Girl thrown from spooked horse near Redmond dies at Bend hospital

A 12-year-old girl died Saturday at St. Charles Medical Center, one day after she was thrown from her spooked horse while riding with a friend west of Redmond, authorities said.

Kalena A. Harvey and her friend, Eilea Sandiford, 13, were riding horses south on Northwest 55th Street in the Howell Estates area shortly before 1:30 p.m. Friday when both horses became spooked, said Deschutes County sheriff’s Deputy Robert Stone.

The two horses ran south on 55th Street, toward Maple Avenue. About 650 feet north of Maple, Harvey fell from the horse onto the cinder roadway, Stone said.

A Redmond ambulance crew was called to the scene and began giving the girl CPR. She first was taken to Central Oregon District Hospital in Redmond, then by Air Life helicopter to the Bend hospital, where she had been listed in critical condition Friday night.

State goes after importers of untaxed ‘gray market’ smokes

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the indictment and arrest of two individuals by the Tobacco Compliance Task Force. The Task Force, a joint effort between the Oregon State Police, the Department of Revenue, and the Department of Justice, was established by the 2001 Legislature to investigate and prosecute individuals and organizations engaged in tobacco tax evasion, distribution of counterfeit tobacco products, and other tobacco related crime.
Indicted in Marion County Court on charges of racketeering, unlawful distribution of cigarettes and making false reports regarding cigarette taxes were Francisco Osegueda, Nicolasa Osegueda and their business, United Trading Company. The Task Force alleges that the Oseguedas and their company imported hundreds cartons of “grey market” cigarettes or unstamped and untaxed cigarettes. “Grey market” cigarettes are those that are produced outside the U.S. for consumption only outside the U.S., or cigarettes produced inside the U.S. intended for consumption outside the U.S. These cigarettes do not meet the stringent state and federal labeling laws.
The Department of Revenue estimates that over $10 million in revenue is lost annually to illegal distribution and sales of unstamped and grey market tobacco sales.
“Most of us pay our fair share in taxes,” Myers said in announcing the arrest. “When someone seeks to evade their share, we must hold them accountable.”
Today’s arrests are the first by the members of the Task Force. The future of the Task Force is in doubt due to budget cuts to the participating state agencies.

Deputy District Attorney receives scholarship.

District Attorney Michael Dugan announced today that deputy district attorney Neil Bregenzer has received a scholarship to attend the National District Attorneys Association course in Cross Examination.
Bregenzer graduated for the University of Oregon Law School in 1990, where he served as Executive Editor of the Oregon Law Review during his senior year. He was admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 1990 and was in private practice in Bend and Salem for 5 years. He began his career as a prosecutor with Deschutes County in 1995. Neil was co-founder and board member of the Deschutes County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) prior to becoming a deputy district attorney. He served as a coach of the Bend High School Mock Trial Team in 2001.
The Cross Examination course is designed to provide prosecutors with the training and skills to be effective courtroom advocates. Cross-examination provides the basis for seeking truth. Bregenzer’s job as a deputy district attorney requires a skilled courtroom presence. “I believe that training and skill development is essential to have effective courtroom advocates,” Dugan stated. “I will continue to seek cost effective means of keeping my staff up to date on the latest in trial presentation.”
The Course is being offered at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina. The National District Attorneys Association is paying all expenses.

Rescued Southeast Oregon dogs get TLC in Bend as adopters sought

Fifteen of more than 500 dogs seized from a rural Southeastern Oregon home were undergoing care, treatment and evaluation Friday at the Humane Society of Central Oregon shelter, one of several facilities around the West that took in and plan to adopt out the neglected, malnourished animals.

When the dogs arrived in Bend Thursday afternoon, among those waiting to greet them was veterinarian Dr. Greg Ertz, who provided immediate care to an anemic, extremely emaciated terrier mix, named Benny, who weighed in at just eight pounds. Another terrier mix, named Rusty, was going to Eastside Animal Hospital Friday for X-rays and further diagnosis of a possible back problem, said Troy Kerstetter, shelter manager.

Ertz and fellow veterinarian Dr. Byron Maas conducted six hours of examinations of the dogs, all suffering from malnourishment, must underweight, Kerstetter said.

