Governor asks DAs for help in public safety balancing act

SUNRIVER – Dressed-down Gov. Ted Kulongoski never got as loud as his Hawaiian shirt when he addressed the state’s district attorneys at Sunriver’s Great Hall on Thursday afternoon. But he did promise to kick off a statewide discussion about just how much of the government’s tight dollars should go to locking up more prisoners under the tenets of Measure 11’s mandatory minimum sentences.

The governor, friends with many in the crowd from his years as attorney general, praised the DAs and county legal counsels for efforts to cope with very tough budget times that shut courthouse doors on Fridays for several months. But he couldn’t promise any major improvement in the situation, and seemed to be looking beyond the climactic final weeks of what soon will be a record-length legislative session.

Instead, he told the Oregon District Attorneys Association that he will lead a statewide effort over the next couple of years about whether “the right balance” is in place between the need for prison space and the competing needs of education, environment and health care, among other crucial areas.

Kulongoski also said he is pushing lawmakers to agree to a November statewide vote on a constitutional amendment that would allow Oregon State Police patrols to be funded from state highway (gas tax) funds – a revenue source the OSP was cut out of years ago, resulting in a patrol force at present that equals the ranks back in 1960. That would be in addition to a planned September special election on a proposal to refinance state bonds and take advantage of lower interest rates.

After his remarks, the governor huddled with advisors, then sent a memo to Department of Administrative Services chief Gary Weeks, saying he had “reluctantly signed” a second continuing resolution to keep the state’s finances afloat, pending an elusive final budget agreement.

While the “unprecedented” second resolution authorizes continued operations through Aug. 31, the governor’s memo – also sent to legislative leaders – made clear: “I do not want to sign a third continuing resolution. I am very concerned about the Legislative Assembly’s ability to adopt a balanced budget in a timely manner.”

And so, the governor is directing Executive Branch agencies without approved budgets by Aug. 15 to prepare “operational contingency plans … in the event they must shut down their operations,” if and when the second continuing resolution expires.

After his speech, however, the governor told bend.com/The Bugle that he does expect the Legislature, eight months into its work, to wrap up its business before August is through. Asked if there’s any chance of the state declaring bankruptcy, as some have mused, he said, simply: “No.”

Gov sees red-ink tide `flattening out’

Facing budget woes similar to, if not worse than what other governors around the nation have faced, and mired in yet another Salem budget battle so familiar to his fellow Democratic predecessor, Kulongoski still found reasons to smile, when asked if the job was what he expected it to be when he was sworn in amid all those good wishes back in January.

“I enjoy my job as much as I though I would – probably even more,” he said. Still, he had hoped an economic turnaround would kick in just as he took office, and that he could be taking credit by spring, instead of a string of dismal revenue shortfalls that made a bad situation worse.

“My guess is, we’ll start to see a flattening out” of the recent revenue drops in the next state revenue forecast, due out in September, Kulongoski said – and perhaps, even an improvement, for the first time this year. “We’re seeing good things happening in the Oregon economy now.”

The state’s jobless rate still leads the nation, but the governor said “there’s a whole statistic you have to keep in mind. People are continuing to move to Oregon, and they may not have a job. Or they may be a two-wage earner family, and one has a job, the other does not, so that one is out in the job market. Don’t get me wrong, the unemployment rate is a very serious problem.”

Greeted with a standing ovation – not something quite likely in the halls of the state Capitol – the governor’s opening quip razzed host Deschutes County DA Mike Dugan, who wasn’t yet in the hall, for landing him on Page 1 of the papers. The Catholic Diocese of Baker decided not to let local Democrats host Kulongoski – who is pro-choice – for a fund-raiser at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Sunriver Thursday evening, so it was shifted to a private home in the resort community.

“Well, as my wife told me, `That’s okay – you have to go to confession this weekend anyway, you can lay it all out,'” Kulongoski said, drawing a laugh.

The DA group’s current president, Crook County DA Gary Williams, had noted in his introduction that Kulongoski was not just a bowler and ex-Marine, but a former boxer – a job whose skills could come in handy in Salem. But the governor noted, “I was a bleeder when I boxed,” and no doubt there’s been enough blood shed at the Capitol of late.

