Bend 6-year-old hurt in snowmobile accident

A 6-year-old Bend boy whose leg was injured in a slow-speed snowmobile mishap near Paulina Lake was in fair condition Sunday evening at St. Charles Medical Center in Bend, officials said.

Deschutes County sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 3 p.m. to the accident site, on Paulina Lake Road, east of Paulina Lake Lodge, said Deputy Rhett Hemphill.

Christine Marie Mahl, 35, of Bend, was operating a snowmobile when she stopped in the middle of the trail to pick up a glove, Hemphill said. Dena Tornow, 33, of Washougal, Wash., was operating a second snowmobile, with the 6-year-old, Josh Scott Mahl, on the back.

Tornow tried to avoid hitting Christine Mahl’s snowmobile, and her snowmobile overturned, rolling over on and injuring the little boy’s left leg, Hemphill said.

La Pine Fire paramedics responded and took the youngster to the Bend hospital. Hemphill said the accident occurred at a very slow speed.

Senate intelligence chairman signs onto Barber bill

WASHINGTON – Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., officially signed on last Thursday as a co-sponsor of the Congressional Medal of Honor Bill, S 2039, for Oregon native Col. Rex T. Barber, USAF Ret. The bill waives the time limit placed on Congress for making the nations highest award for gallantry in combat.

As Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence in the 108th Congress, Roberts leads the Senate’s effort to improve intelligence-gathering and analysis capabilities at a critical time in our nation’s history.

Roberts is also a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, chairing the Subcommittee on Emerging Threats & Capabilities. His subcommittee oversees the military’s contribution to homeland security as well as efforts to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

“We are deeply grateful for Senator Pat Roberts’ support. Rex Barber served with honor, gallantry & intrepidity while taking enemy fire in his successful pursuit of Japanese Admiral Isoruku Yamamoto, architect of the terrorist-like attack on Pearl Harbor. Rex Barber’s actions on April 18, 1943 are deserving of congressional & presidential action.” Said George Chandler of Pratt, Kan/, for the friends, other fighter pilots and aces, and fellow citizens across the nation who have come together in support of awarding the Medal of Honor posthumously to Barber.

Chandler continued, “It was my honor to serve with Rex Barber. He set the standard for many of those he served with, and contributed greatly to the Greatest Generation’s defense of our freedom.”

The bill to allow posthumous awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor to Barber may be identified as House Resolution 3739, or as S 2039 in the US Senate.The bill currently has the endorsement of every member of the Oregon congressional delegation, as well as co-sponsors from Florida to Texas to Guam, and points in between.

For more information, please visit www.rexbarber.com or www.syma.org

Top ‘big air’ specialist at World Cup next weekend

On Sunday, March 7 the speed events of the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup at Mt. Bachelor give way to the fan favorite Big Air competition starting at 9:30 AM in the Slopestyle Arena.

Well known for the construction of terrain parks and jumps, the Mt. Bachelor Grooming Team will begin building the World Cup Big Air hit on Monday. By the day of the Big Air event, the “house sized” jump will be ready to host some of the best snowboarders in the World competing for an ESPN camera crew and thousands of spectators.

Each of the past two years, Mt. Bachelor has hosted a nighttime Big Air exhibition in conjunction with the Chevy Truck US Snowboard Grand Prix. This year, the Big Air will be a judged competitionm with points being awarded toward the overall World Cup title. Better visibility and a title at stake should mean bigger tricks from the competitors. The World Cup Big Air from Mt. Bachelor will air on ESPN on April 8 at 11:30 AM PST.

Other competitions during the Mt. Bachelor World Cup are a Parallel Giant Slalom on Friday and a Snowboardcross on Saturday. Those events will air on ESPN on March 24 at 11:30 AM PST.

For more information, please visit www.mtbachelor.com or call 800-829-2442.

Mt. Bachelor Ski Patrol looking for volunteers

When: March 13, 20 & 28, 2004 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Where: Mt. Bachelor West Village Ski Patrol

Contacts: Candidate Training Coordinator, Mike Skeels
385-8640; michael.skeels@att.net

The Mt. Bachelor National Ski Patrol is looking for volunteers to try out for Ski Patrol. Every year, we look for new patrol candidates to replace outgoing patrollers. The first step in that process is to conduct tryouts to evaluate potential candidates’ skiing/boarding abilities and to provide an overview of patrolling and the commitment it takes to be a patroller.

We are looking for volunteers for Alpine Patrol (Alpine skiing and snowboarding), Nordic Patrol and Auxiliary Patrol (first-aid work in the Patrol clinic). Alpine and Nordic candidates must have strong skiing/boarding abilities and all candidates need to have strong interests in learning medical first responder skills in a mountain environment (training provided) and in working with the public.

