Clumsy Lovers return for Human Dignity Coalition benefit

For Immediate Release
October 1, 2002
Contact: Human Dignity Coalition, 541-385-3320 or
Michael Funke, 541-317-0252, Funkeredfinn24@aol.com

Clumsy Lovers Return to Bend Oct. 6
In Benefit for Human Dignity Coalition

The Clumsy Lovers bring their own brand of raging Celtic bluegrass rock back to Bend Sunday, October 6, in a 7 p.m. benefit performance for Human Dignity Coalition at the Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood (next door to Midtown Rock Rink and Roll).

Tickets are $10 at the door and the show is +21. Proceeds will fund the Human Dignity Coalition’s ongoing work to promote and safeguard human rights, honor diversity, and achieve social justice for all.

The fiddle-fueled supercharged folk-rock of the Clumsy Lovers has attracted a strong following in Central Oregon over the past two years, largely through word of mouth from their high-energy live performances–which are guaranteed to get people up and dancing the night away.

The Human Dignity Coalition benefit is being produced by Resonant Sound.
For more information, call the Human Dignity Coalition at 541-385-3320 or Michael Funke at 541-317-0252.

Mannix reports contributions top $1.1 million, mostly small givers

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Mike Beard

September 30, 2002
(503) 684-1986/(503) 789-2266

MANNIX REPORTS OVER $1.1 MILLION

80 percent in small contributions

(Salem) – Kevin Mannix’s gubernatorial campaign committee, Mannix for Oregon, reported today it has received more than $1.1 million in contributions during the general election cycle. 80-percent of the contributions were in amounts of $100 or less according to Mannix campaign manager Amy Casterline.

“Unlike Ted Kulongoski’s campaign, the Mannix campaign is not special interest driven,” Casterline noted. “We’re proud to be running what is truly a grassroots campaign.”

In daily reports filed during the legislature’s special session Kulongoski reported nearly a quarter of a million dollars in large contributions from special interest groups. Almost $200,000 of that money coming from special interest groups based outside of Oregon.

“We know Ted has been campaigning like he wants to be governor of Portland,” Casterline said, “but it looks like people from the other side of the country are more interested in his campaign than regular, everyday Oregonians.”

Casterline says Mannix received 1300 individual contributions for the current reporting period. Almost 92 percent of the contributions came in checks of $500 or less.

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Michael A. Beard
Director of Communications
Mannix for Oregon
7110 SW Fir Loop, Suite 210
Tigard, Oregon 97034
503-684-1986 -tel
503-684-7866 -fax
503-789-2266 -cell

Bend workshop explores link between animal abuse, human violence

Cute animal stories make us all go “awww,” and are a perennial favorite. Animal abuse stories, on the other hand, make most readers grit their teeth, shake their head, even vow vengeance on behalf of suffering critters that are unable to defend themselves.

From a cat used as blowgun target practice to a dog dragged behind a truck, the tawdry tales strike a nerve in any compassionate soul. But once the injured animal heals, or perhaps goes to a new and loving home, the public’s (and media’s) attention moves on, which is only natural given the infinite competition for limited attention spans.

That can leave some important issues lost in the shuffle, such as: Is there any proof that people who would do such things to animals also are more likely to act in violence against humans?

The answer is yes, according to the Humane Society of the United States (http://www.hsus.org), which brought its “First Strike” workshop on that topic to Bend last week, at the request of the Humane Society of Central Oregon (http://www.hsco.org).

The role of violence in popular culture is such old news, it’s taken for granted by many. (Perhaps you are old enough to remember the National Lampoon cover photo, decades ago: “Buy This Magazine or We’ll Shoot This Dog”?)

From the Wicked Witch of the West in the “Wizard of Oz” (“I’ll get you, my pretty – and your little dog, too!”) to Cruella DeVille, the villain of “101 Dalmations,” it’s a theme you don’t have to search hard to find.

