any sleep the night before the flight, or during, either, “in an aircraft that really wouldn’t fly straight.” That’s a situation he doesn’t intend to repeat. “I can change that. I can get sleep … We know so much more in 2002 about physiology … (and) biorhythm cycles,” he said.

One reporter joked about how it feels to have a front windshield – a reference to the original “Spirit of St. Louis,” which had to carry so much extra fuel that Charles Lindbergh had to rely on instruments and had no forward view. Erik Lindbergh told of sitting in a replica of his grandfather’s plane, marveling at how he made the flight with “no forward reference at all.”

And while he said he’s been told he’ll be able to send and receive e-mail – quite a trick, even in 2002, when you’re in the middle of the ocean – he will use the satellite phone to keep in touch with Mission Control at the St. Louis Science Center, as well as air traffic controllers during his over-land journeys.

A bend.com reporter asked Lindbergh whether it’s realistic to expect his flight to generate the kind of worldwide attention his grandfather’s did, long before we became bombarded by hundreds of information sources and dramatic TV portrayals. His answer was as plainspoken as his famous grandfather was known to be.

“It doesn’t matter to me,” he said. “What’s important is if I reach one person who’s facing adversity in their life and help, then it’s all worthwhile.”

And, he noted, people will be able to watch Mission Control over the Internet and follow along on his journey – something unthinkable 75 years ago, when his grandfather couldn’t communicate with anyone.

’I feel 200 percent,’ after rebound from crippling arthritis, pilot says

But even with all those advances, a solo flight across the Atlantic still has its many risks, Lindbergh said in response to a bend.com reporter’s question: “You’re exactly right – it’s no walk in the park.”

He explained that one reason he chose the Lancair plane is that it has a “side-stick control,” which means that “I can kick the seat back and stretch,” allowing him to move a bit and stay limber – important during long hours in a cramped space, even if rheumatoid arthritis didn’t almost cripple you.

And how does he feel now – 100 percent. “I feel 200 percent,” he said with a boyish smile (though he’s a dozen years older than his grandfather was for the famed New York-to-Paris flight).

The medical-research aspect of the trip’s goals is “one of the wonderful parallels” to the 1927 journey, Lindbergh said. “A lot of people don’t know, my grandfather helped develop the perfusion pump that allows us to keep organs and tissues alive outside of the body,” a big advance toward the medical breakthroughs like organ transplants that we sometimes take for granted.

Erik Lindbergh’s grandfather was an extremely private person, even before the sensational kidnapping of his son, which he blamed on the media circus that he saw before the word “superstar” was coined. What of his grandson – is he ready for all those interviewers asking the same question over and over?

“It’s a tradeoff I looked at very clearly,” he said, but he added, “I’m a people person.”

Grandfather saw cockpit apparitions; grandson hopes to experience it, too

Another reporter asked if he felt his grandfather would be along for the ride, so to speak.

“You know, that’s one of the things I hope to experience. That’s one of the unknowns I’m not sure about,” Erik Lindberg said. “My grandfather discussed seeing apparitions in the cockpit,” affecting even his scientific mind in ways that affected the rest of his life. “It led him to examine the essence of humanity,” through travels to visit primitive cultures, such as those in the Philippines, the grandson said.

There’s another parallel with his grandfather’s trip: the concern about keeping any unnecessary items off the plane, to reduce its weight and extend the range of its fuel. For that reason, two “eyeball cameras” mounted above the controls, to give viewers a look in the cockpit, may not make the final cut.

Has Sept. 11 – a day in which planes were used for the worst of humanity, not its best – affected Lindbergh’s plans?

“What the people have said to me is, this flight is bringing out the most positive in people,” he said. General aviation has suffered in various ways since the terrorist attacks, but Lindbergh said, “Hopefully, I can show people that it’s something that is positive. Most pilots are the most intelligent, upstanding, caring people you will ever meet.”

“Together, we’ll come through this,” Lindbergh said.

Erik Lindbergh, the son of Jon Lindbergh, said he is married, with no kids but two dogs – border collies – and that his wife has been “incredibly supportive” of the effort he’s undertaking.

He also acknowledged that his life easily could be a book – a state gymnastics champion at age 12, only to later become “disabled, crippled, not able to walk.” As for the many who have helped him – and especially, the company whose drug did so much for him – “there’s no way I can ever repay them,” he said.