Persons interested in trying out for Ski Patrol need to attend one of the tryout sessions noted above. The tryouts will consist of a 1 ½ hour orientation followed by 2 to 3 hours of skiing/boarding or, for auxiliary, an additional orientation session for that discipline.

Alpine evaluations will include maneuvers in a variety of conditions and on various terrain to evaluate control and skiing/boarding ability. Tests will include skating, herringbone, side-step, kick turns, falling leaf, traversing, short, medium and long radius turns, off-groomed skiing/boarding and skiing/boarding moguls.

At the end of each session, candidates will be told whether they will be invited for an interview. To sign up for tryouts, for tryout times or for further details, please contact Mike Skeels 541-385-8640. Thanks again for your interest in Ski Patrol.

‘Bulworth’ leads COCC film series on media’s role

“Bulworth,” Warren Beatty’s satirical assault on the American political process, leads off a four-part film series on the role of media in shaping our perceptions of the world. The 1998 film will be shown at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 3, in Hitchcock Auditorium at Central Oregon Community College. Admission is free.

Beatty plays a U.S. Senator running for re-election who suddenly starts telling the truth about elections, racism, and the powerful impact of corporate money on democracy. Beatty transforms into a hilarious hip-hop campaigner, much to the dismay of his handlers. “Bulworth” also stars Halle Berry, Oliver Platt, Paul Sorvino, Don Cheadle, and Christine Baranski.

Three other films, all on Wednesdays at 7 pm in Hitchcock Auditorium, round out the series co-sponsored by the Associated Students of COCC and the Human Dignity Coalition. Each film will be followed by discussion on the role of media and fame in forming ideals and goals.

“Network,” screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky’s scathing indictment of the television industry-as timely now as it was when it was released in 1976-will be shown Wednesday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

Peter Finch won an Academy Award for best actor for his explosive “Network” performance as a TV newscaster who suffers a breakdown that his employers decide to turn into profitable television programming. Faye Dunaway also won an Oscar for her role as a ruthless programmer. Beatrice Straight, who won the award for best supporting actress, William Holden, Robert Duvall, Beatrice Straight and Ned Beatty round out a stellar cast.

“Leila,” Dariush Mehrjui’s contemporary Iranian film, will show on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m. This compelling melodrama, set in urban Tehran, is the story of a loving couple who are pressured by family and tradition to give up their happy life together because the wife cannot have children. “Leila,” released in 1997, opens the window onto another culture that one reviewer says is “so different to ours in so many ways, yet so alike in others.” Mehrjui is a major Iranian filmmaker who has clashed with the Iranian film industry as he pushes the envelope on social issues. In Farsi with English subtitles.

“Ace in the Hole,” director Billy Wilder’s little-known and hard to find 1951 film finishes the series on Wednesday, April 21, at 7 p.m. Also released as “The Big Carnival,” this hard-hitting drama is an insightful critique of the media that stars Kirk Douglas as a newspaper reporter covering a New Mexico mining disaster. Douglas exploits and manages the rescue of trapped miners to promote and sell his story. “Ace in the Hole” was way ahead of its time and is considered a cult classic by many film buffs.

For more information, contact Joel Clements, 383-3448, or Sara Henson, COCC Student Life, 383-7592.

Senior fitness groups seek new members

STEPPING SENIORS/STEPPING SENIORS TOO

Senior Fitness Groups

Wednesdays and Fridays, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Bend Senior Center

1600 SE Reed Mkt. Road

Spring is coming and it’s time to energize for gardening, hiking, fishing, etc. We always welcome new people but need to request you attend the 10:45 a.m. class. We are quite full at 9. Don’t be shy. This is a great group of men and women.

There will be one class only on Friday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. with live music. Frank Farey’s always-popular Music for Memories will join us. Classes are free, but donations are welcome.

For more information, call the instructor, Maggie at 593-3043.

Kafoury resigns House seat over residency issue

PORTLAND-In a letter to Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, Representative Deborah Kafoury (D-43) resigned her seat in the Oregon House of Representatives Friday, citing the state constitutional requirement that legislators must live in the districts they represent.

“I had planned to resign my House seat immediately after the May 18 primary election, because I wanted to let voters express their wishes before the appointment of a successor,” Kafoury said. “I have decided to resign immediately, however, since some have questioned whether it’s appropriate to wait until after the primary election. This decision will eliminate any concerns over whether the constituents of House District 43 have proper representation. I’m grateful for the honor of serving District 43 in the House of Representatives, and I wish my successor-whoever he or she might be-every success. I will also make myself available to my former constituents during this interim to provide any help I can in dealing with state agencies or issues.”

Since beginning her service in the Oregon House of Representatives in 1999, Kafoury has worked to strengthen schools, improve children’s health and promote educational opportunities for young. Representing inner North Portland and Northeast Portland, she has also been a forceful advocate for seniors, healthy families and strong local communities.