Raising public awareness about the connections between animal cruelty and violence against people is the 5-year-old First Strike program’s main goal.

Police, school personnel attend local seminar

Several Redmond Police Department community service officers and Bend-La Pine School District personnel joined Humane Society staff at the 3-hour seminar, held in the new classroom facility at St. Charles Medical Center.

The workshop comes at a time when tougher state laws are taking effect, which the Animal Legal Defense Fund says makes Oregon “the first state in the nation to statutorily recognize the link between animal abuse and violence toward humans.” The changes elevate first-degree animal abuse from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class C felony for repeat animal abuses or repeat domestic violence offenders, or when the animal abuse knowingly occurs in a child’s immediate presence.

Along with data about studies that have shown the animal cruelty/human violence connection, Ginger Prevas, manager of the national organization’s First Strike program, promised to “give you guys come indicators of what to look out for” in investigating animal cruelty cases, and signs of possible child abuse or other human violence as well.

“A lot of times, animal cruelty is the first warning sign of violent behavior at a home,” Prevas said, encouraging organizations and agencies to work together and form collaborations to tackle the issue.

As the small audience introduced themselves, Troy Kerstetter, animal welfare director at the Bend shelter, said he was on hand to “find out steps, not only locally but nationally, to make this more of an issue.”

Kerstetter noted how a particularly newsworthy case of animal cruelty leaves “folks aghast” every couple of years or so, then the issue is “swept back under the carpet.”

Clatsop County District Attorney Josh Marquis, a former Deschutes County prosecutor, said the new law toughens a felony law that was put into effect in 1995 because “misdemeanors are so numerous, they are not even tracked from state to state.” A notorious animal neglect case in Astoria involving Vicki Kittles was “not bad enough to rise to the level of felony,” he said from Astoria last week.

But when someone is convicted of felony animal abuse, “at least when someone pops up, moving from Minnesota to Oregon, the prior conviction’ will show in their records, Marquis said. “It’s enormously helpful, as opposed to someone like Vicki, who went all across the United States, collected God knows how many animal neglect and abuse cases. In some cases, they gave her money to get her out of town.”

Animal-welfare groups hampered by lack of unified database

Prevas talked of how common the barrage of violence in the media is, and its impact on children.

But she also said how media reports of notorious animal abuse cases often is the only way groups such as the HSUS can track them statistically, since there’s no national tracking system, as there is with violence and other crimes against people. As a result, she said, “Sometimes, we’re just looking at a snapshot,” rather than the whole picture of what led to the act.

“Down the road,” Prevas said, groups like the Humane Society would like to see such a database created, one police and other agencies are required to report to, so that patterns can be more easily found and, perhaps, new ways to avoid such acts.

About three-fourths of all families with kids have pets, Prevas said, and surveys have found they are usually treated like a member of the family – with their owners considering themselves the mom or dad, birthdays celebrated and the like.

“Kindness toward animals is something a `macho man’ can still do, and not be seen as weak or a sissy,” Prevas noted, stepping through a media show that included quotes (President Harry Truman: “If you want a friend in politics, get a dog,”) and showed the search dogs that played a key role on Sept. 11.

But she also used recent studies and data, even woodcuts from the 1700s, to drive home the central theme: “Those who are cruel to animals, repeatedly and wantonly, may be at greatest risk of interpersonal violence.”

Serial killers and other notorious criminals often can be found to have cruelty to animals in their past: David Berkowitz, known as the “Son of Sam,” for example, killed a bird with rat poison and tortured small animals, while Jeffrey Dahmer poured motor oil into a tank of tadpoles and posted animal heads on stakes. Kip Kinkel, the Springfield High shooter, told friends he, too, tortured animals. All are seen as control fantasies – showing their power over living things – as well as the power to shock and get a rise out of people. There’s also the motive of revenge, against the

Studies find animal abuse in criminals’ past

Mental health experts in recent years have taken animal cruelty out of the category of “property crime” in their diagnostic models and moved it to “crimes against others,” as we’ve come to know that animals are sentient beings who do experience pain, Prevas explained.

