Wanderlust Tours to offer fall/winter cave tours, canoe trips, hikes



Contact: Aleta Nissen, (541) 389-8359

August 31, 2002


BEND, Ore. – Wanderlust Tours, which has traditionally transitioned from a summer season of guided canoeing, cave tours, volcano tours and hikes into a winter season of daily guided snowshoe trips, announces that it will now offer most of its tours year-round due to a heightened interest by visitors for more diversity of activities on a year-round basis.

In addition to Wanderlust Tours’ daily and moonlight snowshoe trips, this fall and winter its new Cave Tours, which premiered this summer with great popularity, will be offered every day at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Wanderlust Tours will also offer half-day, interpretive canoe trips and hikes in the lower elevations throughout the fall, winter and spring.

Wanderlust Tours began offering guided cave tours this summer and is the first commercial guide company to be permitted to lead tours through many of Bend’s fascinating, remote lava tubes. Naturalist guides lead small groups twice daily through these underground caverns located in the desert east of Bend and all groups are limited to 7 people per tour to limit the impact on the cave’s delicate environment. Guides provide in-depth interpretation on the formation of the caves, the wildlife habitat, and the many uses of the caves over time from Native American dwellings to cold storage for early Bend residents.

Through its Cave Tours, Wanderlust Tours hopes to increase the awareness and respect of the delicate ecosystems of Central Oregon’s lava tubes and help to prevent vandalism inside the caves. Tours include transportation, lamps, and a professional guide. Cave tours, canoe trips and hikes range from $30 to $40 per person depending on the trip.

Wanderlust Tours, specializing since 1993 in taking small groups into remote natural areas while maintaining a low impact on the environment, was awarded the Governor’s Tourism Award for its leadership in building sustainable tourism in Oregon.

For more information call (541) 389-8359 or (800) 962-2862 from outside Central Oregon. Or check out Wanderlust’s web site at http://www.wanderlusttours.com .

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Contact: Aleta Nissen, (541) 389-8359

August 31, 2002


BEND, Ore. – Wanderlust Tours will run its last series of moonlight canoe trips of the summer on the evenings surrounding the upcoming full moon on September 20-21, 2002. The tours run each night from 8 p.m. to midnight and reservations are required. Half-day canoe trips will continue to run every day at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and moonlight snowshoe trips will begin on November 22-23, 2002.

All tours are led by naturalist guides, who will provide interpretation on the natural and cultural history of the region, geology of the Cascades, and formation of the Cascades lakes.

Moonlight canoe trips are $50 per person and half-day trips are $40 for adults and $35 for children under 12. All trips include transportation, equipment, and a professional naturalist guide, and moonlight trips include hot cider on the lakeshore under the full moon.

Wanderlust Tours also runs daily volcano tours, cave tours and hikes throughout Central Oregon. For more information or a free brochure call (541) 389-8359 or (800) 962-2862 from outside Central Oregon. Or check out Wanderlust’s web site at http://www.wanderlustours.com/summer/mooncanoe.html .

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Wanderlust Tours
143 SW Cleveland Ave. (mail only)
Bend, OR 97702
ph. 541.389.8359
fax 541.383.4317

Sex abuse trial of ex-sheriff’s deputy postponed to early ’03

The sex abuse trial of a former Deschutes County sheriff’s deputy has been pushed back five months, to next January, because attorneys in the case are busy with other proceedings.

Circuit Judge Michael Sullivan rescheduled Tuesday’s planned trial of Kenneth Zervas, 30, to Jan. 21, Chief Deputy District Attorney Darryl Nakahira confirmed. Sullivan also scheduled a status hearing for next month to ensure the 2- to 3-day trial can proceed as scheduled. The Oregon Department of Justice is helping prosecute the case, to avoid a conflict of interest.

At a hearing back in June, Zervas’s lawyer, Don Larsen, entered not guilty please on his client’s behalf to two counts of first-degree attempted sodomy and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse. An earlier indictment alleged that he tried to engage in “deviant sexual intercourse” with a woman in July 2000, while she was in a helpless state.

