Closing arguments heard in Redmond men’s murder trial

The nearly month-long trial of two Redmond men, accused in a Bend man’s fatal stabbing outside a Redmond bar last January, neared its conclusion Thursday, in the same unusual, hybrid fashion as it began: Closing arguments for one defendant before a jury, the other presented just for the judge.

That’s because Eric Barbee, 22, has been undergoing a jury trial on 22 charges, including murder and attempted murder, in the slaying of Nicholas Wade Setzer, 22, last Jan. 5 in the alley behind Sweetwater’s Bar and Grill around closing time, while co-defendant (and brother-in-law) Thomas Chesney instead will have his fate decided by Deschutes County Circuit Judge Michael Adler.

Before the trial began in early October, a third defendant, Ronald Gonzalez, agreed to against the others, if asked, in a plea deal with prosecutors that included an “Alford plea” — not admitting to the facts of the charges, but legally viewed as a conviction – on two counts of second-degree assault, for injuries to two others that night, and one count of second-degree manslaughter, for the injury to Setzer.

The two other defendants have been in custody since their arrest, but Chesney was freed in January, under house arrest and other conditions, after posting 10 percent of his bail. (See earlier bend.com story, bendbugle.com/?p=6495).

Several bags of evidence, mostly the defendants’ and victim’s clothes from the fateful night, sat on the courtroom floor on Thursday, the second day of apparently three days of closing arguments.

Jacques DeKalb, one of Barbee’s two attorneys, was continuing his effort to show a theory that Gonzalez, not Barbee, was wielding a knife that dealt the fatal wound to Setzer’s neck, as Barbee and Setzer were “grappling” with one another in the alley area behind the bar.

“Some of Nicholas Setzer’s blood was found on this (Barbee’s) coat,” DeKalb said, but “a very minor amount,” which he said is consistent with the notion that Barbee’s coat had been pulled off him (by Setzer).

DeKalb later explained that shadows in the alley that night would have made it difficult if not impossible for the witnesses to see the knife he believes Gonzalez used to conduct the stabbing.

State refutes defense contention

As it turned out, though dozens of witnesses and experts were called to the stand, Gonzalez was not called to testify, and only a portion of his police statement was read into the record.

Deputy District Attorney Brandi Shroyer acknowledged in her rebuttal, “We don’t know exactly when Nicholas Setzer was stabbed,” but said the blood evidence makes it most likely to have happened in the alley, as there was “arterial spurting” found on the adjacent wall.

She also said there’s “no evidence at all that Ronald Gonzalez ever had a knife,” but several witnesses saw Barbee pull a knife as he left the bar that night, using it to threaten several people. She said he could hold it with the knife blade pointing down, still able to punch and fight, then to stab Setzer in the neck in a downward motion, then in the thigh in an upward motion, as medical experts showed.

“Eric Barbee inflicted all of the stab wounds on the three different victims,” Shroyer said. “He had the knife, and he inflicted the stab wounds. … Not a single witness put a knife in the hand of Ronald Gonzalez” And she said the overwhelming witness evidence was that Setzer was on the ground, with only one witnesses supporting the notion that Barbee had been pummeled and pulled to the ground.

Several witnesses saw Gonzalez and Chesney flighting with Setzer by the Dumpster, Shroyer said, later noting that the blade of the broken knife found at the scene tested to have Barbee’s and Setzer’s blood on it.

The idea that “Ronald Gonazlez was a madman out there, stabbing people, and doesn’t finish the job makes no sense,” Shroyer argued, also refuging the defense claim of “some sort of conspiracy of silence” among the group that had gone to Sweetwater’s to celebrate Nicholas Fisher’s 21st birthday.

As she’s said since the start of the trial, Shroyer pointed to evidence that Barbee “wanted to stick or stab somebody,” and starts spouting obscenities at the bar, such as that he’s “going to kill the m—–f—-r.” And she said Gonzalez responded, “I’m there,” and that Chesney said, “I’ve got your back.”

