Big controlled burn on Ochoco National Forest

PRINEVILLE – Ochoco National Forest fire managers plan to begin burning about 3,200 acres Saturday, two miles south of Big Summit Prairie.

They plan to promote the growth of Ponderosa pine trees, and reduce hazardous fuels such as brush and woody debris with the burns. The operations should be completed on May 7.

On Saturday, the Prineville Interagency Hotshot Crew will help ignite 300 acres three miles east of Biggs Springs Campground, near Fox Canyon Reservoir.

The burn will be completed in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

The week-long operation is weather-dependent and may be cancelled if National Weather Service forecasts are not favorable for meeting burn objectives.

Bend family wins special floats at beach cleanups

The Schroeder family in Bend Oregon has won two consecutive drawings for Pyromania glass floats (http://www.pyromaniaglass.com) conducted at the Great Oregon Beach Cleanup “Zone 8″ headquarters in Waldport, at the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center.

Last October 11th, Carolyn, Max, and Sara Schroeder ventured to the coast from their home in Bend to participate in the Fall Great Oregon Beach Cleanup at Waldport (one of 14 “zones” for the biannual event) as part of a 98-member volunteer clean up crew that gathered 1,900 pounds of beach trash in the Waldport area that day.

The Waldport Chamber raffles a Pyromania float every week as part of its year round “Cleanest Beach on the Coast” campaign. In addition to the weekly Tuesday drawings by Waldport Chamber glass float coordinator, Bob Whitson, the Waldport Chamber donated an extra Pyromania glass float to raffle for each of the two Beach Cleanup Saturdays.

At the end of the day, Bob Whitson stirred up the big container of raffle tickets and drew Max Schroeder’s name from the bunch. He wrapped and mailed the float off to Bend with a gracious congratulations and thank you note.

On Saturday, March 27th 2004, the Schroeder family registered at the Historic Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center for the Spring Great Oregon Beach Cleanup. As we explained the special glass float raffle, they introduced themselves to us as the previous fall winners. We were happy to meet them and were amazed at their dedication.

That afternoon, Bob Whitson stirred the tickets and asked Park Ranger Mike Rivers to reach in and select one. We were incredibly surprised to see the Bend address and were nearly sure this was the same family we had met that morning, and who had won the previous fall.

That evening, Bob Whitson happened to meet the Schroeders in Grand Central Pizza having their dinner, and everyone realized the Schroeder family had, incredibly, won again! This time, it was daughter Sara whose ticket was drawn!

Thanks and congratulations to the Schroeder family! Hopefully, we’ll see you back here in the Fall (September 18th) for another chance at winning a float and an opportunity to help maintain the “Cleanest Beach on the Coast!”

Originally, Japanese glass fishing net floats were one of the ultimate beachcomber finds along our shores. Some still do arrive on westerly winds, especially in spring. Modern, colorful glass floats have rewarded beachcombers and beach clean up volunteers since the “Millennium floats” were produced here on the Oregon Coast in 1997.

A local glass artist, Bryan Duncan sponsored the placement of his floats on the beaches for beachcombers from 2000 through part of 2002. A weekly raffle tradition began which rewarded volunteers who brought in a bag full of Waldport area beach trash with a raffle ticket for the weekly raffle for a glass float. Local individuals, businesses, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and the Waldport Chamber of Commerce sponsored the cost of the glass floats for the event until 2003.

In June of 2003, the Waldport Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring the Pyromania floats, and they are currently committed to continuing the program through June of 2004. Oregon State Parks sponsors the additional disposal fees for the year round collection of beach trash and the postage to mail the floats to out of town winners like the Schroeders of Bend.

Forest Service hopes to ease Dutchman Flat crunch

After several meetings with the public to consider options, Bend Fort-Rock District Ranger Walt Schloer on Friday announced changes in recreation use patterns that will be implemented at the Dutchman/Tumalo Mountain area next winter.

Members of the public have provided many helpful ideas, officials said. The issues most frequently voiced were those of safety, parking, snow recreation corridors, snowmobile speed, and the need for good education about winter recreation uses in the area.

Winter recreationists can expect to see the following differences in use patterns next winter in the Dutchman/Tumalo Mountain area:

• A portion of the west face of Tumalo Mountain will be closed to motorized use.

• The area bounded by the flagline trail on the north, Century Drive (trail 5) on the south, the 370 road (trail 8) on the west, and trail 7 on the east is closed to snowmobile use. Snowmobiles are allowed on routes 5,7, and 8 and Big Meadow.

• The southeast and northwest face of Tumalo Mountain will remain open to snowmobile use.

• There will continue to be some areas where each user group will share common corridors and trail crossings, officials said, but the current volume of crossover areas will be considerably reduced.

Schloer said he is also initiating environmental analysis to evaluate proposed development of a new Kapka Butte Snow Park, at the junction of Road 45 and Century Drive.

The proposal seeks to ease pressures of limited parking capacity at Dutchman Snowpark. If environmental analysis leads to a development decision, and funding is available, actual construction would not occur before the summer of 2005.

