COCC Board seeking applicants plus more

The Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors
is seeking applications for a vacated board position that represents
Crook and eastern Deschutes counties. The appointee will serve through
June 30, 2003; the position will come up for election in May of 2003.
Applications must be received by Monday, Jan. 20, 2003.
The COCC Board of Directors consists of seven elected
members who provide the vision and direction for the region’s
comprehensive community college. Board members are elected from seven
geographic zones in the college district, which includes all of Crook,
Deschutes and Jefferson counties and parts of Klamath, Lake and Wasco
Zone 2 includes all of Crook County and precincts 10, 22 and
23 in Deschutes County. For questions about boundaries, call 383-7599 or
the county clerk’s office at 388-6546.
To apply for the position, send a cover letter, resume and
written answers to
the following questions to the COCC Board of Directors, Central Oregon
College, 2600 NW College Way, Bend, Oregon 97701. Please answer, in 200
or less: What is the role of a comprehensive community college and how
does it best meet the needs of its local residents? What do you see are
the major responsibilities of a member of a public board?
For questions, call 383-7599.
Central Oregon Community College Board of Directors
will meet at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the Pacific Corp. Room
(106) in the Manufacturing and Technology Center at the COCC Redmond
Campus. Prior to the meeting, the board will be meeting for dinner at
5:30 p.m. in Room 128 of the Redmond College Center. At 6:30 p.m. the
board will meet in executive session to discuss real estate.
The board will discuss the Public Employees Retirement
System litigation proposed by the Oregon School Board Association and
the potential budget implications of Measure 28. They will also consider
adjusting the boundaries of the board zones and hear an update on the
state budget situation.
The board will next meet on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Central Oregon Community College’s Life
Planning/Changing Directions program is offering an orientation session
for its winter-term classes at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, in Room 151 at
the Boyle Education Center on the Bend campus.
The two-credit Life Planning/Changing Directions program
offers a new approach to effective life planning and relationship
building. Through classes, workshops and support groups, the program
offers strategies and support for men and women who are returning to
school, considering entry into the work force or making other changes in
their lives. Through the class, students work on communication skills,
time management, self-esteem and assertiveness, as well as
decision-making and goal-setting strategies.
Attending an orientation is required for enrollment in this class. A
limited number of scholarships as well as child care and transportation
funds are available. For information, call 383-7580.
An exhibit of artwork by Central Oregon Community College
faculty members will be displayed in the Gallery in the Pinckney Center
for the Arts Jan. 17 through Feb. 9. There will be a reception for the
artists at 6 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 17, in the Gallery followed by a
faculty recital at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The events are free, and
the public is invited.
On display will be drawings by Dawn Emerson, Williams Hoppe
and Janet Lee Meyer; ceramics by Sara Krempel, Jo Gallegos and Peter
Meyer; photographs by George Jolokai and James Hutchens; and paintings
by Judy Hoiness and Mike Wonser.
For information, call 383-7511.
Anyone with special needs resulting from a physical disability who
wishes to attend this event should contact Gene Zinkgraf, ADA
coordinator, at least three days in advance of the event. He can be
reached at 383-7775 or through the college’s TTY number, 383-7708.

Local company PrintMG adds new account executive

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For more information on PrintMG or this press release, contact Jon McLagan at 385.8000.

Balancing act: County will wait for West Nile Virus arrival

Trying not to overreact or under-react, Deschutes County commissioners have decided to hold off on setting aside money for spraying or other efforts to combat an expected West Nile Virus outbreak, a deadly mosquito-borne disease that health officials predict will reach Oregon this summer.

At their final meeting of the year on Monday, commissioners told county Health Department officials that they have heard from no one in the public urging action at this time, and that diverting funds from other health needs during the current budget crunch isn’t something they want to do. But they also said they want to keep a close watch on the situation, and could use reserve funds in rapid fashion, should that become necessary.

“We have to balance this with other public health needs,” Commissioner Tom DeWolf said. “We don’t want to overreact to something that hasn’t impacted us yet.”

Commissioners were briefed in mid-November (see earlier story, about the spread of the virus.

Oregon is one of just five states in the country that have yet to see an outbreak of the virus, first detected in this country three years ago in New York City. “They thought it would take a decade to cross the nation, but it only took three years,” county Health Director Dan Peddycord said at the time.

The county now has one “vector control district,” the kind of agency created to take on mosquitoes and other airborne pests through spraying biological larvicide on standing water, to kill them before they hatch. While the “microbial pesticides” are essentially non-toxic to humans, chemical pesticides that can kill adult mosquitoes in serious situations can have stronger effects and must be used with more caution.

The Four Rivers Vector Control District works in the south county and also contracts with the Sunriver and Black Butte Ranch homeowner associations for spraying efforts.

There was a big increase in human deaths in 2002, with more than 200 reported nationwide, mostly east of the Rockies and “nearly half in Illinois – no one knows why,” Peddycord said.

Oregon could see handful of virus deaths in `03

Hundreds more became ill, primarily with encephalitis, but the “very deathly risk” is to horses, which are receiving vaccinations to prevent the disease, Peddycord said. A vaccine for humans is under development but at least a few years away, he added.

“We would anticipate anything from zero to 10 deaths in Oregon next year,” Peddycord said, adding that the Northwest saw two cases toward the end of the mosquito-breeding season, in a bird and a horse. The mortality rate in horses that contract the disease is 40 to 50 percent, the health official said.

Peddycord urged the board to consider setting aside $50,000 for enhanced vector control in the county, either by helping the Four Rivers district expand its coverage area or creating a new, countywide district.

“We believe that over the next five or six years, every year will bring a risk to animals and humans,” Peddycord said. Recent history has shown that the cases will peak in about six years, then decline over time.

Once cases begin to occur, “the public may very well demand creation of a (vector control) district,” Peddycord advised. “The threat isn’t here in Oregon yet, so the public is not as concerned” as elsewhere, he said, but the concern level elsewhere has “far exceeded” that for smallpox or anthrax, two other major topics of public health concern in the past couple of years.

“The public takes the threat of West Nile Virus very seriously,” the official said. “When it comes, this year or next, we will see cases in Oregon, maybe just animals.”

Peddycord and other staffers presented the Four Rivers district’s “mosquito-borne disease response plan” and a cost estimate for expanded, county-wide vector control, totaling $194,000 for helicopter and ground spraying of larvicide, “fog” machines and some treatment of state or federal land as well.

Commissioner Dennis Luke – who takes the board chairman reins from DeWolf for the coming year – noted that while commissioners can create a new district, any tax base must be put to a public vote.

Amid budget cuts, county will wait and see on virus

With county health and mental health departments cutting back to four-day work weeks in the new year, due to state budget cuts, the idea of diverting existing funds toward a threat of as-yet unknown timing or intensity didn’t win over commissioners.