The defense raised the issue of how Barbee’s knife blade of 2 ½ inches could cause a fatal neck wound 5 ½ inches deep. Shroyer pointed to medical experts’ testimony that “the tissue in the neck is soft and can be easily compressed.

“You have to think about what kind of pressure, anger and vengeance had to be behind Eric Barbee’s thrust into Nicholas Setzer’s neck to cause that kind of wound,” the prosecutor told the jury.

And she said the witnesses who came forward, including the bar employees, had nothing to gain and much to lose – noting at one point that Sweetwater’s later closed down. “They came in here and told you what they saw and heard,” she said.

While the defense claims “everybody was out to get Mr. Barbee,” Shroyer said, numerous witnesses saw him with a knife, and all described him as “rude, obnoxious, aggressive and finally, assaultive to the point of death.”

“Attitudes, words and actions – Eric Barbee had it all that night,” she said, adding that “the evidence showed that he committed every one of the 22 counts he’s been charged with. Find him guilty.”

Jury leaves as focus shifts to Chesney

Adler then excused the jury until Friday so he could hear the closing arguments in Chesney’s case.

Shroyer went first, claiming Chesney “went to help his brother-in-law,” Barbee in the altercation with Setzer, having gone to the bathroom while the others left, then rushing out, leaving behind his sweatshirt and credit card in the bar. And she said some witnesses reported he dove behind a car and hid when police arrived.

Chesney’s attorney, Patrick Flaherty, voiced an objection that led to more legal arguments when Shroyer said doctors had testified that Setzer could have received life-saving medical treatment, had Chesney not joined in the fight.

The defense lawyer called that “completely irrelevant” and said the state already had presented, at a hearing on a failed motion of acquittal, its theory of what happened – that Chesney was an accomplice who aided and abetted in the fatal stabbing by Barbee.

“There’s no provision in Oregon law for a person to be an accomplice to a reckless act,” only an intentional one, Flaherty said. But Shroyer disagreed, saying, “You can be an accomplice to something as minimal as reckless driving, by saying, `Go faster! Go faster!’”

Fellow Deputy DA T.J. Spear tried to convince Adler that the state had not precluded additional theories of the crime, but the judge listened to, then played in court previous discussion of the matter before making his ruling.

Flaherty, who called no witnesses for the defense in the joint trial, said, “All along, your honor, this has been about intentional conduct.” And he urged the judge to prevent the state from “coming in at this late stage” with a new argument about the crime: “It’s gamesmanship – that is what’s happening here, and the court should not tolerate it.”

Chesney’s attorney said during a break that he offered no defense witnesses sbecause “there isn’t anything to defend,” and called the state’s case a “travesty.”

Adler sided with the state on one issue and with the defense on another. “The state made very clear” the nature of the state’s case against Chesney, he said, basing its charge on “accomplice liability,” not on Chesney himself hitting and wounding Setzer “and delaying medical care that could have saved his life.”

But the judge said the state can argue that Chesney is guilty of mansalughter, if the court can find beyond a reasonable doubt that he was aiding and abetting Barbee in a “reckless act of extreme indifference to human life.”

Defense lawyer takes on state’s case

Flaherty, in his closing arguments, said the “only question” before Adler is, “Did Thomas Chesney act with a conscious objective to promote or facilitate a knife attack?” And that the judge must look at the evidence “not in the light most faborable to the state,” but in light of his own logic and common sense, as well as the “the law regarding self-defense.”

The defense lawyer said Adler must “find the state has proven beyond a reasonable doubt … that Eric Barbee did not act in self-defense,” and that Chesney didn’t either.

“I’d submit that several of the witnesses sat right up here (at the witness stand) under oath and lied about what happened at Sweetwater’s on Jan. 5,” and they weren’t mistakes,” Flaherty said.

He recounted the words of a witness who was riding with a Redmond police officer, who recalled Chesney saying, “I didn’t mean to be in there. I was defending myself. I was getting beaten up. I was trying to go home.”