“With some separation of winter sports, safety should be significantly improved for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers alike,” Schloer said. “I would like to thank the many people who participated in the Dutchman Summit in April and the many more who wrote thoughtful letters about this popular place.”

To learn more about the planned changes, view the maps and visit with Schloer, you can attend the Trail User Group meeting, May 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Bend Community Center, 1036 N.E. Fifth Street.

The map of changes can be viewed on the web at http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/centraloregon/news/2004/04/040430dutchman.shtml .

Wells Fargo manager honored for volunteer work

Wells Fargo recently honored its 23 top team member volunteers in Oregon for their efforts in 2003, including Kate Bailey of Bend.

Wells Fargo held the fifth annual luncheon ceremony at the Portland Art Museum. Oregon Region President Alan Johnson presented certificates and small gifts to the winners.
Bailey manages the Wells Fargo store at 450 N.E. Windy Knolls Drive in Bend.

Wells Fargo supports community organizations in Oregon by providing volunteer workers and financial contributions. Wells Fargo team members volunteered a total of 4,863 hours to numerous community organizations throughout the state in 2003.

Since 1996, Wells Fargo has donated more than $13.6 million to schools and non-profit groups in this state. In addition, Wells Fargo provides a paid leave each year to about 20 team members so they can volunteer full time for up to four months in their community.

Founded in 1852, Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company with $397 billion in assets, providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance from more than 5,900 stores and the Internet (wellsfargo.com) across North America and elsewhere internationally. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. is the only “Aaa”- rated bank in the United States.

Oregon Business magazine has named Wells Fargo one of the best places to work in Oregon for the past four straight years.

Bend Film Festival preps for September premiere

Question: What do Park City, Utah and Telluride, Colorado have in common with Bend, Oregon? Piercing blue skies, a mountain setting and… a film festival!

That’s right: A group of dedicated film fans in Bend have banded together and formed the BendFilm Festival, a celebration of independent cinema.

Set in the stunning mountain town of Bend, BendFilm is scheduled for autumn, one of the most beautiful times of year in Central Oregon, with dates of September 16-19, 2004. The high-altitude festival was created to give Pacific Northwest, national and international fans of independent film a new opportunity to enjoy Feature-Length, Short Subjects, Animation and Documentaries.

The festival will center around historic downtown Bend beginning with a celebrity-clad opening night celebration the evening of Thursday, September 16. A dense screening schedule follows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday followed by an awards ceremony and closing party the evening of Sunday, the 19th. The recipient of the much anticipated $10,000 grand prize winning filmmaker will not be announced until the Sunday night festivities.

Festival-goers will be able to take advantage of the opportunity for world-class entertainment and recreation in one of the Pacific Northwest’s most scenic and diversified recreational playgrounds.

BendFilm Executive Director, Katie Merritt, said, “With all three screening venues situated in downtown Bend, the heart of the city will be buzzing with energy and of course there will be a large assortment of public and industry parties. In between films and parties, festival-goers have the opportunity to go rafting, fishing, golfing, hiking, climbing, sightseeing or shopping in this premiere outdoor recreation destination.”

More information on attending the festival and visiting Bend can be found at www.bendfilm.org .

Filmmakers interested in entering films for judging have until June 15, 2004 to submit. The grand prize details can be found at www.bendfilm.org .

BendFilm is a non-profit group inspired by the opportunity to open doors for artists and to cast Bend, Oregon as the cultural beneficiary. BendFilm has ambitions to incorporate filmmaking educational programs for children and adults in 2005. Bend’s dramatic beauty is a beacon to many for vacation and residency. Mid-September, BendFilm’s annual event month, should provide sunshine and blue skies for attendees. Further details are available by visiting www.bendfilm.org or by contacting info@bendfilm.org.

Next week at the Grove: Poetry slam and more

Next week at the Grove …

Wednesday 5 May …
BELTANE MOON POETRY SLAM. Limited to first 16 poets. 7pm signups. 7:30 slam. $3.
and after the Poetry Slam …
TECHNIKAL Wednesdays, Cinco de Mayo Edition featuring MC 4Play and DJ Darvais. Underground hip hop stylee. No cover after 10pm. Look for some wicked Cinco de Mayo cocktails in effect!

Thursday 6 May
GHETT DOWN Thursdays, featuring DJs Strata-G and Sonar. Dance party funk, soul, hip hop, and rocksteady beats. No cover. 9pm.

Friday 7 May
ARTWALK CONCERT SERIES featuring The Moon Mountain Ramblers. You know them, you love them. This is a free show. 7:30-10pm.
and afterwards …
DELIGHT Fridays, featuring DJ Swett, back from Coachella (and probably very
inspired) and his minions. 9pm. $3 after 10pm.

Saturday 8 May
NATURAL VIBRATIONS (www.naturalvibrations.com). Hawaii’s #1 reggae band, just featured on the Reggae on the River 20th anniversary CD, kicking off their summer tour. Very lucky to have these cats. Super fun positive party reggae. 9pm. $7 tickets at the door only.