“There’s a lot of things your department does” that keep people well and even from dying, DeWolf told Peddycord. “If we set aside $50,000 – that’s a nurse. My inclination is not to do anything,” for now, so as not to further harm programs ranging from inoculations to pregnancy screenings and prenatal care.

Luke said, “We can create a district rather quickly. I don’t want to create alarm, either. You’ve got people getting sick on Walt Disney cruises, from a virus, and folks are not stopping cruises.” He cited an “absence of hard evidence” as of yet about when and how severely the virus will affect the county.

Luke also asked if other animals and wildlife are affected by the virus, such as deer and elk. “They probably do,” Peddycord said. “Other animals haven’t been studied as well. Dogs are susceptible” to the disease, but not as seriously as horses.

“We’re not going to be able to ramp up at the last minute to do spraying,” Peddycord warned.

He said Bend city officials recently were briefed on the problem, but that “the greatest threat, really, is the south end of the county, from Deschutes River Woods south,” due to the high water table and more standing water in the summer. Problems also could emerge on farmland north of Redmond, where there’s stagnant water at times.

Asked what’s happening elsewhere in the state, Peddycord said county health officials “are meeting with very mixed success” in urging that funding be identified for dealing with the coming problem.

Commissioner Mike Daly – who takes Luke’s duties as budget officer in 2003 – agreed, for the most part, with his colleagues, but also said the county “should give the public an opportunity to form a district.” He said he was encouraged by the strong vote in November by which Prineville residents agreed to join an existing mosquito-control district in the county.

But DeWolf said the issue is clearly not on the public’s radar screen – at least, not yet. “Not one person, not once has this subject come up,” in dealings with the public, he said.

“I don’t disagree with you, Mike,” DeWolf told Daly. “It’s just early, that’s all. Let’s wait and see what happens this summer on the West Coast.”

Control district watching for virus, encephalitis

The Four Rivers district has been involved in a surveillance program the past two years designed to detect not only the West Nile Virus but Western equine encephalitis and St. Louis encephalitis. Some birds are very susceptible and die quickly from the virus, and are good “sentinels” for arrival of the disease.

DeWolf told Peddycord there’s no need to set aside reserve funds, which are already available. “We could react to that almost instantly,” should the need arise, he said.

And as county legal counsel Rick Isham noted, creating a new taxing district can only take place at elections in even-numbered years, meaning the next such possibility is May 2004. A district can be formed without a tax base at any time.

“Until I have hard evidence of a real threat here – we didn’t even pass the 911 levy,” DeWolf noted. But he added, “I wouldn’t want to mislead anybody. We’re taking this very seriously, but it’s a balancing act between needs. We’ve really got to be smart about how we proceed.”

Peddycord said he understood, and said the county will look for possible federal funding of efforts to combat the virus. But he added, “I really do believe that by this time next year, this will be a quite different discussion.”

County public information officer Anna Johnson said the West Nile Virus issue will be discussed in an article in the next county newsletter, due out in January.

COCC offers Community Education classes & programs

Small Business Management Program

COCC’s Business Development Center is taking applications for the 2003 Small Business Management program. This year-long program offers a unique combination of practical, hands-on classroom instruction and one-to-one business counseling customized to individual business needs. The SBM program works with Central Oregon businesses at least one year old and with one employee, poised for growth. Cost is $395 and classes start on January 14. For more information call 383-7290.

Ice Skating Class

Central Oregon Community College’s Community Education program is offering an Ice
Skating class beginning January 9, meeting for eight Thursdays from 6:00 to 7:00 pm
at the Inn of the Seventh Mountain.
Instructor Cynthia Marshall, a former Olympic Ice Skater and longtime ice skating
instructor will teach beginning skaters basic skills to glide and turn, while
intermediate skaters can work on crossovers, jumps, spirals and more.
Cost for Ice Skating is $69, which includes instruction and ice rink time during the
class. Ice skates are not included in class price, but can be rented at the Inn of
the Seventh Mountain if needed. Pre-registration is required by Monday, January 6
at 5:00 pm. For more information or to register, call Community Education at
383-7270 or log on to

Beginning Sign Language Class

Central Oregon Community College Community Education program is offering a Beginning
Sign Language class winter term, scheduled on Monday evenings, January 13 through
March 17 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm on the COCC campus.
Instructor Amy Norman, an interpreter in local public schools, will teach students
the basics of American Sign Language (ASL) vocabulary, with time devoted in each
class to hands-on practice using new skills.
Cost for Beginning Sign Language is $38 ($29.01 for seniors 62 and older). There is
a required textbook, Signing Naturally Level 1, available at the COCC Bookstore.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration deadline is
Thursday, January 9 at 5:00 pm. For more information, call Community Education at
383-7270 or log on to

2003 steelhead season expected to bring above normal returns

Winter steelhead fisheries should provide good angling opportunities in early 2003. ODFW biologists expect above average returns in many river systems.
The following coastal rivers and creeks receive releases of hatchery-reared winter steelhead smolts and are expected to provide good fishing opportunities now through early spring: Necanicum, North Nehalem, Kilchis, Wilson, Nestucca, Three Rivers, Siletz, Big Elk, Alsea, Siuslaw, South Umpqua, Coquille, South Fork Coos, Millicoma, Tenmile, Rogue, Applegate and Chetco. In addition, the Klaskanine, Big, Gnat, Clackamas, Sandy and Hood systems in the lower Columbia River basin also have winter steelhead hatchery runs. In the upper Willamette system and John Day River, summer steelhead provide some fishing opportunities through the winter.
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife reminds hunters and anglers to buy their 2003 LICENSE AND TAGS before making plans to go afield after the start of the new year. The printed pamphlet listing the hunting and fishing regulations for 2003 may now be found at any license agency throughout the state.
The general COUGAR season for 2003 starts Jan. 1, 2003, for those hunters with a new 2003 hunting license and cougar tag. The Blue Mountains Zone reopens to cougar hunting on Jan. 1, 2003.
Waterfowl hunting continues statewide after the midseason closure in many areas of the state. Migrants are showing up and goose hunting is open through Jan. 26, 2003, in Southwest, Northeast and Southeast Oregon. Northwest Oregon goose hunters should check the regulations for open areas and take note that goose hunting on Sauvie Island is closed for the season. Duck hunting is open through Jan. 26, 2003, statewide, however, harvest of pintails and canvasbacks is not allowed.
The forest Grouse season and Mountain Quail seasons in western Oregon stay open through Jan. 5, 2003. Chukar, Hungarian Partridge and California Quail seasons are open in Eastern Oregon (except Morrow and Umatilla counties) through Jan. 31.