Sheriff Les Stiles confirmed then that he had terminated Zervas, at the conclusion of an internal investigation, but declined further comment, saying he cannot do so on a personnel matter. Blake said Zervas had moved to the Willamette Valley and was not working in law enforcement any more.

At the June hearing, Presiding Circuit Judge Stephen Tiktin also revealed an apparent plea offer made in May by state prosecutors to settle the case – one rejected by Zervas and his attorneys.

In April, Circuit Judge Michael Adler agreed to an unusual allowance, sought by both the prosecution and defense attorney, giving Zervas several days to post the $5,000, 10 percent security on his $50,000 bail, rather than go to jail, due to the potential security risks, should he have been placed among inmates.

History amid crisis: Lawmakers call themselves back to Salem early

Here they go again – but this time, for the first time in Oregon history, state lawmakers have beaten the governor to the punch and called themselves into session, two days earlier than he did, to give themselves more breathing – and debating – room before a November election-filing deadline for any agreed-upon solution.

If there is one.

Gov. John Kitzhaber had called for the record fifth special session of the year to begin Tuesday, the day after Labor Day, to deal with a growing state budget shortfall now set at $482 million. He also stated his intention to proceed with across-the-board cuts, if no legislative proposal was adopted, saying that’s all state law would allow him to do.

But on Friday, legislative (http://www.leg.state.or.us/) leaders got colleagues to cast ballots, in essence, by fax, on when they would be available. And Friday night, they made a bit of history by calling themselves into session at 7 p.m. Sunday.

State Rep. Ben Westlund, R-Tumalo, told bend.com he got the news while “luxuriating on my couch for the first time in a week.”

“I’m one of those that could have been there Friday, Saturday or Sunday,” Westlund said. “The most likely day they thought we would have (begun) was Saturday. This has never happened, but if you are going to go into special session, I’d rather call myself in (then have the governor do it).”

House speaker wants to borrow against cigarette tax revenues

House Speaker Mark Simmons, R-Elgin, sought the earlier start to get to work on proposals to end or at least reduce the budget crunch, foremost among them his proposal to borrow $250 million against five years’ worth of cigarette tax revenues, thus avoiding the severe cuts to schools – but that won’t solve other problems that could drastically cut the ranks of State Police troopers, let thousands of convicted felons out of prison and cut programs for the seniors and disabled.

In a letter to Simmons and Senate President Gene Derfler, R-Salem, Kitzhaber chastised the cigarette tax-bonding idea as “half a plan” that, if voters approve of it, would leave a $232 million hole to fill (or cut), “a figure which will increase by any prudent ending balance you wish to reserve against the distinct possibility of another revenue downtown in the December forecast.”

The governor said he assumed, then, that lawmakers “also intend to pass a budget bill to allocate the remaining $262 million cut among the various state agencies. … As I have indicated before, I will not veto a budget reduction bill that helps to rebalance the state budget.”

But Kitzhaber also noted that, while a legislative referral bypasses his desk, it “also requires a ballot title which would need my signature. While I certainly would want to ensure that voters have a clear sense of what they are voting on, I would insist that the ballot title be passed with strong bipartisan support and that it provide reference to the cuts that remain unfunded.”

“I continue to believe that any solution must include some new revenue to help maintain critical public services in the short term and – perhaps more importantly – to reduce the size of the projected deficit for the next biennium,” Kitzhaber wrote. “I am aware that there are other proposals being considered by members of your respective caucuses – proposals which do include new revenue. I would hope that these concepts receive careful public consideration before you arrive at a final course of action.”

After again urging the top legislators to get both revenue and budget committees cracking, looking at various strategies, Kitzhaber concluded, “I remain committed to working with you and your members to find a workable solution to both Oregon’s short-term and long-term fiscal challenges.”