One state’s SPCA study found that 97 percent of those found to have abused animals were male, and that they had a much higher likelihood of violent crime and property crime than a “control population” of the same demographics. A study last year, of prison inmates, found 20 percent of those incarcerated for non-violent crimes had animal cruelty in their past, and 56 percent of those convicted of violent crimes, Prevas said.

“Violence is violence, and violence against animals is violence,” Prevas said. “Perpetrators don’t stop to count the number of legs on their victims. They are often targets of opportunity.”

Children are inherently sympathetic to animals, the Humane Society official said, and a study of juvenile animal cruelty found most perpetrators are developmentally immature, and quite often the victim of abuse themselves.

Prevas told of a case in the 1870s in which cruelty toward a child was prosecuted under animal protection laws, because at the time, children were chattel, but animals were protected. Sometimes, animals defending a child from abuse can be beaten.

Surprisingly to some, large numbers of pets often are found in abusive homes, Prevas said, as they `convey an image of normalcy and stability.” Also, tragically, in cases of sex abuse, an animal can be threatened with harm, to gain a young victim’s silence.

Humane Society campaign targets vets, police, others

The “First Strike” media kit features detailed “Make the Connection” fact sheets on the topic that target educators, humane investigators, veterinary professionals, social service workers, and law enforcement and prosecutors, offering each segment what they need to know. There’s even a small tip sheet on 10 things teens can do to help stop animal cruelty (such as “Get help for the animal,” “and “Stop cruelty before it begins.”)

Children as young as 4 may harm animals, but such behavior is most common in adolescence, the group says. Cruelty is often associated with children who fare poorly in school and have low self-esteem and few friends. Children who are cruel to animals often are characterized as bullies and may have a history of truancy, vandalism and other antisocial behaviors.

Researchers say a child’s violence against animals often represents displaced hostility and aggression stemming from neglect or abuse of the child, or of another family member.

The material for educators responds for one issue of critics – aren’t animal welfare groups equating child abuse and animal abuse? – by saying, “Both are serious and should be investigated at first report. Because of the strong connection between animal cruelty and human violence, preventing one may also prevent the other.”

For more information, visit the Humane Society of the United States’ Website, at http://www.hsus.org .

Co-authors of book on Klondike Kate plan museum book-signing

For immediate release
September 30, 2002

Contact:
Lisa Olsiewski, Community Relations Manager
The High Desert Museum
59800 S. Hwy. 97
Bend, OR 97702
541.382.4754 x300, lisao@highdesertmuseum.org
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“Mush On And Smile”
Val Dumond and Babe Lehrer to offer book signing at High Desert Museum

Authors Val Dumond and Babe Lehrer will offer a book signing at The High
Desert Museum on Saturday, October 5, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Dumond and
Lehrer will be signing “Mush On And Smile,” their fictionalized look at the
fascinating real life story of Klondike Kate – Queen of the Yukon.

Klondike Kate was two women – the scandalous good-time Kitty who danced her
way into the lonely hearts of 1890’s Yukon gold miners and the bountiful
altruistic aging Aunt Kate who baked for the town fire department, the
hospital and the homeless, and who counseled women in trouble. In “Mush On
And Smile” an aging Kathleen Rockwell (Kate) meets her 20-year-old self in
the Oregon High Desert as she sorts out her adventuresome life.

This book signing is offered free to the public, no Museum admission is
required. “Mush On And Smile” will be available for purchase at the Museum’s
Silver Sage Trading. The High Desert Museum, located south of Bend on
Highway 97, is nationally acclaimed for its indoor and outdoor exhibits and
animal habitats, and for making the High Desert come alive through
presentations on the region’s people, cultures, science, art, and history.
The Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 7
p.m. from June 1 to Labor Day. For more information, contact 541-382-4754 or
http://www.highdesertmuseum.org .