Northwest Zone
Alsea, Siletz, Siuslaw and Yaquina Rivers: Rivers are low and angling has been slow. Many salmon are now spawning in the main river where anglers are asked to avoid disturbing spawning fish and their nests.
Big Creek: Angling for steelhead is fair. Anglers may call 503-458-6529 for recorded fishing information.
Gnat Creek and Klaskanine River: Angling for steelhead is fair.
Clams and Mussels: Beaches are closed to the harvest of clams and mussels from Yachats (Lincoln County) to the mouth of the Columbia River (Astoria) because of unsafe levels of domoic acid. The Oregon Department of Agriculture advises that it has extended its domoic acid closure of recreational shellfish harvesting to include the entire Oregon coast for razor clams only.
Crabs do not concentrate domoic acid in the meat and are not affected by this closure. However, recreational harvesters are advised not to eat the crab guts at this time. All bays in the affected areas are open except for the jetties at the entrances to the bays. Clamming is also prohibited inside the mouth of the Columbia River.
Shellfish harvesters outside the affected area should check for current information about health advisory closures by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Hotline in Salem at (503) 986-4728 or checking under “Warnings & Alerts.”
LAKES: Local lakes remain open to angling all year. Some holdover trout still should be available. Success should improve with cooler water temperatures. Angling for warmwater species (such as bass) should be slow. Excess summer steelhead have been released into Town Lake, Cape Meares Lake and Lorens Pond.
Necanicum River: Angling for steelhead is fair to good.
Nehalem Bay, Nehalem River, and North Fork Nehalem: Winter steelhead angling is fair to good on the North Fork Nehalem. Winter steelhead are being recycled through the fishery from Nehalem Hatchery. Anglers may call 503-368-5670 for updated fishing information for the North Fork Nehalem.
Nestucca and Three Rivers: Angling is fair to good for steelhead. Winter steelhead are being recycled through the fishery from Cedar Creek Hatchery. Few chinook are still available. Angling for chinook closes Dec. 31.
Tillamook & Nestucca Rivers: Sturgeon angling is slow in Tillamook Bay. Best fishing is in the Tillamook River tidewater.
Wilson, Kilchis & Trask Rivers: Angling is fair to good for steelhead. Some chinook still are available. Angling for chinook closes Dec. 31.

Cougar: The best way to hunt these elusive cats is with aggressive predator calling. Densities of cougars tend to be lower on the north coast than Southwestern or Northeastern Oregon.
Forest Grouse And Mountain Quail: Good numbers of both quail and grouse have been noted in the last month along forest roads on the north coast. Mountain quail are most commonly found in brushy clearcuts, especially on south facing slopes. The middle and upper Nestucca Basin is a good area. Blue grouse are not abundant on the north coast, but usually frequent higher elevations like ridge tops. Ruffed grouse are more common, and are usually found along stream bottoms and mid-slope areas.
Waterfowl: Duck hunting on the north coast has been improving with stormy weather. More migrants have appeared on north coast estuaries and are at about maximum numbers. See special regulations and seasons regarding pintails and other species. Tillamook County is closed to all goose hunting (except black brant) for the rest of the season. Again, see “Oregon Game Bird Regulations” for details.

Migrating waterfowl, including ducks, geese, rails and grebes are present in fairly high numbers in north coast estuaries. Some of the better estuaries to look at include Nestucca, Tillamook and Nehalem Bays, and the lower Columbia River.
Elk are on Jewell Meadows Wildlife Area consistently during the daylight hours, especially in the mornings and evenings. Several different herds occupy the various parts of the area, with the herd of larger bulls generally in the westernmost portion.
Gray whales are migrating south along the coast of Oregon from their summering grounds off Alaska’s coast to the Baja California area where they winter. Whales can be seen from prominent coastal heads such as Cascade Head, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares and Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain.

Southwest Zone

Applegate Reservoir: Fair to good trout.
Applegate River: Closed to all angling downstream of Applegate Dam.
Chetco River: With higher waterflows, steelhead fishing will improve in the next couple of weeks. Fishing should be excellent when water conditions are right. When the river is high, plunking from gravel bars is the most productive. With lower flows, side drifting and drift fishing is the most productive.
Clamming: Steamers (butter clams) can be found in shoreline rocky areas on minus tides. The best clamming on the south coast is for butter clams. Butter/steamer clams can be found at Rocky Point (just south of Port Orford), Macklin Cove (Chetco River) and Lone Ranch Beach. Razor clamming is closed along the entire Oregon coast. Always check for Public Health Advisories by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s shellfish hotline (503-986-4728). Check “Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations” (Marine Zone) for harvest methods and other specifications.
Coos River Basin: Steelhead should be running now in the South Coos and Millicoma rivers due to heavy rains this past couple of weeks. As of Dec. 20, the rivers dropped a little, have a nice pea-green color, and steelhead angling should be good. Adipose fin-clipped coho can be taken up to the Chandler Bridge through Dec. 31. Isthmus Slough is open year-round for adipose fin-clipped coho. All coho salmon including jacks 15 to 20 inches in length, must be adipose-clipped to harvest. Weather conditions were too rough for much bottomfish and surfperch angling to occur this past week. Crabbing has been good in Coos Bay; but crabs may move out with the flush of freshwater from storms.
Coquille River Basin: Steelhead should be running now in the Coquille River and forks with the heavy rains this past weekend. Once river conditions come back into shape, steelhead angling should be good. Adipose fin-clipped coho can be taken up to Lampa Creek until Dec. 31. All coho salmon, including jacks 15 to 20 inches in length, must be adipose-clipped to harvest.
Crabbing: Crabbing has been fair in the estuary, but crabs may move out with the flush of freshwater from storms. Crabbing from the public piers in Port Orford and Brookings should be good when ocean conditions are fair. Crabs tend to be more active one hour before and one hour after high and low tides. The ocean opened for Dungeness crab Dec. 1. Check “Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations” (Marine Zone) for harvest methods and other specifications.
Gold Ray Dam: The fish count past Gold Ray Dam through Nov. 5: 13,254 summer steelhead; 19,501 fall chinook salmon; and 3,694 coho salmon.
Lost Creek Resevoir: Fair to good for trout. The upper end of the reservoir is producing the best catches for trout.
Pacific Ocean and Ocean Beaches: Bottom and surf fishing have dropped off due to rough surf.
Pacific Ocean, Elk River Ocean Terminal Area Fall Chinook Salmon Fishery closed Dec. 15. Check the “Oregon Ocean Salmon Regulations” for requirements and restrictions.
Rogue, Lower: With higher water flows, fishing for steelhead should pick up in the next week. When the river is high, plunking from gravel bars is the most productive. With lower flows, side drifting and drift fishing is the most productive.
Rogue River, Upper/Middle: Artificial fly and lure restrictions apply through Dec. 31 from Gold Ray Dam reservoir upstream to Rogue Elk County Park boat ramp. Bait is allowed from the Rogue Elk Park boat ramp upstream to the deadline markers downstream of the Cole River Hatchery diversion dam.
South Coast Lakes/Ponds: Angling is slow in most lakes and ponds. Check the regulations.
South Coast streams: With higher water flows, steelhead fishing will pick up in the next couple of weeks. Fishing should be excellent when water conditions are right. With lower flows, side drifting and drift fishing is the most productive. Good fisheries are expected on south coast streams. Special regulations apply.
Umpqua River, North: Winter steelhead fishing is slow in the all-angling section and the fly-only section.
Umpqua, mainstem: Steelhead angling is fair. Good numbers of fish are now in the river from the Forks to Scottsburg.
Umpqua, south: The South Umpqua is fair for winter steelhead. Fishing should continue to improve when water conditions allow. Check the regulations.
Winchester Bay: Crabbing is fair. Sturgeon angling is fair to slow.
Winchester Dam: Counts are not available for winter steelhead this week.