Flaherty said Chesney wasn’t showing anger but was being cooperative with police, sitting down to talk with officers.

“Is that what a killer does?” he asked. “Is that an angry man? Is that what a gangster does?”

“Quite frankly,” Flaherty said, “it’s a ludicrous concept in this case, that you or any human being could find anything other than there was a bar brawl at Sweetwater’s, and somebody died.”

And the defense lawyer pointed to an allegedly contaminated crime scene and numerous items not introduced as evidence, to allege the state couldn’t prove its case, such as his client’s statement to police, video “walk-throughs” of the scene, and a blood test that he said would have shown his client was drunk, not on methamphetamine.

Regarding the police interview, Flaherty said, “They deprived you of that, because they know the evidence demonstrated Thomas Chesney’s innocence.”

“The state has not come close to proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Thomas Chesney was not acting in self-defense,” Flaherty said.

Oregonians note Recycling Awareness Week

Communications & Outreach
811 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 229-5696
Toll free in OR (800) 452-4011
Fax: (503) 229-5850

Visit the Online News & Info page at: http://www.deq.state.or.us

News Release

For release: Oct 31, 2002

Contacts:
Mary Sue Gilliland, Solid Waste Program Manager, Portland, (503) 229-5808
Brian White, Communications & Outreach, Portland, (503) 229-6044

Oregonians Urged to Prevent Waste
During Recycling Awareness Week Nov. 9-16

During Oregon’s Recycling Awareness Week 2002, Oregonians are urged to become an active part of the solution to solid waste problems by continuing the trend of generating less waste.

Gov. John Kitzhaber has proclaimed Nov. 9-16 Recycling Awareness Week in Oregon. Oregonians have cause for celebration because waste generation trends in Oregon have gone down, while nationally waste generation is still rising. Each year, Oregon has been successfully climbing toward the legislatively mandated statewide recovery goal of 45 percent by the year 2005.

During this year’s celebratory week, citizens are reminded that recycling and waste reduction efforts are as relevant today as they were in the 1970s. With a growing population that places increasing demands on neighborhoods and communities, the conservation of natural resources, green spaces and natural habitat for wildlife is essential for preserving the quality of life for future generations.

“Individuals play a critical role in sustaining Oregon’s natural resources with the choices they make when purchasing products,” says Mary Sue Gilliland, Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Solid Waste Program Manager. “Consumers should keep in mind that because the majority of environmental damage is caused during the mining, manufacture and shipping of a product to market, their purchasing choices are important.”

Gilliland suggests that Oregonians consider the following when purchasing products:
Purchase products that are durable, have the least amount of packaging necessary and have packaging that is recyclable.
Remember that consumers can make a difference by controlling environmental impacts and influencing what products businesses will decide to bring to market.
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“Each purchase is a signal to business about what we care about,” says Gilliland. “Then, when it’s time to throw things away, if we recycle as much as we can, we lessen the need to harvest forests, mine natural resources or manufacture virgin materials to meet the demands of today’s society. Also, this typically reduces the energy and water needs during re-manufacture by more than 50 percent and lessens air pollution as well.”

To learn more about preserving resources through recycling and better-informed product purchases, visit DEQ’s Solid Waste Program Web site at http://www.deq.state.or.us/wmc/solwaste/rsw.htm or contact Mary Sue Gilliland of DEQ’s Solid Waste Program, Portland, at (503) 229-5808 or toll-free in Oregon at 1-800-452-4011.

Loren Parks’ Mannix donation sparks Democrat reaction

For Immediate Release Contact: Anna Richter

October 31, 2002 (503) 234-5365 or

(503) 881-0491

If a Quarter Million ManniXtreme Dollars Can’t Buy Love,

How About a Lot of Conflict?

Portland, OR – Loren Parks, a longtime legal client and political donor for Kevin Mannix, is at it again.

The right-wing extremist, who recently paid a settlement to the state of Oregon following charges of funneling illegal campaign contributions through his own non-profit, has been a primary donor for all of Kevin Mannix’s races and campaigns – to the tune of nearly one million dollars! His recent “11th hour” contribution of $250,000 is the single largest direct contribution during the governor’s race.