The governor said district attorneys are “neither paid enough or thanked enough” for protecting Oregonians’ way of life – something Clatsop County DA Josh Marquis attested to while waiting for the governor’s arrival. The former Deschutes deputy DA said he’s paid $67,000 by the state and $12,000 by the county, but that the total is less than an assistant school principal makes in Clatsop County.

Cuts to cops/courts could have been worse

Patting himself on the back a bit, Kulongoski noted that when he was attorney general, much work was done to fix a “broken” juvenile justice system, as well as to crack down on elder abuse and those who target seniors for fraudulent deception. “I don’t watch much television,” he said, but guessed aloud that “Law and Order” has been popular for so long because “the public just likes prosecutors – and for a good reason. You are the people’s lawyer.”

“Just as I could not succeed as attorney general without you, I cannot succeed as governor without you,” he told the prosecutors. “That would be the case, even in a good economy, and … it’s really true now.”

The governor said that while “the public safety budget is less than we need,” it’s more than many in public safety, when there was talk of a $200 million hit to that area of the budget. That big a cut, he said, “was simply an unacceptable figure.”

“Right now, it looks as though the public safety budget will take an $87 million hit,” he said. “Even at $87 million, this is a step in the wrong direction, but this is a manageable step.”

“The Legislature cannot pass the buck on this issue,” Kulongoski said. “They need to put real money on the table, and if they don’t, they need to raise it – not with borrowing or one-time gimmicks. Unfortunately, I don’t see that happening in this biennium.”

But the governor found “good news” in some facets of where the budget is heading: “All adult prisons will remain open. Two of the four juvenile facilities that were shut will reopen. My goal is to reopen the other two as soon as possible. We did not lay off corrections officers, and there were no early releases of prisoners.” Forensics labs

“The message for those looking for a `get out of jail free’ card is: Stop waiting. Santa Claus is not coming,” the governor said. “All courts will remain open five days a week. There’s a substantial increase in the number of background checks for people in sensitive positions,” although he added, “We need for the federal government to keep its word on funding homeland security” activities.

The state’s public safety training facility is “back on line,” he said, noting that “Oregon law enforcement has the lowest training requirements in the country: 10 weeks. I want to step that up to 16 weeks, and we will when the new facility is on line.”

Gov eyes November vote on OSP-gas tax funding

Kulongoski praised OSP troopers as “heroes” and called it wrong that “every time we have a budget crisis, our troopers lose.”

“We must have a stable source of revenue” for OSP patrol functions, he said, calling for putting them back in the state highway fund, with 1 percent of the gas tax dedicated to that important task. Some lawmakers don’t agree, so he’s putting his weight behind Senate Joint Resolution 13, a constitutional amendment to allow highway funds to be used for OSP patrols, with a goal of a November statewide vote.

Lawmakers in this session have made no changes to Measure 11’s mandatory sentencing provisions, Kulongoski said. “I believe that Measure 11 has had a positive impact” on the reduction of violent crimes, he said, with sentences “two to three times longer than before,” which also has boosted the state prison population by 60 percent.

The state could spend $5 billion “locking people up,” the governor said. “The fundamental issue is, what price are we willing to pay as a citizenry for the deterrence that Measure 11 and other mandatory sentencing measures offer? And what are we willing to sacrifice, in other to have that deterrence?”

Corrections costs have reached $1 billion a biennium, Kulongoski said, and that doesn’t include $240 million for the Oregon Youth Authority.

“The question we have to ask ourselves is, should schools and health care and the environment all take a back seat” due to that growing cost, he said. “Are we willing to see major increases in property crimes? Because that, too, is part of the legacy of Measure 11,” he said, cutting prosecution of crimes such as car theft and identity theft. “Oregon is No. 6 in the nation (per capita) for property crimes,” the governor said.

And so, the governor announced he “will lead an unflinching look at public safety during the interim” between sessions. “to be sure Measure 11 doesn’t cast too wide a net for certain crimes, and no net at all for others. There must be a balance between keeping Measure 11 offenders locked up, and giving property crime offenders something on the order of free rein. I’m not convinced we’ve found the right balance.”

“I need your help,” Kulongoski told the district attorneys, as “chief law enforcement officers in the state.” He vowed a close review of all elements of the criminal justice system, from emergency response to crimes against vulnerable populations, property crimes and the impact of the rising use of methamphetamine on the system.

Another issue, he said, will be whether “the juvenile justice system is too focused on punishment and not enough on rehabilitation – or is it the reverse?”