Mountain Quail: This was a good production year for mountain quail. Hunters working the edges of older clearcuts away from primary roads should find the greatest number of birds. The best opportunities are at middle elevations in the Cascades and at higher elevations in the Coast Range. Season ends Jan. 5, 2003.
Forest Grouse: Both blue and ruffed grouse numbers are excellent this year. However, birds are now becoming wise and more difficult to find so explore secondary roads. Hunters who kill grouse in Western Oregon are asked to help ODFW and OSU by saving wings, tails and crops from grouse. For each harvested grouse place the tail, one wing and the crop in a paper bag and freeze them. Afterwards, drop them off at the local ODFW office as soon as possible. Season ends Jan. 5, 2003.
Waterfowl: Duck and goose hunting are slow for locally hatched birds. Opportunities are increasing as the migratory ducks and geese arrive. Local private property has the best duck and goose hunting, but remember to obtain permission before hunting. Hunting in the Denman Wildlife Area in Central Point remains slow, but as the northern birds arrive, hunting success should pick up. Fields in the Denman Wildlife Area will flood with sufficient rainfall. Hunters must check in and out at self-service check stations in the Denman Wildlife Area.
Bear: Bear densities are very high in Southwestern Oregon. Hunters in this region are asked to collect teeth from harvested bears. Season closes Dec. 31, 2002.
Cougar: These animals are secretive and difficult to hunt, but numbers are high in Southwestern Oregon. The best method of finding cougars is by predator calls in areas with good deer numbers.

Viewing: No reports.

Willamette Zone

The salmon-steelhead bag limit has been increased through Dec. 31, 2002, to include one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead in those areas open to steelhead angling in the mainstem Willamette River above Willamette Falls and its tributaries. Elsewhere in the Willamette Zone anglers are limited to two adipose fin-clipped steelhead per day.
Clackamas River: With the recent rains winter steelhead fishing has improved in the lower river.
Detroit and Foster Reservoirs: Angling for trout remains fair at both lakes. Reservoirs are at winter low pool.
Sandy River: With the recent rains winter steelhead fishing has improved.
Walter Wirth Lake and Walling Pond in Salem are still providing anglers opportunities to catch recently stocked trout.
Willamette River: A few winter steelhead are being caught near Meldrum Bar in the Oregon City area.


South Willamette Valley:
Open Seasons: Open seasons include the Northwest Oregon General Zone* goose hunt, and the cougar, bear, forest grouse, mountain quail, and duck seasons. The bear season and 2002 cougar season end on Dec.31. Hunters who want to hunt cougar starting Jan. 1, 2003, will need a 2003 cougar tag. (*Consult the game bird synopsis for open areas.)
Hunter ethics remain important and hunters are reminded to seek permission from landowners before hunting on private land.

South Willamette Valley:
A great wildlife viewing opportunity exists at Stewart Pond from a viewing platform along Stewart Road or a viewing shelter on the edge of the pond. An abundance of waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds are commonly present. The pond is located on Stewart Road (one block north of West 11th Avenue) between Bertelsen Road and Bailey Hill Road in Eugene.
A recently completed wetland development project at Ankeny National Wildlife Refuge provides another great viewing opportunity for waterfowl, hawks, eagles and shorebirds from observation platforms. Go west from the I-5 Ankeny off ramp between Salem and Albany.

Central Zone

The salmon-steelhead bag limit has increased to include one additional adipose fin-clipped steelhead in those areas open to steelhead angling through Dec. 31, 2002.
Antelope Flat Reservoir: Water level is extremely low and reservoir is partially frozen over. Snow conditions may block access.
Crooked River below Bowman Dam: Open only to flies and lures with a harvest limit of two trout. Anticipated fall and winter flows will be 65-75 CFS. Angling for 8- to12-inch redband trout, with occasional larger fish, has been very good. Whitefish angling is excellent and there is no limit on this species.
Deschutes River (Lower Deschutes River Sub-Basin): Trout angling is closed on waters bordering the Warm Springs Reservation and steelhead season will close on Dec. 31, 2002. The Deschutes bordering the reservation will remain closed to all angling until April 26, 2003. The remainder of the river not bordering the Warm Springs Reservation is open to trout and steelhead angling year around. Steelhead angling is fair from the mouth to Maupin, and fair to good from Maupin upstream to Warm Springs.
Haystack Reservoir: Opportunities for kokanee and 10- to 18-inch rainbow and brown trout are fair.
Hood River (Hood River Sub Basin): Steelhead angling from the mouth upstream to Powerdale Dam is fair. The Hood River upstream from Powerdale Dam is closed to the taking of salmon and steelhead, and the West Fork Hood River is closed to angling.
Lake Billy Chinook: The Metolius Arm of the reservoir is closed to angling. The balance of the reservoir is open year-round. Bull trout harvest is limited to one fish larger than 24 inches.
Laurance Lake: Closed to all angling to protect bull trout.
Metolius River: Fishing is reported to be good. Twelve- to sixteen-inch rainbow are being caught along with a few browns. The Metolius River is restricted to catch and release only for all species. Equipment restrictions exist.
North Twin Lake: Angling is fair for 10-12-inch rainbow trout. Some fish up to 15 inches are available. Motors are prohibited.
Ochoco Reservoir: Bank anglers are reporting good success for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout. Water level is very low at approximately 20 percent full. The boat ramp is not operational.
Pinehollow Reservoir: The reservoir is about half full, and trout fishing is fair to good.
Prineville Reservoir: The reservoir is about 50 percent full. The main boat ramp is operational; however, Jasper Point is closed. Opportunities for 12- to 16-inch rainbow trout are fair. The north side access road is closed.
Rock Creek Reservoir: The reservoir has been drained for repair and maintenance. No angling opportunities are available.
Walton Lake: Opportunities for 8- to 16-inch rainbow trout are poor. The lake is partially frozen over, not suitable for ice fishing.