But it doesn’t stop there. Parks has also given money to support two foundations that Kevin Mannix controls. The Oregonian reported at least $327,000 has been funneled from those foundations into Mannix’s law firm to “keep him afloat while he pursued politics.” Mannix’s law firm also recently loaned more than $200,000 to the Mannix for Governor campaign, which is a funneling case that is currently under investigation by the State’s Ethics Commission.

Parks has also given more than $300,000 to previous ballot measure campaigns spearheaded by Mannix and an additional $100,000 plus to the political action committees run by Mannix.

In the previous election cycle, Parks gave $30,000 to Citizens for a Sound Economy, the outside group that spent nearly $200,000 in television time last month attacking Ted Kulongoski. Due to lax reporting laws, we won’t know how much Parks gave the group for this cycle until some time next year – apparently that’s how Kevin Mannix hopes to keep everyone in the dark

While serving in the legislature, Mannix unsuccessfully attempted to water down the conflict of interest laws pertaining to elected officials and where they get their large campaign contributions. He also tried to make information about large campaign contributors secret.

So why would one individual give so much money directly to a single political candidate and then bend and break the rules to give even more?

One reason might be a debt of gratitude since Kevin Mannix recently represented Parks during portions of a very messy and pending sexual harassment suit according to the Willamette Week.

Another reason might be Kevin Mannix’s support for laws that weaken campaign finance laws, which would help hide the information about large political donors like Loren Parks.

Or, all that questionable dough might just come with no strings attached. What do you think?

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ODFW invites public to wolf town hall meeting in Bend

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Contact: Ann Snyder 503-872-5264, Ext. 5363
Internet: http://www.dfw.state.or.us Fax: 503-872-5700

For Immediate Release Thursday, October 31, 2002

Public Invited to Wolf Town Hall Meetings

PORTLAND – The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife will host 14 town hall meetings throughout the state in November and December to hear the thoughts, concerns and comments of Oregonians about wolves entering the state.

The comments recorded at the meetings will be provided to the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission for consideration. The Commission is the rule-making body for ODFW. The seven-member Commission has heard from experts in the past several months about the potential for wolves to become established in Oregon. The Commission now wants to hear from local residents to ensure that all opinions have been gathered.

Currently, no wolves are confirmed to live in Oregon. However, three wolves were found in Oregon in 1999 and 2000. One radio-collared wolf was returned to Idaho, one was hit by a vehicle and died in May 2000, and one was shot in October 2000. Biologists expect all three were dispersing from established packs in Idaho. Biologists also have told the Commission that more wolves are likely to arrive in Oregon. Oregon has no plans to actively reintroduce wolves into the state.

Wolves that enter the state from Idaho’s packs are protected under both the state and federal endangered species acts. The Oregon Legislature is the only entity with authority to change the Oregon Endangered Species Act. The Commission, however, has the authority to add or remove species from the state list of threatened and endangered species.

Each Wolf Town Hall Meeting will open with a short introductory presentation about the history of wolves in Oregon, their current biological and legal status, and the issues surrounding their migration into Oregon. Meeting participants then will have the opportunity to voice their comments and concerns about wolves in Oregon to any of several facilitators who will be available to record all comments. Participants also may choose to submit written comments on forms that will be available at each meeting. Some educational materials about wolves will be available at the meetings.