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Local artist’s non-toxic prints featured at downtown Bend gallery

NEWS RELEASE

September 30, 2002
For immediate release

Contact: Dawn Boone, TriAd, (541) 389-4970

Local Artist’s Non-toxic Prints Featured At Sage Gallery;
Printmaking Continues to Gain Toehold in Central Oregon

“New Work,” a printmaking exhibit by Bend artist Dawn Boone, will be featured at Sage Gallery in downtown Bend (848 NW Brooks St; 541-382-5884) from Oct. 1-31. An opening reception is scheduled on Oct. 4 from 5-9 p.m. during Bend’s Art Hop.

Boone specializes in intaglio printmaking techniques such as drypoint, mezzotint, and engraving. She scratches and carves her images into zinc and copper plates; she inks each plate and prints the image onto paper with a hand-operated printing press. Her prints are humorous representations of mischievous animals; many of her prints are also hand-colored.

Boone joins a growing national trend in non-toxic printmaking. “In the interest of safety and health, I stay away from acid etching,” she explained. Boone learned traditional printmaking techniques like acid etching and aquatint but has preferred the safer, if more time-consuming, route of working her metal plates by hand. “Luckily, the last few years have seen some exciting new developments in non-toxic printmaking, so artists have more options,” said Boone.

Two leading Australian printmakers will visit Bend and introduce local artists to a non-toxic printing technique called solarplate etching at the Art Station on Nov. 2 and 3. Greta Morrison, sister of Sunbird Gallery owner Sandra Miller, and master printer Anthea Boesenberg are visiting the U.S. and Canada to conduct a series of solarplate workshops. Solarplate etching is a technique that uses sunlight to etch images into a photopolymer plate.

A few years ago, printmaking was virtually unheard of in Central Oregon. With the opening of the Art Station, a community art school in the Old Mill District, printmaking gained a toehold in the region. “The Art Station has the only etching press available to the public in Central Oregon,” said Ingrid Lustig, the Art Station’s director. Having access to a press was a top priority for Boone, and her parents helped lure her to Bend with a news clipping from the Bulletin describing the Art Station’s etching press. Boone has become very involved in the Art Station’s printmaking program, and regularly teaches printmaking classes for kids and adults.

“It’s exciting to watch the interest in printmaking grow,” noted Boone. “People are starting to understand the process behind printmaking and appreciate how unique the final pieces are. The Art Station has been a driving force behind printmaking in the area.” Local colleges are also expressing interest. Last year, Boone introduced students in an OSU drawing class to basic printmaking techniques.

In August, Boone and Justyn Livingston, another local printmaker, helped a group of local artists produce editions of prints for the Black and White fundraiser benefiting Arts Central. The prints were also featured at Mirror Pond Gallery through the month of September in the exhibit, “Central Oregon Artists Make Their Mark.”

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Fall brings ‘Discovery Season,’ lower state park camping fees

NEWS RELEASE
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Media Contacts:
Frank Howard
503-378-4168, ext. 240

September 30 , 2002
State Park Discovery Season arrives
October 1 with lower camping rates

02-62 For immediate release:

Oregon’s state parks begin offering traditional Discovery Season discounts on most campsites throughout the state Tuesday, October 1.
Campers can rent full hookup, electrical hookup and tent sites for as much as $4 less per night than summer rates during the seven-month discount season, which runs through April 30, 2003. Rates for yurts, cabin, tepees and covered wagons are not reduced.
An additional Discovery Season bargain is offered to groups at several parks. A group can obtain free meeting hall space by renting five or more campsites for one night at Beverly Beach, near Newport; Cape Lookout, near Tillamook; Jessie M. Honeyman, near Florence; South Beach, near Newport; Bullards Beach, near Bandon; Nehalem Bay, near Manzanita; Sunset Bay, near Coos Bay-North Bend; and Valley of the Rogue, near Grants Pass.
Information about Discovery Season advantages and fees at specific parks may be obtained through the Internet at < http://www.oregonstateparks.org > or by calling 1-800-551-6949.
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(NOTE: All news releases are posted on the OPRD website:
http:// www.prd.state.or.us/news.php )