Prineville District:
Cougar: The Ochoco unit is closed through Dec. 31 because the harvest quota has been met. The Grizzly and Maury units remain open, with Maury offering better opportunities where there is more public land. Areas in these units to consider include the Maury Mountains, Sanford Creek drainage and Mill Creek drainage. The season reopens in all units Jan. 1, 2003.
Upland Game Birds: Chukar numbers are low, with the best opportunities along the lower reaches of the Crooked and John Day rivers on BLM lands. Valley quail are scattered, with the best opportunities along stream and wet areas at lower elevations.
Waterfowl: Opportunities are limited with mostly local ducks and geese present. The birds tend to concentrate on private agricultural lands where access can be difficult and hunters need permission. Hunters are reminded the season for pintails has closed. Goose season reopened Dec. 20.
Coyote: Populations remain high throughout the Ochoco District. There are good opportunities on BLM lands in the Ochoco and Maury units where wintering deer populations are starting to concentrate.

Viewing: No report.

Southeast Zone

Ana Reservoir: Fishing is slow. Fishing for hybrid bass and trout usually picks up this time of year.
Ana River: Fishing is fair for trout reared in the river.
Beulah Reservoir: The reservoir is 9 percent full and slowly beginning to fill. Fishing is poor.
Blitzen River: There are special angling regulations affecting this basin. For safety reasons access is closed to the river between Page Springs Dam and Bridge Creek. The Mainstem Blitzen River is to catch-and-release fishing. Angling for rainbow trout is slow.
BLM Ponds: Trout fishing in many of the ponds is slow to poor because of skim ice.
Bully Creek Reservoir: The reservoir is 22 percent full and slowly beginning to fill. Fishing is slow due to cool water conditions.
Burns Pond: Fishing is slow.
Chickahominy Reservoir: Dry.
Delintment Lake: There is thin ice covering most of the lake.
Dog Lake: Fishing is fair for yellow perch. Watch for thin ice.
Duncan Reservoir: Rehabilitated to remove brown bullheads this fall. It will be restocked next spring.
Fish Lake (Steens Mountain): There are several inches of snow on the ground and probably skim ice on the lake. Fishing is poor.
Gerber Reservoir: Winter conditions exist.
Juniper Lake: Dry.
Klamath and Agency Lakes: Angling for wild redband has been good for bank anglers. The lake is ice-free.
Klamath River (Keno Reach): Angling has been fair for wild redband. Winter conditions exist.
Krumbo Reservoir: Fishing is closed for the season.
Lake of the Woods: Angling for brown trout and perch has been fair. Winter conditions exist.
Lost River: Angling has been slow.
Malheur Reservoir: Dry.
Malheur River (Warm Springs Reservoir downstream to South Fork Malheur River): Warm Spring Reservoir became dry Aug. 11. Flows below the dam have been shut off for the winter. Fishing is poor.
Malheur River (South Fork Malheur River downstream to Gold Creek): Fishing is poor. Flows below the confluence of the North Fork are about 15 CFS.
Malheur River, Middle Fork: Streams are low and clear. Angling is slow for wild rainbow, brook trout and whitefish. Anglers are reminded not to use bait upstream of Bluebucket Creek and to release bull trout.
Malheur River, North Fork: The river is low and clear. Fishing is fair for wild rainbow and whitefish. Remember to release bull trout.
Mann Lake: There is thin ice covering most of the lake.
Moon Reservoir: Fishing is poor because of low water levels during the last two years.
Mud Lake: Fishing is slow. Watch for thin ice.
Owyhee Reservoir: The reservoir is 14 percent full. Boat ramps near the dam are operational and the Leslie Gulch boat ramp is out of the water. The upper end of the reservoir is run-of-the-river to almost Doe Island. Angling is slow for crappie, bass and channel catfish. Fish are in deeper water.
Owyhee River (Lower): Flow below dam is shut off. The discharge below the dam is averaging about 14 CFS. Trout fishing is slow for rainbows and fair for small, non-spawning browns.
Owyhee River (Upper): Flows are very low (137 CFS) and water is clear. Angling is slow for both smallmouth bass and channel catfish.
Pilcher Creek Reservoir: Angling is fair for 8- to 12-inch rainbow trout. The reservoir is low.
Pole Creek Reservoir: Dry.
Sherlock Gulch: Fishing is slow. Watch for thin ice.
Snake River: Fishing has slowed with cooler water temperatures. Flows in the river are clearing.
Spaulding Reservoir: Fishing should be good for this year’s plant. Watch for thin ice.
Unity Reservoir: The reservoir is very low, with fair angling for rainbow trout. Many anglers are using cheese.
Warm Springs Reservoir: The reservoir is 4 percent full and slowly beginning to fill. Fishing is poor.
Warner Pond: Fishing is slow. Watch for thin ice.
Wolf Creek Reservoir: The reservoir is very low. Fair angling for 10- to 12-inch rainbow trout.
Yellowjacket Lake: There is thin ice covering most of the lake.


Klamath District:
Cougar: Hunting conditions are improving with more typical winter weather. A few cougar have been taken in the county. A combination of snow tracking and predator calling are the best methods to employ.
Duck/Goose: Seasons are now open following the short split. Duck season is slow with best opportunities along Lost, Klamath and Sprague rivers. Still water bodies are beginning to freeze which usually improves goose hunting opportunities.
Furbearers: Most seasons are under way. Consult ODFW’s “Furbearer and Hunting Regulations” for details. Bobcat and river otter must be checked in at ODFW offices.