The dogs are primarily Chihuahua, terrier, schnauzer and Jack Russell terrier mixes in a range of colors, from tan and gray to black and white. The largest dog weighed in at 20 pounds, and the only female was just seven pounds, officials said.

“All of the dogs are shy and reserved, but doing quite well, considering the upheaval in their lives,” Kerstetter said of the Bend transplants, most of which are 3 to 5 years old, with two under 1 year and a couple 8-10 years old. “These are small breeds, so they will have many more years of love to give.”

Six of the dogs have treatable skin disorders that will require care for about 4-6 weeks. A couple have what Kerstetter called “behavior issues that need further evaluation.” But eight of the dogs are fairly healthy and outgoing, and will be the first ready for adoption.

All of the dogs are expected to do well after proper nutrition, de-worming, special foods, treatment baths and some medication, Kerstetter said. “The greatest need for these dogs is the compassion, patience and understanding necessary for a successful adjustment into a typical household, which is a whole new world for dogs that came from a home where the dogs outnumbered humans 500 to two.”

Shelter officials said the dogs would continue to be evaluated and treated over the weekend by Humane Society staff, as Karen Marcotte of Doggie Day Spa will continue bathing and grooming the dogs.

Bend shelter may do lottery, if interest in dogs is high

Adoption applications are being accepted at the shelter, located at 61770 S.E. 27th St. The dogs will be available for adoption at varied times, based on their health and socialization skills.

Two methods of adopting out the dogs were being considered, depending on the amount of response. If the number of interested would-be dog owners is not overwhelming, approved adopters will be taken in order of approved applications. But if there are a larger number, a lottery of approved applicants will be held, Kerstetter said.

Photos and information about the dogs are available at the Humane Society’s Website, at http://www.hsco.org , and people seeking more information can contact the agency at 382-3537.

More than 130 of the dogs taken from the home were destroyed due to poor health or aggression, officials said. Another 76 of the dogs arrived Thursday at the Oregon Humane Society’s shelter in Portland, while the Greenhill Humane Society in Eugene took 21 of the dogs.

About 120 dogs remain at the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Payette, Idaho, and are expected to be ready for adoption in about 10 days, said Sarah Sharette, the shelter’s director. She said about 75 percent of the dogs suffered from dehydration, and more than half were extremely thin when they were removed from the home.

“All these animal-welfare agencies are working in concert for the benefit of these homeless pets. It’s a very happy ending,” said Portland shelter spokeswoman Barbara Baugnon told The Oregonian. “I think they are going to be snapped up.”

The Bend shelter had offered to take 30 or more of the popular small-breed dogs. But then, Kerstetter said, “some of the big hitters” in the shelter business chipped in to take in dozens of the rescued pooches – not just in Oregon, but as far away as the Boulder, Colo., Humane Society and the “Dumb Friends League” in Denver.

But could bringing the rescued dogs to Bend’s perennially crowded shelter mean other dogs might have to be euthanized, to make room? No, Kerstetter said Friday.

“Luckily, we knew these were small-breed dogs,” he said. “We have a lot of interest in small-breed dogs, but we don’t usually get that many into the shelter.”

Pooches ‘reserved’ but friendly toward people’

Kerstetter said they seem like very adoptable critters, despite their woeful lives to this point.

“We named them as we were doing health checks on them,” Kerstetter said. “We did thorough health checks, spent about a half-hour per dog. That’s a good indication of how much attention they can handle.”

“For the most part, they seemed to be a little reserved, but all in good spirits. And all seemed to be friendly toward people. So hopefully, about half of them can be headed for good, new homes by early next week.”

The dogs were removed from the home near Harper of Barbara Erickson, 76, and husband Robert Erickson, 64, who later were arraigned in Malheur County Circuit Court on criminal mischief and second-degree animal neglect charges.

District Attorney Dan Norris estimated the rescue would cost the county at least $10,000, not including the costs to the Payette shelter, a volunteer agency operating out of two homes.