Thursday is deadline for sending anything to Nov. 5 ballot

Headed home to Bend Friday afternoon, Knopp said, “It doesn’t sound like the Democrats want to cooperate with saving schools.”

While the other potential cuts also are painful, Knopp said, “Clearly, the public is most interested in education and school financing.” But the legislator also said he wants to see steps taken to protect programs for vulnerable seniors and “not letting prisoners out of prison.”

Various alternative budget-balancing plans have been circulating on issues ranging from requiring an updated PERS actuarial table to getting the state out of the liquor business. Knopp said those ideas are “more likely to be a regular session issue,” unless enough support is found to bring them to a vote quickly.

Westlund called such proposals “too simple an answer to a very complicated set of questions.”

“I’m going in very pleased that the leadership has decided to call us in,” Westlund said, noting a fast-approaching deadline of next Thursday for filing a legislative referral to send to voters two months later, on Nov. 5.

“That gives us two more days” then the governor’s starting point, he said. “It’s a big deal. Time is the enemy here. It just gives us more options.”

The frustration was evident in Westlund’s comments.

“We keep losing $100 million-plus a month,” he said. “Oregonians are getting kicked in the shorts, and they expect the Legislature to come up with the same old, tired fixes to save their programs. As the problem worsens, people aren’t plugged into the fact we continue to lose money. They think we’re still dealing with the same numbers from two months ago.”

“Nobody’s winning here,” he said. “Oregonians are getting tired of it. I’m getting tired of it. Reporters are getting tired of it. Those who depend on the funding streams are getting tired of it.”

Bend Police Dept. gets $281,000 federal technology grant

Crime fighting technology allows police to improve communications and work from the field more quickly and efficiently, and becomes more and more crucial to police departments all of the time.

The City of Bend Police Department learned this week that they are to receive a grant in the amount of $281,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to use for technology systems.

Chief of Police Andy Jordan says the Department plans to use the money to purchase a digital photo booking system, radio modems, and computer equipment. Mobile data terminal systems in vehicles and computer systems already in use will also be updated.

COPS, through the Making Officer Redeployment Effective (MORE) program, awarded a total of $62 million nationally to local law enforcement agencies. “We were one of three agencies in the state of Oregon to receive this grant,” says Jordan. “We are very pleased to be able to purchase equipment that will make the time officers spend patrolling our community more effective.”

Bend, Redmond hospitals to host ‘town halls’ on expansion, vision

Central Oregon Community Hospital and St. Charles Medical Center (http://www.scmc.org) are hosting two “town hall” style meetings in Redmond and Bend to update the community on recent hospital initiatives. Both meetings will provide updates on the January 2001 merger of the two hospitals, their shared vision for the future and strategies for the coming years. The Bend meeting will also report on the fruits of the St. Charles Medical Center Foundation’s VISION 2000 fundraising campaign for health and wellness efforts and facilities.

The Redmond meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10 in the conference room at the Best Western Rama Inn at 2630 SW 17th Place (near Burger King). The Bend meeting is 6-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 24 in the new Center for Health and Learning at St. Charles. The Center for Health and Learning main classroom area is located directly across the hall from the hospital’s new main entrance.

“We’ve had so many projects in the works, and have so much ahead of us, we feel it is a good time to close the loop with the community on a few of these things and set the stage for what’s ahead,” explained Jim Lussier, president and CEO of both hospitals. “We will be talking about the benefits we’ve seen so far through the merger of the two hospitals, including expanded and improved services in Redmond as well as improved efficiency at both campuses.

“Building on that, we want to share our vision for the future and the strategies we have developed to get us there,” Lussier continued. “It’s a vision built on the notions of care close to home; the role of body, mind and spirit in health enhancement; and a partnership with individuals to support them in reaching their health potential.”

“In Bend, we will also be talking about some of the benefits that have come from the St. Charles Medical Center Foundation’s VISION 2000 campaign, including the recently completed Center for Health and Learning.”