Summer Lake Wildlife Area:
Waterfowl hunting during the past week was only fair. Despite favorable weather conditions from several storm systems that brought strong winds and rain, hunting was slow. A total of 206 hunters checked in (up 1 percent compared to the same week last year) and 188 hunters reported (91.3 percent check out) the harvest of 130 birds. These included 87 ducks (48 mallards, 23 gadwall, six American wigeon, four goldeneye, three bufflehead, one merganser, one ruddy duck and one wood duck) and 22 geese (17 Canada, three snow and two white-fronted), as well as six American coots and 15 California quail. There was an average of 0.75 birds per hunter (0.50 ducks and 0.13 geese per hunter). During the same week last year hunters reported an average of 0.43 birds per hunter (0.30 ducks per hunter and 0.11 geese per hunter). Hunters reported spending 675.5 hours in the field for an average of 4.3 hours per hunter, nearly the same as the 4.3 hours per hunter reported for the same week last year. Prospects for waterfowl hunting remain fair as long as favorable weather conditions (storms with wind and/or freezing temperatures) occur.
Hunters are reminded that pintail and canvasback seasons remain closed. Please use great care in identifying ducks before shooting!
At present, conditions are generally mild and most of the area has opened again after the frozen over situation a week ago. Most birds are concentrated in refuge or sanctuary areas and in the evenings and at night have been dispersing widely throughout the area in small pockets of open water to feed. The last weekly count (Dec. 18) conducted under unfavorable conditions found only 2,500 ducks and 1,200 geese in the wildlife area. The count for ducks was very low since the area usually has a wintering population of 5,000 to 7,500 ducks and 1,500 to 2,000 geese. Bird numbers are not expected to change between now and the end of the hunting season (with the exception of Canada geese that could increase if snow cover and harsh, frozen conditions return). A bird count is planned mid to late this week or when stormy conditions subside.
Pheasant season is now closed, and fair numbers of California quail can be found. Coveys are widely scattered. Prospects for quail remain fair, especially when hunting over dogs. Quail season will remain open through the end of January 2003.
All hunters must fill out, and have in their possession while in the field, a daily hunting permit. Free permits are available, self-serve, at the Headquarters located about 1.2 miles south of the town of Summer Lake.
A new 2003 hunting license will be required on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2003. Harvest Information Program (HIP), State Waterfowl and Upland Validations and the Federal Duck Stamp will all remain valid through the end of the hunting seasons, provided they were obtained in 2002. Checkout is mandatory and can be accomplished by dropping off permits in checkout boxes located at each of the wildlife area’s campgrounds, major access areas and at Headquarters. Regulations pertinent to the Summer Lake Wildlife Area can be found on Pages 28 and 29 in the “2002-2003 Oregon Game Bird Regulations.”

Baker District:
General Conditions: Due to drought conditions, forest and range have been extremely dry, except at the higher elevations of the Elkhorn and Wallowa Mountains.
Cougar: The season is closed in the Blue Mountain Zone, but will reopen on Jan 1, 2003.
Chukars and Hungarian Partridge: Chukars are fairly abundant near the Snake River, but sparse in areas away from the river. Hun populations remain scattered at best in Baker County. Concentrate efforts on areas with water until drought conditions improve. Due to the lack of snow, birds are scattered and wild.
Waterfowl: Local populations are scattered.


Klamath District:

A fair number of tundra swans still remain in the Klamath Basin. Be sure to look for any trumpeter swans that are larger than the tundra swans. More winter weather should improve viewing for bald eagles as they congregate in the Klamath Basin, most notably in the state line area near the Lower Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. Fair numbers of rough-legged hawks can be viewed in pastures and fields hunting for rodents.
Summer Lake Wildlife Area:
Viewing opportunities are only fair at this time because of game bird hunting seasons in progress. Fair numbers of wintering waterfowl are scattered throughout the wildlife area at this time, with most being found in refuge or sanctuary areas. The Schoolhouse Lake viewing blind affords excellent opportunities to view good numbers of waterbirds. Most passerine species have departed, but a few wintering species, especially sparrows can be found at Headquarters, Rest Area and at homestead sites where they are attracted to the tree and shrub cover found at those locations. Major dike roads (Bullgate, Windbreak and Work roads) remain closed to motor vehicle traffic and will remain closed until the end of hunting seasons on Jan. 26, 2003. For additional information on viewing opportunities, please call the wildlife area at 541-943-3152, fax 541-943-3204 or e-mail

Northeast Zone

Bull Prairie and Magone Lake: Success has been fair. Brook trout are spawning. Ice is forming.
Columbia River above John Day Dam: Closed to the retention of sturgeon.
John Day River: Steelhead are being caught in the lower river, open for adipose fin-clipped fish only. Limit three per day. Low water may limit boating access. The John Day River above Kimberly and all tributaries, including the North Fork, Middle Fork and South Fork, are closed to trout angling.
Roulet and Ladd Pond: Angling should be slow.
Umatilla River: Angling is slow for steelhead.
Wallowa Lower Grande Ronde, Lower Wenaha and Lower Imnaha Rivers: Open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. (consult angling synopsis for open area boundaries). Rivers have been low and clear; however, recent precipitation should increase flows and improve steelhead angling. Fishing has been fair to good.


Grant District:
Waterfowl: There are not great numbers of ducks around, but they can be found on the area rivers and ponds. There are few geese in the area. Most goose hunting occurs on private land. Be sure to ask permission to hunt on private land.
Chukar, Valley Quail, Gray Partridge: There are good numbers of birds in the Grant District.
Coyote: Good numbers of coyote are found throughout the Grant District. The animals appear to be in good condition.

Heppner District:

Upland Birds: Chukar, Hungarian and California quail seasons will close in Morrow and Umatilla Counties on Dec. 31.
Chukar/Hungarian/Quail seasons remain open in Gilliam and Wheeler Counties however hunters have been experiencing only fair success for chukars and huns as the birds are widely scattered. Areas with good quail habitat can offer good hunting opportunities, however most good quail habitat is located on private lands and hunters should make sure they have permission to hunt private lands.
Waterfowl: The number of Canada geese along the Columbia River has steadily increased and hunters that have located areas being used by geese are having good success. Duck numbers in the Columbia Basin are still below normal for this time of year and success has been moderate at best. Winter storms need to occur in northern use areas before duck populations and hunter success increase substantially.
Coyotes: Access to most public lands within Morrow, Gilliam and Wheeler counties is good and coyote numbers appear to be plentiful. Additional hunting opportunities can be available if hunters make the effort to contact and obtain permission from landowners to hunt coyotes on private lands.

Umatilla District:

Quail and Partridge: Production was somewhat better and hunters should find birds in similar numbers to last year. The season runs through Dec. 31 for partridge and quail in Umatilla and Morrow counties.
Waterfowl: Recent cold weather conditions have moved birds into the Columbia Basin. Hunters should find adequate numbers of geese and ducks.

Union District:

Cougar: The Blue Mountain Zone (E) cougar season is closed and will reopen Jan. 1, 2003.
Chukar/Hungarian Partridge/California Quail: Hunting season continues through Jan. 31, with good numbers of birds available.
Waterfowl: Duck season reopened Dec. 13, with few birds available; goose season reopened Dec. 20. Hunting is very slow.

Wallowa District:
Chukar: Birds are widely scattered and at higher elevations.
Waterfowl: Duck season reopened Dec. 13 and success has been fair for jump shooting. Goose season reopened Dec. 20.