COMING UP:
5/15 – Pimp-n-Ho Party w/ Dr. THEOPOLIS (www.drtheopolis.com) 5/20 – TORTURED SOUL (www.torturedsoulmusic.com)
5/21 – LAUREL BRAUNS (www.laurelbrauns.com)
5/22 – TAARKA (www.taarka.com)
5/29 – JOHN SHIPE AND THE SCAPEGOATS (www.johnshipe.com)

THE GROVE // 1033 NW Bond, Bend, Oregon 97701 USA booking (541) 408-7801 // club (541) 318-8578 // www.thegrove411.net

Minnis: Voters back spending lid, rainy-day fund

SALEM – House Speaker Karen Minnis (R-Wood Village)expressed disappointment Friday over the one-sided reporting in several newspapers regarding polling information presented Thursday to the Joint Interim Committee on Tax Reform.

At Thursday’s committee hearing, the committee was given opinions from a Democratic pollster – who provided the committee with no specific data – and a detailed survey conducted on behalf of the Oregon Grocery Association on a specific legislative proposal.

However, only the Democrat pollster’s opinions were included in several articles in Friday’s papers covering the committee’s meeting.

“The media should report this issue fairly, instead of allowing Democrats on the committee to hide behind one of their own pollsters when she claims that voters aren’t interested in fiscal reform and specifically, restraining government growth,” said Speaker Minnis.

“There is recent survey data which clearly shows that a majority of Oregonians would support limiting government growth to 5 percent a year or less and establish a rainy day fund.”

Joe Gilliam from the Oregon Grocery Association presented the committee with a detailed survey taken in mid-March, conducted by The Nelson Report. The survey interviewed 402 registered voters statewide about their views on government spending.

In fact, when given a description of the spending limit/rainy day fund proposal – known as the “Bucket Plan” – and how it would restrain government spending closer to actual government revenues, build up a reserve of 15 percent of the state’s General Fund and return excess tax collections to citizens through a “kicker,” 55 percent of respondents said they would favor the proposal.

That number increases to 65 percent when respondents are told that the state currently has no reserve account and simply spends all of the tax revenue projected to come into the state.

“Yet strangely, this data didn’t appear in the reports of the committee’s meeting filed by the state’s three largest newspapers,” Speaker Minnis said.

The Nelson Report Survey that was given to the Joint Interim Committee on Tax Reform is available on the Web at: http://www.leg.state.or.us/house/speaker/home.htm.

Bend video producer wins Pegasus Award

CascadeCreative Video of Bend has been awarded the 2004 Pegasus Award for a ten-minute corporate video produced for the Burning Man organization. The Pegasus Awards are the industry’s premier competition for recognition of exemplary work produced by non- broadcast video professionals. This is the second Pegasus Award for CascadeCreative Video.

“Burning Man: Lights Across the Playa” was recognized for its outstanding production quality in the Short Documentary category. The production was assessed by a distinguished panel of judges representing industry professionals from around the country. “Burning
Man: Lights Across the Playa” was bestowed with the prestigious Award of Honor.

The video was created as a documentary on the Burning Man Arts Festival, highlighting the interesting night-time activities. The production, videotaped and edited by Greg Gulbrandsen, includes video of the art creations, the unique “art cars,” pyrotechnics, and, of course, the burning of the Man. Last year Greg won the Pegasus Award of Distinction for the video, “Wells Fargo – Balloons Over Bend.”

Last Fall, Greg wrote an article for Cascade Discovery Magazine entitled “Burning Man: Stories From the Playa” based on his Burning Man experiences. He is now editing a one-hour documentary of the same name. After taking early retirement from the State University of New York as the Director of the Media Center, Greg returned to Oregon and started the video production house, CascadeCreative Video. CCV’s web site is: www.cascadecreative.com.

‘Spring Thing’ volunteers to spruce up Smith Rock

Smith Rock State Park will welcome volunteers to perform their “Spring Thing” chores May 8.

The 12th annual daylong event will begin at 8 a.m. with registration at the park’s main parking area. Project leaders and volunteers will then undertake a variety of restoration and improvement projects that include adding erosion control measures, planting native plants in impacted areas, picking up litter and making climbing area enhancements and trail improvements.

Registered volunteers will receive day-use passes, gloves and all required tools and equipment as well as sunscreen, snacks and water. Work is scheduled to continue until 2 p.m.

A volunteer appreciation dinner beginning at 6 p.m. will end the day. The evening celebration will include a slide presentation, prize raffle and fund-raising auction of outdoor gear with proceeds earmarked for future events and projects at Smith Rock State Park.

The “Spring Thing” is organized and coordinated by the non-profit Smith Rock Group in partnership with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) and numerous other corporate and private sponsors.

“The accomplishments and passionate support of the Smith Rock Group and participating volunteers are crucial to the physical and ecological well-being of the park,” says OPRD Park Ranger David Slaght. “Without their physical commitment and enthusiasm, a good percentage of this work would go undone.”

Smith Rock State Park is nine miles northeast of Redmond off U.S. Highway 97.

For information on the Smith Rock “Spring Thing,” contact Catherine Rhode (541-548-0338) or Ian Caldwell (541-504-7746).