Lindbergh urged anyone with rheumatoid arthritis or who knows someone with that painful disease to visit another Website, http://www.raaccess.com.

Neibauer noted another way Lindbergh passes the time when on the road, to stay limber: “He’s great at hacky-sack.”

Oh, and what does he expect to eat while on the flight? “Low-residue foods, whatever that means,” he said, adding that he will learn more next week when his flight doctors fill him in. But he also knows what he would prefer to munch on.

“I like grandfather’s idea – just take a couple of sandwiches and a bottle of water,” he said.

Searchers rescue motorist stuck in still-snowy area southeast of Bend

Despite having a GPS unit and cell phone on hand, a 68-year-old man spent almost 12 hours stuck in the snow with his pickup truck in a remote area southeast of Bend. But Donald Swank was rescued in good condition by Deschutes County Search and Rescue teams late Thursday night.

Swank’s pickup truck had become stuck in deep snow in the Fox Butte area around 11 a.m. Thursday, said search coordinator Joel McNamara. He used his cell phone to call a tow truck, but the driver was unable to find the pickup, so search and rescue crews were dispatched to the area around 7:30 p.m.

Two search team members used snowmobiles to reach Swank due to snow and poor road conditions and returned him to Bend, McNamara said.

The search coordinator reminded motorists that despite spring’s arrival, snow is still deep in the China Hat area southeast of Bend, and road conditions can be bad.

McNamara said motorists should let someone know their route and when they are expected back, as well as carry a cell phone, shovel, chains and warm clothing, in case they become stuck.

County looking for people to serve on planning commission

MEDIA NOTICE For Immediate Release –
Contact: Jenny Scanlon, 330-4640

Bend, Oregon, March 29, 2002-

Deschutes County Community Development Requesting Volunteers


The Deschutes County Planning Commission is currently looking for persons to fill the position of Commissioner for various areas of Deschutes County.

Commissioners must live in the county. Duties for the position include making recommendations regarding land use in the Deschutes County code to the Deschutes County Board of Commissioners. Meetings are held every second and fourth Thursday of the month in the evening. The position will expire in June 2005.

All persons interested in serving on the Commission are invited to submit a letter describing their interest and background. The deadline is April 12, 2002. Letters should be submitted to:

Catherine Morrow, Principal Planner
Deschutes County Community Development Department
117 NW Lafayette Avenue
Bend, OR 97701

For further information, please contact Sandy Ringer, Senior Planning Secretary at 388-6621.

Reedsport newspaper endorses Saxton for governor

P.O. Box 1863, Portland, Oregon 97207-1863

March 28, 2002 503-226-8464


(Reedsport) – By supporting Ron Saxton’s candidacy, The Courier becomes the first newspaper in Oregon to issue an endorsement in this year’s gubernatorial race.
“I am personally pleased to endorse Ron Saxton for governor,” wrote Nick Daviscourt, editor of the Reedsport paper.
Daviscourt spoke at length with Saxton about how state government can assist communities in the recruitment of new business and jobs. Saxton “has a business life of experience including start-up growth of small businesses and entrepreneurial business,” Daviscourt said in the endorsement.
“Oregon must become more business friendly,” Saxton said. “As governor, I will embrace capital gains tax policies that encourage creation of businesses to generate additional income. I will ask the Legislature to reduce in the capital gains rate to 5%. I’ll propose the elimination of all capital gains taxes on capital gains income that is reinvested in Oregon businesses within 24 months after receipt,” he said. In addition, Saxton said he would review all current tax credits and related benefits to make certain that those intended to induce business expansion in the state in fact do so.
Saxton thanked The Courier for its endorsement, and said the state’s biggest challenge is getting Oregonians back to work. “We have too many people in state government who don’t understand something fundamental about our economy,” he said. “Every nickel government spends must first be earned in the private sector. Through taxes, the private sector pays for government programs and salaries. But it all starts in the private sector,” Saxton said.

“We need to get Oregon’s economy firing on all cylinders. The governor needs to be the spark plug. We are not living up to our potential as a state,” Saxton said. “That’s why I’m in this race. I see the potential. It’s all about leadership.”

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Michael A. Beard
Director of Communications
Saxton for Governor
222 SW Columbia, Suite 1800
Portland, Oregon 97207-1863
503-226-8440- direct
503-226-8476 – fax
503-789-2266- mobile