Snake River Zone

Snake River, Hells Canyon Dam (to state line): The Snake River is open for adipose fin-clipped steelhead. Barbless hooks are required. Good angling exists for steelhead. Anglers are picking up steelhead using eggs, black hair jigs with shrimp or backtrolling plugs.
Brownlee Reservoir: Fair angling for crappie in deep water. Crappie anglers are using a variety of jig colors. Fair angling for perch in deep water. Fair angling for bluegill. Fair angling for bass. Fair angling for catfish. Most catfish anglers are using cut bait or worms. Call Idaho Power Company’s recording (1-800-422-3143) to get information on access at recreational sites or visit under the Rivers and Recreation heading. The reservoir was projected to be 15 feet below pool Dec. 16 and 17.
Oxbow Reservoir: The daily bag limit for bass is two bass per day. Bass between 12 and 16 inches must be released year-round. Fair angling for bass. Good angling for large trout below Brownlee Dam and off creek mouths. Trout anglers are doing well trolling with wedding ring spinners or rapalas. Trout anglers also are doing well drifting worms. Slow angling for crappie when fishing deep. Slow angling for bluegill
Hells Canyon Reservoir: Security restrictions limit access to foot traffic or boats in some portions of the upper end of the reservoir. Good angling for trout below Oxbow Dam and off creek mouths. Slow angling for bass. Slow angling for catfish. Slow angling for crappie. Angling should be good.

Columbia Zone


Salmon, steelhead and shad:
Buoy 10 upstream to a line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through red buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank: This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon, adipose fin-clipped coho salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead effective Jan. 1, 2003.
A line projected from Rocky Point on the Washington bank through red buoy 44 to the navigation light at Tongue Point on the Oregon bank upstream to I-5 Bridge: This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped chinook salmon, adipose fin-clipped coho salmon and adipose fin-clipped steelhead effective Jan. 1, 2003.
I-5 Bridge Upstream to Bonneville Dam: This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
Bonneville Dam upstream to the Oregon-Washington border above McNary Dam : This section of the Columbia River is open to the retention of adipose fin-clipped steelhead.
Please consult the “2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations” for further information for the Columbia River Zone.
Bonneville Pool Boats: Weekly checking showed three steelhead released for four boats.
John Day Pool Boat and Bank: Weekly checking showed 22 adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept, plus 14 steelhead released for 37 boats in the John Day Arm. Weekly checking showed one adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for one boat and two adipose fin-clipped steelhead kept for nine bank rods above John Day Dam.

Buoy 10 upstream to Bonneville Dam: The lower Columbia River below Bonneville Dam is open to the retention of sturgeon. The daily limit is one sturgeon between 42″ to 60″.
Bonneville Dam upstream to the Dalles Dam including tributaries (Bonneville Pool: The retention of sturgeon in Bonneville Pool is allowed. The daily limit is one sturgeon between 42″ to 60″.
The Dalles Dam upstream to McNary Dam including tributaries (The Dalles Pool and John Day Pool): The retention of sturgeon in The Dalles Pool and John Day Pool is allowed effective Jan. 1, 2003. The daily limit is one sturgeon between 48″ and 60″.
Please consult the “2003 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations” for further information for the Columbia River Zone.
During this past weekend boat anglers fishing in the Gorge averaged 0.36 legal white sturgeon per boat. In the Portland-to-Longview area this past weekend the greatest concentration of effort occurred near Sauvie Island where anglers averaged 0.30 legal white sturgeon per boat.
Portland-to-Longview Boats: Weekend checking showed 12 legal white sturgeon kept, plus one oversize and 834 sublegals released for 114 boats (complete trips).
Gorge Boats: Weekend checking showed 16 legal white sturgeon kept, plus four oversize and 810 sublegals released for 44 boats (complete trips).
Gorge Bank: Weekend checking showed no catch for 38 bank rods (incomplete trips).
Bonneville Pool Boat and Bank: Weekly checking showed three sublegal white sturgeon released for 22 bank rods and five sublegals released for two boats.

Marine Zone

Fish: Bottom fishing should be good throughout the winter, ocean and weather conditions permitting. The daily bag limit for lingcod will increase from one to two fish for 2003. There will also be opportunities to fish for sturgeon as water levels rise in larger estuaries including Tillamook and Winchester bays.
Clams and Mussels: Beaches are closed to the harvest of clams and mussels from Yachats (Lincoln County) to the mouth of the Columbia River (Astoria) because of unsafe levels of domoic acid. The Oregon Department of Agriculture advises that it has extended its domoic acid closure of recreational shellfish harvesting to include the entire Oregon coast for Razor clams only.
Crabs do not concentrate domoic acid in the meat and are not affected by this closure. However, recreational harvesters are advised not to eat the crab guts at this time. All bays in the affected areas are open except for the jetties at the entrances to the bays. Clamming is also prohibited inside the mouth of the Columbia River.

Shellfish harvesters outside the affected area should check for current information about health advisory closures by calling the Oregon Department of Agriculture Shellfish Hotline in Salem at (503) 986-4728 or checking under “Warnings & Alerts.”

Bend City Council to hold public meeting

The Bend City Council will hold a special work session on Friday, January 3, 2003 at 12:00 noon in the Center for Health and Learning Board Room at St. Charles Medical Center at 2500 NE Neff Road. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss a proposed first 100-day Council plan, issue of City Council subcommittees, and other related business. This meeting is open to the public.
For additional information, please contact:
Patricia Stell City Recorde
City of Bend 388-5517

Wood Products Credit Union granted new charter

Wood Products Credit Union has received approval from the State of Oregon to change to a community-based charter, allowing more Oregonians to enjoy the benefits of belonging to a credit union. The new charter allows Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Marion, Linn, Benton, Lane, Deschutes, Douglas, Coos, Jackson and Josephine county residents and their families to join the credit union. Additionally, people who work in these counties, but don’t reside in them, will be eligible for membership. With the new charter, the credit union’s name will change to Northwest Community Credit Union.
“With this change, Oregon now has a credit union that most Oregonians can join,” said Helen Byrnes, president of the credit union. “Expanding our membership will help us offer more services, competitive rates, and easier credit union access for more consumers.”
In making the decision, the all-volunteer Board of Directors of the credit union took into account what would be best for members, prospects for future growth, the need to remain competitive, the current 11-branch network spread over a wide area and changes in the state’s economy. The board determined that moving to a community-based charter would bring more benefits to current and future members. The expansion is not a result of a merger, buy-out or financial restructuring.
With the expansion, people who live or work in the 12 counties in central and western Oregon are eligible for membership. In addition, family members of the residents of these counties are also eligible to join, regardless of where the family member lives.
“This provides an unprecedented level of choice for Oregonians,” said Gene Poitras, president of the Credit Union Association of Oregon. “It will provide thousands of consumers with an option they didn’t have before to enjoy the benefits of improved customer service and better rates while being part of a local institution.”
The name change to Northwest Community Credit Union occurs as part of the state regulatory process for conversion to a community-based charter. The name change was effective on December 16th and changes to signage and other printed materials will be complete by March 31, 2003. The Wood Products Credit Union checks, credit cards and debit cards that current members hold will continue to work as long as members have them.
The new name helps represent the broader diversity of the areas and people the credit union serves, while also reflecting its roots. “The name was chosen because the Northwest was built on the forest and wood products industries, a heritage we take great pride in,” said Byrnes.
The credit union began as Weyerhaeuser Credit Union in 1949, serving just one company. As the industry changed, the credit union expanded to serve more companies in the wood products industry, and changed the name to Wood Products Credit Union to reflect it. As part of that change, it added branches to serve wood products industry employees in the many communities where the industry played a major role in the economy. Since the late eighties, as Oregon’s wood products industry has faced bigger challenges, the credit union has looked to diversification in order to best serve members. Hundreds of employee groups from outside the core field of membership have been added, and Northwest Community Credit Union now has 58,000 members and $356 million in assets.