According to Lussier, the meetings will also provide preliminary information on more than $100 million in construction plans at the hospital campuses, including a $20 million investment at Central Oregon Community Hospital.

“We will be building on our current strengths and enhancing nearly every aspect of the Redmond facility to create a model community-based hospital,” explained Jim Diegel, vice president for operations at the Central Oregon Community Hospital campus. “It’s really exciting.”

“Partnership, with individuals and with the communities we serve, will be a key theme,” Lussier noted. “Our hospitals have always worked hand in hand with the people they serve and we’ll need those partnerships – for health initiatives, fundraising and more – as we move into the future.”

The community updates will include presentations and an opportunity for questions and answers. “We’re hoping to share information with community leaders and all that are interested in the direction their hospitals are heading,” Lussier added.


Matsutake mushroom harvest season delayed to Sept. 16

August 20, 2002

Matsutake Season Moved Back Two Weeks

The Willamette, along with the Deschutes, Fremont, Umpqua and Winema National Forests, is delaying the start of the harvest season for matsutake mushrooms by two weeks. The season will begin on September 16th instead of September 3rd.

Research on the matsutake indicates that the extreme temperatures experienced this summer can prevent fruiting of the mushroom; or, if fruiting occurs, the mushroom will probably be infested with insects. A two-week delay may result in higher quantity and quality of mushrooms.

The harvest season will now run until November 16 on the Willamette.

A REMINDER: Campfires are prohibited except in designated areas.

Bend Senior Center to offer PACE fitness classes, craft sales

Several PACE classes will be launched this year at the Bend Senior Center. This exercise targets those who are moderately fit to those who just want to get fit. September 3rd and 5th and 10th and 12th free classes are being offered at the Bend Senior Center.

Studies show that 30 minutes of moderate exercise and physical activity can reduce arthritis pain and help you move more easily.

Join us the week of September 16th through the 19th for more free classes. At 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. enjoy a free Gentle Yoga PACE Conditioning Class on Monday, September 16th. This is a class that is great for individuals with arthritis or fibromyalgia and other considerations. At 2 p.m. on Monday, September 16th enjoy another free class called PACE Light Weights. Adding weights and resistance training to your exercise can help you increase your metabolic rate and replace fat with calorie burning, body toning muscle. Resistance training has been shown to increase bone density and reduce osteoporosis.

Christmas is coming and we are having craft sales! Starting October 1st, every Tuesday and Thursday, we would like to offer you a chance to sell your crafts. Table rental will be $10.00 a day and the craft time will be 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.,
for a six foot table.

If you have any questions please call the Bend Senior Center at 388-1133. The Bend Senior Center is located at 1600 Reed Market Road, Bend, Oregon.

Wells Fargo affordable housing funding includes Prineville project

Aug. 30, 2002
CONTACT: Tom Unger (503) 886-2051

Wells Fargo commits $40 million to affordable housing in Oregon;
includes project under construction in Prineville