“My goal is to improve not just the policy, but the nuts and bolts of the system in ways that help you do your job better, the governor told the county prosecutors. “Yes, we need to make sure we’re spending the right amount of dollars in the right areas.” But he said the system needs to be treated just as that – a system – so that “no part fails.”

The governor also said he’s been working to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy since taking office. “There is no `short list’ of candidates,” Kulongoski said, but he vowed “to make this appointment very soon” – as well as to fill circuit court vacancies in Josephine, Clackamas and Marion counties, slots left unfilled during the recent budget troubles.

“Public safety is as much an important part of our quality of life as the environment,” the governor said.

Cascade Bancorp buying Community Bank of Grants Pass

BEND, Ore., July 31 — Cascade Bancorp
(Nasdaq: CACB), parent company of Bank of the Cascades, announced today an agreement to acquire Community Bank of Grants Pass (CBGP), a community bank headquartered in Grants Pass, Oregon with approximately $50 million in assets. The transaction will jump-start Cascade’s recently announced expansion into southern Oregon, headed by long-time local banker and Executive Vice President Bill Haden. Bank of the Cascades opened its first de novo branch in Medford, Oregon July 14th. Similar to Bank of the Cascades, Community Bank of Grants Pass is a high performing community bank in a growing, quality-of-life market. The city of Grants Pass is located along Interstate-5, about 20 freeway minutes from Medford.
Mike Peil, President of CBGP remarked “Our partnering with Bank of the Cascades will enable us to complement our hometown bank heritage with top-tier technology and business banking services. We believe combining our organizations will result in an outstanding match for our customers, community, employees, and shareholders.” Peil will continue to lead the lending team in the Josephine County market.

Acquisition Strategy:
“This transaction is a logical joining of complementary markets and organizations,” remarked Patricia L. Moss, President and CEO of Cascade Bancorp. “Both markets are quality-of-life communities that are attracting new residents who value personal-touch community banking. We are pleased that our resources will allow an enhancement of service and conveniences to CBGP customers. A higher lending capacity, and improved cash management related business services will be available to business customers, as well as technology-based services, including Check Cards, Internet Banking and Internet Bill Payer available to personal banking customers.” Moss continued, “Combining organizations will serve to benefit Bank of the Cascades by accelerating our expansion into southern Oregon and joining with the strong community bank team that CBGP has developed over the years.”
EVP Haden remarked “Upon completion of the transaction, the combined entity will have a higher lending limit and the capacity and technology to meet the banking needs of the growing businesses in Grants Pass.” When combined, a legal lending limit of over $15 million will supply more funds to finance business loans and lines of credit including Commercial Operating Loans, Commercial Term Loans, Short-term Business loans, Commercial Real Estate Loans, SBA Loans, residential mortgages and more. Haden went on to say, “Our Community Bank of Grants Pass is recognized as an established quality banking organization in the Rogue Valley. Their focus on service and community is inherent in their culture.” Haden continued, “Bank of the Cascades has long been recognized in central Oregon and Salem for a similar commitment to customer and community. The partnership of these two organizations will allow for an outstanding customer experience.”

Shareholder and Transaction Detail:
CBGP shareholders will receive one share of CACB stock for each share of CBGP stock. At CACB’s recent stock price of $18, the value of the transaction is approximately $11.9 million, about 230% of book value or 17.6x last twelve months earnings reported by CBGP. Cascade has a 33% market share in Deschutes County, Oregon, which has grown at a rate in the 98th percentile of county growth nationwide over the past decade.
The exchange of shares is expected to be tax-free to the CBGP shareholders. Cascade Bancorp anticipates the acquisition will be accretive to shareholders within the first full year of operations. The combination is subject to due diligence, regulatory and CBGP shareholder approval. The combination of Cascade Bancorp with CBGP will have assets in excess of $730 million, deposits of $640 million and tangible equity of approximately $62 million.
Dorian Corliss, CEO of CBGP will serve the combined organization in a community relations and business development role in the Grants Pass area. Corliss said, “Joining forces with Bank of the Cascades is an outstanding opportunity for our stockholders to partner with one of the top performing community banks in the nation, and thereby become stakeholders in both the success of an expanding southern Oregon presence as well as the rapid growth of the Company’s other Oregon markets.”