During her early career, Kafoury worked as an aide to Oregon Congressman Les AuCoin in Washington, DC. In 1995, she served as field director in the campaign to pass a bond measure on behalf of Portland’s public schools. In 2001, her colleagues elected her House Democratic Whip. During that session she also served as vice chair of the House Revenue Committee, and sat on the House Water and Environment Committee and the House Government Efficiency Committee. Following the 2001 session, her colleagues elected her House Democratic Leader.

Deborah Kafoury’s commitment to public service extends well beyond the Legislature and the state capitol in Salem. She is a founder and former chair of X-PAC, a nonprofit organization that strives to energize young people and enlist their participation in the political process. She serves on the board of directors of Transition Projects, and on the advisory board of the I Have A Dream Foundation.

A graduate of Grant High School, Representative Kafoury holds a degree in English from Whitman College. She and her husband, Nik Blosser, live in Portland with their two children.

Empty jail eyed as year-round homeless shelter

There’s nothing as frustrating, even maddening as a nice, new public building sitting empty (or half-empty), simply due to a lack of available funds to use it as intended. But Deschutes County officials are teaming up with a local homeless shelter to tackle one such problem, and help solve a couple of others in the process.

Last spring, the 90-bed Regional Work Center, located on the first floor of the Adult Community Justice Center was shut down, part of Sheriff Les Stiles’ effort to cover a $2.2 million shortfall. The state-funded facility opened in 1998 to meet the mandate of Senate Bill 1145, which required counties to start housing state prison inmates in the last year of their sentence.

The building is owned by the county, leased to the state and then sub-leased back to the county for 20 years, or until the debt service is paid, officials said. The county’s Adult Parole and Probation Department is located on the second floor.

If final details work out as planned, the facility will be the new home, for a year, perhaps longer, of the Bethlehem Inn, an operation begun in 1999. It has become a 20-week, wintertime shelter for as many as 60 homeless men, women and children, rotating each week among numerous participating churches, offering beds, meals and a warm place to spend the night.

Almost a third of the shelter’s participants are under county Parole and Probation supervision, or have been in the past, said Becky Jackson, director of the agency. After the Regional Work Center shut, she said, several members of her staff asked whether the facility could be used for transitional housing.

Sheriff Les Stiles said that couldn’t be done, without the state agreeing to it, so county Commissioner Dennis Luke – very familiar with the ways of Salem, from his days as a state lawmaker – approached Jackson in January about the idea, then went over to Salem and talked to his friends in high places.

“I asked if it would be possible to use it, on a temporary basis,” Luke said, and he won permission to do so from the governor’s office and the Department of Administrative Services.

The primary motivator was the need for transitional housing, which will use about 20 of the 90 beds, “because people are coming back (from state custody) and they’re being put up in hotels or at the Bethlehem Inn, and we’re not getting them the treatment they need,” Luke said.

Add the Bethlehem Inn shelter itself to the picture, and Luke said, “It’s turned into a win-win.”

The Bethlehem Inn will lease the space, with three dormitories, a classroom, office space, cafeteria and laundry room available for its use. The fourth dormitory will be used to provide transitional housing for adult male offenders required to return to the county after completing their time behind bars.

Staffing, rules, funding outlined

According to a recently completed business plan, inn volunteers will provide supervision as the facility operates from 6 p.m. to 7 a.m., seven days a week. Guests will be photographed and provided with ID badges. They will arrive either with a voucher from St. Vincent de Paul, or can be approved at the door, with the program director’s permission.

Parole and Probation interns will provide supervision in the transitional housing dormitory at night and on weekends, while two department specialists will be housed there during the week. The offenders will be interviewed and screened for compliance, and can stay at the facility for 60 days, if they follow the rules, look for work and perform community service. Bedding, towels, toiletries and some meals will be provided by Bethlehem Inn.

“I’m very excited about it,” Jackson said Thursday, the day the state Department of Corrections provided formal approval of the setup. “We have a desperate need for transitional housing – a huge need.”

Jackson doesn’t want anyone to get the wrong impression: “It’s not `homey’ at all,” she said. “It has bunks that are bolted to the floor. Fortunately, the Bethlehem Inn has mattresses that fit on the bunks, and linens and towels.”

Bethlehem Inn board members are scheduled to tour the facility Monday evening, ahead of a vote that founder Milton Hunt has termed a “formality.” Jackson hopes to have the proposal before county commissioners on March 8, and to have the facility in use by early April.

Projected yearly revenues include about $10,000 the state Department of Corrections provides the county as a subsidy, to help offenders transition back into the community, and another $10,000 in state funding allocation, along with about $11,000 from the Bethlehem Inn and about $4,000 in rent (about $300 a month) paid by those transitional-housing offenders who need more than 60 days to find a place, Jackson said.