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) manages Oregon’s 95,000-acre state park system and is responsible for several state natural and recreational resource programs, including Ocean Shores, Oregon Scenic Waterways, Willamette River Greenway, Oregon Recreations Trails and Local Government Grants. The department also includes the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) and the Oregon Heritage Commission. Its headquarters address is: OPRD, 1115 Commercial NE, Suite 1, Salem, Oregon 97301-1002

C.O. Environmental Center to host annual ‘Evening for Environment’

PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Shauna Quistorff, 385-6908
Central Oregon Environmental Center
September 24, 2002

Evening for the Environment ­ October 5th

THE CENTRAL OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER’S ANNUAL EVENT, EVENING FOR THE
ENVIRONMENT, WILL BE HELD THIS OCTOBER 5TH IN THE DOMINO ROOM AT MIDTOWN
ROCK, RINK AND ROLL IN BEND FROM 6-10PM. THIS COMMUNITY CELEBRATION
FEATURES HORS D’OEUVRES, MICROBREWERY BEER, OREGON WINE AND A SILENT
AUCTION. LIVE MUSIC WITH SPICY DANCE BAND TROPICANTE! WILL FOLLOW THE PROGRAM.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER IS HONORING THE LATE JOHN NEILSON, BELOVED
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER, ACTIVIST, AND CITIZEN WITH OUR “EARTH STAR” AWARD,
FOR HIS COMMITMENT TO THE PRESERVATION OF NATURAL LANDSCAPES IN CENTRAL
OREGON AND HIS WORK PROTECTING BEND’S AREAS OF SPECIAL INTEREST.
PROCEEDS FROM EVENING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT HELP THE ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER
PROVIDE OPPORTUNITIES AND RESOURCES TO THE COMMUNITY TO BUILD AND RETAIN
THE UNIQUE QUALITY OF LIFE THAT BRINGS AND KEEPS SO MANY PEOPLE TO THIS
REGION. TICKETS TO EVENING FOR THE ENVIRONMENTARE $30 EACH OR $50 PER
COUPLE. TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR.
CONTACT THE CENTRAL OREGON ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER, AT 385-6908 FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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Old Mill District, NE Bend neighborhood associations in the works

Office of Neighborhood Associations News Release
RE: Emerging Neighborhood Association Organizing Meetings Slated for
October

Neighborhood Association Organizers from the Old Mill District area and
Northeast Bend have scheduled meetings to identify neighborhood boundaries
and to solicit ideas from local citizens.

On October 17, Organizers from Northeast Bend will meeting in the Public
Works Training Room at 1375 NE Forbes Road from 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM to
develop a strategy for forming a neighborhood association in the area. The
organizers will be assigning work roles and identifying specific
organizational objectives. If you are an area citizen interested in a
leadership role, you are invited to attend this meeting. The preliminary
boundaries of the Northeast Area Neighborhood Association lie directly east
of the properties accessible from Shepherd Avenue and Brinson Road to the
East Urban Growth Boundary Line and from Hwy 20 on the South to Butler
Market Road on the North. For more information, Contact Marie Phillis at
388-0322

On October 22, Organizers from the Old Mill District Area are inviting
local citizens to attend a meeting in the Art Station at 313 SW Shelvin
Hixon Drive from 6:30 – 8:30 PM for the purpose of discussing the formation
of a neighborhood association that would encompass an area approximately
from Powers Road north to Arizona and Colorado Avenue and from the River to
the Parkway or 3rd Street. The Board Members of the Woodriver Villiage
Home Owner’s Association have voted unanimously to help a greater
neighborhood association form in the area.