Bank of the Cascades Overview & Business Strategy:
The business strategy of the Company and its principal subsidiary, Bank of the Cascades, focuses on personal-touch relationship banking, competitive financial products, and advanced technology applied for the convenience of customers. The Company strives to recruit and retain the best in-market bankers to expand its competitive advantage. Recently the Company was ranked number three in the nation by both US Banker magazine (July 2003) and Independent Banker magazine (June 2003) based on Return on Equity, a key indicator of financial success.
Founded in 1976, Bank of the Cascades, headquartered in Bend, Oregon, is the market share leader in one of the fastest growing regions in the Northwest. The Bank has assets of $685 million at 6/30/03 and is publicly traded on the Nasdaq exchange under the symbol CACB. A total of 14 branches, with nine throughout central Oregon, and four in the Salem/Keizer area and one in Medford, Oregon provide full-service community banking including mortgage and private financial services. An additional Bend area branch is under construction in the Old Mill district scheduled to open in early 2004. For further information on the Company, please visit http://www.botc.com .

Forward Looking Info Statement:
This release may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties may include but are not necessarily limited to fluctuations in interest rates, inflation, government regulations and general economic conditions, and competition within the business areas in which the Company is conducting its operations. For a discussion of factors, which could cause results to differ, please see the Company’s reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Company’s press releases. When used in this release, the words or phrases such as “will likely result in,” “management expects that,” “will continue,” “is anticipated,” “estimate,” “projected,” or similar expressions, are intended to identify “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (“PSLRA”). Readers should not place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which reflect management’s view only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly revise these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances. This statement is included for the express purpose of protecting Cascade Bancorp and PSLRA’s safe harbor provisions.

Gov signs continuing resolution, warns shutdowns possible

Date: July 31, 2003

To: Mr. Gary Weeks

Department of Administrative Services

From: Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski

Re: Continuing Resolutions and State Contingency Plans

Today I have reluctantly signed Enrolled House Bill 5078. This is the second continuing resolution sent to me by the Legislative Assembly. This bill authorizes state agencies without approved budgets to continue operations through August 31, 2003. A second resolution such as this is unprecedented, but signing this bill was necessary in order to keep state government running. I do not want to sign a third continuing resolution.

I am very concerned about the Legislative Assembly’s ability to adopt a balanced budget in a timely manner. If the Assembly cannot pass an agreed-upon balanced budget soon, we face the possibility of a third continuing resolution. Moreover, it is possible that the Assembly will not be able to pass a third continuing resolution even if a budget deal is not in place by the end of August. Accordingly, the Executive Branch of state government must take prudent and necessary steps to be prepared in the event that the Assembly is unable to reach a legal and acceptable resolution to this budget crisis within the next month.

Accordingly, by August 15, 2003, please identify a process for coordinating all Executive Branch agencies that do not have approved budgets at that time to enable them to prepare operational contingency plans. Executive Branch agencies that do not have approved budgets by August 15 should thereafter develop contingency plans in the event they must shut down their operations upon expiration of this second continuing resolution. I expect the Department of Administrative Services to work with the Department of Justice as appropriate to determine potential legal impacts arising out of shutdowns. I would like to review the process you have established on or before August 15th. In addition, I encourage state agencies to continue working diligently to move their budgets through the Assembly before expiration of this continuing resolution to the greatest extent possible.

Fishing licenses not required Aug. 4-6

PORTLAND – Fishing licenses and tags will not be required statewide for three days next week as the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife moves its computerized licensing system to a new location.

The statewide computer network that supports the sale of all licenses, tags and permits will not be available from 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3, through Wednesday, Aug. 6.

During this time, anglers will not be required to have a license, combined harvest tag or hatchery harvest tag. Anglers with licenses and harvest tags should have them available for inspection, however, harvest tags need not be validated Aug. 4-6. In addition, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permit requirements have been waived for the three days. All other regulations related to fishing seasons and angling gear restrictions remain in effect.

With the computer shut down, the following documents will not be available for purchase: recreational fishing and hunting licenses, angling harvest tags, big game tags, game bird validations, commercial fishing licenses, fish dealer licenses, fur taker licenses, permanent hunting and fishing licenses and permits, taxidermy permits, fish propagation permits, wildlife holding permits, fur dealer permits, Sauvie Island Wildlife Area parking permits and other licenses and permits usually available through ODFW offices or the 600 Point-of-Sale agents located throughout the state.