Central Oregon receives $154,207 in OLCC liquor revenue

Crook, Deschutes, Gilliam, Hood River, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Sherman, Wasco and
Wheeler counties and their 32 cities received a combined total of $154,207 from the
Oregon Liquor Control Commission’s November 2002 statewide revenue disbursement.
OLCC revenue is generated by the sale of distilled spirits to liquor licensees
(bars, restaurants, nightclubs) and the public in 239 state liquor stores,
privilege taxes collected on beer and wine, license fees, and fines for liquor law
The OLCC’s total statewide distribution was $8.33 million for the month, including
$4.4 million to the state general fund. The total distribution last month (October)
was $8 million.
Based on state Department of Education population figures, Oregon’s 36 counties
received $781,580 in November, and its 239 cities received a combined total of
$1.56 million. The state Dept. of Administrative Services’ city revenue sharing
account netted $1.09 million.
Half the taxes collected on wine and malt beverages, $496,533, went to the state
Office of Mental Health and Addiction Services for drug and alcohol prevention and
treatment activities. The Oregon Wine Advisory Board received $15,021
from an allocation of 2 cents from the 67- to 77-cent tax on table and dessert wine
made or imported here. The fund is used for research and promotion of Oregon wine.
City, county shares
In November, the counties and cities received the following: Crook Co.,
pop. 19,850, $4,469 * Prineville, $5,331; Deschutes Co., 122,050,
$27,468 * Bend, $36,980; Redmond, $10,078; Sisters, $645; Gilliam Co.,
1,900, $428 * Arlington, $367; Condon, $510; Lonerock, $13; Hood River
Co., 20,600, $4,638 * Cascade Locks, $759; Hood River, $4,042;
Jefferson Co., 19,400, $4,368 * Culver, $537; Madras, $3,491; Metolius,
$443; Klamath Co., 64,200, $14,453 * Bonanza, $282; Chiloquin, $483;
Klamath Falls, $13,119; Malin, $430; Merrill, $604; Lake Co., pop.
7,500, $1,688 * Lakeview, $1,665; Paisley, $168; Sherman Co., 1,900,
$428 * Grass Valley, $114; Moro, $228; Rufus, $181; Wasco, $255; Wasco
Co., 24,150, $5,437 * Antelope, $40; Dufur, $396; Maupin, $282; Mosier,
$ 275; Shaniko, $20; The Dalles, $8,211; and Wheeler Co., 1,550, $349 *
Fossil, $316; Mitchell, $114; and Spray, $94.

National average gas prices on the rise; Oregon is holding steady

As energy analysts forecast prior to the holiday season, gasoline prices are on the rise, and they say availability of oil on the world market likely will tighten in the first quarter of 2003. Nationwide, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded climbed to $1.449, seven cents higher than two weeks ago. In Oregon, however, prices have remained stable and greet the new year as the 7th lowest in the continental U.S.
Labor unrest in Venezuela disrupting crude oil and gasoline exports, OPEC’s determination to tighten compliance with production quotas, and on-going military threats by the U.S. against Iraq are primary factors affecting crude oil and wholesale gasoline prices.

National Average (Regular Unleaded) Highest Recorded Price
Current $1.449 Regular Unleaded: $1.718 05/15/01
Dec. 18 $1.377
Month Ago $1.394
Year Ago $1.093

Current Dec. 18, `02 Month Ago Year Ago Highest Recorded
Statewide $1.388 $1.393 $1.427 $1.231 $1.825 09/29/00
Portland $1.404 $1.404 $1.421 $1.256 $1.807 10/03/00
Eugene/Springfield $1.323 $1.330 $1.402 $1.085 $1.848 09/20/00
Salem $1.322 $1.331 $1.369 $1.225 $1.798 09/16/00
Medford/Ashland $1.329 $1.330 $1.349 $1.141 $1.878 09/16/00
Vancouver, WA $1.283 $1.279 $1.310 $1.079 $1.764 09/22/00

Although Oregon’s average per gallon price dropped by about a half cent to $1.388, it’s 15 cents higher than a year ago. New York’s statewide average price–$1.60–is now the highest in the continental U.S. California ranks second at $1.577. In Vancouver, the average per gallon price rose slightly to $1.28, but Washington’s statewide average dipped by almost one cent to $1.36 a gallon. The Idaho statewide average also nudged downward to $1.458; and, in Nevada, it remains at about $1.43. Georgia motorists pay the least–just under $1.32 a gallon–but, that’s a dime a gallon more than only 2 weeks ago.

Smoke alarms help Sunriver couple flee fire, blamed on candles

SUNRIVER – A Sunriver couple who awoke to the sound of their smoke detectors early Monday found their dining room ablaze and called 911 before fleeing their two-story home safely, officials said.

Lit candles were the apparent culprit in the fire, as they are in many tragic blazes nationwide at this time of year, firefighters added.

The fire was reported around 2:30 a.m. at the home of John and Gail Blake, at No. 4 Poplar Loop. It caused an estimated $35,000 damage to the home and $15,000 to the contents, Sunriver Fire Department spokesman George Fox said.

Fire crews entered the home through the front door and knocked down the blaze within five minutes of arrival, Fox said. The fire damage was limited to the living room, but heavy heat and smoke damage occurred to the home’s interior and furnishings.

Firefighters estimated that the blaze was just moments away from full ignition of the entire upper story of the home. But the smoke alarms, quick 911 call and rapid response by fire crews saved the home from more extensive damage.

Salvage and overhaul of the fire damage took fire crews about four hours to complete. Eight Sunriver firefighters and two from La Pine were called to the scene.