Deggendorfer replaces Miltenberger on County Fair Board

This week, local entrepreneur Frank Deggendorfer was chosen by the Deschutes County Commissioners to replace long-serving Fair volunteer Don Miltenberger on the Deschutes County Fair Board.
The Fair Board is an oversight board of directors appointed by the Board of County Commissioners whose job it is to oversee the management of the Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center.
Miltenberger served the Deschutes County Fair for 41 years while a member of the Fair Association and Board and retired from the Board just last December.
“Don is one of the finest gentlemen I’ve worked with since joining Deschutes County. His knowledge and expertise will be greatly missed,” says Fair and Expo Center Director Dan Despotopulos.
Deschutes County Fair Board President David Bishop shares, “Don has four to five decades of involvement with the Fair. The Board appreciated his long-term, balanced perspective.”
Deggendorfer joins Deschutes County as the newest member of the Fair Board. Frank’s past community involvement and dedication to the future of Central Oregon makes up a long list. Previously a high school and college teacher in the County, he and his wife Kathy owned Columbia Outfitters for 15 years, the couple own and manage residential and commercial property and a hay and cattle ranch in Sisters.
Frank has served on the Farm Bureau Board, the 4-H Leaders Association, the 4-H Advisory Board and on the Squaw Creek Irrigation Board. Most recently, Deggendorfer has served four years on the Deschutes County Planning Commission.
“We’re looking forward to Frank lending his broad experience in the areas of agriculture and business to the Fair Board. He has demonstrated his dedication and service to the community while serving on the County Planning Commission,” says County Administrator Mike Maier.
Deggendorfer joins Fair Board President David Bishop, John Leavitt from Sisters, Leland Smith from Sunriver and Jim Diegel from Redmond on the policy making Board.
The group meets monthly at 3pm at the Fair Administration Building on the second Thursday of each month. The next Board meeting will be held on Thursday, February 13th at 2p instead of the usual 3pm time slot.

Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to meet

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee will meet
Thursday, February 6, 2003 at The meeting will begin at Aurora
City Hall, 21420 Main St. NE, Aurora. The meeting is scheduled to
run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Public comments will be heard from
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Committee members will hear Bicycle and Pedestrian program and
Bicyclist and Pedestrian Safety program reports, hear public
comments, hold dialog between city officials and ODOT and take a
walking tour of Aurora. Upon return they will assess the field
trip and discuss 2003 proposed legislation.
Garrett Hinds, Springfield, chairs the eight-member, governor-
appointed committee that advises the Oregon Department of
Transportation on bicycle and pedestrian issues. Accommodations
will be provided to persons with disabilities. Alternate formats
available upon request. If a sign language interpreter is needed,
please call (503) 986-3555 48 hours prior to the meeting conference.

Sentencing of ex-sheriff Brown on embezzlement charges delayed to March

EUGENE – The sentencing of former Deschutes County Sheriff Greg Brown on three federal felony charges stemming from embezzlement of over $575,000 has been postponed almost a month, to mid-March, due to delays in completion of a pre-sentence report, Brown’s attorney confirmed Friday.

The sentencing, originally set for Feb. 19 before U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, has been delayed until March 11 at 11 a.m., said Assistant U.S. Attorney John Ray, who prosecuted the case.

Ray said he was not told of the reason for the delay, but Bend attorney John Springer, one of Brown’s two lawyers, said he had learned that the writer of the ex-sheriff’s pre-sentence report requested more time to complete his work.

“We didn’t ask” for the delay, Springer stressed. “We didn’t even know about it.”

During a court appearance on Oct. 16, Brown admitted to embezzling more than $170,000 from the county, starting after his 1996 election but primarily during his failed 2000 re-election campaign. He also admitted taking more than $403,000 from the Sisters-Camp Sherman Rural Fire District between 1995 and 2001.

Brown pleaded guilty to charges of federal program fraud, money laundering, and interstate transportation of stolen monies. As part of the plea agreement, Brown agreed to pay a total of $561,567.50 in restitution to the county and fire district when he is sentenced.

“It’s our anticipation he (Brown) will have the restitution together by the time of sentencing,” his lawyer said Friday.

The pleas resulted from an 18-month investigation that began when current Sheriff Les Stiles, found irregularities in records (or the lack thereof) upon taking office. Local officials were shocked to learn how Brown had taken large amounts of public funds and diverted them to his own, private use, ranging from his failed re-election campaign to a condo on the coast and other living expenses, such as a pickup truck.

County officials quickly outlined steps they had taken, aimed at preventing a recurrence of the deceit, but said there was no way to guarantee that another elected official wouldn’t violate the public trust in such fashion in the future.

Lawyer says Brown won’t serve time in Oregon

Brown was released on his own recognizance at the October hearing, pending the sentencing date.