All hunters and non-sport fish license and permit holders must have the appropriate license, tag or permit with them when hunting or conducting business.

ODFW is moving its headquarters from downtown Portland to north Salem Aug. 15-17. To prepare for the move, the computer servers and mainframe computer will be shut down at 9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 3, and trucked to the new location in Salem. ODFW’s computer operations staff will set up the hardware and test the system Aug. 4-5. If everything goes smoothly, it is possible that some license sales could resume Wednesday, Aug. 6.

ODFW’s headquarters building in Portland will have limited staffing with no telephone or computer services Friday, Aug. 15, to allow a moving company to pack the agency’s furniture and truck it to the new location during the weekend. The headquarters will re-open for business Monday, Aug. 18, in a new location at 3406 Cherry Ave. N.E. in north Salem. The new phone number will be (503) 947-6000. ODFW will be open for business at 8 a.m., Aug. 18, but asks for patience while employees begin operations in the new location that first day. In addition, the agency is planning an open house for Thursday, Sept. 11.

The move was mandated by the 2001 Oregon Legislature, and is being paid for out of the proceeds from the sale of ODFW’s Portland headquarters building.

http://www.dfw.state.or.us .

Permanent ban on ‘unfair’ Net taxes wins Senate approval

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), George Allen (R-Va.) and John Sununu (R-N.H.) today hailed unanimous Commerce Committee passage of their legislation permanently extending the existing moratorium on three types of taxes that unfairly single out the Internet: taxes on Internet access, multiple taxation – for example, by two or more states – of a single product or service bought over the Internet, and discriminatory taxes that treat Internet purchases differently from other types of sales. The current moratorium on unfair Internet taxes, the Internet Tax Freedom Act authored by Wyden and Rep. Christopher Cox (R-Calif.) in 1998, is set to expire in November of this year.

“The moratorium on discriminatory and multiple Internet taxes has been in place for five years and experience has shown that it is right for Congress to move ahead,” said Wyden. “I am pleased that Chairman McCain, ranking member Hollings and Senators Inouye, Stevens, Dorgan, Allen, Sununu and I were able to get together to work out a common text on this important measure.”

“I want to make sure that we encourage an environment for every American to have access to the Internet. I am concerned that if this Congress were to allow discriminatory taxes on Internet access it would allow State governments to exacerbate the `economic digital divide,’” said Allen. “For every dollar added to the cost of Internet access, we can expect to see lost utilization of the Internet by thousands of lower income families nationwide – and loss of their use of the Internet as a tool for education and income opportunity.”

“The Internet is a technological tool used by millions of Americans to transact business. Access to it deserves to remain free from tax burdens that will hinder our country’s potential for economic growth,” said Sununu, an original co-sponsor of the bill. “This bi-partisan bill permanently closes the door to those who want to impose Internet access taxes that set up unnecessary and costly roadblocks for consumers – the same consumers who play an integral role in strengthening the economy and creating jobs.”

In addition to permanently banning unfair and discriminatory Internet taxes, the Allen-Wyden-Sununu amendment:

· clarifies and updates the definition of Internet access to ensure technological neutrality, so that the moratorium applies consistently to any type of Internet access (DSL, dial-up, cable modem or wireless service);

· ensures that nothing in the Internet Tax Freedom Act will affect State and local taxation of voice telecommunications services, the application of any federal, State, or local regulatory fees, or other telecommunications services that are not purchased or used directly to provide Internet access;

· ensures that nothing in the Internet Tax Freedom Act will prevent the imposition or collection of any fees or charges used to preserve and advance the universal service program; and

· sunsets the grandfathering provision in the Internet Tax Freedom Act over a three-year period.