With total projected expenditures of just over $50,000 a year, the shortfall is expected to about $16,000 a year, and up to $27,000 the first year, due to start-up costs, although Luke said some furniture in storage should shave that amount.

Some neighbors have expressed concern about hearing the details and being able to provide input; Luke said a neighborhood meeting will be held to explain the planned use and its details before the facility opens, with notice sent to those living within about a quarter-mile.

“There’s no question in my mind, there’s going to be adequate supervision,” Luke said, noting that the facility, like the current, seasonal Bethlehem Inn, will be open during the nighttime hours only. “We’re going to move the day reporting center out there,” he said, but authorities still “like to have people going out” and working, looking for work or getting training.

“Bethlehem Inn still will be going through fund-raising and a search for a permanent facility,” Luke said. “This is an interim Band-Aid. They’ll be in there a year or more,” depending on a host of factors.

There’s also one caveat that all involved are aware of: When (no one is saying if) the sheriff has adequate funding once again to reopen the facility for its intended use as a minimum security work-release center, the shelter and its transitional housing adjunct will have 90 days to move out.

“Housing jail inmates who go out and work in the community – that’s what it should be” used for, Jackson said. But with those funds not in hand at present, she added, “It’s ridiculous to have it sitting there empty.”

Three design pros join local architect firm

The following outstanding professionals have joined Steele Associates Architects. The addition of these talented individuals will insure that the highest level of design and service is provided to our expanding clientele.

Stacey Stemach earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees at the University of Idaho. Stacey’s skills include management, 3D CAD illustration, and software/hardware expertise. His East Coast architectural experience included Philips Exeter Academy, Maine Biotechnology, Lamont and Fisher Theater and projects for the New York Housing Authority. Stacey’s responsibilities will include network management, production and construction administration.

Lance Olivieri attended Syracuse University and The Boston Architectural Center. He has garnered more than twenty years of commercial (schools, hotels, preservation and corporate projects) and residential design experience while living in the Northeast. He honed his construction skills while working as a project superintendent for several years. Lance’s responsibilities will include management, design and construction administration.

Rachel Smith earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree at the University of Idaho. She is a local, having graduated from Bend High. Rachel’s skills include AutoCAD, PhotoShop, contract administration, construction documents and color rendering. Her experience while working in Maine included hospitals, schools and a Sheriff’s Department/Jail facility. Rachel’s responsibilities will include production, rendering and construction administration.

Steele Associates’ enthusiasm for the practice of architecture results in the highest standards of design, service and value for our clients. We simply love what we do, and it shows in the energy and dedication that we pour into our client’s projects.

The projects we design create value for our clients while also enriching the architectural fabric and economies of the communities that they are a part of.

Our award-winning projects include St. Claire Place, the new Sisters High School, Seven Peaks School, Mill Point Business Campus and the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center. To learn more about us, visit our website at www.steele-arch.com

We have earned a reputation as a firm that meets budgets and deadlines while delivering excellent design and service with great enthusiasm and verve.

This reputation is demonstrated by our repeat clientele and a long list of successful public and private projects. We look forward to developing new relationships and projects with future clients for decades to come.

Steele Associates Architects is a Bend Chamber of Commerce 2003 Distinguished Business Award nominee. We are also a 2003 DJC Profile of Excellence award winner. We received second place for the best architectural firm in the State of Oregon. This award is based on employee benefits and community involvement. We believe in actively supporting our community. We have been blessed with good fortune and we believe in giving back to our community through generous probono design services and cash contributions.

New Olympic sport at Mt. Bachelor World Cup

The hottest Snowboardcross (SBX) racers in the World compete in the NOKIA Snowboard FIS World Cup at Mt. Bachelor on Saturday, March 6 in what could be a preview of the next Winter Olympic Games.

The top male and female SBX competitors on the World Cup, Simone Malusa from Italy and Karine Ruby from France, are both registered to compete at Mt. Bachelor beginning at 10:30 AM.

On Mt. Bachelor, U.S. team member Lindsey Jacobellis is looking to again beat Ruby, adding to SBX victories in Austria, Japan and the Winter X games. SBX will be contested in the Olympics for the first time in 2006 when the Winter Games are hosted by Turino, Italy.

After her first victory in Japan, Jacobellis said, “I’m just thinking about the 2006 Olympics and getting the most experience on these types of World Cup courses. These are the riders that I’ll see at the games.” Jacobellis won both Women’s World Cup SBX events in Japan.

The World Cup SBX from Mt. Bachelor will air on ESPN on March 24 at 11:30 AM PST. Other competitions during the Mt. Bachelor World Cup are a Parallel Giant Slalom Friday, March 5 and a Big Air contest on Sunday, March 7.

For more information please visit www.mtbachelor.com or call 800-829-2442.