At the time the pleas were entered, Ray said Brown faced up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each of the three counts. But in the plea deal, Brown’s attorneys and the federal prosecutors agreed to recommend a sentence of 30 to 37 months.

“If the judge departed (and imposed a longer sentence), he’d have to do that on his own, citing special aggravated circumstances,” Springer said. “I’d be very surprised” if that happened, the lawyer added.

There has been much speculation about whether Brown will serve prison time – a presumably dangerous place for a former sheriff to be, unless his identity is withheld.

“We will be asking that appropriate steps be taken to ensure his security,” Springer said, declining to speak publicly about those steps – except for one: “He will not be doing his time in Oregon,” referring to Oregon’s sole federal prison, in Sheridan.

Stiles said the restitution will be helpful, when it comes, helping cover the state revenues lost due to Measure 28, which he had opposed.

2003 Conscious Living Expo to take place in Redmond

The 2nd annual conscious living expo features local and regional businesses and individuals who offer socially and ecologically responsible services and products. Booths are still available for all businesses. Non-profit, political, and spiritual organization s will also be represented. The expo will take place March 1st and 2nd from 10am to 4 pm both days at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds Expo Center in Redmond.
There will be free workshops, live music, door prizes, entertainment and great food. The Conscious Living Expo is a non-profit fundraising event for Bend’s Community Center, supporting communicative arts.
Admission to the Expo is $3/person, $5/couple (any two people), $2/seniors, children 12 and under are free.
For more information about the expo, contact Bend’s Community Center at 312.2069.

The Misty River Band is performing at Bend’s Community Center on Saturday, February 15th. Doors open at 6pm, music starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10.
The Misty River Band is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most popular bands. They have been performing at folk and bluegrass festivals all around the country. They are know for their “compelling harmonic voices,” and their music is described as being “where folk;, country and bluegrass converge into Americana.”
Tickets are selling quickly. To purchase tickets call Bend’s Community Center at 312.2069. BCC is located at 1036 NE 5th Street in Bend

New orthodontics office to open on the east side in Bend

Dr. Theodore R. Lynch, owner of Westside Orthodontics and Sisters Orthodontics, announces the addition of a third practice “Eastside Orthodontics”. The necessary permits have been acquired from the City of Bend and construction is underway to his leased space at 2100 Wyatt Court in the newly erected Daryl Hawkins Building on 27th Street. Dr. Lynch is looking forward to the expansion of his practice and in offering orthodontics to the east side of town where he feels there is a need. February 2003 should be the completion date of this project and the scheduling of appointments are now being taken. For more information please call 383-7101.

V-Day comes to Bend to stop violence against women and girls

V-Day Bend is a local effort within the worldwide context of V-Day’s 2003 Worldwide Campaign.
V-day is a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. It is a
palpable energy, a fierce catalyst that promotes creative events to increase
awareness, raise money and revitalize the sprit of existing anti-violence
organizations. V-Day generates broader attention for the fight to stop worldwide
violence against women and girls. Did you know that 1 out of every 8 women in Oregon
experiences physical abuse in her home? The V-Day Campaign strives to empower women
to find their collective voices and demand an end to the epidemic levels of violence
and abuse in their communities and around the world. Proceeds from all events will
go toward Central Oregon Battering and Rape Alliance and Winning Over Anger and
Violence
“The Vagina Monologues” February 7 and 8 @ 8PM and 9 @ 2:30 at COCC Pinckney
Theater. This benefit performance of will be kicking off a month of activities as a
part of the Bend V-Day Campaign. COCC Box Office 541-383-7575
V-Day Bend Events for the Week of February 10, 2003:
“Conversation Cafes” Monday, February 10 at 7pm @ Royal Blend downtown Human Dignity
Coalition will host a public discussion where people can deepen and broaden their
point of views. Open to the public, participants will learn how to turn small talk
into BIG talk and start making connections to others in the community. February’s
topic will be “The Vagina Dialogues.” Men are strongly encouraged to attend!
The Goddess Moon Poetry Slam Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 at The Grove Cantina,
hosted by JayhooRay and Sean P. Hill. Giving our Voices in Support of Bend V-day
Campaign. All preceeds will be donated to the Bend V-Day Campaign. Prizes will be
solicited from local businesses. Contact: jayhooray@popstar.com or 385.9346