The Allen-Wyden-Sununu legislation now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

AG warns consumers of itinerant ‘travelers’

Attorney General Hardy Myers today announced the filing of an Assurance of Voluntary Compliance (AVC) against a licensed, Clackamas contractor for using a fraudulent “come-on,” while going door-to-door to obtain paving work. Myers also warned consumers about buying goods and services from door-to-door salespersons without “checking them out.”
Named in a settlement agreement filed in Clackamas County Circuit Court is John Stanley of Clackamas, who does business as Rose City Paving. The AVC admits no violation of law.
“Contracting for home repairs is a serious business,” Myers said. “Decisions should never be made in haste without careful consideration of who is doing the work and how much it will cost.”
Department of Justice investigators working on a referral case from the Construction Contractors Board found that Rose City Paving was soliciting paving work by going door-to-door, using the same false pitch as is traditionally used by non-licensed, itinerant pavers. Consumers were told that the company had surplus asphalt from an earlier job for a neighbor and that they could do their driveway at a reduced cost. In reality, the company purchased several truckloads of asphalt and went door-to-door, using the same misleading sales pitch.
In addition, investigators discovered that Rose City Paving was violating both the state and federal Home Solicitation laws by not informing customers, verbally or in writing, of their right to cancel the contract within three days of its signing. Consumers paying $25 or more for product or services sold at their home must receive a printed contract that includes a written description of their right to rescind the contract.
Under the agreement, the company cannot misrepresent the reason for a price reduction such as “left-over asphalt from a previous job” and must for the next six months provide Justice with a copy of any sales scripts to be used in home or telephone solicitation prior to soliciting work.
Stanley paid Justice $5,000 for its consumer protection and education fund.
Oregon law enforcement is on alert to the annual, fair weather visits from itinerant home repair scammers known as “travelers.” Oftentimes part of one family using the names of Williamson, Boswell, and McMillin, the group is known best for its fraudulent activities in the areas of asphalt paving, roof repair and septic tank pumping.
Attorney General Myers offers the following tips to consumers when shopping for a company to do home repair work:
• Do not contract for asphalt paving services being sold door-to-door. If you need something paved, call the Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon at (503) 363-3858 for referrals or check the APAO membership online at www.apao.org.
• If you need work done on your home, start by getting referrals from friends. Develop a list of possible companies from the references and from local telephone directories.
• Call the Construction Contractors Board at (503) 378-4621, ext. 4900 to make sure each company is registered and bonded and inquire about consumer complaints. CCB is online at www.ccb.state.or.us.
• Call the Attorney General’s consumer hotline to check for complaints at (503) 378-4320 (Salem area only), (503) 229-5576 (Portland area only) or toll-free at 1-877-877-9392. Justice is online at http://www.doj.state.or.us .
• Call at least three contractors for a free, written estimate. Make sure a timetable for the job is included.
• Always get a written contract and make sure any additional agreements are put in writing.
• There is no legal requirement that you make a down payment on a bill. Do not make final payment until the job is completed to your satisfaction.

New design studio takes flight with Lancair

BEND, OR- Panagrafik, a new design studio headquartered in Bend, Oregon, is grabbing lots of attention lately, and raising the bar on the quality of corporate web branding and design. In a recent contract with Lancair – providers of certified aircraft – Panagrafik completely re-designed and re-structured an archaic web site, increasing its effectiveness. Their design now allows Lancair to demonstrate their beautifully designed aircraft in more user-friendly ways.

Such design solutions can significantly enhance corporate sales and communications, particularly with today’s sophisticated, web-literate buyers. Says Panagrafik Art Director Tim Parsons, “We can make our clients more successful by bringing our design and operational expertise into their overall marketing strategy, working as a team to position our client far above their competitors. If our clients are getting more customers, and making more money as a result of our solutions, then we’ve done our job right. Design is all around us; it’s what sells the marketing strategy and the marketing strategy is what drives profit. Coupled well within a team environment, consistent branding and design will carry the message further.”

Reports indicate that it’s working. An industry insider had this to say to Panagrafik, “I have long followed Lancair and thought I should let you know that I am impressed with your work at www.lancair.com/certified. They have a great product and communicating/displaying what they have is a key component to success. Keep it up!”

Another key component that Panagrafik built into Lancair’s web site was the Customer Management System (CMS) or SiteAgentâ„¢. With the SiteAgent, Lancair can now – on its own – make up-to-the-minute updates to their site, providing their potential customers valuable options, improvements, and additions – information vital to making purchases of such a high end product. For use in daily operations as well as on the road at air shows, Lancair can now make technical updates “on the fly,” adding extra value to their web site and to their customer relations.

SiteAgent was created in response to their clients’ desire to update content quickly and easily. Through a web-based interface, clients can now securely log in and edit their content without having sophisticated technical skills. “If you can send an e-mail, you’ll be able to use the SiteAgent system,” says Parsons. “Clients can also feel comfortable in knowing that they can’t accidentally ruin the site.”