All meetings will begin at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. The town hall meetings are scheduled for the following locations and dates:

-Pendleton: Tuesday, Nov. 12, Pendleton Convention Center, 1601 Westgate;
-LaGrande: Wednesday, Nov. 13, Eastern Oregon University, Hoke Hall, Room 309, One University Blvd.;
-Baker City: Monday, Nov. 18, Sun Ridge Inn, One Sun Ridge Lane;
-John Day: Tuesday, Nov. 19, Malheur National Forest Headquarters, 431 Patterson Bridge Road;
-Bend: Wednesday, Nov. 20, National Guard Armory Drill Room, 875 Southwest Simpson Ave.;
-The Dalles: Thursday, Nov. 21, Wahtonka High School, 3601 W. 10th St.;
-Medford: Tuesday, Dec. 3, North Medford High School, 1900 N. Keeneway;
-Klamath Falls: Wednesday, Dec. 4, Klamath County Fairgrounds, Exhibit Hall #2, 3531 S. 6th St.;
-Burns: Thursday, Dec. 5, Harney County Senior Center, 17 S. Alder;
-Eugene: Monday, Dec. 9, Lane Community College, Forum and Science Buildings, 4000 E. 30th Ave.;
-Roseburg: Tuesday, Dec. 10, Umpqua Community College, Whipple Theater Building, 1140 College Road;
-Salem: Wednesday, Dec. 11, Claggett Creek Middle School, 1810 Alder St. N.E.;
-Portland: Tuesday, Dec. 17, World Forestry Center, Miller Hall, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road;
-Coos Bay: Wednesday, Dec. 18, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Eden Hall, 2988 Newmark Ave.

More information about wolves will be posted to the ODFW Web site at www.dfw.state.or.us by Nov. 1, 2002.

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Information and Education Section
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528

State joins effort to block satellite TV merger

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 31, 2002

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced that Oregon has joined a state/federal effort to block the proposed satellite television merger between EchoStar Communications Corporation and Hughes Electronic Corporation. A lawsuit against the only two nationwide direct broadcast satellite (DBS) television providers was filed today in US District Court in Washington, D.C.
The lawsuit against the two industry giants was brought by the Oregon Department of Justice, the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and Attorneys General from 22 other states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The lawsuit alleges that the merger of EchoStar and Hughes would violate the Clayton Act, a federal law that prohibits anti-competitive practices, by taking away consumer options and placing the market for DBS customers in the hands of one corporation.
“The merger of these two companies would result in only one player in a diminishing field of satellite TV providers,” Myers said. “Most consumers across the country would have their programming options reduced to a duopoly of one cable company and one DBS provider.”
Myers explained that 13 percent of Oregon households are not served by cable and this represents 175,000 households in central, southern and eastern Oregon. “These Oregonians would be at the mercy of a DBS monopoly. Elimination of competition does not benefit consumers, and the court should stop this merger.”
The lawsuit names EchoStar Communications Corporation, General Motors Corporation, and its wholly owned subsidiary, Hughes Electronics Corporation, and Hughes’ wholly owned subsidiary, DirecTV Enterprises Inc. as defendants. EchoStar offers DBS services through Dish Network.
Dish Network and DirecTV compete with each other to attract consumers to switch from cable, including offering special packages of channels and discounts on services, installation and equipment. “Without the competition of two DBS providers, that incentive to offer lower prices and better customer service is gone,” Myers said.
Attorney General Myers explained that it would be extremely difficult and expensive for any new DBS competitors to enter the market, and that there are no DBS frequencies available that cover the entire continental United States so a competitor could offer a nationwide service.
“A merger to a duopoly has never been allowed by the courts in situations where it is difficult for new competitors to enter the market, ” Myers said. “The courts recognize that duopolies create an environment where there is a substantial risk of higher prices because of opportunity and incentive to collude to increase prices. This proposed merger reduces competition in cities as well as rural areas.”
Earlier this month, the FCC announced that it would object to the application of EchoStar and Hughes for a license transfer. That objection was based on FCC regulations and is a separate action from the lawsuit using federal antitrust law brought by Oregon, the US Department of Justice and other states.

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Humane Society urges cold-weather safety for pets

Humane Society of Central Oregon
61170 SE 27th Street ~Bend ~ OR ~ 97702
541.382.3537
http://www.hsco.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information:
October 31, 2002 Lynne Ouchida 541.382.4328

Cold Weather Safety for your Pet

The Humane Society of Central Oregon recommends the following safety advice to protect your pet during the cold winter months. When the temperature begins to fall, you need to provide extra care to your companion animals.