Dianne Crampton, Coordinator of the Office of Neighborhood Association will
be discussing the importance of forming a neighborhood association for the
area and the steps required to seek recognition from the Bend City Council.
Area residents will determine neighborhood association boundaries and
discuss strategies for forming an association. For more information
contact Keith Scott at 389-5385 or Scott McLean at 408-6908 or Dianne
Crampton at the Office of Neighborhood Associations at 312-4912.

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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at:
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Music-CD makers agree to big-bucks settlement of price-fixing suit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 30, 2002

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that five of the largest U.S. distributors of prerecorded music compact discs (CDs) and three large retailers have agreed to pay millions of dollars in cash and music CDs and change their misleading sales and advertising practices that led to artificially high retail prices for music CDs.
Named in an antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in August 2000 and in today’s settlement are music distributors Bertelsmann Music Group, Inc., EMI Music Distribution, Warner-Elektra-Atlantic Corporation, Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Universal Music Group and national retail chains Transworld Entertainment Corporation, Tower Records, and Musicland Stores Corporation. The defendants deny these allegations.
“Corporate misconduct causes Oregon consumers to pay higher prices at the check-out counters and creates an uneven playing field on which our businesses have to compete,” Myers said. “The economy is rocky enough without our citizens and business owners having to put up with unlawfulness.”
The defendants agreed to pay $67,375,000 in cash, provide $75,700,000 worth of music CDs, and not engage in sales and advertising practices that allegedly violated antitrust laws. Oregon will receive approximately 60,000 CDs with an estimated value of more than $700,000. In August 2000, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) resolved a similar case involving the same distributor defendants’ alleged minimum advertising policies but did not include monetary relief.
Oregon, along with 39 other states and three territories, filed an antitrust lawsuit in federal court that same month. The remaining jurisdictions were represented in the case by class counsel. The lawsuit alleged that the defendants entered into illegal conspiracies to raise the price of prerecorded music to consumers. The plaintiffs also alleged that price competition among music CD retailers was reduced as a direct result of the conspiracy.
Today’s settlement has three major components:
· Sales Practice Changes. Defendants have agreed to an injunction preventing them from forcing retailers to increase CD prices and ensuring strong price competition between defendants.
· Consumer Compensation. The $67,375,000 will be used for consumer compensation, charitable purposes, or some combination of both. Notice of how to file a claim will be provided to the public at a later date.
· CDs for Charitable Groups. Defendants will provide approximately 5,500,000 music CDs (valued at more than $75 million) for distribution by the state attorneys general to not-for-profit corporations, charitable groups and governmental entities such as schools and libraries for the benefit of all consumers in each state.
Consumers wanting information on consumer protection in Oregon may call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) and toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. Justice is online at http://www.doj.state.or.us .

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Kulongoski offers new plan to cut health care costs

For Immediate Release
Contact Kristen Grainger: 503-771-6611

Kulongoski calls for new plan to reduce health care costs

(Portland) During a major policy speech to health care providers and Oregon Health Plan organizations, Ted Kulongoski outlined three new ways to cut costs in order for the state to continue providing health care to the most vulnerable Oregonians and help reduce costs for everyone.

“What we need to do is make health care less expensive, not by lowering quality, but by putting an end to profiteering, which is exactly what the drug companies are engaged in,” Kulongoski said.

In order to accomplish this, he outlined a three-pronged attack to lower the overall costs, making health care more affordable and easier for the state and private industry to provide. The new items in his plan were:

1. Get a waiver from the federal government to allow everyone without insurance to join Medicaid just to buy prescription drugs at the lower cost

2. Require pharmaceutical companies to disclose gifts they provide to health care providers and require those providers to disclose any gifts they receive.

3. Deny pharmaceutical companies a deduction on their state taxes for advertising and promotion costs.

Kulongoski reiterated his commitment to a bulk-buying alliance with neighboring states, called for the creation of a public-private partnership to help employers lower their prescription drug costs – and begin a consumer education campaign to inform Oregonians about the effectiveness of various medications.

For the full text of his speech, visit http://www.tedforgov.com and click on speeches.