Panagrafik also engineered an “Opt-in, Opt-out” newsletter mailing system so that Lancair could not only get important information to pilots, but would have one data source to review important information on potential buyers. Within the first week, almost 40 new customers have signed up for the service – a significant number for their high-end market.

Innovative design techniques have also simplified site navigation, virtually eliminating tedious scrolling efforts. Key data and images are now available quickly and effortlessly.

Panagrafik is a visual communications group based in Bend, Oregon, working on campaigns and projects of all sizes for clients all around the globe. They engage the expertise of their collaborative business partners and the media to make their clients stand out in the forefront. Unique and creative visual presentations blended with individualized marketing strategies have helped their clients succeed in reaching their target markets.

Panagrafik is led by Tim Parsons an award winning Art Director. For close to 10 years, he’s helped build the communication and cultural relationships between products, organizations, businesses and consumers. His work has been internationally published and recognized.

Under the stewardship of Parsons and Client Liaison John Robinson, Panagrafik specializes in brand development and creation of effective and innovative visual communication, among many other design and marketing services. Companies who want to soar above their competitors by branding a new image or marketing plan may do well to follow Lancair’s lead, and – with the help of Panagrafik – aim for the skies.

Electronic photograph of Mr. Parsons is attached. Screen shots of the Lancair web site are available upon request.

Madras teen arrested in Prineville home burglary, car thefts

An 18-year-old Madras resident has been arrested on 15 charges, including 10 counts of first-degree theft, in connection with the late-June theft of two vehicles, several firearms and tools from a home in Prineville, police said Thursday.

Prineville police executed two search warrants Wednesday afternoon in Madras and Metolius as part of an ongoing burglary investigation, said Police Chief Eric Bush. The burglary occurred at a Prineville home between June 24 and June 29.

One raid was at the home of suspect Christopher Lee Jay on Northeast Oak Street in Madras, and the other on Northeast Jefferson Street in Metolius, Bush said. During the raids, officers seized three rifles, a number of tools and keys to one of the allegedly stolen vehicles. Both vehicles were recovered in Jefferson County, one on June 28 and the other on July 8.

Jay was booked in the Cook County Jail on $100,000 bail, facing the 10 theft counts as well as a single first-degree burglary charge and two counts each of unauthorized use of and entry into a motor vehicle. The investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected, officers said.

Kids Center fundraiser to be held in August

Looking for a wonderful way to spend a glorious summer day and
evening? Do you enjoy golf, good food and great entertainment? On Sunday, August 17th load up your little deuce coupe with your best
foursome, strap your clubs to the back and cruise on out to the Mid
Iron Course at Eagle Ridge, a four-person golf scramble with stylin’
prizes awaits you.
Then head on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater for dinner with
Mike Love and a live concert with the BEACH BOYS!

Please Join us for
SURF & TURF 2003
With proceeds benefiting

A non-profit Diagnostic Service Center “Dedicated to
the Assessment, Treatment and Prevention of
Child Abuse.”

Purchase a GOLF ticket, a DINNER & CONCERT ticket or BOTH!

GOLF Ticket includes golf, cart and lunch
$100/individual entry or $400/four-person team

DINNER & CONCERT ticket includes an all-you-can-eat buffet dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse on-site at Les Schwab Amphitheater, with complimentary beverages, cigar, authentic Hawaiian lei and
a Beach Boy concert ticket – $200/person

Tickets are available at the KIDS Center
383-5958

Weekly activism meetings held

EVERY Wednesday night from 5-7pm, 354 Greenwood Ste 109 (btwn HWY 97 and 4th next to Arco). Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) is sponsoring weekly meetings – for activist projects, movie nights, hiking, meeting other opened minded high school people who want to get involved in their community! GSA is a group of politically active youth, here to support education, awareness and equality by providing a safe place for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning youth AND their supporters to meet, talk and become active in the community. Call 318-5434 for details.

Kitchen Table Activism: Tuesday August 12, 6:30-8pm. 354 Greenwood Ste 109 (btwn HWY 97 and 4th next to Arco). No matter how crazy the world gets, there are still some basics. And the Bill of Rights is one of them. Join Human Dignity Coaltion in figuring out ways to educate the public about how we can protect our civil liberties. Call Jenni for more info 385-3320.