Pets are best kept inside:
Bring in your pets when the temperature reaches 30 degrees with the wind-chill. Kittens, puppies, shorthaired dogs, cats and senior pets are at greatest risk.
Dogs and cats can get frost bitten ears, nose, and feet if left outside.
Once inside, make sure your pet is trained to not jump on or rub against a hot wood stove or portable heater.
Indoor pets get less exercise and expend less energy keeping warm, so feed them less.
If pet must be kept outside:
Provide a dry, elevated dog house with clean dry bedding and a flap over the opening to keep drafts out. A doghouse should allow your dog to comfortably sit and lay down but small enough to hold in its body heat. Cover the opening with heavy fabric or plastic door.
Make sure the water bowl does not freeze.
Outdoor pets need more calories to produce body heat.

For both indoor and outdoor pets:
Keep antifreeze, salt and other household poisons away from pets. Antifreeze tastes sweet and a very small amount is poisonous to pets. Request or put in “pet safe” antifreeze into your car.
Chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate paws.  Buy “pet safe” ice melters
Make sure a cat has not crawled under your car seeking shelter and warmth near the engine. Tap on the hood of your car before starting it.
Never leave burning candles unattended.
Horses and livestock need winter care too:
Make sure your horse or livestock has clean, dry bedding. 
Provide shelter or a windbreak
Make sure water in trough does not freeze.   
Have hooves checked and prepared for winter.

Bend Public Works offers cold-weather water tips

For Immediate Release
From: Ellen Waterston

Waterston Communications, 385-7025

Re: Winter Water Tips from the Department of Public Works

For More

Information:Mike Miller, Operations Manager, 317-3013

Date: October 30, 2002

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Winter Water Tips from the Department of Public Works

Winter’s cold nights have arrived. The Department of Public Works offers the following tips to help keep water flowing in your home by protecting your plumbing before and during freezing weather.

Before Freezing Weather

Outside your home:

Caulk around pipes where they enter the house and close all foundation vents to stop cold winter air from blowing into your house, as well as possibly reducing your winter heating needs. Open foundation vents are probably the greatest cause of frozen or split water pipes.

· Protect outside pipes and faucets with frost-free hose bibs or by wrapping non-frost free hose bibs with newspapers or rags covered with plastic, fiberglass, or molded foam-insulating covers. You can check to see if the hose bib is frost free (most newer homes have them) by turning off the water – if it continues to drain for a few seconds, the hose bib is frost-free.

· Disconnect garden hoses from the faucets and store them inside a protected area.

· Shut-off and drain in-ground sprinkler systems, including the backflow prevention device. Contact a landscape professional if your irrigation system requires blowing the system out with a large air compressor.

· Know where your main water shut-off valve is outside of your home (typically they are located 18-inches from the foundation wall where the water line enters the building) If a pipe bursts anywhere in the house the shut off valve must be turned off. Use a snow stake painted blue to mark the location of the shut-off valve.

· If there is a leak and you cannot find the shut-off valve, call the water service line 388-5515 during regular business hours, or after hours at 317-3000.

Inside your home:

· Wrap all pipes in unheated areas (crawl space, attic, garage or basement) using insulating tape or molded pipe sleeves.

· Shut off and drain your water system if you are leaving home for an extended period by first turning off your water heater, then turning off the main water shut-off valve, then turning on all faucets, sinks, tubs, showers, etc., and flushing the toilets. Set your thermostat to 55 degrees.

During Freezing Weather

· Open cupboard doors in the kitchen and bathrooms to allow pipes behind the cupboards to get more heat.

If Your Pipes Freeze

· Thaw the lines safely. If you know where the lines are frozen, you can thaw them by waving a hair dryer set on low heat back and forth along the frozen area. DO NOT LEAVE A RUNNING HAIRDRYER UNATTENDED.