PRINEVILLE, Ore. – Wells Fargo has committed nearly $40 million this year to
support affordable housing construction throughout Oregon, including a
project currently being built in Prineville.
The $40 million includes a $10-million investment in Homestead Capital, a
nonprofit agency in Portland that spearheads affordable housing development
in eight western states. Homestead Capital will use the money to help fund
construction of Ridgeview Commons, a $5 million, 40-unit rental housing
development at 2100-2112 N.E. Laughlin Road in Prineville.
Homestead Capital expects Ridgeview Commons to be completed by the spring of
2003. It will include an onsite community building with washers and dryers,
a community room with a kitchen, and a large play area for children.
“Affordable housing is badly needed in the Prineville area,” said Deborah
Saweuyer-Parks, president and CEO of Homestead Capital. “This area has been
under-served for a number of years. We’re trying to house the people who
already reside in Prineville but who can’t find a decent place to live.”
Homestead Capital and Wells Fargo are also funding the $6.5 million, 64-unit
Redwood Commons development currently under construction in McMinnville.
They also funded a $6.5 million, 43-unit in Portland called Los Jardines de
la Paz, which opened in July.
Housing created through Homestead Capital’s efforts typically rents for 30
to 60 percent lower than similar housing in the same community, said
Saweuyer-Parks. The units are only rented to people who are employed.
Wells Fargo has invested $51 million with Homestead Capital since 1994 (the
agency was originally named Oregon Corporation for Affordable Housing).
Since its creation, the agency has created more than 2,000 rental units,
providing housing for more than 5,500 people.
“Homestead Capital produces quality affordable housing on a consistent basis
both in rural and urban areas,” said Bernie Kronberger, Wells Fargo’s
Community Development manager for Oregon. “The quality of their construction
and the materials means the housing they build will be around for a long
time. We will continue to support them.”
Earlier this year Wells Fargo extended a $15-million line of credit to the
Network for Oregon Affordable Housing (NOAH), another nonprofit agency in
Portland. NOAH will use the funds to support affordable housing construction
throughout the state.
John Epstein of Portland is the national manager of Wells Fargo’s Community
Lending Department, which finances affordable housing. He also chairs the
NOAH board.
“Wells Fargo has been financing affordable housing for a number of years in
this state. We continue to be committed to providing quality, reasonably
priced housing to Oregonians,” said Epstein, who oversees two other
affordable housing lenders in Portland.
Wells Fargo has had an affordable housing department in Oregon since 1995.
Some of the several projects it’s currently financing include the
$2.5-million, 32-unit Hacienda West development for farm workers in
Hermiston; and the $2.4-million, 39-unit Woodbridge Meadows development in
Both developments are under construction and will be completed by February
“Wells Fargo wants to support the communities we serve and financing the
construction of affordable housing is one of the many ways we do that,” said
Wells Fargo is a $315 billion diversified financial services company
providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance
through 5,600 financial services stores and the Internet (wellsfargo.com)
across North America and elsewhere internationally.
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Text of gov’s letter to House speaker on weekend special session

Gov. John Kitzhaber sent the following letter to the Speaker of the House and the Senate President:

August 30, 2002

The Honorable Mark Simmons
900 Court St NE, H-269
Salem, OR 97301

Dear Speaker Simmons:

Thank you for informing me of your intention to call yourselves into session tomorrow, August 31, in order to refer to the November ballot a proposal to raise $250 million by bonding the revenue stream from the cigarette tax. It is my understanding that you intend to use this revenue to pay for primary and secondary schools, community colleges and higher education for the remainder of this biennium – thus, minimizing the cuts that would otherwise be necessitated by the additional shortfall of $482 million. Furthermore, I understand that you propose to repay this loan over the next five years. I am writing to outline my probable actions should you proceed along these lines.

First, it appears that what you are proposing is not a balanced budget plan but rather only half a plan. While you will raise $250 million – assuming the voters approve your measure – a deficit of over $232 million will still remain – a figure which will increase by any prudent ending balance you wish to reserve against the distinct possibility of another revenue downturn in the December forecast.

I assume, then, that – in addition to your referral – you also intend to pass a budget bill to allocate the remaining $232 million cut among the various state agencies. As you have vigorously asserted, only the legislative branch has the authority to make selective budget cuts that can set priorities among state services. Given the depth of the current crisis, and the magnitude of the cuts involved – especially in the areas of public safety and human services – establishing such budget priorities is clearly the most effective way to mitigate the damage to services on which Oregonians depend. As I have indicated before, I will not veto a budget reduction bill that helps to rebalance the state budget.

Second, a legislative referral, while it bypasses the governor, also requires a ballot title which would need my signature. While I certainly would want to ensure that voters have a clear sense of what they are voting on, I would insist that the ballot title be passed with strong bipartisan support and that it provide reference to the cuts that remain unfunded.