· DON’T USE an OPEN FLAME or ELECTRIC ARC WELDER TO THAW FROZEN WATER LINES. It may be fast, but could catch the house on fire.

· If there is no water coming from any of your faucets, the problem may not be your home plumbing, it may be a Public Works issue. For assistance, please call 317-3000 day or night.

If Your Pipes Are Broken

· SHUT OFF THE WATER AND WATER HEATER.

· If you are unable to find the shut-off valve, or have water leaking in the house from a broken pipe, call the Public Works Department 24-hour emergency number 317-3000 for assistance.

Remember, the most effective way to prevent problems is to protect your home before the winter weather hits. By winterizing your home now, you can prevent your home from the damage and inconvenience of frozen water pipes.

For additional information, please contact: Mike Miller, Public Works Operations Manager at 317-3013.

State funding hundreds of affordable housing units

www.hcs.state.or.us
PO Box 14508, Salem, Oregon 97309-0409
503.986.2000, Fax 503.986.2020, TTY 503.986.2100
LD – 02-24
Oregon Housing and Community Services
“Setting the Standard”

For Immediate Release

Contact: Betty Markey (503) 986-2116
John Wahrgren (503) 986-2073
Bob Gillespie (503) 986-2106

State Approves Funding for Hundreds of Affordable Housing Units

Salem, Oregon (October 28, 2002) – Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) announces the funding
of eighteen affordable housing developments under the Consolidated Funding Cycle and the Pass-Through
Revenue Bond (Conduit) Loan Program. Together, these projects will provide 1095 units of affordable housing
for Oregonians with special needs.
The Spring and Fall 2002 Consolidated Funding Cycle (CFC) provides opportunities to apply for State of Oregon
grants and tax subsidies to develop housing for lower-income Oregonians. “This years Consolidated Funding Cycle
was very successful. We are very excited to see so many new developments become available for Oregonians in
need,” said Bob Repine, OHCS Director. The Fall CFC round included the following programs and award
amounts:
• The Housing Development Grant Program (trust fund) – $893,630
• The HOME Program – $3,061,317
• The HELP Program – $150,000
• The Low-Income Weatherization Program – $100,000
• Alcohol and Drug Free funds – $300,000
• Oregon Affordable Housing Tax Credit Program – $7,889,027
• Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program – $5,041,702
These combined funding and tax credit programs facilitated the development of 18 housing projects totaling
$72,354,155 and 699 units of affordable housing. The State Housing Council approved the HOME Program
funding for the following developments at their October 25, 2002 meeting in Salem:
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www.hcs.state.or.us
PO Box 14508, Salem, Oregon 97309-0409
503.986.2000, Fax 503.986.2020, TTY 503.986.2100
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• The Aspens in Hermiston, OR – $500,000 loan reservation of HOME funds was approved for this 58-unit
affordable housing development for working families, single parents and independent seniors.
• Lilac Meadows Phase II in Medford, OR – $450,000 grant reservation of HOME funds was approved for
this 42-unit affordable rental housing project for low-income families transitioning out of farm labor.
• Crest View Terrace in Roseburg, OR – $694,507 grant reservation of HOME funds, $200,000 Housing
Development Grant that includes $100,000 from previously awarded funds under OHCS Request for
Proposals in conjunction with the Department of Corrections were approved for this 11-unit affordable
housing development for ex-offenders and persons in recovery.
• Sunnyside Apartments in McMinnville, OR – $565,000 grant reservation of HOME funds was approved
for 415-units of alcohol and drug-free housing for persons with serious and persistent mental illness.
• Stillwater in Lebanon, OR – $348,500 grant reservation of HOME funds and a $328,310 HOME Loan
were approved for this 40-unit project for independent seniors.
• Orchard Park in Cottage Grove, OR – $175,000 grant reservation of HOME funds was approved for this
21-unit affordable housing development for low-income families and farmworker families.
Contact Betty Markey (503) 986-2116 or Bob Gillespie (503) 986-2106 for more information regarding these and
the other 12 projects approved for funding through the Fall 2002 Consolidated Funding Cycle that will provide
elderly, developmentally disabled, psychologically disabled, and very low income populations with housing.
In addition to the CFC developments listed above, the Housing Council approved its largest conduit financing to
date. A $24,700,000 Pass-Through Revenue Bond Financing was allocated to Wyndhaven Limited Partnership for
the development of the Wyndhaven Apartments in Hillsboro, OR. Wyndhaven is an affordable housing project
consisting of 396 housing units. Due to Wyndhaven’s central location to a major metropolitan growth market, and
because of its proximity to a key Max Light Rail station, it strongly supports Oregon’s Quality Development
Objectives. Contact John Wahrgren (503) 986-2073 for more information on this project.
Oregon Housing and Community Services (OHCS) is the State’s housing finance agency and community services
program administrator. The Department provides financial and programs support to create and preserve
opportunities for quality, affordable housing for Oregonians of lower and moderate income and administers federal
and state antipoverty, homeless, energy assistance and community service programs. The OHCS mission is to
“Reach out for opportunities to create partnerships that improve Oregonians’ lives, and the quality of our
communities.” For more information on the programs and services offered through OHCS, visit our website at
http://www.hcs.state.or.us .
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State fish/wildlife panel to vote on elk/deer import ban

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 Thursday, October 31, 2002

Commission to vote on native fish policy and permanent importation ban on live elk and deer
Fourth wolf informational workshop to be held

PORTLAND – The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission will meet in open session Nov. 7-8 in Portland to learn about fiscal impacts of wolf management, and consider permanent rule making on the draft Native Fish Conservation Policy and a ban on the importation of live deer and elk.

The seven-member Commission is the rule-making body for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. The panel meets monthly to adopt regulations and establish policy. The two-day November meeting will begin with the wolf workshop at 1 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 7, at ODFW headquarters at 2501 S.W. First Ave. in downtown Portland.

The Commission will hear from the following speakers on the fiscal impacts of wolf management:
· Mark Henjum and Craig Ely, ODFW, summary of wolf management costs in western states;
· Dave Williams, Oregon director for U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services;
· Kemper McMaster, Oregon director for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service;
· Ben Boswell, Wallowa County commissioner;
· Steve West, Klamath County commissioner;
· Fred Obermiller, Oregon State University professor; and
· Margret Sarlen Hinson, sheep rancher, Idaho Economic Impact of Wolves on Sheep Operations.
Public testimony will not be taken during the wolf workshop. The workshop is the fourth in a series of informational sessions for the Commission on issues related to wolf management. Additional information about the potential for wolves to enter Oregon can be found at http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/InfoCntrWild/gray_wolf/wolf_main.htm .

The remainder of the agenda items will be considered starting at 8 a.m., Friday, Nov. 8. Public testimony will be taken on all items. Agenda items include:
· Director’s report on lower Columbia River coho recovery plan and region activities (informational);
· Native Fish Conversation Policy (permanent rule making);
· Real property exchange to obtain 50 acres on the Luckiamute River (action);
· Importation ban of live cervids and some parts of cervid carcasses (permanent rule making);
· Fish restoration and enhancement projects (action); and
· 2003 sturgeon season options (guidance for future rule-making).

Additional information on the meeting will be posted to the ODFW Web site, http://www.dfw.state.or.us/ODFWhtml/meeting_schedule/november/november8.htm .

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Information and Education Section
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
(503) 872-5264 ext 5528

Wyden to give briefing at veterans’ town hall meeting

VETERANS TOWN HALL MEETING
SENATOR RON WYDEN

DATE : Thursday, 7 Nov 2002

TIME : 8:00-9:00 AM

LOCATION : Bend VFW Hall
1503 NE 4th St
Bend, OR

Senator Wyden will give briefing on legislative issues related to veterans affairs, and have a question & answer period after.

Coffee and doughnuts will be served courtesy of Kirby Nagelhout Construction.

For more information contact: Mike Barker @ 388-6083
(Michael.L.Barker@state.or.us)