I continue to believe that any solution must include some new revenue to help maintain critical public services in the short term and – perhaps more importantly – to reduce the size of the projected deficit for the next biennium. I am aware that there are other proposals being considered by members of your respective caucuses – proposals which do include new revenue. I would hope that these concepts receive careful public consideration before you arrive at a final course of action.

Toward that end, I want to again encourage you to immediately open both revenue and budget committees to begin looking at various strategies for addressing this fiscal crisis. There are a number of ways to solve the problem and there should be an opportunity to explore these in public.

I remain committed to working with you and your members to find a workable solution to both Oregon’s short term and long term fiscal challenges.


John A. Kitzhaber, M.D.

Cc: Deborah Kafoury

Bend Office of Neighborhood Assns. outlines Sept. meetings

Office of Neighborhood Associations
September Neighborhood Meetings
Contact: Dianne Crampton – 312-4912

September 10
North East Area Organizer’s Orientation Meeting
Public Works Training Room
1375 NE Forbes Road
6:30 – 7:30 PM

Organizers and local Citizens interested in forming a Cooley Road and Boyd
Acres Neighborhood Association; a Bear Creek area Neighborhood Association
south of HWY 20; and a NE area Neighborhood Association east of Shepherd
Avenue and North of HWY 20 are invited to attend an orientation meeting
offered by the Office of Neighborhood Association on September 10 from 6:30
– 7:30 PM.

Located in the Public Works Training Room at 1375 NE Forbes Road, area
residents will learn about prior work accomplished by NE area organizers,
and the steps and procedures leading to formal recognition by the Bend City

Handbooks and organizer kits will be given to interested organizers.

Information will also be shared about the neighborhood association
communications grant available to recognized neighborhood associations.

For more information, contact Dianne Crampton at 312-4912.

September 12
Volunteer Action Training provided by SOLV
8:30 AM – 4 PM
Deschutes National Forest Supervisor’s Office
1645 Hwy. 20 East, Bend

Neighborhood Organizers interested in managing neighborhood volunteer
projects from cleanups to downtown and watershed enhancement projects are
invited to attend for free.

Participants will learn how to organize a volunteer event step by step.
This includes learning
1. how to recruit, train and coordinate volunteers;
2. how to add new energy to your volunteer program;
3. how to plan and coordinate a volunteer-based community project;
4. how to prevent volunteer burnout and other common problems;
5. how to work with the media and refine your outreach strategies;
6. how to find and recruit sponsors for your volunteer events; and

you will have a chance to network and build partnerships with others in
your community.

Projects may include tree planting, restoration and enhancement of local
parks, trails or natural areas, cleanups and other efforts.

To attend call (503) 844-9571 or enroll on line at http://www.solv.org

The Collins Foundations, PGE-Enron Foundation, U.S. Bank and the Leo Adler
Community Fund and the Deschutes National Forest for their in-kind
contribution sponsor this training.

September 26
The Orchard District General Membership Meeting
Hollinshead Barn
6:00 – 8:30 PM

For more information contact Cheryl Howard at 385-7906

Members and local residents of the Orchard District Neighborhood
Association are invited to a general membership meeting on September 26
from 6:00-8:30 PM at Hollinshead Barn. City Manager David Hales will
present information about Bend’s Neighborhood Association Program and will
invite local residents to share their concerns about area developments. Mr.
Hales will share this information with City Department Mangers who will
follow up with residents during the Orchard District and City of Bend Town
Hall meeting on October 23.

Boundaries for the Orchard District Neighborhood Association run East of
the Bend Parkway along Franklin Avenue to 12(superscript: th) and then
North to HWY 20 then east to Shepherd Avenue and North to Butler Market and
the Canal then west to the Bend Parkway.

For more information contact Orchard District Chair, Cheryl Howard at

Dianne Crampton, Coordinator
Office of Neighborhood Associations
(541) 312-4912 office
(541) 385-7465 home office
Website: http://www.bendneighborhoods.org/

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